My life outside of writing involves as much "cool stuff" as I can cram in. For me, that's definitely not meeting people or going to events. I'm an introvert, a sensitive soul who would rather read and wander in Nature than socialize. So my "cools stuff" means travel with my family, reading books, playing with my horses, and using whatever objects and materials I can find to invent new crafts. I like being an introvert. I think it helps me be a better parent because I'm available for my kids. I think it helps me be a better person because I have to take time to think in order to be happy.
Above: I'm always doing interesting activities, even though I spend most of my time at home with my family.
My family home schools. It's a way of life for us, an extension of natural parenting and our belief in family bonds. People around us always used to worry that my daughters would miss out on something by not going to school. But now we can all see how well they read and write and do their maths. We can all see them getting good at manners and socializing well. Family members enjoy how many science and history related questions they ask without needing to be prompted, and how much they love visiting museums. When kids love learning as much as my girls do, and love telling everyone about it as much as they do, it's difficult to worry. They're not missing out. They're out in the world with me and their Dad, or following their own interests. At the moment, they are making their own dolls clothes from scratch. Home schooling really works for us, even though I know it's not for everyone.
Below: My girls are always doing something with me and their Dad! Sometimes we work with my horses. Sometimes we climb up in the trees, as their Dad does professionally. We do all sorts!
One of the things we love doing most is art. I'm always making something and I have so many ideas. Having my girls around is a blessing because I can share all the crafts I invent with them. They learn skills that are about life, not just about craft. For example, our recent sunflower activity really helped them develop some new fine-motor skills. And they love it!
Above: Making sunflowers out of coloured paper. This was a family meditation on relaxing through the winter dormancy. It was to help us remember that our time to blossom will come soon enough.
Creativity is unique to each person. For me, there's no separation between the writer, artist, parent, healer and even the horse-woman parts of me. It's all a continuum of creativity. I've tried focusing on only one area, and it's always made me unhappy. When I express all these parts of myself, I discover that each subject supports and inspires all the others. So I think it'd be helpful to redefine creativity. It's not about what you produce, although making products is a great part of being an artist. It's about how you live. And if we look at it that way, then anyone can be creative!
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