This post is prompted by Australian Mums Encouraging Australian Mums Blog Hop. I’ve never been very good at sticking to schedules but I think this is such a great initiative and opportunity to encourage each other as Aussie Homeschool mummas. It’s great to be part of building our Australian community, don’t you think?
Why I blog: my reason, purpose, goals
I first started blogging in 2009 over at Dove’s Rest, the first year I started homeschooling. At first it was a way to share with family and friends what it was we were actually doing. It then became a way of sharing with other homeschoolers that might be interested in the way we did things. Now I do it because sharing can help others and its a great way to keep a diary or record of our learning. Blogging encourages me, especially when I look back at all we’ve done. I am not a wonderful writer and I am not very good at tech stuff, so using the computer always feels like a learning curve for me.
My goal for blogging would be to keep a record for ourselves, practice the art of written and visual communication and hopefully my blogging might be useful to someone that may happen by here one day. Even if this blog was a blessing to one other mumma feeling her way through the homeschool maze I would feel it was worth the effort.
What attracted you to blogging?
Having a visual diary and sitting down to think and write what we have loved on our journey. I think this attracts me to blogging. Secondly I think it might be nice for the kiddos and family to look back one day and see just how proud I am of the kids and how much they have grown. Blogging is also a great way to connect with other like minded mums out there whether in Australia or across the seas.
My blogging story – when I started, what it looked like then, what it looks like now.
I think I’m more chilled as a homeschool ma but just as excited about our homeschool plans and planning, successes and absolute triumphs and most of all finding beauty in the everyday.
What I’ve learnt because I blog
I’ve learnt that every reader wants absolute honesty about life. Readers want all your secrets to success, what works and what didn’t, and when I’ve felt like I have monumentally failed at something. Readers like the dirt! I’ve learnt that I need to make myself write, it doesn’t flow naturally and I need to avoid sounding so serious. I’ve learnt that blogging helps me sort out my thoughts and solidify my ideas on whatever it is I am writing about.
What do I do other than blog (yes, I do have another life)
Have a Women’s Bible Study in our home once a week.
Draw and paint.
enjoy art with friends,
Sew quilts occasionally.
Drink tea very often,
Explore new bush-tracks with my kids.
Swim, kayak and boat in the river.
Dream often about holidays.
Dream of selling everything and hitting the road or sailing away to an island.
I live a simple yet abundant life.
What are some things about you that you’ve never shared on your blog
Mmmmm or should the question be what am I willing to share that I haven’t before? Let me see …
I get a little thrill when my fridge is newly stocked with colourful vegetables and fruit. I also like to look back at my washing line after I am finished hanging out a load. I get a certain satisfaction of work completed and love the crisp new smell.
No laughing but I also happen to think God sends me butterflies, just to remind me he’s looking after me and mine.
mmmm… Yes, I think you’ll have to ask me a question.
Do you read other blogs? Which blogs inspire you?
I love to soak up:
~ how families are inspired Charlotte Mason’s philosophies and methods as well as wonderful literature to share with my kiddos.
~ how others homeschool with beauty, simplicity , on a budget and how others take things slow with their children not forcing them to conform to a grade level because of their age.
~ how people de-clutter and simplify their homes and lifestyle
~ ironically I love to read about people unplugging or living in a cabin in the wilderness or sailing off to an island.
Links to your top blog posts
This humble space here is fairly new but feel free to poke around or you can check out my old blog at Dove’s Rest (linked above).
Thankyou for visiting my little nook in the web and please feel free to ask me a question, I’ll do my darndest to give you my best answer.
warmest wishes, Renelle x