Booked and time to plan (Fiji)

BULA VINAKA!!! Yes this will be us come February…

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So it has been 4 years since we last went to the beautiful islands of Fiji and yes we have booked to return again. This time though with two little munchkins in tow. We have not had a decent holiday for quite some time and I feel as a family we desperately need to recoup, revive and regroup. So we have been working busily through Christmas and New Year without a break but come Feb we will take a few weeks time out.

Why Fiji? It’s super family friendly, we have friends and family we want to visit and it is so super chilled and full of natural beauty ! So really the question is why not! We are doing a mix of staying with family and also at a resort. So we will hire a car and just cruise for about a week and then plonk ourselves on some deck chairs by the pool and relax! I am mostly looking forward to being immersed in the natural beauty Fiji has to offer and the wonderful water! Fijians have the most beautiful energy and such a relaxed vibe, it is truely contagious!

We have decided to not take any phones and are debating whether or not to take the iPad for the kids. We really want to disconnect for a bit and just be. I also want the kids to have a screen detox. We are not really big on the iPads and TV generally but I have found over the Christmas and New year period that we have been watching loads of movies.. It’s been fun and we have been connecting and chilling out as a family but I still feel like I just want the kids to be free of everything and just be. Actually I feel like I want the same for myself (and my husband to). So I can read, write, meditate and soak up all of what is going on around me. Just be in the moment. We live in a world that is so “connected” that we forget to disconnect, that we even can disconnect. I feel disengaging and going within is a really important practice that is becoming harder and rarer to do.

I have also been thinking about some natural learning/ home ed I want to incorporate with kids. Some ideas of activities I want to do that will be fun for them:

 

1. A travel journal, pictures, words places documenting his trip

2. Taking his own holiday pics on a camera and putting a collage or album together          when we get home

3. A to do list: things he would like to do in Fiji (after we do a bit of research) and tick them off as we do them

4. A little movie of all the fun things that we learn, see and do, then edit it all together when we get home.

How this will all pan out I am not sure but I thought these were some fun, easy, age appropriate things for O to do and A to tag along with.

This year feels like it has lots on the horizon and I am looking forward to Fiji, to help us rejuvenate before we are full steam ahead. I feel really blessed to be able to take this vacation but only wish we could go sooner. Fiji holds a special place in my heart, it’s somewhere I would love to explore more and discover!

The kids and I will start doing some research on things we would like to do while there and I will share with you some of our top tips. If you have any suggestions please so share I would love to hear! Also if you are a Home Ed family, would love to hear how you fit learning experiences while on holiday, do you plan or just go with the flow of interest and what pops up. Love hearing any feed back..

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Making Dreams Reality…

I still haven’t built up enough courage to call myself a writer. I don’t know what it will take for me to make that leap of faith and actually say it out loud. To say it wth confidence and conviction to family and friends or even complete strangers. I guess because somewhere deep inside it has always been a dream, something that has felt so far away and as I have had nothing published, nor won any accolades for my work I feel like this is still something that is stuck in-between that place of hobby and career. Am I just seeking external validation to give me the go ahead to call myself a writer as opposed to saying I’m someone who likes to write… most likely yes.

I have really tried this year to make a point of taking time out to participate in getting amongst it, with workshops, courses and writers groups. Meeting new people and fuelling my passion, keeping me motivated when so much around me is screaming distraction. I have tried to make a point of this for a few reasons, firstly I think if I want to home school/un school the children I will need to keep my passions a priority and also keep myself learning new things in order for this to filter down to them. To show them to search for new horizons and pursue them with hunger. I also believe that I want to invest in myself as a woman, a writer (there you have it! I wrote it), a creative individual and an adventurer on this abundant journey as I am so open take. I too am worth investing time, energy and passion into. I want both my children but especially my daughter to see that although motherhood and family is my number one priority but there are other parts to me that are important and contribute to the piecing together of my purposeful spirit. That my attention and passions also ride down many other canals in life, all that intertwine and feed off each other. Boosting each other and as a mother it is ok to take time for yourself, to indulge in something/s that are just for you and yourself and that it actually enriches you as a person and gives you so much more to offer your family.That finding balance or at least attempting it is so important to a mothers spirit, to living a fulfilled and enriched existence. Finally I want to become a better writer, the only way I can become better is by doing more of it, making space for it and allowing in my life pure and simple.

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Walter Mason is the Wonderful Author of 2 travel Memoirs and a great teacher with so many insights and offerings. Checkout his blog http://www.waltermason.com

So today I attended a travel writing workshop ( with the wonderful Walter Mason if you ever get a chance to do one with him I can’t recommend him highly enough http://www.waltermason.com) which to be honest I was feeling guilty about going to as I left the kids for half a day. My husband encouraged me and I am so glad he did as it re inspired me and boosted me. It got those creative juices flowing and excitement bubbling up and all the ideas that came streaming through. I actually left the course and on my way home stopped at the shops and bought a cork board for myself and my son to make vision boards. I was thinking a lot about when I went backpacking in my early twenties and how I had really manifested that with my vision board. I would add pictures, quotes and trinkets that would inspire me. I actually ended up travelling to all the places I had pinned on my board. As I have mentioned before I would love to do some travel soon and I thought I need to be visualising this and bringing it into my world now! It also sparked the thought that my son would benefit from visualising all the adventures he wants to go on and things he wants to achieve to. For me it is such a powerful tool and something I would love to encourage to be practiced within daily life.

