As I'm writing this, the sun is still streaming into the dining room and I couldn't be happier. I am full of the joys of Spring today, after a lovely day visiting the farm with my favourite boys (we saw the tiny baby lambs and some little chicks!) and an afternoon doing a bit of spring cleaning.
It feels kind of poignant that this new season is starting, just as a new season of our lives is starting, too - Benjamin is attending his first day of nursery tomorrow, and, just like I was ready for the snow to clear and the sun to come out, I am ready to find our new normal. We're still a little bit in limbo as I'm not properly back at work for a couple of weeks, to allow him time to settle, but we're getting there. I'm nowhere near as emotional as I thought I would be, probably because this feels like something we both want and need. I am lucky that my baby is ready for nursery at just the same time that I am ready (so ready) to go back to work.
These few months have been transformative for me in so many ways. I became a parent, which, of course, is a major shift in my life, but it isn't only my new responsibilities that have become apparent since last summer. Having so much time and space to think has really helped me to know myself better, know what I want and what makes me tick. I have formed new communities, found new projects and passions, and, whilst at times it has been incredibly difficult, it's also been pretty great.
Who knows what the next few months is going to look like around here? I'm hoping to keep up with all of my blogging and podcasting and Instagramming, because that's one of the things I found that brings me the most fulfilment and happiness, but I hope you'll bear with me as we both find our feet (one of us more literally than the other!).
And so, on that note, I'd like to direct your attention to some other wonderful people writing around the web this month...
- I love this interview with one of my favourite romance writers, Courtney Milan.
- Winnie wrote a really thoughtful and thought-provoking post about appreciating growing up with a different cuisine and a different culture as a British-born Chinese person.
- This tiny (and cute!) apartment makes me think it's possible (and desirable!) to throw all my belongings out and live in one room.
- Sara totally nails it talking about the power of quiet women in business - I'm not a quiet woman (!), but I think a lot of people can identify with feeling like a square peg in the round hole of the corporate world and it's amazing to reframe that as a strength rather than a weakness.
- An important and timely read: The Secret To Affording Ethical Fashion
- Related and also important: The Problem With the 'Treat Yourself' Mindset.
- It's become trendy to slag off Instagram, but Laura is not having it (and neither am I).
- I found Jess' piece on the greatest gift she received from her Nannie very moving.