27 June 2014

A cup of tea with me...

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I've been up a couple of hours already today, starting my day in the dark with Tiny Owlet, before sneaking back to bed with Huz, and a cuppa, to watch the sun rise. I start most days like this now that Winter days are so short and it's dark for much of the time Huz is at work. We make the most of beautiful, quiet moments like this…

Other things I'm loving right now…

Mild, sunny winter days. I know they won't last, but they make things easier when you're spending so much time stumbling around in the dark… Sitting in warm, sunny windows or spontaneous walks to the beach to look for stones and beach glass are up there with my favourite things about winter in Tasmania.

Spending time with a little community of friends who feel like family… They make long days easier. We've begun organising kids swaps during the week so us home-educating mamas can get all the things done. And have a little creative headspace. It's magical. We're absolutely blessed.

Wearing primary colours. I was born in Melbourne and worked in fashion. We wore lots of black. This is big. I'm wearing lots of green, always, but brighter blues and red too. It feels cheery.

My garden is growing beautifully and as I'd imagined it would, despite winter's chill and the extreme neglect. I love that we're still eating from our garden everyday. Even if it's just a handful of herbs for a salad. Cooking with food you've just picked seconds earlier is the best.

Earlier this month I finished the wonderful Pip Lincolne's e-course, Blog with Pip. It was after reading Pip's blog, Meet Me at Mikes, all the way back in 2006, that I began blogging. She's always been supportive and generous with her knowledge and time, so I had a hunch it'd be helpful. I wanted to re-invigorate this space and find a little bit of flow again. It's been marvellous for that. I've tidied up a little and updated my About page so it tells a little more about this blog and who we are. Pip also held my hand while I finally figured out how to fix up my blog address - look at it! That took me years and one hour with Pip to figure out. Huzzah! Also wonderful are the bunch of bloggers I've connected with. One of the loveliest things about blogging is finding out how others view the world and that everyone has a completely different perspective and voice that we can learn so much from. It's been a great reminder of that.

Sensing my need to get creating again, Pip was super generous and gave me a scholarship to her current e-course, Inspiration Information*. I'm loving that and the space it's giving me to re-inspire and find my way back to doing the creative stuff I LOVE. If you find some time and cans spare a little bit of cash, I'd highly recommend Pip's courses, whether you're new to creative pursuits and blogging, or a bit of an old hand, like me, you're never too experienced to learn, listen and find out how others do what they do. Learning and sharing are great like that. I'm on a bit of a journey with all this learning, creating and sharing of ideas. I still have NO IDEA where it will lead yet (although I have some ideas), but I'm so glad I've made time to do it.

This post is part of a linkup Pip's running with other Blog with Pip graduates. You can read all about them, who they are and what they are up to over here. 

*Disclaimer: there was no condition that I rave about the excellence of either course in order to participate. Pip's just genuinely generous and the courses really are great. You should totally look into them. 

10 comments:

  1. :-D On my return to Melbourne I was so surprised to see that many people still wear black, so your sentence about wearing primary colours made me chuckle.

    Best of luck with creating and figuring out where all the studying and making will take you.

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    1. Haha! Yep, the old black uniform. I still have it on hand for trips back ;) Thanks so much! I'm excited for the next part of the journey, that's for sure. xx

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  2. Hello! John and I are planning to bring the kids to Tas in the next school holidays! We'd love to see you. Lovely post. I am never up before the sun rises but you make it sound pretty enticing. xx

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    1. Oh that would be so the best! Let us know when you're here and we'd love to catch up :) It's not hard to be up before sunrise here - 7.43am tomorrow. It's pretty late, but I get a good two hours with Tiny before it happens. xx

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  3. I've never visited Tassie but you make it sound like the most magical place that it is now up there on my list of places to one day visit. Lovely post Lauren. Agree Pip's courses are amazing!

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    1. It really is so gorgeous, Deb. So varied and so much to do and see! Totally worth the trip. xx

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  4. I really enjoyed this peek into your life! x

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  5. What a great idea - kid swaps!! Just to have that space, lovely. And I love wearing colour, makes me smile :)

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  6. It sounds like the ideal place to be in winter or any other season for that matter. Glad you are enjoying Pip's courses

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  7. Oh you sound like you have a wonderful community Lauren. I've done a few kid swaps with my friends and it's a great way to catch up on things. Don't you love beginning the day with watching the sunrise? It's the best thing about being up early. I love it when Immy comes to me and says something like' "Look mummy the sky, it's all pink, wow!" It's so great seeing the world through their little eyes. Thanks for letting me take a peek into your world. Jo xx

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