Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Reminding myself

It has been a tricky year, one of my most challenging years to date. That's why I have been withdrawn and quiet. It's like I have been here but not been here all at the same time. 

Things finally began to change 12 weeks ago when I made a decision to hand my notice in at work, to step away from a job that I love. I finished last week, an emotionally tired and drained wreck. I can't talk about it, and I don't have the words to express it.

This week has been all about moving forwards, reminding myself of who I am. A friend challenged me to keep a journal, and that has been helping a lot. Writing down my thoughts gives me focus. Making time to write it down and not forget it, but process and store everything that has built up over the last year, so I can move forward, so I can move on.

My sister took me out for a much needed brunch and chat this week, sisters are so good at speaking the truth and seeing you despite all the chaos happening around you. 

She reminded me that:

I want to move forward. 
I want to remind myself of who I am. 
I need to dream again.

Sometimes I think we all need a reminder about who we are. I wrote down all the things that I need reminding of on a daily basis about at the moment, it would be great to have them on a metal  24 x 30 in customised sign in my kitchen that I stare at whilst I drink my first cup of the tea in the morning. To remind me when I am making lunch that I am valued and loved, and I have the ability to love beyond, and dream bigger than I ever imagined. To get my attention just before I head upstairs to bed that a new day is coming, and with that I need to be brave and true to who I am.

This is what I came up with! 

This is the end of that challenging year, and the start of something new for me. These words are the start of me, being me again and being true to who I am. What do you need reminding of at the moment? What words would inspire you?  

This post is an entry into the #MyCustomSign blogger challenge.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Getting creative with the #NODDYCHALLENGE

It's the summer holidays, and we have decamped down to Cambridgeshire for the week visiting family. It has been lovely having an extra pair of hands (or two) to help with my two boys, however on Sunday my eldest really needed something to challenge him and get his head into.

I saw the #NoddyChallenge on Tots 100  in conjunction with The Book People and decided to give it a go! We love stories and have spent many a happy hour sharing a Noddy Story together, laughing at Noddy's little nodding, jingling hat.

Crafting is something we love to get into and I we will do lots of over the summer. With my son not really being in to drawing, with painting and messy craft slightly off the table because we are not at home, I challenged him to create Toyland village from Lego. We used the picture from the Book Peoples Noddy activity pack as our inspiration!

Lego is the most underrated craft material I think, one that we should look to use more!

'Lego' is definitely the key word if you want to get my seven year olds attention! Before I had even shown him the picture of toyland village he was already talking about how he was going to make Big Ears toadstool house, he was hooked! And so the build began to take shape...

Things he included were:

Big Ears Toadstool house
Noddy's house
The rainbow bridge
Street Light

One of the things I pride myself on is not interfering in his crafting but allowing his creative flair to shine through. I can't bear craft projects that have obviously been tweaked by parents or worse still created by parents and passed off as the child's. Instead I love to give him an idea and see how it develops. I cherish his interpretation and viewpoint. I get excited when he unveils the final masterpiece, proud of his achievements.

This craft project took a lot of time and his attention. He diligently worked on it until he felt like he had the balance of it right. You can tell how proud of it he is.

What have you been crafting this summer? We would love some more ideas for our next project!