New Years Eve 2014 I was sitting on my bed, listening to nearby fireworks and journalling. I pulled an oracle card to show my personal theme for the New Year ahead – Change. Feeling both hesitant and excited, I knew the card held no lies. And sure enough 3 months later the first major change was upon us – my husband got a new job for the first time in 10 years. We broke our lease and moved 2 hours into the country side of Central West NSW where we knew nobody.
The following 7 months were great, challenging and certainly something we needed. But after 7 months we decided it was time to end the adventure and move back to the Blue Mountains. Better work opportunities, closer to friends and family… it felt right. We found a great house that ticks all the boxes and even has a beautiful big backyard and is located in a quiet area of a new estate.
While the move was surprisingly smooth (there were many obstacles we had to overcome), one major issue revealed itself after we had settled in. We had no TV and no internet. As in, the service wasn’t even connected to our house from the street, because it’s a brand new house.
Three very long weeks followed with many emails back and forth to the Real Estate who finally got the right people out here to connect the fibre. But three weeks without TV or internet – which, lets be honest, roughly translates to three weeks of hell – taught me a few things.
- TV is a great baby sitter… that I use too much. I think it’s a great crutch to have at times, but it did show me that I was using it too much. Without it, Olivia became more involved in what I was doing, making or cleaning and that is a great thing in itself for a 3 year old’s skills.
- TV greatly affects my child’s behaviour. This is the reason I’ve always been “anti TV for kids” since she was a newborn, but unless you throw the TV out of the house, it’s pretty hard to not expose them to it. She was less whingy, more imaginative and creative in her play and we of course spent more time together and being active or crafty.
We got through it though. And it taught me some lessons. But it is nice to be able to flop on the couch with some dessert and flick through channels at night though.
Although, I’d rather be here anyway:
OH, ABOUT THIS BLOG….
There were some things I realised while taking a break about myself and my blog/blogging habits. It was a good time to reflect and re-evaluate my goals and direction for Hippie Mumma.
I noticed that my blog is all over the place – it started as a parenting blog then it took a heavy focus on food and clean eating recipes. As I started my crystal business (which was originally called Raw Crystals) it focused a lot on that, especially when I integrated the store onto this Hippie Mumma website and brought the crystal business under the same name as my blog to streamline my projects.
It’s all a bit like me personally – one minute I have grand plans to study XYZ and the next minute I have an idea I must act on now which conflicts with everything else or is just so far left field from everything that even my husband says “wait, WHAT?!” I like to have a finger in every pie and then I wonder why I get burnt out and can’t follow through on anything. Life lessons, yeah?
It doesn’t help that in the blogging world one of the major “rules” is to have a niche. And while I can understand the benefits of having a niche, I still struggle to fit into just one. And for now, I think I’m fine with that.
BUT AS 2016 APPROACHES…
I’ve started planning out my business goals (both blogging and crystals) and I have come up with two important new year resolutions for my blog –
- To be more consistent in my writing. I’m sorry I deserted this place for the last 3 months! Consistency is key, for both readers and as the writer.
- To write about whatever I want, whatever I feel (this is after all how I live and preach life) and not worry about it being a mish-mash. Informative article one day, personal post the next, followed by a new recipe. My writing flows better when I’m not forcing it out for the sake of keeping to topic.
I’ve set some new plans in action to separate my blog and crystals. I know I just integrated them but I have a fantastic new idea for my crystal store that is more than just a store. It’s still in the works but if you want to support me, please check out The Crystal Collective on Facebook and Instagram. It’s where all my crystals will be soon.
This blog has had a fresh make over to match the fresh starts in my life, and a few changes include a clean new look, easy access to free readings on the main page and removing the crystal shop (as I’m moving it to The Crystal Collective).
I’m going to go eat some carrot cake and enjoy the sunshine – a solo welcome back party for myself!