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Why Sketching Builds Resilience

What do you remember doing as a child and not really appreciating at the time, and has this influenced you now?

Is Outcome Always A Priority? 

During half term 2015, my husband Paul was away with work in Syria, so as often happens in the holidays,  I drove the kids up North to visit their older and younger cousins and spend time with my lovely sister in law, Auntie Sally, two mums working together is always so much easier than one eh.

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On this occasion we met at one of our favourite bolt holes in the Lake District, the Independent Youth Hostel at Derwent Water.   We’ve always enjoyed Youth Hostelling for the flexibility, fun and affordability.

It was also a week to celebrate Nanny Gill turning 70.  She always brings a bag of sketch books, pencils and paints,  we find the last page that someone doodled and then create a new page. It’s a collection of memories from various adults and children and always so lovely and inspiring to look back through.

Luke and Ellie laugh at my unskilled often immature drawings, I used to not sketch perhaps over concerned with the appearance. However, when I decided it’s not about the outcome but the process and experience, it became more enjoyable and relaxing.

Ways To Build Resilience

Being present to the moment, taking notice and slowing down are all ways to build the foundations of resilience and sketching is a way to encourage this.

Even better though, are shared events,  connection and belonging. Sometimes our children don’t always want to take part in activities with us, especially when they hit teenage years – wow what a totally new set of parenting skills this involves!  However these adventures are seeds that get planted, and form important life bases, though often not appreciated at the time.

Look forward to seeing your sketches and reading more of your stories too.

Jane Tyson
Solving World Problems One Mum at A Time

PS, this week’s  Random Dialogues  homework is a sketching task! We have a Facebook group too incase you would like to join us either on and/or offline.

 

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Family Adventures in Naples

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Today we took a train to Ercolo then tourist bus up to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying great views of the city of Naples sprawling below, whilst slightly terrified of the narrow coach turns. The carpark with all the coaches was probably the most dangerous part though.

From here, we walked about 15 minutes on a reasonably wide path to the crater rim. It was pretty windy, Ellie’s ears ached from the cold and sand stung our eyes. It was definitely worth it though.

We survived the return journey to the station, and from here walked 15 minutes to Herculaneum. This Roman city was destroyed in AD79 by pyroclastic flows from the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. Due to the deep ash, the preservation of the city is remarkable.

The video contains images of skeletons frozen in fear and pain. 300 were found at the site close to the seashore, previously it had been thought that the city had been evacuated.

On Monday, our visit to the National Archaeological Museum to see many of the city’s artefacts and excellent video reconstruction, was a great family experience too.

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Sleep and the benefits of Bedtime Routines for children

Do your children have a bedtime ritual? 

Below is a gentle idea to soothe them before bedtime and ease them into sleep.

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A Simple Bedtime Idea

My brother in law responded to my newsletter, ‘Simple Ways To Enhance Children’s Sleep by sending over a beautiful message about his evening wind down routine. This included lighting a candle before he snuggles under his soft covers. I shared his story with my daughter.
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After she’s cleaned her teeth, my daughter lights our little buddha statue, and then settles back for a short and calming foot massage. When she was little she would enjoy calming yoga poses too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Yesterday, my husband returned from Indonesia with stories of the recent dreadful earthquake, which we didn’t share at bedtime.

Sleep tight.

Jane

In a world of constant distraction and stimulation teaching your children the magic of silence©

Are You Paying Attention?

The simplest things in life can have the most profound effects.

Would you agree?

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Papayas Pinched by the Monkeys

Our porch in Tanzania was overlooked by a volcano called Mount Meru, breathtaking on clear days.

Monkeys would climb the papaya tree, pinching fruit, often boldly entering the house.

Grazes, rashes or burns eased with juice from the aloe vera

The children played on the grass infront, or went off on adventures around the vast school campus.

Adults strolled together through the surrounding villages and coffee plantations.

It’s not always easy to measure the impact an experience has on us.

A conversation with a stranger.

A connection with a family member or friend.

A family adventure

Are you paying attention?

Jane Tyson
Solving World Problems One Mum at a Time
#Frustrationexpert

Why the Dandelion Wee-d

💛💛💛Why the Dandelion ‘Wee-d’?

 An invasive, independent and stubborn plant beneficial for Bees, Bugs, Birds & Us.
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Due to the jagged young leaves it is also know as ‘Lions Tooth’. The roots, leaf and flowers are medicinal and parts are rich in vitamin A, C and Calcium, and pupport to support treating diabetes, UTIs, freshening skin, relieving acne, weight loss, and much more. It’s been around a while, 30 million years.
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 Young leaves can be added to salads as can the yellow flowers, the roots made into various therapeutic brews, poultices, coffee, smoothies etc😯
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What do you do with yours? 😉

Frustration Expert

cropped-20180209_163743.jpgThe Story of IamBe

​IamBe was a Greek Goddess,  the daughter of Pan and Echo.

