Here, there and everywhere

28 April, 2014

It has been the quietest month on Lulastic since its launch almost three years ago – have you noticed? This is partly due to autumnal rains settling in amongst the yurt – meaning little solar power for charging laptops and powering WIFI down at the big house- but it is also because I have been squirreling away on other things. Can I show you them?

Firstly, I have launched a new thing, something that has been on my hear for at least a year. I wanted to use my experience of campaigning and popular mobilisation in order to stick up for kids and promote peace in the world through childhood. I was planning on launching it towards the end of 2014 but things just went crashing on with a life of their own and now I have The Social Justice and Childhood Initiative. Eventually it will be an advocacy and awareness raising organisation, but for now it is primarily event hosting… I heard that Robin Grille (you know, that parenting author I go on and on about? Parenting for a Peaceful World etc?) was heading to NZ but not visiting the North Island and I felt I had to rectify that IMMEDIATELY! He is now doing 4 AMAZING events with the Social Justice and Childhood Initiative, for parents, educators and policymakers. Please send all kiwis to this page RIGHT AWAY! Thanks, love you.Social Justice and Childhood Initiative

I wrote this piece on Sustainable Parenting for Parent-Perspectives. “Sustainable parenting is 5 easy steps! Ha! How I jest! Like most concepts, sustainable parenting is a finely balanced and fairly intricate dance. It involves the needs of the environment, the needs of each family, each child and each parent, as well as the different needs of each community and neighbourhood.” Read more…

In my monthly column for Loved By Parents I did a little ode to Juno for her first birthday… “I sometimes wonder if such a nomadic first year will give Juno a wanderlust for her whole life. I like to think we are raising adventurers – but I also want our daughters to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. To not have to be skinny dipping in the coldest river up the wildest mountain in order to feel alive.” Read more on A Tiny Nomad turns One.

And I am now the resident columnist for Mother Magazine, which is exciting to be writing for such a beautiful, supportive publication. I can’t link to it but keep your eyes peeled at Independent Bookshops near you!

And then of course WONDERTHRIFT just keeps charging on, not quite at a daily rate, but still with lots of nice green and frugal and stylish ideas like these cool handmade musical instruments!

Flipping heck.

*snuggles on sofa and pours tea and offers custard creams* How are you all doing? Let’s catch up…

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  • Anna Hughes 28 April, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Wahooo, well done in getting Robin Grille to Thames! Bummer he’s not coming to the South Is or is he???
    Loved Parenting for a Peaceful World! Can’t say I’m that good at it in practice but I have my good moments!
    Well done on becoming the resident columnist for Mother Magazine. Great that it is someone like you holding that position! Enjoy.

  • ThaliaKR 28 April, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Goodness me that’s a heck of a schedule. Well done, you.

    I hope the rain doesn’t cramp your style too much…

    LOVE the SJCI!

  • Adele @ Circus Queen 28 April, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    What a busy month! Thanks for sharing all of this. I’m looking forward to having a nosey. As Talitha gets older and we move further into the waters of parenting a child I’ve become more and more worried about the way children are treated in a ageist and segregationist society. Need to read that book at long last.

  • Hollie Adams-Hylands 28 April, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    WAOW!!!! And here is me struggling to dedicate enough time to my newest venture and HypnoBirthing business. *shouts* YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION!!!! So proud of you and totally inspired by your “Just Do It” attitude in all aspects of life. What a fantastic example for Ramona and Juno. X

  • Tasha Batsford 30 April, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I got mastitis. Does that count as an achievement this month?

    • Lucy 1 May, 2014 at 11:52 am

      OH NOOOOOOO 🙁 Love and healing 🙁 x x