Researching a Simple Life

For a long time I have had this nagging thought in my head that what I am looking for is something akin to monastic and artistic communities. I have always held a passion for creativity, for sharing life, our blessings, and skills, and living in a simple, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way. It seemed a…

Save the World; Yes, You!

Something has been bothering me for a long time: waste. Attached to this is the way that, when trying to do the right thing, life seems to be getting harder. Specifically this was made painfully clear when I arrived at a newly discovered local farm shop, where I could buy some amazing vegetables without any…

Sugar Highs Are Lows

Recently I’ve been struggling in a number of ways, and although I am trying very hard to find ways to show myself more care. I have always felt there is beauty in the broken, and that honesty is important, so this is the latest on my journey of mental health and motherhood to share with…

I'm (trying to be) a Vegetarian

I made an important decision recently; to give up meat… mostly. I hope to gradually move towards vegan, but right now that seems overwhelmingly difficult. Instead I have come up with what I term moderate vegetarianism. This means: I will be cutting meat out of my chosen diet; when I’m cooking at home I will…

Creativity Cures Climate Change

Over the last year or so I’ve discovered a secret: if you want to make a cake look amazing, semi-professional, and like you put a ton of effort in you basically need to just lather it with icing and other stuff. It doesn’t matter if the cake is a bit wonky, out of a packet,…

Mother Church

I was recently told that Mother’s Day was originally a chance for workers away from home would be given a day off to visit the church they grew up in, to return to their home communities, to reconnect. It got me thinking about my own faith roots and that is often a very long story….

Mind & Body

I have been told before that, whereas Bear wears his heart (and mood) on his sleeve, I am far harder to read. I cannot deny it; I used to be repeatedly frustrated that so many of those people around me, people who knew me pretty well, very well even, wouldn’t have a clue when I…

Sabbath: Sacrificing Social Media

I have long believed that we should enjoy a day off each week from work. In the past it has allowed me to be rested, social, creative and freed from feeling stuck on a hamster wheel where the everyday tasks just circle back round to me again.

Losing Someone Never Found

I have been trying to get to grips with a loss in our family. What makes it really difficult, isn’t the grief exactly, but more that I don’t really know the person I’m grieving for. There are many reasons for this, some which I won’t go into because it’s not my story to tell, others…