In her novel ' How to be Bored' Eva Hoffman talks about the 'hectic, hyperactive, over-stimulated age' that we live in, with 'excessive busyness and overfilled schedules (that) are the norm, as are their effects on our mental and emotional lives'. This is especially true for parents, and mothers with large families - and is often increased thousand-fold if you are home educating and responsible for the health, education and wellbeing of a tribe of children, every second of every day.
In the times when life gets very busy, I am so grateful for time alone walking along the beach, sitting quietly with a book or my woefully under-used guitar, with a coffee in a cosy nook of an isolated coffee shop (where nobody will find me) and where nobody there knows that I have 50 loads of washing at home, or a troop of teenagers with 800,000 unused words of their daily word quota, that need to be expended as soon as I get home! Time for quiet reflection, or to work alone on things that are entirely unnecessary or completely my own, is something that I am incredibly grateful for.
'To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul.
To do this, you need to experience solitude'
We are a family of 6 creatives, homeschooling/ unschooling and living a minimalist life on our own slice of paradise on the coast of Australia - artist mama, guitarist papa, surfie teen, satirical teen, musician teen and wild little one. Welcome to our life.