Let’s break loose of rigid identities. We are ever-changing and always growing.
I was the perfect city girl, so at ease in the urban jungle.
Then one day, all of a sudden really, I felt called by nature. I could not handle the polluted air anymore. I moved from a world of grey concrete and subway noises to a beautiful and peaceful countryside.
I feel so blessed to have followed the current of my intuition. I feel guided within life, as if I was moving like a flowing river.
Each one of us has a different way to cope with extreme abuse. The behavior of people is only an appearance. It cannot give clues as to what happened in the past. Some people scream and cry their pain while others use addictions to smother the hurt.
If I say #divinefeminine and #ecofriendly lifestyle, if you like women who do not take themselves seriously but who have excellent ideas on serious matters, if you feel exhausted after the last holiday season, then our guest today can make you enjoy the next holiday season in a more peaceful way.
Her name is @douceur.sauvage on Instagram which is French for Wild Softness. We started the interview (available in French here) asking ourselves if it was a good idea to lie to our children about the existence of Father Christmas.
Then we moved the gifts and @douceur.sauvage taught me how to wrap presents in fabric: this beautiful ecofriendly practice is called Furoshiki. I was very impressed! This is a brilliant idea which saves so many paper.
On a practical level, she suggested turning all our parties into pot luck. The idea is to allow the hosts to feel rested and ready to enjoy the gathering instead of running around like crazy and cooking for 12 people, while the guests can proudly share a traditional dish they lovingly made themselves.
Lastly, Marie-Laëtitia from @douceur.sauvage shared some of her wisdom about the lunar cycle and how it can influence our lives as women. Far from typical New Year’s resolutions which can feel strict and sometimes harsh on our body, she suggests we look at each new moon cycle as a rebirth. We can look back on each month and set intentions for the coming one in a kind and loving way, making sure our whole year is a time for new beginnings.
I am unable to understand some things in life, not at an intellectual level but on the sensations plan.
The first one is boredom. Life is so rich and colorful that I cannot imagine how it is to feel bored. The second one is how routine is often viewed with disdain.
However, a shift in perspective can be operated even here. I find that PTSD is relieved when we take care of ourselves with loving kindness. I find that having a routine is part of that. I like the certainty of a routine. It helps me to deal better with the uncertainty of life.
I teach children on Preply. They learn French with me but it is usually their second or third language. Many of them are homeschooled. They are so smart!
I feel drawn to giving homeschooling a try with my own children. However, I feel it is important for homeschooled kids to meet other kids on a regular basis. I also worry about not having anymore time to work on clairesamuel.com.
Have you experienced homeschooling as a single mother my friend my sister?