Thursday, June 14, 2012

enjoying the 'now'..guilt free at that!

We've a lot going on at the moment.  Lots of things to plan, decisions to make, big changes for our little family are underway.  When the time comes things are going to ramp up a whole lot, and at least initially, there won't be so much time to just 'be'.  So for now, I'm going to make the most of the calm before the storm, I'm taking things just a bit easier, and being particularly 'kind' to myself..

Everyday, I get busy, get everything sorted and in order around here, washing up to date, after school snacks and dinner prepared, house tidied, bags packed for swimming, basketball or whatever activity awaits us for the afternoon.

After all that, and before school pick up time, the day is mine.  I am taking myself out, going for walks, the occasional treat at favourite places, pottering, crocheting, I even managed a nana nap yesterday!  I'm doing this, finally after all this time, guilt free.  Isn't that astounding! Guilt free, I suppose, because I know what lies ahead, so I'm telling myself I deserve this time and one day it'll be a distant foggy memory that I want to be sure I thoroughly enjoyed.

One thing taking up the majority of this time is the re-kindled, and mildly obsessive love of take pictures. Photography has always been a joy, and blogging has been a great excuse to get camera happy again over the years.  I'm loving taking pictures of random moments, and really noticing what surrounds me.  To be honest, I frantically get all the necessary chores of the day done as quickly as possible so I can just get out there to wander, and explore!  There's not a day goes by that I don't take pictures.  There is something so incredibly satisfying about it at the end of the day, a sense of achievement and complete fulfillment.


  1. Good for you Mel.
    Love the sound of the guilt free.
    The future sounds exciting. x

  2. Now you've got me thinking.
    I'm glad you have had some guilt free time to yourself, as Mum's it's hard to come by.

  3. Great, we need this charge up me time......My kids have been out of school for about a month now and they had me in tears today.....phew! Thank God for all the good days!

  4. I am so thrilled for you, Mel. Banishing the Guilt Monster is an important quest! J x

  5. Oh, sounds very interesting indeed. And if whatever it is has inspired these changes, then that seems like a good thing. Enjoy those quiet moments and the freedom to wander. xx

  6. We're on the verge too, my husband is home so i am putting him above all, then when term 3 resumes, life changes with him at work again. So for now, enjoying every minute of every day. We know another war looms for next year. Just makes me hold him tighter. I treat myself to a little sit down outdoors after lunch, breathing in the afternoon which is about to collect 4 children from school. I never felt guilty for taking a day off from being a housewife & taking in a $6.50 movie at the cinema, often book ended with errands anyway, as i know i did a damn fine job of raising 4 babies, this is my moment to relax, Ok so my youngest is in year 3 now, it's been a while but i filled every second with sewing, now i truly relax. Next stop, building a home, yikes!! Love Posie

  7. Mel you so deserve that guilt free time and good on you for taking it, I know it's not always easy putting ourselves first.
    I must say I am particularly loving your IG feed at the moment, you really have an eye for photography.
    Am really intrigued by the changes you elude too, hope it all pans out for you.

  8. Oh I could take a page from your book. I did have my guilt free weekend at the coast, so I think I am quite lucky. Once home again I went back into overdrive and can't seem to sit still for all the things to-do nagging at me. Good for you, good to store up some of that when you have a big something coming, it will serve you well I'm sure.
    I need to get out and explore more in my own neighborhood, take pictures and have small adventures.
    I have been so loving all of your recent photographs!

  9. Ya to the guilt free! You deserve it. It is so wonderful you can take some time out for you. I am looking forward to the day in September later this year when I will have a few hours everyday to myself. It feels unbelievable and exciting and scary, all at the same time. Enjoy your new direction. Cat.

  10. Hi Mel
    I love your blog so I hope you don't mind but I have nominated you the Sunshine Award. No obligation though :)


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