Sunday, 7 August 2016

Simple Living Guide

I am a night owl and love the quiet of the night to think and write.  I typically get to bed somewhere between 2-3am. Yesterday though, I arranged a child-free day today to work on my book, The Simple Garden. I thought a full day of writing would be good to clearly plan my work.

After my family headed out, I quickly washed up, fed the animals then launched into it - researching, planning, mind-mapping ... I was working but I wasn't focussed or effective. To be honest it felt somewhat awkward without the usual hubbub of a household with a 3 year old and two boisterous homeschoolers (8 yo & 10 yo).  I love the homeschool/unschool dynamic of active learning, following interests, getting into projects, discussions about fascinating questions that always arise.

I have been getting a bit frustrated that my work is beginning to leak into my time with the kids, and my evenings are getting later (quite a few 4 ams last week!). After my initial attempt at frantic typing and note-taking, I slowed down and found myself reflecting on the pace and fullness of my 'simple life' and how too much time is spent sitting at my computer. I decided that perhaps today would be better spent rediscovering my balance and inner calm - a wellbeing day.

I headed straight out into my garden to graze on the salad greens and have a chat with the birds and wildlife.

This mummy wallaby has a gorgeous little joey who has just lunged into the pouch when I took out my camera. They live mostly around garden. I see them every day.

Next I worked for a while with our wonderful Columbian WWOOFer who is making a new area of garden. He is getting this area ready for planting the things I give away at workshops - Lemongrass, Comfrey, Cassava, Arrowroot, Yacon, Tumeric, Galangal, Tulsi, Brazilian Spinach. It's also a bigger area for potatoes etc. 



Around lunchtime I took another break and headed off for a mind-fog-clearing ride up the valley. I love my bike. I always find clarity out riding and feel energised for the rest of the day. I don't go too far - perhaps 10-15 kms with a few good hills. Like always, when I go out with a specific question, I found a sense of clarity again in purpose and direction.

Later in the afternoon, I headed 2kms up the road to a fabulous local organic farm - Baranbali. We play tennis together each week, but it seems ages since we had a chance to sit down, catch up and share our ideas. I put my computer to sleep again and headed over for a cuppa.  A big cuddle with an orphaned lamb was a huge bonus!!! So cute - the kids had it on a little lead and walking it around the garden.



So today, instead of a writing blitz - I mostly wondered, wandered, gardened, cycled, visited.  In the end I only spend 3 hours at my computer but to my amazement, I managed in that time to clearly lay out the chapters of my book and outline the framework for the next two.  I have rethought my schedule for the next six months and clarified the direction for my next series of educational programs.

One of the little things I started today is a quick guide for simple living... and in an initial search for other similar guides, I uncovered this 'Simple Living Manifesto'. I like it - the bit about 'leaving out the unnecessary' was a good reminder for me today. I'll post my simple living guide soon when it's finished.



4 comments:

  1. This post made me content. I am glad there is someone else who misses the hubbub of the family around them....I cannot write or study in a quiet house either. The only thing I would add to the list for my self is to REFLECT. I am so future driven I forget to reflect.

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  2. Hi Morag, it's wonderful that you listen to your mind and body, sometimes forcing things just doesn't work out. I have had a post sitting unfinished in my blog archives for about 2 months on how I try to live a small and simple life. The message I want to write just hasn't evolved as yet so I thought I would just leave it until I am ready. I love the simple life manifesto and do try to include most of those things in my life. I am the opposite to you in my need for sleep and most nights I am in be by 8pm. I am an early riser though and that is when I am able to think and write more clearly. I also love my retro bike and ride most days to work, it's so true how it clears your mind and find it readies me for the day at work. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Fi

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  3. Ah the creative process, it has its own way and time. Robert Louis Stevenson had his brownies and you have shown another way to access creativity.

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  4. I love your simple life manifesto. A reminder to get over to the allotment a little more often. I always benefit from a visit to my special bit of soil.

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