Just a quick little blog post to say hello! 

I have taken a little time away from &hobbs to spend with my baby boy, this time has be oh so worth it! The moments with him have truly been so wonderful! I feel that I have changed so much in the last year and all thanks to him I see things in so many ways! 

Its not all sweet, these last few months have shown me challenges of all kinds. Mainly battles within my self as an individual, mother, wife, friend and within my work.

Slowly becoming more and more anxious I decided recently that I needed to take control of this and choose what life I lead rather than falling into a particular lifestyle where I always compare my self to others and feel inferior. I may well be that sometimes, but heck at least id be doing what makes me and my family happy. 

SO I have taken the jump, I'm back to work and my little man is in toe! (apologies now for any delayed responses or hectic meetings with this little rascal!) 

Im expanding &hobbs in so many ways, in areas that I had put on my dream shelves and thought that Id focus on them when Einar is older....nope its a'happening now! 

Im also aiming to explore more with my husband Josh, we have always wanted to work together! He is an awesome carpenter...serious skills. I have the heady visions and 'what if we did that!!"...moments. So between the two of us we are currently in the early stages of designing our own range of home furniture. More will be reviled and shared very soon! 

Alongside projects with the creative community that surrounds me I literally cannot wait for the next six months. By no means is this a llm going to be perfect, but I am so looking forward to figuring it all out very soon!

I am in such a fortunate position where I can work alongside my little crew (literally gurgling grub in the background) and we together can create this life that lays before us. I just want to make him proud so, I'm rolling up my sleeves, getting my notebook out and dreaming big. 

Please do comment below on how you have gotten on when becoming a new mum, or childless figuring out what lifestyle you want to live! Inspriation grows when shared people! 





Quiet minds

Today's thoughts.

I was lucky enough to have some time this afternoon, whilst my little man was snoozing with grandma to take Wallace (the original child, in the form of a working dachshund) up on the health as the sun was setting.

I never fail to be amazed by the beauty up there and feel so greatfull that it is so close to our home. 

As I strolled over crunchy frozen ground, with clear skies above me, I realised  something about my mind. It is ver truly quiet. Thus far I have on our walk I had been going over conversations that I need to have, texts yet to write, emails to send and work to complete. What I needed to do for Einar, my home and all with a background of the stunning tunes of FIrst Aid Kit ( what I use to get Einar to snooze). 

So, how often do we actually allow our minds be fully clear. Many of us aim to have a moment of every day to be ourselves and to give us time to wind down. Weather it be with exercise, being outdoors, cooking, whatever makes us tick. After this afternoons realisation, I am so keen to find out if whilst submersed in these moments for us, are our minds actually able to relax? To switch off from our everyday lives and what they contain. Or are they simply another time in which we process our lives? I would love to hear if this is something that you achieve or have battled with. 

I know that many people strive whilst being busy, I would consider myself one of them. So perhaps it is in us to maintain that pace in order to feel happy and content? 

Is this healthy in the long run, to constantly be running? Or do we all physically need time...need physical and mental silence? 



Welcome to my mind

I have decided to begin more of a personal blog on here, separately to that of &hobbs where I wanted to focus on my creative life and projects. Within the 'words' blog posts il cover general thoughts and topics that pop up in this little head of mine.

Since becoming a mumma to our first little one, I have really struggled to define my self again and how I fulfil my aims as a mother and as an individual. 

Something that I was fearful of in those last stages of pregnancy, was what kind of mother I would become and if I would suit it. Well I guess only Einar can answer that for you and he's unable to speak yet, unless it's a general sighing noise. However, I can say that the feelings that I have since his arrival have been so inward and utterly comfortable, something I did not except. With the thought that it would be a sing from the roof tops, lightning type change in emotion the reality is quite different. Almost as if I have always been a mum. Not in a slushy...this was my destiny kind of way...just simply this is how I feel kind of way.

Although, still being the same lady that I was before getting pregnant, the thought of my work, and the challanges that I aim to set my self never really left my mind. Within days I wanted to set about completing some of my tasks and to feel creatively and personally accomplished along side this new comfort that was having Einar in my life.

Initially, I tried to achieve all that I set my self before the arrival of my little man. That quickly exhausted me and I realised that whatever I was setting my mind to at the time, the other seemed to suffer. With a baby that was only days old this just did not feel natural. So I took some time to contemplate how I was going to balance this new life of mine and being all that I hope to be in both forms. With the help of friends and family around me I quickly felt confident that what I really needed to do was to set achievable tasks and time scales. Hopefully that enables me to tick things off the list and still feel confident in my mothering skills....those of which I am still getting the hang of and loving every minuet of (...well maybe those minuets between midnight and 5am are a little less loved!).

One thing that I have found invaluable is to ensure that every day I do somehting creative, even if that is simply taking a picture on my phone and editing whilst im breast feeding. Setting aside that little creative time for myself helps me feel like 'libby' not just 'mummy libby' and I have achieved an extra thing by the time I hit the hay that evening. 

I know that I still have so much a head of me in all aspects of my life. Being a mum is going to continue to change and develop for years and years to come although, for now I feel that by writing things down and ensuring that I am honest with my self I can ensure that I can feel established and unique in a way that we all should on a day to day basis. S