Midlife Woman Syndrome

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Do you ever wonder how you can feel several emotions almost at the same time? You can be so joyful one moment and overwhelmed by fear or resentment the next. Yep, me too. I wish there was a name for it, a label or diagnosis. I fear that it could be midlife woman syndrome.

We are good at presenting one face to the world while inwardly groaning for all that disappoints and disrupts our flow, our peace. I am hoping that capturing those emotions, naming them and owning them will help me to deal with them. So in prayer, meditation and journal writing these emotions will be dealt with and the Midlife Woman Syndrome (MWS) acknowledged for what it is. All the best for your journey chasing your emotions.

To Filofax or File-online?

Diary? Filofax? Planner? Online Calendar? Family Calendar?

What do you use to stay on top of the chaos of family life? In recent years I have enjoyed the Kikki K Family Calendar. But as the big kids get bigger I find things are getting more complex in terms of organising. They have their own schedules and we have ours; the little people’s commitments we adopt.

My man and I use the iPhone calendar and sync via the cloud, so we share important diary dates and contacts. But at the start of the year I always have a hankering for new stationery, a new lot of diary inserts or Printables.

So I am endeavouring to resurrect an old pocket, leather Filofax to record important dates and appointments. If you scan the web there are many Filofax devotees (see Philofaxy) and their zeal for all things planners in general is a little overwhelming.

How do you stay organised? What are your top tips for using online tools and hardcopy calendars? Help me work well this year. Love to hear from you. S x

Being Grateful

I spent a day on the gratefulness bus the other day. 
One of the teachers was encouraging all the kids to find three things that day that they could be grateful for and to keep them in mind for their (gratefulness) journaling. 
This concept of fostering gratefulness in children and teenagers through education is growing rapidly.  It’s something that we’ve striven for in our own family.  We’ve considered it an important characteristic of family life.  As a family, our gratefulness has a clear focus. The basis of our outlook of gratitude in the family is our faith in God through Jesus; that is, our Christian faith.  We’re grateful to God and we articulate this multiple times each day.  
I think gratefulness needs a target.  We may be grateful for a gift, but we ought to express our gratitude to the giver.  
One of the other staff on this trip is on a mission for the perfect dumpling, and that brings me to my place of gratitude for the day. 
The best dumplings are in Box Hill. 
I’m not naming any particular joint, although we have our favourite.  But we don’t have to bring our family to China to experience the thoroughgoing joy of great Chinese dumplings.  
Amazing dumplings are a regular part of our family life. 

And for that, I am grateful.