Failing to be a minimalist

I am in a few minimalism groups on Facebook and also regularly talk to other people about minimalism, other mothers, family members or friends. I often hear the phrase ‘I want to be a minimalist’. There is no doubt that there is a prevalent view on what minimalism is, and it is heavily associated with…

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Giving yourself permission

One thing I think many women struggle with is permission to let go of things they don’t want, like or need. Many of us were brought up with parents who accumulated a lot of stuff and those parents have often kept ‘everything’ from your childhood so your children can one day play with it too….

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I need to let it go

After two long years of trying to “fix” Ripley’s sleep issues, I am going to give up. Even just writing that is tough. I’m not going to throw in the towel on motherhood but enough is enough. I care for him 24/7 and give more to him than I have to give.  Yes, he has…

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Taking back motherhood and every day life

More. Defined as ‘something more than she expected’ or greater than what is already. A concept so prevalent in our society, a concept that defines our choices and our thoughts. But why? Mothers with young children are particularly vulnerable to the concept of ‘more’. My facebook feed is full of posts from mothers in groups…

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Bringing minimalism to life

Practicing minimalism is helpful for me as a mother as it allows me the space to play with my child, to reduce the amount of time I spend cleaning or organising and most importantly for me, it reduces the stress I feel from a busy life.   However, items invariably start stacking up again in…

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Knowing how to proceed

One of the most difficult challenges in my life at the moment is managing Ripley’s medical and allied health appointments. He has many people involved in his care: GP, Paediatrician, Allergist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist for Feeding, Speech Therapist for Language, Gastroenterologist, Dietician and Haematologist. Beyond the obvious difficulty in managing our time and…

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Why a minimalist approach to toys will help your children

Everyone remembers the Mastercard ad with the baby playing with the cardboard box. I always thought it was an astonishing admission for a credit card company but nevertheless, society has not received the message that children need very little. There are countless articles and books on the topic of toys with many agreeing that ‘less…

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What is grief to you?

What is grief to you? Do you think that you know what it feels like for someone else? Do you think it can be defined? I have been doing some reading and learning more about how grief is defined, and interestingly there is not a clear answer. Although it can be defined as someone experiencing…

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That familiar feeling: overwhelm

Maybe you’ve had a busy week or the kids have been sick, or perhaps you have had a lot of events or obligations to attend to. There are so many times that life can interfere and create a sense of overwhelm. What is overwhelm? The original meaning of the word overwhelm relates to quite literally…

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The Fourth Wave of Feminism

I’m not really the bin your bra and not shave your legs (oh wait, when was the last time I shaved my legs) type but I do love strong and powerful women. I actually wanted to be a journalist, I studied journalism and planned to be a journalist. But what happened? A man. He changed…

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