Day 1 towards a more disciplined life – Little ones are always watching

Well I did it… I made it through day 1. And wow what a difference it made… it is amazing how such a small thing could make such a difference.

What made such a difference you're asking? For those who missed yesterday's post, I have started on a 21 day challenged on making my life more disciplined. Our year so far has been crazy and overwhelming…. such a far cry from our plan of getting back to the simple things in life. Well parts of our life have taken that journey… they way we do some things and the way we look at life; we certainly appreicate the simple things in life a lot more. But somewhere along the way I lost my rountine, my organisational skills, my discipline. And as the year progressed even further and further the more I wanted it back but the more overwhelming it seemed.

As I reflected today I also thought about how disciplined I was as a mother when little Miss Rapunzel was a baby…. always organised the day before, packed away toys immediately before getting more out, housework done and sorted. Even last year things were not too bad. As a result the girls followed suit. They would keep their rooms tidy (well the best they could at that age), put toys away, and behaviour was great. One thing that has also happened this year was they have becomed less disciplined as I have becomed less disciplined. Their rooms were messy, they would pull all the toys out before packing others away, they developed some less than desireable attitudes….

Now it is not neuroscience. We all know kids learn from watching those around them. They always come up to the standard that is set before them…. well I certainly needed to pick up my game. We are responsible for teaching them how to live a disciplined life. And how can I expect them to do that if I don't…….. well that has been a big wake up call for me. I need to get on track and I need to do it now.

So today is a new day. God gave me the strength and energy to start again.

Now i didn't race in and try to do everything. I set my goal (just like Crystal suggested in her book) and I did it. I did the ironing (last nigth), I got organised the night before, I tidy things away before bed and I got up slightly earlier this morning so I could be ready before the girls got up. And wow what a difference it made…. The day was relaxing, the girls were calm and well behaved. And I got to make heaps of new things to sell in my shop….

I can't wait to read more tonight and plan what tomorrow might have install!!!! 

Now to go and get ready for tomorrow!

 

If you are interested in doing the 21 day Challenge, check our "21 days to a more disciplined life by Crystal Paine" You won't regret it! I have no affliation with book or author. I am purely inspired by her word and want to share them with you.

 

Changing my ways….

As those who have followed me from the start of my blog a few weeks ago you would know that I set up Dancing Daffodils as a way to share our journey to refocusing our life on the simple things in life. Over the last few years our life had just snowballed it a busy not stop rat race of running from one thing to another… something I am sure so many parents would totally understand from when they transitioned from a life as a couple to life as a family. Our focus was on doing life not living life and making the most of everything, including the little blessings God places along our path.

Looking back over this year I guess the reason I set up Dancing Daffodils was to keep me focused and accountable to others as we travelled this journey. Accountable to others so that I did continue along the road to the simple things in life and not once again let the busyness of life take over.

But to be honest the busyness of life has certainly captured us once again. You only have to sit in my lounge room at the moment and see the mess that lay before me; the clothes on the clothes airer waiting to be folded and put away; the basket of ironing underneath the ironing board pleading with me to straighten so we can once again enjoy wearing those clothes; the pile of almost finished projects sitting on the ironing waiting to be completed (and then maybe I could iron the clothes); the piling of dishes sitting on the bench waiting to be cleaned…… the list just goes on and on.

Last night I had to take little Miss Rapunzel up to the emergency department (she is home and ok – just experiencing side effects to a medication she is on). We were there for a few hours sitting around waiting for test results and medication to work. Whilst Miss Rapunzel sat back and watched the TV I just stopped and thought about the year we have had. The year where we were suppose to get back to the simple life…. the life of less stress…. better health….. feeling on top of things. Well it certainly has been any other than that this year.

From the outset challenges awaited us. This time last year we thought we had everything sorted out for the big move…. we had a house, therapy was sorted, specialists were sorted, work was sorted. Everything had fallen into place….. only for everything to fall apart when we moved (well not the house at least). 9 months on and only now are things sorted out. It has been mentally, emotionally and physically draining – and for those with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (& Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) you would totally understand how extra exhausting it has been; how right now I just want to curl up in a little ball in the corner and hide away for the next few weeks to just get the energy back. But I can’t. Life will just keep on going.

