Well, last week was a blast with some child-free time!
Let’s just say, it doesn’t happen very often that the stars align and all my girls and I are able to get out at the same time, so it was well overdue!
I may have been *slightly* delicate on Sunday, but getting my boys back home was the icing on the cake and I felt like normality could resume (so long as it was quietly and without big squishy hugs around my middle).
So that brings me onto this week’s desk altar!
“Self care is a divine responsibility” - a Danielle LaPorte truthbomb.
I figured after last week’s busy-ness, this week is a good one to relax, rest, and recuperate.
Well, as much as is possible with children on the scene!
I’m keeping it simple this week. Again! I’m sensing a theme over these holidays…
We’re having a quiet one… reading, gaming, lots of cuddles (and tickles), family movie time and then doing our own thing in between.
It’s been pretty sweet actually, and a good way to spend the dreary Scottish “summer” we’ve been having.
With self care and self love comes the beautiful rose quartz! The ultimate stone for unconditional (self) love and forgiveness.
It is a key crystal in learning how to love yourself as well as how to let others love you. We can all do with a little more compassion for ourselves as well as others, can’t we?
So here are some questions for YOU:
What do you do to practice self care? Is it something you do regularly, or just if/when you remember?
Leave a comment with your answers, and have a wonderful week!
If you’ve been following along with my instagram over the last month or so, you might have noticed I’ve been sharing weekly photos of my little desk altar.
Well, I thought that might be something fun to write about here too, so here is the first!
This week, my sons are going to their dad’s for a long-awaited holiday. I have a whole 5 nights and 4 full days completely child-free! This really doesn’t happen often (3-4 times a year), so I like to make the absolute most of it!
I plan to go visit a friend in Glasgow, go for a meal with my parents to celebrate their anniversary (33 years and counting!!), and also a girls night out with my friends. Imagine that - going OUT on a SATURDAY!! The shock!
I had packed my week even fuller, when I pulled this card.
Let it be EASY.
I spoke to my friend and decided to stay one night rather than two… cancelled a couple of other things I was planning on.
And suddenly, a weight I didn’t even realise I had… lifted.
So I’m keeping it simple with my desk altar for the week too.
I picked up this beautiful amethyst last week. Amethyst is all about protection and calming the mind. Fabulous for meditation and unlocking/expanding your psychic awareness and promoting happiness, peace and contentment. It’s also my birthstone, being an aries!
The three little citrine stones balanced on top called out to me with their feisty, summer energy! Citrine works with the solar plexus chakra to increase confidence, positivity, success and abundance.
Do you have an altar to show me? Share it online somewhere and leet me know so I can come see!
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, I know I will. 😀
First, set your alarm super early.
Like 4am early, so you’re awake before your kids.
Don’t dare go to the toilet because if you do, they’ll hear it.
Go to grab your phone and headphones.
Realise you can’t find said headphones anywhere and start groping around your bedside table in the dark.
Swear when you knock your bottle of water over and hear a loud thud.
Hold your breathe and strain your neck and ears to see if it’s woken up the kids.
Start breathing again after 2-3 minutes.
Finally find your headphones and plug them in.
Look for your meditation app of choice and realise said kids have rearranged your apps to look like a smiley face, along with hiding most of them in various folders with random names like “hfgdu” and “”nnnnnnn”.
Finally locate your app and hit play.
Realise your headphones weren’t pushed in all the way and drop your phone on your bed somewhere while trying to silence the singing bowl chime ringing out like a church bell in your bed.
Hold your breath again while straining to hear if the kids have woken yet.
Start breathing again after 2-3 minutes.
Feel around on your bed for your phone for a minimum of 8 minutes because you refuse to switch a light on in case the kids see it like a moth to a flame.
Finally find phone and make sure headphones are attached properly this time.
Start listening to your meditation by about 5am.
Feel relaxed and zen for approximately 3.5 minutes, at which point you are jumped on by two Happy Children who have decided to wake early for the day.
Try to ignore them for approx 15 (very long) seconds before sighing, giving in and getting up to change a diaper, fix their breakfast, find some cartoons for them to watch, and sneak back upstairs to finally try to meditate.
Realise you’re desperate for the toilet.
4 minutes into your meditation you really MUST go.
Hear “Muuuuuuuum” from the living room and sigh before going to see what is requested of you.
Watch an extremely interesting video of something Minecraft related. Note: when I say extremely interesting, I mean extremely uninteresting and not relevant to your life in any way.
Sneak back upstairs determined to do your 10 minutes of guided meditation.
Look for your phone.
Go back into the bathroom where you left it in there after washing your hands (come on, admit it, we’ve all checked Twitter while in the loo).
Get comfortable and hit play.
Your clock hits 6am and your alarm goes off!
It’s time to get ready for the day ahead!
Welcome to the world of parental spiritualism: where every day is a test of your strength of mind and sanity.
I absolutely love where we live, in a wee town in the middle of Scotland, nestled in the hills, surrounded by nature.
There’s something so calming, knowing you’re only 5 minutes away from beautiful spots like this one.
Thank you Tara, for letting me show off the beautiful place I get to call home!