Woman bent down outside with red sneakers, smiling

then laundry doesn’t seem so bad

One of the most beautiful things I’ve read was book called Momma Zen. It was given to me when I was pregnant with my son, Charlie, seven years ago. I took so many things away from that book. The biggest lesson was: expect nothing; expectation gets in the way of the experience.

A couple of years ago, I picked up two more books from the same author which have all been equally insightful and beautiful. They’re all about learning to value the ordinary things life has to offer. The seemingly mundane tasks that we all have. For me, the easiest way to enjoy those tasks, also known as life, is to surround myself with things that make me smile.

Looking around my living room I see flying pigs, colourful blankets, a felt bug, an interesting dish, a sparkling rock, a glass sun-catcher, Charlie’s artwork, photo albums, an old stump, mismatched pillows and painted furniture. When I’m in my home, I feel happy and comfortable and grateful – then laundry doesn’t seem so bad.

I don’t know what’s in store for me, but rather than focus on an idea of what it should be, or get upset about what was supposed to be, I’m just living the experience. At the end of the day, I get a hug from my Charlie and I can smile about my simple and colourful little life. And it’s awesome.

– Andrea, creative, mom, daughter, light, ceramic artist, stuffed animal designer, flying pig collector, painter, wannabe gardener, lover of sunshine, accepter of creative challenges >> learn more