I also wonder just what had happened since this time last year…. I was working 2 days and managed to keep on top of everything (most of the time), had a great routine with the girls and we did heaps of fun things. Yes, things were beginning to get very busy but on the whole I managed a lot better than this year….. Yet this year things should have been easier. I wasn’t working… so I should have been able to manage.

On going to bed late last night I did a quick check of my emails and something caught my attention…. a book “21 days to a more disciplined life” by  Crystal Paine. It had only just been released in the last few days….. could that be my issue? Could that be what has happened this year? With all the interruptions this year, with everything that has gone on and by not working have I become less disciplined? Have I become so overwhelmed by it all that I always think I will start tomorrow? But tomorrow never seems to come. The more I pondered about it, the more it rings true. My journey to the simple life has certainly derailed because I have failed to keep my discipline on track. I have let so many interruptions get in the way of what should have been our year of bringing back life’s simplicities…. I have made our life more complex.

No chart, no downloaded routine, no book about how to be better organised and use my time wisely is going to be able to change where our life is right now. There is only one way that I can do that and it starts with me. I need to change. I need to change where I focus my energy; I need to change how I do things, when I do things; I need to become more disciplined in my life so we can enjoy the simple way of life.

So today I start things new. I know with God’s help and guidance I will change my life so I can be a blessing to the life of those around me. Today I am starting my 21 day challenge to a more disciplined life…… how about you ???????

(you can download the book from here)

Spring is here!!!

I just love this time of year! The sun is finally shining after lots of rain through winter. The weather starts to warm up (not that we found it particularly cold here in Sydney this year). The days are bright and cheery. Everywhere you look there are beautiful flowers blooming, birds chirping, butterflies and insects dancing in the sun. There is something magical happening everywhere if you just take the time to look.

I am really enjoying spring this year. As I focus my attention back to the simple things in life I am just amazed by everything God has created in the wonderful world we live in. How blessed we are to be living in the beautiful country Australia. It is just so relaxing. I just love taking the girls out for a walk in the sunshine. It is amazing how many little creatures you can come across on a simple 1km walk to swimming lessons. We are loving being able to spend time outside.

Have you ever taken the time to watch a 2 year old explore the garden after winter? To them it is like everything is new. They don’t remember spring from the year before. So that little gecko scurrying under a rock, that flower bloom in the bush, the little red lady beetle sitting on the leaf is exciting. They can spend hours just watching in awe as the ants move through the garden carrying a leaf on their back; race around the garden following that tiny gecko as it runs for shelter under a rock; picking all the dandelions and blowing them in the wind.

And then to a 5 year there are millions of questions about how the flowers grow, why the gecko is trying to hide, how does the spider spin the web. Then they stand amazed as they contemplate these wonders.

So I encourage you all to take the time to step outside and enjoy all the God has to offer this spring. Take the time to explore the garden like a 2 year old and see everything like it is new again – or borrow a 2 year old and let them show you. It is amazing just how much my girls have shown already this spring. It is amazing how these simple things in the garden can give you a new appreciation for what God created.

And you will be surprised as to just how relaxing it is.

Welcome to Dancing Daffodils!

Today is a very exciting day! After many hours of work I finally get to launch the Dancing Daffodils website.

So what is Dancing Daffodils all about?

It is all about my journey as we as a family once again discover the simple things in life.

Here you will find a place to inspire you to cherish the simple things in life… faith, family, relationships, good health…. Life is so short and so busy for many us we often forget to take the time to stop and enjoy the precious little things that life has to offer…. that cute little picture drawn by your two year old; the excitement brought to your 5 year old when they receive a parcel in the post; how mesmerised your little one is (and you are) to see a butterfly break free from its cocoon; the relaxing sound of rain on the roof.

So take the time to sit down and relax as you browse through these pages and enjoy life's simple pleasures. It is only just the beginning but will give you an idea of what is in store.

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