Downshifting, as a concept, shares many characteristics with simple living, but is distinguished, as an alternative form by its focus on moderate change and concentration on an individual comfort level, a gradual approach
More and more I find myself thinking about living a healthier life, spending more time with my family and pursuing things that make me happy, being online less and off line more. Culling down the time I spend with one eye on my mobile, I know that I can do all I want and need to do online without the wasted hours procrastinating on the internet.
I want to read a book. I want to sit down and start illustrating again. I want a morning where I can just potter with the kids. I want a simpler life. That's I a lot of 'I wants' granted, but the winds of change are blowing and I'm feeling positive that simplifying life is as achievable thing.
The downshifting starts now, three days away with my children and, joining us, my mother and her best friend. I've not been away with my mum since I was a child and we spent over a decade apart. Relationships between people can be complex, mother and daughter relationships exceptionally so. But we've worked through things, even though there was a time when we thought that we never speak again. I know some readers have complicated relationships with their parents but I would like to take a minute to say 'don't give up' and 'it's never too late'. Cheesy cliches I know, but true.
So this break is going to be very special for us all. I have booked a couple of nights away at the lovely Somerset Yurts. We reviewed a long weekend there last year and ever since Emma, one half of TeamYurt, and I have been chatting online. Emma blogs at Spuddler and contributes to Folklings too, she takes super photographs and has two gorgeous boys and is expecting baby number 3 this year. I'm super excited to spend some time with her whilst we are staying.
Isn't it lovely when blogging leads to finding great new things? In this instance a great place and great people.
And now if you'll excuse me I must finish packing, I'll leave you with some photos of the yurts being assembled recently. Photos courtesy of Emma.