All Change for the New Season!

The school summer holiday has almost ended, and I am feeling a sense of peace and anticipation ahead as we move forward into September. My eldest daughter enters her final year of preschool before I send her out into the world of formal education, and I am already feeling a little anxious about this. She is too young to go to school yet! Oh well, I will savour our final year together while we are still able to do weekday activities… and of course, my youngest daughter is still only a baby, just about.

I feel that the past three years have been a time of change, learning and development for me. During this time I have nurtured and birthed two children, and my career has finally taken some direction after years of searching. There have been months recently where I felt unsure, frustrated and confused about why my efforts were not giving out the results I expected. Prior to this I took some time to nurture my spiritual needs, and this has helped enormously during the trials and challenges of young parenthood.

Now it feels like things are finally taking shape. I have come to accept that my career will develop more slowly than I would like, but I choose this because I prefer to focus my time on my children while they are young. There is plenty of time for me to work when they are at school, and then I can throw myself into my plans and developments. For now I end the summer holiday feeling blessed, loved, and very thankful that I am able to live such a quiet, peaceful and fulfilled life. 

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My Spiritual Journey: Powered by the Supermoon

It has been a turbulent week here in the UK. We were battered by hurricane Bertha over the weekend, and I think we are still feeling her effects now, judging by the high winds and sharp rainstorms today. I also finally found time to reconnect my spiritual self. During recent months I had become overwhelmed with domestic challenges, parental responsibilities, and various other minor issues that came together to distract me from my journey. Well, I say distract, but truthfully I know this is all part of the experience.

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On Monday night I put my children to bed, wandered downstairs, and noticed that I could see a beautiful large full moon from my front window. She caught my attention, and I found myself setting  up an unplanned meditation session. It was perfect, and just what I needed for some self reflection and to regain a sense of peace in my life. I took out my Tarot cards, did a Goddess card reading, and cleansed  my crystals under the light of the supermoon energy. And all to the tune of my favourite spiritual YouTube playlist.

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For the rest of this week I have felt calm, collected and more like myself than I have in a long time. It’s funny how we allow ourselves to become so consumed in daily routine that we forget about ourselves and sort of drift away. Now I am allowing myself to do some things that make me happy, rather than dwelling on what I think I should be doing based on the opinions of my peers. Ultimately, we live our lives for a reason. And, as my spiritual brother is fond of saying, we are human beings, not human doings!

Have a fantastic week my friends!

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Redheads Go Free! #WorldOrangutanDay

A friend told me this very exciting news just a few days ago. Twycross Zoo are offering free entry for all red haired people on Tuesday 19th August, in support of World Orang utan Day 2014. That is very cool! On the one hand I wonder at the association, but then again I love these animals, so if I get free entry to the zoo I am happy. Spread the word to your red-haired, ginger, auburn and strawberry blonde friends… (and just for the record, my hair is auburn!)

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I Support #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

I’m a little late to the party, but then again, I was busy enjoying another very important party earlier this week (and breastfeeding my very hungry baby throughout)… Today, in support of #WorldBreastfeedingWeek 2014, I share one of my favourite photos with my now 1 year-old daughter, Georgina. It was taken at a local festival, by my elder daughter’s 3 year-old friend. She captured us perfectly, don’t you think?

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It’s Been a Funny Sort of Month

It has been a funny sort of month. I have once again been very busy, but I can’t remember exactly what I have been doing. It mainly revolves around breastfeeding, changing nappies, washing, cooking and cleaning, and entertaining a threenager and a baby. I can’t really call my elder daughter a toddler any more. For one thing, she is too tall and very articulate! She seems to have acquired her dad’s lanky physique, rather than my petite frame. She is a little whirlwind of chaos, and she has a fantastic imagination.

