Back in June I wrote a blog post about how frustrated I was becoming with all of the crap appearing in my newsfeeds telling me to be this person and that person and scaring me into thinking I was doing all of the wrong things in my business, my life, and motherhood.
By hibernating I really wanted to get away from outside influences and start trusting my own mind again; start simply putting my creations on the table and saying, "here it is, this is what I know, take it or leave it" and being confident about it.
So I did.
I went back to making food for the pure joy of making it - not so I could post a recipe or get lots of likes. I also thought a lot about what I want Keen Bean Wellness to offer, and I think my book, The Mummy Menu, is just it. I want to empower and encourage Kiwi mums into looking after themselves through good food and healthy lifestyle practices.
What did I learn from my hibernation?
That yes, mums are busy and we often don't have time, but if we're truly passionate about something, we can find the time or make the time to do it. Yes, some things get left behind, but the important things like the happiness and health of you and your family always remain. To write this book I crammed all of the things I would usually do at night during the day, and once the child was in bed I would make myself write. I found a way that worked for me and motivated me.
That winter should be a time to hide away a bit and reflect on things (especially for us introverts) and I highly recommend it. Our environment is just so much more active and alive when it's sunny and there is a lot more to do and talk about, so by taking winter to reflect you aren't really missing out on much.
That trusting your own mind is a terrifying, liberating thing. By stepping away from the clickbait and inspirational quotes flooding newsfeeds, you realise that you do actually have a lot to offer the world and you don't need to Google everything "just to be sure" because you can rely on your own knowledge.
So what's next?
A published book, that's what. Something I have always dreamed of. At the moment I am in the process of putting together submissions for publishers and looking at self publishing options, so I am putting a lot of feelers out there in the knowledge that the right thing will show itself and by summer The Mummy Menu will be available somehow, somewhere!
Thank you, Keen Beans, for your patience with me and I look forward to continuing this journey with you!