Still school holidays and the A to Z Challenge has beaten me on a daily basis but I will catch up in brief here – cheating I know but better than nothing is my feeling 🙂
K is for… Kitchen. I need to be in there more. I mean I am in there every day feeding the hordes but I really need to get back in there with intention. I’ve taken my eye off the ball with the wholefood eating since being ill, we’re not eating junk (always avoiding processed for the most part) but we’re eating very plain and basically, could do better. Especially me, I had no appetite when ill and just feeling so uninspired. Food is more than energy – as Japansese farmer and philosopher Fukuoka Masanobu says, food and the human spirit are united. Time for soul food. I’ll be getting the recipe books out in coming days.
L is for…Love. So much love in my life and I am so grateful. I really struggled in the early childhood years with my girls. My mental health was very poor and I was in survival mode a lot of the time. Now I’m able to enjoy them and it’s a wonderful feeling to be simply bursting with feelings of love when I’m with them, as opposed to knowing that I love them but just feeling so overwhelmed and anxious every minute of every day. Last week I decided to cut my youngest daughter’s preschool days by half next term, because I don’t ‘need’ the extra days. That is a huge step forward for me and such a great feeling. Doubtless there will be days when I wonder what possessed me to do such a thing 🙂 But I know that when she goes to school next year I’ll have no regrets about it at all.
M is for…meditation. I’m meditating less, but still daily, using Insight Timer. I also consider crochet to be a kind of meditative therapy, and I am certainly doing a lot of that! I am over two months off my antidepressants and still going great, but ever vigilant. I’ve learned a lot from the many guided meditations I’ve done over the past 120 days and I often find myself stopping less than constructive thoughts dead in their tracks. If I start to feel anxious, I am well able to bring myself back into the present moment, where I am safe, and all is well. Today I am feeling confident that so long as I remain vigilant and proactive with regard to my mental health, all will continue to be well. So grateful!!
N is for…needle case. I made the Moogly Nifty Needle Case, pictured above, over the weekend and I love it! It’s so cute and I’m using it every day. It is also my most popular Instagram picture ever, with over 200 likes. My Instagram account is gaining a following. I dream of sharing my own patterns with my followers, as well as linking up to those of others! One day. Meantime, I keep calm and crochet on 🙂