For almost 17 years, my days have revolved, in glory and frustration, around being a mum. It’s an incredible role and the most amazing adventure I’ll ever know. Now, I am parenting from a distance as A & A decided to finish their last year of school living with their Nan. It is not so much quiet as still. The focus has drastically shifted and as I adjust to this new energy, I’m also contemplating how to reorganise my time and space.
So I've found myself empty nesting slightly earlier than expected...it is weird and somewhat wonderful. I have a devoted dog, a couple of cats and a few chooks for company, plenty of books, creative spaces, lovely friends and neighbours.
Just in case I was missing it, I get a regular dose of teenage angst three days a week at work, (I'm a high school teacher!), then I shake it off with some good old bibliotherapy, as I finish my working week off with a couple of shifts at the local library.
Despite any hesitation I may have felt, we made exactly the right decision. This is what we all needed. There is still some adapting and bump control to manage but change equals growth and new challenges, something to be excited about!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.