Month: April 2014

Productivity as Self Worth

LJ linked me to a quote the other day which I felt summed up the crux of what so many of us battle with in modern times: “If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth.” – Brené Brown – The Gifts of Imperfection In a society largely built on productivity and usefulness as societal units, it’s easy to get caught up in the belief that our value lies in how much we produce, our output, how much we *do* in a day. Does *A* have more value as a being because s/he runs a multi-million dollar business, wrangles the kids, cleans the house from top to bottom and bakes 10 cakes all in the course of 24 hours compared to *B* who might do some or none of those things in the same 24 hours? The answer should of course be a resounding *no of course not* but more often than not it doesn’t *feel* …

Toddler Magoo Recommends!

One of the auntie privileges I take full advantage of is the chance to indulge my love of buying quirky handmade goodies and clothing for my nephew. I am under no illusions that this is purely an exercise in my own indulgence since Magoo would be just as happy playing with a cardboard box as any handmade toy. Luckily for me, LJ shares this love of locally-designed/made (where possible) and handmade (where possible), unique kid’s goods so I have a partner in crime when it comes to keeping an eye on the myriad of on-line and off-line boutiques for quirky items of clothing and products for Magoo. We haven’t done a post about handmade goodies for a while now so we’ve stored up a fair few cool labels to share….here are some of our faves (modelled by Magoo of course): Milk & Masuki We absolutely LOVE \(^O^)/ these guys and their awesome hand screen-printed short and long sleeve tees! Magoo lived in his Milk & Masuki fox, bear and wolf print tees all summer and will soon be rocking their new …

Painful Lessons & Heavenly Scents

So, I’ve managed to pull a muscle in my lower back, which seems to have made all my other muscles clamp down in protection mode of said poor, beleaguered muscle. I’ve spent the last few days bent over like a little old lady in a fairy story and have been marvelling at the sheer audacity of myself for taking something as important as my back for granted everyday. Seriously you need your back for absolutely everything! Sacral – part of a series of meditative paintings I’ve been working on Ultimately, I’m not really that surprised that this has happened as, for the last week, I’ve knowingly been flouting one of the number one rules my sensei taught me in Reiki 1 training which was giving  myself self-healing reiki each day! I’m not sure why I haven’t been doing this since I’ve been more than happy to give reiki to everyone else, but I suspect it has something to do with struggling with self-care routines and feeling like I deserve it as much as I feel others do.