Little Mountains


“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that matter.”~Lee Iacocca

Yesterday I made goat cheese.

I know, amazing, right? I was amazed. I didn’t think it was going to work the entire time until I poured it through he muslin and then all of a sudden I could see something that looked like chévre!! Technically, I think it is just a really smooth and tangy ricotta ( I was following a recipe for ricotta…) but whatever it is, it tastes amazing and I made it!!!

I like to set little challenges for myself. Often they are to do with cooking and creating. Some people might think that I have my hands full already with two young children, but it is not about having time to spare or anything like that. It’s about personal fulfillment. You have to make time in your life for stuff that make you happy.

I used to be a high school teacher. I spent my whole day at full tilt organising children and other teachers. Lunch was at my desk while returning calls or something like that. There were very tangible outcomes for all my efforts- concerts, projects, finished reports, etc. I had a sense of achievement.

When I became a full-time stay at home mother after the birth of my daughter, I found myself feeling a bit aimless. Sure, I really do know that raising a child is full of aim, reward and an immensely important job, but it is also full of tedium and frustration beyond belief. Every stay at home parent can tell you how the days kind of blend together with sameness highlighted every now and then by these story-book child-love moments. I needed something to keep me excited. Something that was just for me. Little challenges. So I started with the making and creating. That’s the kind of thing I’m into.

There is a lot of effort involved at times, sometimes there is utter failure. Sometimes there are tears of frustration. But like yesterday with the cheese, there is this amazing surge of joy that maybe you can do anything you put your mind to when it actually turns out.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a wedding. I made the hat and the dress myself. I have made dresses for children before, but not for an adult. I have made fascinators before, but never an actual felt hat! I don’t know if they really were that fabulous, but I felt pretty darn fabulous in them because I made them myself.

In the two weeks leading up to our housewarming my husband and I embarked upon the difficult task of gate making. The results are pretty darn good. I would definitely say our Faux Rusted Metal Gate is a success! Bit of a piece of art, really. Well, we like it.

Lots of people set personal goals. Some to do with career, fitness, finances, relationships or like me, cooking and creating. I go for the later because it doesn’t take me away from home too much.

It may not sound like much to some people, but these are my little mountains I climb each day/week/month to keep my brain from turning to mush. Maybe when the kids are off to school I can start training to climb mountains in the Himalayas?

Ha! Mummy, musician, artist, photographer, seamstress, chef, milliner AND mountaineer……




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