Reading

Over the last year I've been getting back into reading, I think somewhere in the busyness of it all I forgot how reading is such a good thing for you!! 

We have a very good local library also which Iv realised is the way to go - no extra clutter of endless books you may only read once.

So this book caught my eye on my last visit


And it's been such a 'make sense' read! Iv been having to walk more just for the fact that we only have the one car, but it's defiantly been good for me. We live in a little country town so it really is possible to walk everywhere.

Sometimes iv struggled wondering could God really completely heal depression? But I think iv been also realising that it's not always a flick the switch cure but a process of changing how we think so that we won't go back to way we used to be or think. 

And so anyways seems that exercise is really amazing for anxiety, stress, hormones, moods the list goes on. And yes it's probably the most logical thing in the world for some but for the rest of us realising that just a walk even can bring breakthrough is a good reminder. So the next time I'm walking my boys to daycare I'll be thinking of all those happy thought's I'm releasing :)

Xoxo

New little projects

Well as I've said before I love a project and so this week I've set out to start giving some love to our kitchen. When we bought our house we had a week before we moved in to do some needed TLC! This included ripping out the carpet in the kitchen and I also took out the heavy dark wood cabinets with black leadlight in the glass, and replaced with open shelves. Everything was dark brown and shiny, so I had only ever done a scrappy primer coat on the cabinets and then some of the hinges had broken so after awhile I had four open spaces that Moses has loved pulling every out of (soooo many broken dishes!!!)
So anyways been on the to do list for too long, and I finally realised I could just replace hinges (duh!!) so iv now just got one of the large cupboards to replace the hinges on and all the cabinets are good to go!!!


So using what I already had I've painted the front island a warm grey and started painting the inside cupboards (half alabaster in a satin, aqua enamel). I still need to do probably two more coats on them but it's soo much nicer to be in there now! (By the way I hope my messy benches make you feel better about your kitchen I'm always hovering on dishes done/entire dishes waiting to be washed - whoops!!)



I had played around on Pinterest looking for the "perfect" solution. Also scrolling on trademe for handles but realised I could actually just use what I already have!! 

Sometimes I think we spend money just for the fun of it but really we could use what's around us and make it work too (you should have seen the scrap of sandpaper I was determined to get away with!)

So my next mission will be to also paint the top of the top of the front island and then I'm needing to do something for the oven area splash back wise but haven't settled on that idea yet . 

Well have a great weekend!!
I think I've realised that if I can't do quick craft projects at the stage of life I'm at firstly I tend to go a bit nuts and secondly I tend to not get it finished :) so recently a beautiful friend of mine helped me overhaul my craft space (miss Tinkerbell!! Your a pro!!) and it did wonders for my brain space!!

Decluttering really is the way to go not just rearranging!! Which I must admit was what I used to do!!

Anyways I had an hour to play with so I made a dash at some creativity in my studio (happy place!!)
My starting point was this cute calendar I'd been given with yummy imagery. I wanted to come up with something to display a selection of smaller prints...


 Next I started to have a little look at Pinterest for ways to display small artwork......... Sooo maaaaaaany iddddeas!!!!! But came across the simple peg idea below and remembered I had a little piece of peg board sitting in my garage...


Pinterest can
 be amazing so I'm trying to use it for literal projects rather than imaginary ones that never happen!

Next I had pegs I could
 recycle from an old peg project...


I had used it for a type of advent calendar a few years back. 




So now I had pegs and peg board (yay! )


Looking at the Pinterest tutorial I used some garden wire to cut and thread through the pegs
And secured it at the back of the peg board by crossing wire over








I could have painted the board but I quite like the raw material

Easy fun fast craft project, just what I like!!! 


Now I just need to find a place for it...typical story

Xoxo happy crafting!

thirsty

Recently I've been diagnosed with cronic fatique... Sometimes lables that are put on us, can be down right unhelpful. 

That we might be melancholic, depressed, big boned bla bla bla those are just a few of the ones that have graced my shores over the years. And yes they represent an aspect of truth but its when we then let those labels stick so tightly that we live our lives looking back rather than moving forwards. 

I felt a sense of relief when I realised that having reached a point where my body is just not enjoying itself the way it is.  It was a good jolt for me. And part of this jolt to make a change not only for myself but for the whole family.

I've gone down the gluten free/ dairy free framework before.  But then after actually feeling great Ive tricked myself into believing things like "well I don't have Celiacs so I don't need to eat this way..." or "I'm feeling great so now I can have that chocolate or cake because I've lost some weight therefore I'm allowed to have some of that now...."

Can you see how these Lies just put us right back to where we started.

I love the story of the woman who Jesus meets at a well as she is drawing up water.

Jesus shares {john 4:13-15}

 “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.  But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”
 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not get thirsty nor [have to continually] come all the way here to draw.”

The part “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again..." Jumped out at me, and immediately I thought about how with food addictions and emotional eating, or maybe any addiction it never satisfies.  I can eat and eat until I feel physically uncomfortable and yet still want more...  


what amazes me even more though is that God in one moment can open our eyes to something that for so many years has just been yet another area of wrong thinking and bad habits...or that well of emptiness we've been drawing from expecting it to satisfy...

so on this journey to allow God to heal areas that seem to seek addictions to soothe I'm trying to go to him to help me walk out the journey and bring health and wholeness not only to my body but spirit and soul...

What I love also about the story of the woman at the well was that after she recieved something through that encounter with Jesus she couldnt help but share it with others. I love that. I'd love to be able to do that too...

xoxo