Zero Waste and a Sense of Unease

I have a half written blog post in my draft folder, and it’s been there for months. I keep revisiting it as I try to articulate my thoughts, and I never quite seem to get there. Having said that, I think it’s time to stop letting perfect be the enemy of done, and put the…

Slow

I write this on the first day I came home after dropping my little boy at day care. For the first time, I left him there, and I walked home. For the first time I am doing work (well, right now I’m writing this…) without him running around nearby. I have had to think a…

Parenting and Gender Expectations

Parenting comes with a lot of expectations for everyone involved. This morning I had a bit of an “OMG!” moment around this as I realised that I’d fallen into the trap of doing the “mum job” even though in our case it made absolutely no sense. Our little boy has recently started day care, and…

Go Away, Parenting Guilt

Parenting can be really hard work. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. Toddler kisses, playing a game together, helping him stir his own scrambled eggs… I wouldn’t be without these things. But, there’s no time off. Not really. Sure you can go for a coffee or a night away without your child, but it’s…

Boundaries and Fitting it All In

Having had a little holiday, in which I managed no reading and very little knitting (but still had a very lovely time, just to be clear!), I have been thinking about things. The things I want to get done. The time I have available. Whether the things I want to get done are really the…

Quitting Dieting

This week I announced via Instagram stories that I was going to quit dieting. This was a scary thing to do. The world is generally in favour of dieting particularly if, like me, you have a BMI over 30. Why have I made this decisions? Various reasons. It’s been on my mind for a while….

Cleaning

I work from home part time. I have a 19 month old at home full time. This tends to impress people, but I make no secret of the fact that this comes at a cost. By prioritising my child and my work, I am dropping the ball elsewhere. Specifically, housework. Now, let me preface this…

Adventures in Body Positivity

Not so long ago, I read Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe and it struck a chord. I have had issues with my weight and body image for years. Not big ones, but ones that were big enough to niggle at my enjoyment of life and lead to some very cautious shopping choices. For…

Where Has February Gone?

Seriously. Where? I know it’s a short month, but it has zoomed by in a blur of flu, work and attempts to keep up with my hobbies. I have read, it turns out, four books in February. Who knew!? Tracking in Goodreads is rather helpful!! Heads or Tails, Leslie Gordon The Improbability of Love, Hannah…

On Self Care

Today my Twitter timeline has provided two different articles that are about self care. This one from The Pool and this from Gamer Crafting. The first talks about how we define self care and that for some of us it’s about what we need to continue to function more than it is about a candlit…