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The BoldHeartMama desires to enjoy living out the choices that she’s made for herself and for her family. She is a relentless learner: curious, inquisitive, and open to the possibilities of her life and of the human condition. She understands that there isn't one right way—she asks questions that dig deeper to make sense of it all and to find her own path.

She pays attention to and nurtures whatever it is she really cares about, letting go of the rest (for now) knowing she can't do and be everything all at once. She embraces her imperfections in favor of "good enough"—her imperfect self, her imperfect home, her imperfect mothering, her imperfect desires—and she never stops evolving as a woman and mother. She is a BoldHeart, authentic and true to herself.

The BoldHeartMama knows there is only this one life and she's all in. She is present and engaged and making things happen. Her intuition is her guide. She seeks to be inspired and relies on her creativity and her resourcefulness to solve the big and little challenges that she and her family face together as they navigate their relationships and their world.

The BoldHeartMama is willing to take calculated risks to make her biggest dreams come true. She is living out her BoldHeart in the moment, making small moves and taking little steps that add up, and she's cultivating a good life for herself and her family in the process. Read More!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Week 11 Blooming Where We Are Planted: Twelve Weeks of Seasonal Living Series

I'm wrapping up the last two weeks of the 12 Weeks of Seasonal Living Series and picking up where I left off in the Spring with week 11.

This week Kathy, from Homespun Seasonal Living reminds us that "It's human nature to wish for something we don't have, to want something different. That it inspires growth in some instances, but can also prevent us from enjoying this moment right now and blooming in the current season."

She asks us to "acknowledge the things we're wishing for that are not of this season, but then balance that with a celebration of where we are now, a recognition of things in which we're blooming."

Baby number three is on my mind most of the time. I think about all the sweet parts to look forward to and I worry about how it will change things for us too. One minute I'm smitten with the idea and the next I'm uneasy. To compare this season we're in now to the season of newborn and postpartum life is a juxtaposition of extremes.

I'm wanting for a continuation of this peaceful good streak of mothering, a connected marriage, a healthy and strong body, time and energy to take care of myself and to write, and the freedom of Summer with few demands on our schedule and more daylight to live out of doors.

I know that life cannot remain as it is in the context of another pregnancy and the introduction of a fifth little person into our mix. Our dynamic will certainly shift. I know at least that much to be true so I want to really, truly enjoy right now. 

Roscoe and Merritt on the National Mall, in a pose of their own choosing. #hearts

In celebration of now:

I will take my body to the sunshine, in the outdoors, and push myself fast and steady in all the ways that are just not possible when pregnant or postpartum. I will build endurance on long Saturday runs, I will feel the burn of deadlifts and lunges in the sweaty heat of a gym in summertime, I will practice getting faster and sprint all out, and compete with the boys, and show off how many pull-ups I can do unassisted. I will enjoy moving in the world as a woman with confidence. Today I will enjoy this body of mine and appreciate all it can do for me and all it has done for me. I will be proud of this body. I will be proud of myself for getting back to this place where I am strong again.

I will take time for myself whenever I can. A nap mid-day while the kids are busy together. Long hours spent writing on Sundays. When the opportunity presents I will tap out my ideas and thoughts to the background music of the boys playing together, laughing, discussing, disagreeing, and getting back to their work. I will savor their growing independence and I will not feel guilty for enjoying our separateness. 

I will pencil in overnight dates with Andy. We will plan a weekend getaway before too long—a first for us. I will not let the possibility of change stop me from dreaming of Greece and France, and the California coastline. I will repeat to myself: I can travel with a baby. I can travel with a baby. Traveling with the boys and baby will be just another adventure. 

I will bare my new swimsuit and bask in the sun, my face upward turned and eyes closed while the kids manage their own water tubes down the slide at the waterpark. I could definitely get used to this. But change is brewing.

So I will revel in this Summer of 2015, the heat, the relentless humidity, the long days, my tan lines, and everything else. I'll wear as little clothes as I want, and eat good food as I like, and get outside everyday. I'll read a book for pleasure, and I'll catch up on my sleep while I can.

I'll love what life is like right now and look forward to what life may bring tomorrow.

Is there any other way to live?

Tell me what you pine for and how you will bloom where you are planted by celebrating the season you are in. 

Check out the HomeSpun Seasonal Living Workbook if you're interested in starting your own intentional journey to Seasonal Living.


  1. I can absolute relate to the yearnings to add to the family while recognizingn the changes, fears and joy that come with it. My son was born nearly 2 years ago, 12 weeks early. We spent a great deal of time in the NICU and are fortunate and grateful that he is a thriving, healthy, "normal" toddler. While we look forward toward having another baby, giving him a sibling, there is so much wrapped into that concept. I too am enjoying my time with the child I already have a relish in the freedoms that I have compared to infant-hood. I have also begun to focus on regaining "me-time" and embracing exactly where I am now, while enjoying the prospects of the future but not allowing it to dictate today. :-)

    1. I'm so glad to hear your little guy is thriving and I love how independence for the baby translates to independence for us as they grow. Doesn't it feel good? I think the emotions of motherhood are complex and exhilarating. The sibling dynamic is one that brings me particular joy, and I look forward to seeing those relationships unfold as we add to our brood. I'm glad you are enjoying the now!

  2. I've truly enjoyed your posts on seasonal living! This summer, I chose to limit our daily schedule outside of travel to our neighborhood (pool) and garden and have felt more connected to the rythmn of the season because of it. During the school year, I foresee us taking longer hikes and weekend trips to breakup the monotony of school and work and although that's fun we're just so darn busy! This summer, we've reserved a week day of library, food and necessity shopping but most days we have just. Stayed. home. Lillian's lucky to have had a steady stream of friends to play with in and out and has begun an intuitive swimming style that's natural for her so we've been at the pool a lot. I feel we, as Boldheart mama's, can adapt with grace for each oncoming season as we forecast our families needs and our own desires as they relate to that season. Albeit different, maybe a baby for you or a new home for me....our own future circumstances will define, enrich and add value to our own seasonal celebrations and everyday routines. Let's enjoy the hot, hot heat from now till the fall equinox. So much to love in the present ❤️

    1. Thank you Heidi! I like how you give yourself rules or guidelines in the season to simplify your life and home in on making good from what's right in front of you. I wish we had a neighborhood of kids for the boys to hang out with, and a regular pool would be fun too. I agree that while we enjoy the moment of now, it also makes sense to look ahead and to anticipate everyone's needs and wants and begin to plan for those things as we move into new seasons of the year and of our lives.

    2. But you do have a pool...aka The River 😘. I think we are both using the resources perfectly that are available to us as they suit our lifestyles and personalities. And yes, we are very lucky to have kids nearby because without a sibling Lillian really is esctatic to have a friend for child's play. Don't let my guidelines and rules fool you though!!! I like that sort of creative control because it allows me to still make time for the cooking and cleaning and me time but I still have to be flexible and not freak out if plans change lol. I'm learning to execute a balance between my extreme planning nature and enjoying the here and now. You are rubbing of on me in that way😊


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