My baby is also growing up fast. It is her 1st birthday tomorrow, 1st August. This time last year I was huge, hot and very grumpy, and desperate to birth my baby. Now, I keep telling her to stop growing because I want to enjoy her at this age forever… Of course I don’t mean it. I love my children unconditionally, but I admit that I will appreciate a little ‘me’ time when they are old enough to fend for themselves a little more. For now I am enjoying the experience of watching them grown and develop, and it is a novelty to see my baby crawling (her sister was a bum-shuffler).

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I say it has been a funny sort of month mainly because I didn’t quite complete my plans. I signed up for a writing challenge called Camp NaNoWriMo, and set myself a word target of 25,000. So far I have almost 10,000 words in my teenage zombie romance novel. I am struggling with it, most probably because it is a new concept. I have never written about zombies before. In fact, I haven’t even read very many zombie stories, so perhaps I need a little more research…

Anyway, I end July feeling quite peaceful, because although I didn’t ‘win’ Camp NaNoWriMo, at least it got me writing again. The stories are beginning to roll around my mind, and I am slowly getting my work back on track. There are a few other personal challenges to contend with, and I am still trying to work out when and where I can take the children on holiday. It is all coming together slowly, so for now I will relax and enjoy a weekend of birthday celebration. See you later, everyone!

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Who Am I?

Who am I? This question is beginning to nag at me lately. I am Catherine Green. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and an author. This last one has been sorely neglected recently in my daily schedule. My life has become a chaotic cycle of breastfeeding, changing nappies, bathing and washing children, preparing food for children, feeding them, cleaning up behind them, and everything else that comes of being a mother and housewife.

It is time to reignite my author passion. I have ideas for dozens of stories, both novels and shorts, scribbled in diaries that I keep staring at, but never do anything about. I joined Camp NaNoWriMo this month as a way of getting back into the writing habit. It worked very slowly for about two weeks, but then my domestic life overtook everything again. How do I balance being with my children 24/7 with being an author?

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The problem is that I am not simply an author. It isn’t just about writing the stories. If I want to be recognised, if I want to sell books, if I want to earn a decent wage as an author, then I have to be a whole lot else besides. I have to be an entrepreneur, a business woman, a marketing professional, a social media expert, and a whole host of other titles that I can’t even contemplate in my current tired state of mind.

Who are you? How do you define yourself and your life? I am interested to hear other people’s stories, and how all of our lives overlap and run parallel in so many ways… Have a great week everyone!

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When Will I Sleep Again?

Today I am feeling tired. Actually, I feel exhausted. It seems to be a standard requirement for being a parent. People joke about the fact that parents mostly endure sleepless nights and busy days, but seriously, it is a real problem! My daughters are not bad sleepers really. My eldest does sleep all through the night, and very deeply too. My baby is currently waking roughly every 2 hours for a feed, and she is restless because she is teething and growing and doing all those things that healthy babies do.

I have nothing to complain about. It is simply a fact. I am tired! And that is the reason why my writing has slowed down to the point where it is almost non-existent, and I am having to adjust my priorities and allow myself some time to rest when I can. If I don’t do this, I risk the very real possibility of collapsing with exhaustion, and that would do my family no good at all. I think our culture and society has always downplayed the struggle of parenthood, for both men and women.

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In my experience, women take the brunt of the domestic responsibilities simply because it makes better financial sense for the family. I find it sad that this is still the case after 100 years of feminism, campaigns for equality, and a rise in women in the workplace. In fact, I find it downright disgusting that women who stay home to care for their children are overlooked, under appreciated, and generally looked down upon by their societal peers, for doing a job that is essential if the human race is to continue!

Well, before I take this into a rant about equality and sexism, I will leave it there. I am just too tired to continue. My baby is waking from her nap, my kitchen is full of dirty dishes that won’t clean themselves, and I have to collect my elder daughter from preschool soon. Maybe I will sleep properly at some point in the future. For now it remains a distant dream… but i wouldn’t have it any other way, because I love my children! Have a great week everyone.

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