Preparing The Way

I don’t frequently post about personal issues on this blog; it really is a place devoted to support and inspiration for other parents walking a gentle and mindful parenting path; for those interested in gentle discipline, and for those interested in Waldorf homeschooling and Waldorf parenting.

However, I have been going through such an interesting transformation recently I thought it be lovely to share.  Perhaps there are others of you out there going through the same thing at this point in your lives.

I really am distinguishing what is important, and what is not and getting rid of contributing my time and energy to the things (and the people!)  that are either not of the utmost importance to me or are such a consistent negative drain on my energy that it just has to be this way.  I am focused on myself to a certain extent – to my own  physical health, to my own inner work.  I am finding that the relationship with my husband and children, as it always has,  far exceeds other things in my life and provides me much contentment and joy.

I still love helping mothers; but I am finding new ways to narrow my focus as to what I think are the best ways to do that.  This blog is important to me, as is my work within the Waldorf community.  Some of the other areas in my life that were so important in the past are sliding away and other new areas are emerging.

I am thinking more and more of how to merge my interests in helping parents, especially mothers on their parenting journey, my own interest in Waldorf home education and my educational and professional experience as a pediatric physical therapist.

It has been an interesting time of discovery!

Of course, in the midst of all this, I am pregnant with our third child and also busy transforming the physical landscape of our home, the schoolroom and other areas around us. It has been a very satisfying summer in many ways.

Many blessings to you and your journey as well!

Carrie

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10 thoughts on “Preparing The Way

  1. Congratulations. I didn’t realize that you were expecting another child! How wonderful! I am tandem nursing a 10 month old and a 3.5 year old, and I too am quite busy (in a good way) actively transforming my home and my attitude. I am really grateful for your blog.

    • And I am grateful for how we can all support each other as we walk this journey toward peaceful homemaking and parenting! You have such small children, and such a wonderful chance to transform things into the way you want them now!
      With much encouragement,
      Carrie

  2. Hello Carrie,
    Congratualations! What wonderful news. I just began reading your blog and found your post to something I went through when I was pregnant with my third child. He is 3 now. I also felt the need to seperate myself from people that were not only negatively draining, but draining me period, even good causes can drain a person. We just have to pick what is ultimately important to us and move on. I am only a homemaker, I gave up the idea of being an accountant because to me beign a homemaker was so much more fullfilling it gave me the chance to be a wife, be part of a family, be a mother and become an educator.
    In the end we all just have choices to make.

    Blessings,
    Hazel

    • I hear many mothers of three saying they went through similar feelings and transitions during their third pregnancy…I would be curious to hear from mothers of four, five and six children if subsequent pregnancies were like this or not? Being a wife and homeschooling mother is of utmost importance to me as well….
      Many blessings to you as well, thank you for reading this blog,
      Carrie

  3. Well, I’m glad to hear you’re not giving up this blog. I enjoy it so much. I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for your insight. You’ve challenged and inspired me so much.

    Peace,

    Cheryl

    ps blessings on your pregnancy :)

    • Thank you Cheryl, I really enjpy writing it. I challenge myself as well just to be a better, more mindful parent.
      Many blessings to you and thank you!

  4. congratulations!!!
    Have you thought about teaching parent/child programs in your home? It seems that would blend all your gifts and desires, and would afford so many opportunities for helping little ones (and mothers!)have a good foundation. Just a thought.
    I also think pregnancy in general is blessedly cathartic, and for good reason. Mothering is a process of infinite catharsis and growth.
    My last pregnancy (with #4) was so transformative and creative and healing for me.
    thanks you for your wonderful site.
    Angie

  5. Congratulations! I definitely felt that way with my third, as well. But then, I think any big change really drives us to hone in on what’s central and filling and push aside what repletes our reserves. I have experienced the same feelings when grieving the death of loved ones or after big moves. It’s probably the healthiest things we can do for ourselves. Wishing you a wonderful birth! And I look forward to exploring more of your lovely blog. :-)

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