I've been reading an interesting series of posts over at down to earth about leading a more simple and deliberate life, regardless of your age, circumstances or income.
It got me thinking about our life.
If anything, being a stay at home mum has enabled us to slow down and focus on what's important.
We choose to have a simple peaceful routine and not to rush from one activity to the next.
Feeding the animals. Going to the park. Preparing meals. Visiting friends. Watering the garden. Making and baking. And most importantly, taking time to pause in between.
Granted, I only have one child (and a bit) at this point. We may, or may not, find this more challenging as our family grows. Regardless, I'm sure my core values will remain the same.
I'm fortunate not to have to work out of the home. But by the same token, we are not big consumers and being at home means we save money in many ways. It also means that as a family we are less time-poor and rushed.
It's interesting that some people see having children as an impediment to living a simple life, when for me, it certainly has been the catalyst.