Mindful Summer Living

"Tell her your troubles, she's a good listener"

by the sea

These words, whispered in my daughter's ear one evening sealed her love for our beautiful coastline. My tiny 3 year old, who has become positively wild from her new life of catching bugs in meadows, stills each time she sees the sea. It was during a recent beach visit recently that she turned to me in complete awe and asked why I love the sea so much. After giving her the simplest answer I could, that I pour all my feelings into the sea, I noticed her staring at the waves in a way that I recognised well. Turning our thoughts over to the sea has become a habit we're growing together and just like Mama, she's letting the sea figure it all out for her. I sit quietly, watching her stare at the waves and before long her words and questions start to come. When she's done, we leave all those words there on the beach, for the tide to take away for us. 

We find ourselves running regularly to the coast, eager for its vastness, its simplicity and its constantly changing shape. In Winter we greet it with flasks of warm milk and blankets but Summer is where the exploration starts in earnest. No longer weighed down by woollens, waterproofs and bracing against the ferocious wind that cuts through even the thickest layer, we scramble, dig, paddle and forage. A beach is my favourite playground and I'm so grateful that it has become my daughter's too. 

So, when Hannah of Seeds and Stitches dropped me an email, asking me what my simple summer pleasure was, my mind turned instantly to our beach days. I grinned and thought of the longer stretches of light that's meant after school beach foraging extends to evening picnics at last. Sand in the bed is now a near constant and I'm entirely ok with that. Knowing how I love to soak in the best of days at the beach, Hannah invited me to share that joy as part of a new ecourse launching this week. 

Hannah understands that Summer takes a little run up sometimes. Before long, gardens will be abundant, summer holidays just round the corner and travel companies will be vying for your last minute attention. It can start to feel as if Summer is getting way from you so Hannah's latest collaboration to help address that feeling seemed perfect. The project is called Stitch + Forage and is a new seasonal living project created by Hannah with Herbalist Natasha Richardson. Born out of a mutual love of wildlife, nature and a desire for a more mindful, joyful life, Stitch and Forage is designed for people with a touch of wild in their hearts. A self-paced E-guide that aims to inspire you to find easy affordable ways to incorporate slower, gentler, wilder living into your daily rhythms  without compromising on style. The course is split into 4 modules: Forage, Make, Gather and Tend, and features contributors such as myself,  Melanie of Geoffrey and Grace, Laura from Circle of Pine Trees, Sara from Me & Orla, and Rachel from The Foraged Life.

Stitch+Forage, for mindful Summer living

Stitch+Forage, for mindful Summer living

Stitch+Forage is now available for preorder and includes free resources with the sign up at the following link:

I am part of the Stitch + Forage project and would love you to be too. Simply click the image for more information

I am part of the Stitch + Forage project and would love you to be too. Simply click the image for more information

The Importance of Believing in yourself as a Blogger

Change is never easy. No matter how you come to the decision that an evolution needs to happen, the emotions you feel in the build up to it and afterwards can range from sheer exhilaration to gut wrenching fear. I think it's fair to say I've felt every emotion in the run up to this blog post but you know what?

It's going to be ok. 

Do you know how I know that? I know that because of so many of you are reaching out and leaving comments on the blog, chatting with me online and sharing your lives with me. You have all helped me grow into this storyteller that cheers smart women doing clever and creative things with their businesses and someone who encourages sharing inspirational ideas. 

However, something has been stirring inside of me and now has reached a frighteningly forceful chant of 'YOU MUST CREATE MORE' and I think every creative person I've ever met can relate to that feeling. 

If in doubt, read widely and give yourself time to reflect on your goals. Trust me on this. 

If in doubt, read widely and give yourself time to reflect on your goals. Trust me on this. 

In the light of too many ideas, too many barriers, too much anxiety (and not enough gin) I reached out within this fibre community and do you know what happened? People responded with excitement to hear that finally I am ready to invest time in my ideas. Personal heroes and people I have held up as my inspiration have given me time and feedback about what A Playful Day means to them and I have listened. 

the importance of believing in yourself as a blogger

So what does that mean?

It means ending some relationships or changing the way they work in my professional life to give me the room I need to grow. 

It means developing a sponsorship package for A Playful Day that creates new and exciting collaborations doing what I do best: story telling. 

It means holding my breath and taking a plunge. 

I've decided to immerse myself in this blog and this community. It starts with the 'Love Your Blog' challenge but it goes deeper than that and I hope you will all join me on my journey to create something truly special. 

Spring: Time to grow?

Spring: Time to grow?

So here we go, a commitment to YOU as much as a commitment to myself. Change is hard and so I'm asking today, will you help me? 

If you've been reading and following along in my various homes on the internet, today is a really good day to let me know you're listening and that this community is strong. Help me spread the A Playful Day message by sharing anything you love that I've created. It's important that right now, I know I'm standing on strong foundations. 

I have to change the way I support my family and so have taken on special sponsorships and affiliates. These need to sustain me while I'm developing new and exciting possibilities so if you wish please do click the links, get that Craftsy  or CreativeBug class you've been meaning to take and get what you want! I would so appreciate that at an uncertain time. 

In return I promise to be here more, to listen and to keep creating. Yes, there is a monetising effort but it won't change my voice and I promise to protect this corner of the internet we've created together. In fact, if there's someone you want to see me working with, get in touch. I want to create stories together. 


Now go forth and have a great week. I'll be here, evolving and it's going to be great.