A Season Of Growth
I am in a season of growth. It's been slowly making itself known. But now I can feel it in all I do.
The groundwork had started long before I even noticed. Motherhood is all encompassing, but a few years ago I felt myself starting to come up for air. But with each breath came anxiety. I felt like I was unsure of what the next part of my journey would be. I felt like I needed to discover who I was the other side of pregnancy, birth and parenting. I adore being a parent, a wife and a home educator but, what else brings me joy? What else do I want? Who am I in my own right, not just as a parent or wife? I felt like I was searching for something, but I wasn't sure what.
It started with me prioritising my own self care. A few years ago I declared my theme for the year would be take care. My intention was to take care of my body, my mind & my heart. Eating mindfully, exercising, meditating, and reading and listening to plenty of inspirational material and making time for creativity. This encouraged me to carve out time for myself and to identify what I wanted to explore for myself.
This then followed the next year with my theme be brave. Justin and I had lots of ideas and projects we wanted to bring to life but I was too scared to share them with the world. With lots of encouragement and reassurance from Justin I did, and so The Other Path was launched. This blog, Instagram account and website gave us both an outlet for our ideas, creativity and thirst for meaningful connection with others who were interested in home education and intentional, joyful living. But above all it gave me the confidence to find what sparked joy, run with it for no other reason than because I enjoyed doing it. I could feel myself changing, the season of life was changing for me. I was moving out of my comfort zone into my growth zone.
"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is the one that is going to help you grow." -Caroline Myss.
After almost a year of working on The Other Path, an amazing opportunity made itself shown. Justin and I had been dreaming, planning and exploring the idea of creating a learning community for home educators. A space to work collaboratively on self directed projects. An opportunity to try new things, explore ideas, make meaningful connections and friendships with others. Many, many evenings were spent chatting through ideas, many cups of teas and long walks with friends getting their thoughts and feedback. We knew it would happen in some shape or form and it would happen when the time was right. We are firm believers in that things happen when they are meant to and to trust in and enjoy the process. The dreaming and planning is just as important as a project coming to life.
A location made it's self known to us and once we visited it, we knew that our Learning Community could be created and shared with others. And so, Embers Learning Community was born. I could use my growing self confidence, knowledge, experience and creativity to work on this exciting new project with Justin. It felt like my season of growth was now if full bloom. It was terrifying and joyful all at once. I could see how far I had come, how much I had grown and more was yet to come.
"Be aware of what season you are in and give yourself the grace to be there." -Kristen Dalton
So here I am, still in a season of growth but feeling happy and excited about where this new adventure will take me, take our family, take our community. I feel like I have connected with a part of my identity lost a little on the journey into motherhood. I feel proud of how far I have come and continue to enjoy the process of evolving and growing.
We all go through different seasons of our lives. Embrace them, they are exactly where you are meant to right now.
Tell me, which season are you in right now? A season of growth too perhaps. A season of rest, a season of creativity. A season of focusing on your health and wellbeing or that of a loved one? A season of learning at home or a season of traditional schooling? A season of employment and work or maybe a season of focusing on your family. I would love to hear what season your find your self in.