“How you feel about home after holiday says a lot about home.”
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How’s life treating you?
Me, I’m doing fabulous! May is a very special month for me for many reasons. Not only is it my birthday month but it’s also the month I use to reflect on all that I have done since my last birthday. It’s a mindfulness exercise I started last year called a reverse bucket list thats helped me learn to change my perspective on how I look at myself and the things happening in my life.
Being away from my usual surroundings also helps hence why I’ve not posted anything on here this month. I decided to take a much needed 3 week holiday to Kenya with my family where I knew I’d be able to relax, gather my thoughts and hit a very busy second half of 2019.
Aside from enjoying the time away from the London life, being in Kenya gave me the boost and guidance I needed when it came to parenting and I hope to share all I’ve learned in the months to come.
But for now here is a short, sweet and hopefully interesting recap on what Matthew and I have been up to in May.
What’s been happening with me:
- I successfully travelled with a 8 month old to Kenya (this was not easy at all!)
- I turned 27 (another birthday spent in another country)
- I revived my Instagram page (hadn’t posted in over a year)
What’s been happening with Matthew:
- Travelled on a plane for the first time (he did well considering how long the journey was)
- He visited the rural areas in Kenya to see our extended family for the first time (everyone loved him)
- He started standing on his own (if he could stand all day he would)
- His top two teeth came through (this was not a fun experience for either of us)
- He finally settled into a routine that works for me (the joy I feel about this is indescribable)
And that’s it! These were the highlights of my May. I’ll go into some of those moments in another posts but I hope you’ve gotten an idea of how we are nothing doing so far in our journey.
As much as I enjoy being a mother and sharing that experience on my blog, sometimes stepping away from all that even for a little while will do you more good than trying to soldier through it.
Having some me time is so important, especially as a mother. Single or not, being a mother requires so much of yourself that it’s easy to lose yourself in the midst of it all. Our mental health is important if we want to not only raise strong amazing children but enjoy all that comes with it.
So from one exhausted mother to another I encourage you to take as many breaks as you need till you feel ready to face the world again because the world and the world of parenting is a difficult place to live in. There is nothing wrong in taking some time to focus on you and your mental health. This time can really help you get through those difficult moments and enjoy the wonderful moments that come along with it.
Speaking of wonderful moments, head over to my Instagram to see what Matthew and I got up to in Kenya. I don’t think I’ll be making such a long distance trip with him anytime soon but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it so early on in his life. I guess Brighton will have to be good enough for now!
The rest of 2019 is looking to be pretty busy for both of us so bare with me as I adjust.
What were the highlights of May for you? Is there anything in this months round-up you’d like me to talk more about?
Let me know in the comments below or on my other social platform @lydiaonlife.
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I hope (emphasis on hope) to start posting once a week again so stay tuned!
Till next time!