Spring is coming and after a difficult winter of poor health, I am feeling inspired by the possibility of change and growth.
My youngest turns three next month (which means I can almost see the light beyond the high demands of babies and toddlers), I’ve introduced some new habits into my routine and diet, and I am blogging again. Lately I am always listening to a podcast or reading a new book or blog and really trying to gather inspiration wherever I can.
I decided I wanted to share some of that with you, so here are five things that inspire me right now.
Megan from The Art Pantry and her husband Aaron, a family and life coach, have teamed up to host an eclectic and inspiring podcast that is really firing me up. Their superfan support for one another is clear from the first show – and their positivity is contagious! They share their knowledge and cover ideas such as the law of attraction, growth mindset, family harmony, mindfulness, creativity and lots more.
I really believe that getting more sleep is going to change my life. With a 5.5 year old and an almost 3 year old, I haven’t slept through the night in nearly 6 years. I have come to accept that the only way to ensure I get the sleep I need is to go to bed obnoxiously early and practise good sleep habits. This means going to bed by 9:00 and no screens in the hour before bed. I also have a cup of chamomile and Valerian tea every night while I read. I feel so much more grounded and joyful when I stick to this.
I’ll be sharing mostly non-fiction reads on here, though I read a lot of fiction. I devoured this book in one day in the moments between childcare, housework, work, etc. I’m working on setting up a creative work space in a little nook of my house to inspire my writing work, and this book had a lot of good ideas. The best part about it though are the interviews with a myriad of creative women who share a bit about their space, their passion and their process.
My husband, Mat
Mat works full time in a job that is not his passion. He enjoys many aspects of it and he is good at it, but he does it mainly so that we can have a stable income for this season of our lives. I admire him so much because he puts a lot of himself into his work and cares about the people he works with and serves, because growth and service are strong values for him. He also shows up for the girls and I every day in so many ways.
The reason that he is so inspiring to me right now is that he is actively working towards living a life that is more in harmony with his values. He listens to podcasts during his commute, meditates regularly, studies books to learn more about his true interests and passions and is making real plans to achieve his dreams.
I am so proud to live on the South Shore where sauerkraut is in the majority of kitchens and deeply ingrained in our culture. Researchers who study centenarians in southwestern Nova Scotia attribute their good health partly to the power of sauerkraut. My five year old loves to eat it after dinner for “dessert” because she “really wants to grow big and old.” I’ve always loved it, and fermented food in general, but lately I appreciate the additional probiotics in my diet as I heal my gut and rebuild my immune system after several months of poor chronic health.
March can be a really tough month, but we can get through it together! What is inspiring you this month?
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