How do you start your day?
Early, somewhere in the 5 o’clock hour, our littlest crawls into bed with us and starts chatting. This season of my life doesn’t allow for much quiet introspection or slowness. Our home quickly comes alive, filled with sound and motion. I always make an effort to begin with a positive attitude and gratitude in my heart. Regardless of the hour.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
When we left the city and bought our rural acreage, we chose green, we chose space and the wide open. We have intentionally cultivated a simpler life for us and our children. We have chosen to educate our children at home, and for this quiet loving introvert mama, a posse of 4 boys can be overwhelming at times. When I feel strung thin, I stop everything and step outside whether it’s a walk in the woods or a moment in my gardens. Deep breaths.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
I truly feel like Bliss is a fiber woven into our everyday lives. Sometimes we have to look a little harder and sometimes it’s plain as day. Here are a few on the top of my list ...
My total Bliss-inducing items ...
Arm-fulls of lilacs and their scent, The way my littlest runs his hands through my hair and drags it across his face, Anywhere with my husband’s hand on the small of my back, nursing a newborn baby, the color yellow, A perfectly ripe mango, Being held in the night, my back to his front, close enough to feel his heart beat, A Camellia bush in full bloom, its old world beauty is swoon worthy, fresh clean sheets, just washed hair, driving with the windows down and the music turned up, Christmas lights on fresh snow, clothes dried on the line.
What are you currently reading?
I love books. Full stop. That being said, with four young boys at home, my moments to sit down and read are few right now. I have a stack on the coffee table and another on my bedside table when the moments arise. Different topics, quite varied! Cookbooks (I’m addicted) gardening, nutrition, alternative education, sensory processing. The last book I finished was Homegrown, By Ben Hewitt. Loved it.
What are you listening to right now?
As of late honestly, mostly classic rock! We bought our boys a record player this past Christmas. They have since inherited their grandparent’s vinyl collection—Beatles, Elton John, The Who, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, The Cream, Queen, CCR.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
As a family of six, there are varying favorites and tastes. I strive to make everything from scratch, meals comprised of whole live foods. While I do enjoy my kitchen, I don’t want to feel like I’m living in it either. This meal is tasty, nutritious and doesn’t take forever to cook. My version of “lettuce wraps” includes lots of garlic and fresh ginger, a head of cilantro, broccoli slaw, juice from a whole lime, chili oil, and toasted sesame oil. Cook with ground turkey and pork until done, serve with rice, spoon mixture into butter lettuce leaves.
What are some simple things you do for self care?
Years ago now, after our daughter passed away, I had a period of feeling very lost within myself, also clinging a little too tightly to my home environment and loved ones. My husband implemented the mommy night aka—date myself night. He strongly encouraged a time just for myself. Every Thursday evening, I leave the house. Sometimes it’s errands I would rather do alone, sometimes it’s grocery shopping slowly. One thing, it’s always quiet. I love quiet and this is my favorite self-care.
What does nourishment look like to you?
It actually looks a lot like listening to me. Truly being aware out what you need, whether it’s food, quiet, sleep, distance, movement, and then doing what you can to achieve that, and not ignoring.
How do you make space for play?
Right now, in this season my play is my boys play. It’s often the woods or the shore. It’s truly where my heart is, loving this brief season of their childhood, soaking up the everyday “Sacred Mundane”
What are some of your favorite mantras?
“Move your muscles, change your thinking.” Get up and move, stop stewing! I’m a stickler for wasted time, and negative energy.
“Let us be defined by what we are, instead of what we are not.” It’s the ol' glass half empty/half full. Let us use positive and supportive words; we are listening.
Amanda Lyon was born on an island off the coast of Canada. She now lives in the upper left hand corner of the US, madly in love with her mate. They raise their four boys on a piece of land filled with trees that is close to the sea. She can be found with dirt on her knees and flowers in her hair, seeking beauty in her everyday sacred mundane. Connect with her on Instagram.