So after I put my baby to bed, in our evening quiet time we, Otis and I sat together and printed pics, talked about all the things we wanted to do, places we wanted to visit and also about all the things we are so grateful for. He was so excited and delighted with his board and we proudly found the perfect location in his room for him to gaze at and get lost in. We left space to add things to it and talked about some pictures that he would like to collect to add to it. It was a really beautiful way to spend an evening and I realised after I had taken some time out for myself and ignited my passion I was then able to pass the flame and ignite the fire within my boy. The gift of nourishing one’s self provides insights for the whole family. A true blessing of wisdom.

Dreaming of Travel

Pre children my life mainly revolved around a few things chilling with my now husband, lunching, dining and dancing with him and many friends, being creative (the many things I birth under this umbrella too many to list) and of course TRAVEL. Dreaming of holidays, planning of trips and relaxing on them. We have travelled abroad a few times with my son when there was just him in tow, done the planes, trains and buses, we have had some great times. We even eloped and got married in the Cook Islands with him which was simply divine. But when my baby girl was born my husband and I made the conscious choice to try and keep things more low key and travel on shorter trips ( within the east coast of oz) for a few reasons I guess. First was the energy and time, after no2 I felt overwhelmed at the thought of driving across Sydney with a baby and toddler in tow let alone on a flight. I just didn’t feel I had it in me and believe it or not I was too exhausted to holiday. I just wanted to keep it all as simple as I could and I was happy being at home with my family. Second was the money, after taking a year off work which mind you I wouldn’t change at all, financially it just seemed so lavish to be taking overseas holidays on our budget, we needed to re group and get back on track. Finally I guess it was the value, we thought if we saved up and when the babes were a bit older maybe they could understand more and we could incorporate more learning and elements of their interests upon our travels. We could really share the experience with them.

My little girl is now 18 months old and I am feeling more now that the family dynamic is shifting, things at last (dare I say) are getting a little easier. I in my personal journey am getting itchy feet and more and more I am finding my husband and I are talking about travelling with the kids as a real possibility. Like the timing maybe presenting itself. Maybe not in the immediate future but hopefully in the not to distant. I would love to take them to Europe where we have so many family and friends to meet and enrich them with the love of the special people that although we don’t get to see often are felt so fondly and regularly in our hearts. To see where my husband and I met and lived for the first 3 years of our relationship. To experience my heritage and just the wonderful continent of Europe as a whole.

Travel for me isn’t just about taking a holiday or vacation, it’s really a deep passion. I think about it daily, probably several times a day. Find myself fantasising about how I can earn a flexible income to make it possible to travel more frequently. I feel most happy within myself when I am getting lost in different cultures, immersed in new surroundings, living nomadically and when my senses are tantalised with foreign tastes, smells and sounds. Everything about it even the madness of trying to get places with delays, forgein language barriers and customs roadblocking you I find all apart of the fun and excitement. Before we had children a big thing we would talk about was when we did eventually have a family,  we really wanted to shower them with love, encouragement and experiences rather than toys, material possessions and gifts. Travel has always been apart of this goal apart of the bigger picture. It’s also a big part of what brought us together and a big part of the people we are.

 

So now I find myself goggling more and more often “families traveling around Australia”. Trolling blogs and vicariously living through the pictures, words and experiences of others to inspire me to pick my family up to do a lap around Australia. I want to really take the time to enjoy life and indulge in my kids and family because I know there will come a time when this part of motherhood is over, the tiredness, morning snuggles in bed, the nappy changes, the bandaids on elbows and I will reminisce so fondly upon it and probably wonder how I got through some of it. I want to soak it up even the most difficult of moments to truely know I lived it and felt it whole heartedly and with completeness. I love the idea of living simply for a while, encouraging the children to get outdoors and be immersed in nature and really connect as a family. To take time out of life to pursue some creative channels of music, writing and photography that we have wanted to for some time but our life right now doesn’t allow so much for. To follow the sun and the seasons, slow down and wake up not knowing where we may be in a day, a month a year. Following only the beat of one’s heart and being guided by intuition.

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So for now we embark on planning our trip, the logistics, how to fund it, how to make it happen, when to go, where to go.. I will keep you updated on the dream and in the meantime to anyone out there doing this please feel inspired to hit me up with some inspiration, connect and any tips and tricks would be grand. For now it may just be just be in the early conception of dreams but all great adventures start somewhere..

Peace my nomadic hearted friends and dreamers alike

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