One day, whilst working close to the city of Athens, Iambe met Demeter. Demeter had come down to earth from the heavens, consumed with grief for the loss of her daughter Persephone, who  unknown to her had been kidnapped by Hades in the underworld.  Demeter was not eating,  drinking, talking or smiling and this was also depleting and destroying the surrounding lands. In one account,  Iambe in an act of sisterhood, connects and communicates with Demeter’s head and heart by flashing at her and telling jokes, which shocks Demeter, makes her laugh and transforms her state of grief! Demeter begins to eat, drink and smile again,  which restores balance and harmony to the lands and people around.

Feeling Frustrated? 

So why am I writing about this story?  In 2016, I developed a ‘communication, connection & collaboration’ model to create fresh perspective and  possibilities for adults and children. As  a result they experience:

💜improved inner wellbeing
💜more empowering relationships
💜less stress
💜greater clarity and focus
💜more confidence
💜improved self-esteem
💜improved productivity and efficiency
💜fewer power struggles

Play, Poetry & Possibilities

I was searching for a word to  encompass my model.   At one point, as I often do,  I looked up to the sky and requested a word and 3 days later ‘IAmBe’  arrived at Waterloo Station.

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Sipping tea and waiting for a grieving friend in a coffee shop called BeNuGo at  London Waterloo,  I considered this name, was it a play on words – be nu go? My Random Dialogues partner and I, AyPee (RIP) had also been reciting a mantra linked to our combined transformational BeSayDoHaveⒸ model:

‘I am who I say I AM
Because what I say I am
That is who I am’ Ⓒ

​So in the spaces, I questioned who ‘I am BEing’ and played with these words and created IamBE. Upon Googling it I found out she was the goddess who communicates and connects through Play and Poetry,  perfect and random, this is exactly what a #FrustrationExpert does 😉

Frustration leads to breakthroughs and more empowering changes of state.

What a great way to BE

In the meantime perhaps you are experiencing ‘frustration’ in an aspect of your grown up life.  Perhaps you are struggling to get a new idea off the ground and need an experienced mentor to sound out your ideas with. Someone to guide and help you develop your ideas. Allow me to metaphorically Flash at you and help realign you with who you are and what you LOVE to BE. 😉

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You may enjoy walking and talking with me, sitting and sipping or skyping.

Playful collaborations always considered

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NB: To BE Or Not To BE?

‘Iambic’ verse also stems from Iambe’s name and her jokes and playful nature, it was often used by Shakespeare in his plays and sonnets, an example being ‘To Be or not to Be’.

‘I Am that I Am’ the common English translation of the response God used in the Hebrew Bible when Moses asked for his name (Exodus 3:14).

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Distrackted

A Random DiaBlog

How Often Do you Notice you are Dis-Trackted?

Our path in life is not always clear, actually it’s pretty unclear for most of us. For those of you who have worked out your main route (congratulations), you might notice though how often you get side-tracked, dis-track–ted, or even lost, but that’s all just perfectly how it’s meant to be.
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Sometimes, it maybe just a little tiring not feeling on track,  it might be like being pulled in different directions and even trodden on.
When we do slow down and take time out, how easy do you find it to be quiet and gentle on yourself? There’s always lots of other things we need to DO and our head is busy thinking about them… a wash to put on, a meal to cook, a blog to write,  shopping to buy, kids to collect, paperwork to complete, an email to answer, a room to decorate, a lawn to mow, a car to hoover…  I’ve met people who feel guilty if they sit down. It’s really important to allow yourself time out though, whatever it is that helps you to settle and quieten, to get back on one of your tracks.

Wake Up and Smell The Trees

Whichever path you are on,  remember to look up and smell the trees, take time to pause and be gentle and kind to you.

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It may help to visualise roots growing from your feet holding you strong and  supporting you.

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Take a few nice deep breathes to slow your pace and just notice.

 Wherever I lay my path, that’s my home 
Just imagine the path is running through you, down through your centre, it is you. You are the path.  Where you are is your path. And by noticing where you and imagining this path, it may help you to stay more aligned with it and help you to place it gently onto the course you’d like it be on once more.
Everything is a perfect path, it’s OK to get sidetracked and distrackted all part of the twists and turns of life .