How are you? We’ve been a little busy over here, corralling kids, figuring out all kinds of homeschool and unschooling stuff, preparing for baby girl, and I spent about a week working on-site at a beloved local festival called Floyd Yoga Jam!
What’s going on in our world:
Baby girl update: I had an extra anatomy scan and (after the first revealed some things that would frighten you) the second seemed to settle the nerves. She has a spot on her heart that they are unsure of but have somewhat assured me that there is no reason to worry. I go back at the end of September for another! Before, they saw a spot on the brain and the heart, but the brain was cleared and at this point, the heart seems to not be a worry factor but she is just as stubborn as all these brothers, so they could not get all the shots of the heart that they wanted, thus I go back to Roanoke. I’m sure it’s going to be okay but nothing stops a mama from worrying, that’s for sure.
Boys update: ALL ARE RABID WILD. PLEASE SEND HELP.
The rest of life: Well, I can honestly say that I have been battling some serious depression and anxiety. I have a light inside where I can still find myself a bit, whether it be through yoga, a book, blogging here or journaling, or thinking about being a postpartum coach and mama helper. I so want to start my own business but constantly get overwhelmed with what to do first and how to do it and finding the time to do it all. Taking care of all the things limits my time and brain capacity. I’m still on the lookout for friends and building my community so that I can, well have a friend or two, and hopefully maybe rely on someone else at times.
Still figuring all that out.
As for the title of this post, I read a really rad book called “The 5 Hour School Week” by Aaron and Kaleena Amuchastegui.
The title of the book basically explains it all. Her husband and her practice the tools given in the 4 Hour Work Week book by Timothy Ferris. They have developed and rightly justified how much time you actually can spend on formal educating your children at home.
If public school is seemingly not to be your thing because you’re constantly getting the ‘“leftovers of your children,” homeschooling may be what you’re looking for and if you’re afraid that it’s going to take up ALL YOUR TIME, it doesn’t really have to be like that.
A lot can be said of what changing your mindset can do, as well as educating yourself on all your options. Kaleena does a great job of explaining their situation, how they do things differently, and that you will probably end up doing things different as well, but thinking that you can’t provide an education for your children is absolutely ridiculous.
Cue the great quote “Stop questioning if you can teach your children, instead question the system that made you feel as though you can’t.” — Who said that, I’m not sure, but I do have it printed and stuck to the wall by my computer.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and am so glad I read it. I love following them on social media as well. She posts a lot of good quotes that do make you feel capable and assured.
As for me, that’s my little update. The kids and I are traveling to the beach here soon, signed up for some art classes, and I have a few more posts in mind to share soon — mostly about books, motherhood, yoga, and unschooling stuff.
Until next time, take care!