Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Melted Crayon Rocks

why I do what I do.

  Make soap

A couple of days ago I made a successful batch of lavender-honey-oatmeal soap, and it turned out great.  

I am not writing this to boast, instead I am telling you this because I am actually pretty amazed.  I make soap.  I am a soap-maker.  I am also a beekeeper, writer, and, somehow, have become a go to person in our community for advice on raising chickens. 

People ask me all the time, "How do you do all this all with four kids?  

I know sometimes some people may think that people like me have it all together all of the time.  That my days flow seamlessly with happy children in tow as I craft my utopian life and effortlessly produce homegrown meals, soap and cheese, and knit my children underwear.  

You may feel judged or inadequate, just as I sometimes do, looking at other peoples' blogs and snapshots of sugar-coated lives.

I want to remind you of a little secret.

No one is perfect.   No one.

Do you want to know how I do this?  Well here are my answers:

::I make time::   

The truth is I just really want to do all this stuff.  Whether it is tending to bees, chickens, making soap, writing, getting outdoors with my kids, whatever I happen to be doing, I just act on it.  I love to learn, and I try to make mindful choices of how I use my time.

::I make mistakes:

I have baked many bricks of bread and failed lots of recipes.  Many of my many well thought-out lessons and activities both at home and at school have absolutely flopped.  I have received several hard rejections with my writing and I admit that I loose my patience, yell, and cry.

::I work hard::

This house in which I live did not build itself.  My husband and I built it with our own hands!  We have been very lucky and blessed as a family, but we have also worked our tails off in the process.  Making conscious choices on what and where we spend our money and we make a lot of compromises. 

I also work hard to learn from my mistakes. If there is something I really want to do, I work hard to stick with it.  I have found that more often than not, from every failed attempt, there is something of value to take away.

::I am real::  

If you really know me you know I have no super powers.  This lifestyle and all of these extra-curriculars are healthy creative outlets for me.  

Some mom's do drugs,  I make soap.  

Most everything I do helps me stay balanced and connected - and also brings me joy.  

We work to incorporate elements of simplicity into the life of our family. But we also buy and eat store-bought cookies and macaroni and cheese, and I do not knit my children underwear.

One thing that I know for sure is that I love to learn.  The more I learn the more I want to know, and the more I know, the more I to want to learn.  

And that is how I got to the place I am right now in my life.  A soap-maker, mama, beekeeper, chicken-tender, kindergarten teacher with high hopes to inspire others to live their best lives. 

I welcome you to tag along on this journey.