I’m always amazed at the randomness of things on my radar. So without further adieu, Thinking About Thursdays, what’s on my mind this week.
Move Your Body
What have you done this week to feel alive in your body? I went to an inspiring weekend of yoga training with Amy Ippoliti. It felt so satisfying to be on student end of a yoga class, and I loved learning Amy’s way of seeing, and working the body in yoga.
And then this dance video has me smiling, I cannot even imagine having that much control over my body.
Hurricane Matthew is pounding through the Caribbean right now, headed up to Florida near where we used to live when Oliver was born. Thinking especially of all the people in Haiti who will be greatly affected by the storm. Thousands were still living in temporary shelters from the 2010 earthquake, and now this. I’m pretty good at complaining about my house to be honest. It is cold and drafty, no insulation, single-pane windows, wind rushes through behind the dishwasher, but sitting here in my house, listening to a rainstorm going on right now in Auckland, I am very grateful for my house and the safety that it brings. Sending love and safety to our old Florida-friends!
Get ready to VOTE!
FINALLY! The US Presidential Election is nearly here. I need to get my ballot in the mail this week so that my vote counts (living overseas you have to plan for this stuff ahead of time!). The Vice Presidential debate was last night. Clarke was watching it and I was kind of laughing thinking about how funny it is that we have a VP, and that no one really seems to care about them. I honestly didn’t even know their names. Good Old Stephen Colbert did a good job poking fun at them, watch and enjoy.
Mia’s birth family does not have running water at their house, and for what I could see the only electricity is used for a small fan. I didn’t ask, so I’m not sure what they do for laundry, as the laundry mats can be expensive. I came across this amazing product, the Yirego Drumi, that allows you to wash 5-7 piece of clothing with only 5 Litres of water and no electricity! How amazing! Maybe I should get one too?
We need them for our food people, and bee colonies across the South-Eastern USA were obliterated recently when an insecticide for the Zika Virus blanketed vast areas and ended up killing 2.5 million bees, read here.
Read these two great articles about bees and why we need them from one of my favourite websites for interesting stuff.
How to raise kinder, less entitled kids
This Washington Post article about the science behind raising kinder, less entitled kids has got me thinking about my parenting strategies (and by that I mean, flying by the seat of my pants!), or maybe my lack thereof. I guess for me one of the things I find difficult is being consistent about things. This article suggested not paying your kids for chores so that they know helping out around the house is just part of life, which I totally get, BUT I think I subconsciously ask less of Oliver than I probably should for two reasons, 1) I can’t be bothered with the coaxing and argument that will come with the request, and 2) I often have to re-do things because a 7-year old’s version of a chore well-done is different than mine. Hmm, need to be more thoughtful about this. How about you? What do you in your family to help your children learn kindness?
Books featuring characters of colour
I came across this blog post at Cup of Jo with a wonderful list of children’s books that feature characters of colour. This is something I need to attend to in our own book collection especially as we are a multi-cultural family now. This should be a priority regardless, but I don’t want Mia grow up only seeing white faces in the books we read.
Now where to find a book with a Micronesian girl in the leading role………… Ha! I just found one on Amazon, click, order, wait from Mom and Dad to bring in December.
So there you have it, some things that have been buzzing around my head lately. Tell me what’s on your mind? Leave a comment below or in my Instagram feed.