As August appears to be beckoning autumn on the island it is a natural time to take stock. It has been the busiest summer I have had for some years and I need to reflect on that. That said, there are lots of positive things going on so it is very important not to grumble. Scottish island mum continues to go from strength to strength and I feel blessed that the support remains strong. Radio work continues to come in as does work in online contexts but I recognise that I need to devote more time to the work that is, arguably, my natural home. The 2013 daily blog challenge cemented writing someone deep within and I have been frustrated that the summer has diverted me somewhat.
I am delighted to have completed my latest course in mindfulness and chronic illnesses and that I already have clients where I can see a difference being made. I am deliberately keeping my clinical practice small so that I can work with people for as long as necessary. I am building my online course portfolio which include mindfulness and also intuitive journaling. The combination is being very well received by all my students. I now have a dedicated facebook page of this work that you might like to follow. I have just launched my first e-retreat entitled ‘Place, Space and Identity’ so I am holding my breath to see how it is received. Retreat is not an easy concept and certainly not for everyone. But it is a completely cleansing experience that asks lots of questions while trying to offer solutions to issues that have been trundling around in our subconscious for a while.
Moving forward in this area I am currently planning my programme for 2015 that will include an extension to my short course programme which has been so popular this year. I am a fan of bite sized learning in a world that is increasingly complex and busy. Online learning is offering my students the chance to take the course in their own time and in their own space and it has to be the way forward for many of us.
My work on the island as part of the eco savvy community has been very rewarding. Quite some time ago I shifted my business to reflect a more sustainable approach so when eco savvy became a living and breathing thing I could respond immediately. I now have to fit some sewing in most days to keep up with demand and I am currently working on my Christmas range. Our willow crop has done really well so we are looking forward to an extended season through our Christmas wreaths. We are also hoping to move into mail order through our etsy shop selling the willow bases so that others can make their own wreaths. George (now 16) discovered that he is superb at willow weaving so we will be working together on this venture and splitting the profits 50/50 as we should.
In recent weeks I have stumbled across a couple of truly inspirational people that I will be featuring as we go forward in the early autumn months. Using Scottish island mum as a way of connecting us all with people capable of inspiring seems such a good thing to do.
The island continues to be a haven to live on and I never forget to give thanks. I am looking forward to the quieter months ahead when we, once again, reclaim our beaches and long autumn walks are the order of the day. I do my best thinking on the beach but I rarely leave a footprint on it during the summer months. I want to revisit and extend my beach mosaics and I also want to include light hangings in my Christmas collection so these projects give me the perfect excuse.
Project Poppy is reaching its climax as Scottish island mum continues to showcase breath taking work made as a tribute to all those who lost so much in the First World War. We have a number of pieces still to be showcased and all the pieces will form an extended tribute on Remembrance Day this year. It has been an honour to showcase the work and include the maker’s feelings about the project and the place of the causalities of this dreadful war in their hearts.
So, as we move into a small transitional time between late summer and early autumn Scottish island mum takes this time to reflect. Just at this time all the children are resident and we also have Molly’s boyfriend, Scott, joining us soon as well. With Molly now 21 and Harry almost 19 I take every day we have with them as a blessing. It is so lovely to have the whole family together as it is what makes my heart beat.
For anyone out there that finds the commerciality of Christmas a real challenge I am offering an online course that aims to offer an alternative Christmas experience. Drawing on a deliberately wide range of traditions and practices we will spend October to December (inclusive) exploring the joy of belonging, the creativity of the season and the special relationship with Mother Nature as autumn turns to winter. This three month course is designed to offer us regular bliss moments and I do hope it delivers what it promises to do. Encouragingly I already have some students signed up so if you would like more information visit my e-course page.
Sending you all late summer blessings and as the leaves start to turn you might like to join me on an annual ritual where I dry and press leaves before making them into a garland for the sitting room. It is a simple ritual but one that recognises the start of autumn and for many of us the time to fill our larders with autumn preserves.