Grey and focus

This period of the year in Sweden is like you feel that the world will go down, every day.

It’s grey, rainy and the light period during the day is short. Two weeks to the coming vacation and every cell in my body want it. We have been sick on and off (always one of us 3) and the every day Life is challenging.

But! Better to focus on the little well defined goals that I decided before I wanted to work toward. Just focus.

Evolve or you will disappear

Life happens. All the time. Both funny, interesting and even hard. Somehow, when I become older, I get also more negative for changes and things that put my plans upside down. But I got this reminder this morning when I left Z at school. This dinosaur was freezing its ass outside by minus 7 degrees Celsius and for real, he would have disappear if it wasn’t because it was a plastic toy. I have to evolve, every day, in order to get more efficient and keep my laughs. Negativity kills everything good and changes actually make it different and funnier if you see the challenges and grow from them.

Wednesday at home with Z

I’m enjoying the last days of parental leave, which come once a week, in the middle of a hectic job. We had to defreeze our freezer (I thought new ones did not need it but yes…) So I’ve been pretty creative on the food area recently to use everything we had in the freezer. The least obvious things were the fruits. I’ve been making marmelade a couple of evenings this week and actually, I’m happy: we got a lot now to enjoy on the Saturday and Sunday breakfasts!

Find the red line in your life

Oh, when stress comes upp, I need to sort out what’s important. My red line. Actually, I have several: my family and how I hang out with myself. I need to get my brain in motion in creativity in order to keep my soul clean.

I took time some years ago to sort out what it exactly was. Regularly, I look at my list and try to see if I’m true to myself. It’s easier to find my right way again when I’m in a storm of things .

Grow baby oak

I finally found the time to plant the baby oak we’ve been nursing the past weeks. Everyday life is sometimes overwhelming and in a way, I’m glad of it. And it’s because it’s only much of what I want to do. I’m getting sort of an improvement at my work so I need to put some time outside from work to better myself and it’s a big enrichment. I am in a painting-chair-project (which involves the whole family when you live in an apartment), we just came back from a travel in France and we just had my sister and family at our place for the weekend. You see, life is full of energy!

The trick is to be present in each phase and don’t think if the coming while being in another one. Then, you’ll miss the present one and increase your stress. I let my life grow like my little oak: patiently and full of improvements!

Create your own wings

Z has a Halloween party at school on Wednesday so I needed to think if something for her to wear. I created these bird suit, only from rests of fabric I had at home and it fits her exactly.

I’m not sure she understands this mascarade thing but she may be able to play with her wings later.

Give your day a good start

I noticed that the way I start my day conditions a lot the rest of this same day. Nowadays, I use to listen to french radio for the news and then music. When it’s my turn to take Z at school, I try to make her laugh as much as I can. Not always easy, but it gaves her a chance to see the day in a positive way.

Take care of yourself

I’m travelling with my daughter to visit friends and relatives. This is both exciting and a challenge. Z, who is 21 months old, discovers a lots of new things every day and refuses to sleep during the days. She doesn’t want to miss anything at all.

We visited the botanical garden in Tours this morning and saw these flamingos, who were taking care of their pink clothes. They were so delicate and applicated, it was pure Zen to watch. They know that they need to put some time on maintenance to shine later. That’s the same with Z and her sleep, she doesn’t know it but some sleep during the day makes the afternoon even more exciting. And that’s the same with us adults. For me, to meet my old friends and family and change environment is a part of taking care of myself. We need to calm down sometime on order to achieve better. Not more, but better. These people we meet during our travel are good to talk with. I literally took some distance from my stress and calm down. The discussions I have with people around help me to sort things out, which I rarely do when I’m in my routines. This makes me good.

Of course, we are missing our husband and dad but we will come back calmer and stronger.

When did you take care of yourself the last time?

Explore your environment

Wednesday at home with Z. Until Xmas, I’m one day at home per week with Z and today is a great one! We woke up around 8, ate a calm breakfast, fixed a little at home before to go and buy groceries. We stopped by the park on our way home and did swing and observe.

We saw a big bubblebee flying around heavily and exploring her surroundings for food I guess. Its flight was very heavy and slow and I guess it was the proof of a long and well lived life (at its scale).

Somehow, it’s a good metaphor: even if your flight is heavy and slow, you shall never stop explore your surroundings. I often get stucked in thoughts like “think how big the world is and I’m still living in the same place” but happiness and excitement is closer than I think. There is something to make from everything, just around the corner.

Just keep doing it, explore, like the bubblebee!