by kath_red on 18/04/2013

in my life, Newsletter

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Rumi

When we make a change, it’s so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness, and our unhappiness as the result of having made the wrong decision. Our mental and emotional states fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, and some days we could tight-rope across Manhattan, and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. This is normal. This is natural. This is change. Jeanette Winterson

There’s still time to change the road you’re on. Led Zeppelin


You would think that taking a year away from your ordinary life would be change enough. Or perhaps this oasis is merely a catalyst for more change. Taking a year away seemed like such a huge step, to pack up and live on the road with minimal stuff and in a confined space is like the wind of freedom blowing through your life. A chance to step out of the ordinary and the chaos of comfort to contemplate the bigger picture — to look at where you are going and what you want to achieve.

This perspective has been life changing is many small ways for us — it has taken a couple of months to relax enough to even get to this stage of contemplation, to be able to let go of the worries and pull of our regular life — and we are still not fully there yet. We still worry and wonder. But now we have begun to make plans, to visualise a life of difference, to see beyond what is in front of our nose and to seek new horizons. I am not even talking about anything major — we won’t be living in an ashram, and we won’t be building a treehouse in the woods, but a list is beginning to emerge — priorities and importances.

Some big changes are in the wind, but it is the smaller changes I am most excited about. A commitment to live more fully in the now, to create small everyday adventures, and listen to our hearts.

What changes would you / could you want to make — small or big, realistic or dreamy — or are you completely happy where you are right now?


During most of 2013, will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: April is Functional Creativity.

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1 Holly April 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you for the the Jeanette Winterson quote. I recently moved, with my 2 year old daughter and husband, from Brooklyn NY to rural Maine. It was a move that we really wanted to make, but it has been far more challenging than I ever could have imagined. The quote, this whole post really, gives me comfort that this roller coaster of emotions is normal!


2 rebecca April 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Love this!


3 Pv Pixels April 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Change-the only thing that is permanent in life. We take time to embrace the change. Everything in life is changing,we just need to accept it. The post is just inspiring. :)


4 Kate April 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

My own year away has opened my eyes, stretched my brain, blown out so many cobwebs and bruised my heart. All healthy, a bit scary, very challenging, and super healthy.

This year I’m consolidating, re prioritising, nurturing and planning. And loving following your journey. Xx


5 Dawn Suzette April 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

What a wonderful perspective. Changes in the way I approach my own creativity are evolving this year. This big move has been like clicking a reset button in many ways.
That Rumi quote speaks volumes!


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