welcome to the seasonal living blog
A seasonal journal dedicated to things to do, see, read, eat, wonder at and find joy in, as the wheel of the year turns.
Forever inspired by seeking simple ways to connect with the natural world and the perfect company for your tea break!
In this part of the world, our natural environment looks pretty dormant and well…bleak. Despite outward appearances though, there is potent magic brewing underground, nature is just resting and preparing to begin a new cycle – and the same can be said for us too.
Underneath those extra layers and thermal socks…we are but waiting for our time to thrive again. The challenge is – how do we keep our inner fires burning in the meantime.
Why do we hang mistletoe? What meaning does the shape of a wreath hold? Our winter celebrations have a long and winding ancestral line of stories and myths to delve into and I’ve been burrowing into the folk tales of our much-beloved Christmas greenery – the holly, the ivy, the mistletoe and the yew.
Nurturing our creativity in winter can help deepen our connection to the season. Creative artist and Author Becki Clark is inspired by nature and the magic of the changing seasons. From illustration, craft, writing books and teaching seasonally inspired workshops, Becki shares her inspiration in this interview and tips for slowing down and finding ways to creatively connect to the rhythms of nature.
In this post I have gathered together three simple ways we might choose to honour and celebrate the winter solstice at home and allow ourselves some time to weave small rituals into our day, giving space to connect with the seasonal shift.
Even by just observing the sight of the Harvest Moon, acknowledging the stories and history, we forge a deeper relationship with the season and with the natural world. In turn we strengthen our sense of peace and belonging, growing our feeling of rootedness in the natural networks we live within.
September and the onset of autumn can challenge us with a shift in pace that we don’t always feel ready for. Perhaps it would make us feel better to press the pause button and let the warmth and abundance of summer linger a little longer? Read on for simple suggestions on connecting with and supporting our emotions at this time of year.
For me, this shift in purpose definitely feels less like a story ending and more like a welcome plot twist. The Smallest Light continues its journey but with a new storyline and plenty of seasons ahead. I hope you’ll continue to walk along this new road with me.
My laid-back recipe for enjoying a summer full of joy and ease. A flexible ‘can-do’ list of simple things to pay attention to and do, to fall in rhythm with this joyful season.
Creative activities, especially those that have a repetitive element, have been shown to cause the release of serotonin in the nervous system, leading to a sense of wellbeing. Since discovering this I have found myself giving more respect and credit to even the smallest crafty endeavour, reminding myself that every little helps.
5 simple ways to ready your home for Autumn. By adding just a few simple, seasonal touches, we can look forward to welcoming the season inside and out.