22 days

It wasn’t intentional to have a 22 day hiatus on the blog but the children had a half term break, I got sick right at the beginning with a horrible cough and here we are weeks later and I’m only just beginning to get back into the groove. But hey, last night I was in bed asleep by 9:30 so I’m still not quite ready to celebrate full wellness yet!

The weather has been lovely the last few days though, there’s that awesome golden light in the evenings and the school term is just a few weeks from finishing. I saw a funny post someone put up on Facebook recently announcing to the children of school going age that effectively their teachers and parents were done at this time of year and if they could just get themselves to the end of June, that’d be great. We’re all getting a little weary of the timetable and the homework and the school lunches in our house.

Summer of course, isn’t exactly stress free but in our house anyway, it’s a time to not have to worry about scrambling to get out of the house and there’s a gorgeous ease to our days which I’m looking forward to immensely. This will mean of course, that there is less time for Mama’s work. At the moment, my creative life is squeezed into the hour that the toddler naps and anything I have energy left for in the evenings. Summer means even less time and I’m not the best when I don’t at least have some space to work. So, the next few weeks I’ll be trying to figure out how to block some time out for myself to keep the creative fires burning.

I’ve a long list of women I’d like to interview for the podcast and a lot of them are also mothers, so just to warn you, there may be interviews over the summer with the sound of children running around a back garden, or slurping smoothies on the front step. But that’s the reality of many women’s creative lives so we may as well hear what it sounds like, right?

Next up on the podcast, I’ve a terrific conversation with director Aoife Spillane-Hinks and following that will be the actress Susan Bracken. Stay tuned for more inspiring chats with some awesome artists as the summer continues.

In the meantime, keep struttin’ and bellowin’.

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