This time of year, every year, I get a little spring in my step. This year though, I feel a particular lightness and direction, which I believe is down to my increasing self-awareness. I’m figuring out what makes me ‘tick’ and chasing after it.

Here are the five things that are currently making my heart sing, babies not included.

1. Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman.

Possibly my favourite poem, ever. I’m thinking of framing it for the girl’s bedroom. If anyone knows of any good poetry books or collections written by women please drop me a note in the comments section below! For any of you who haven’t had the pleasure yet, here is a link to the poem.

2. Experimenting with natural and plant-based fabric dying and making the pattern for a spring/summer frock. 

On it’s face, this probably sounds like a ludicrous idea. I mean, who has the time?! I don’t, per say, but I’ve found snippets here and there. It’s been a long while since I’ve done any pattern drafting or made anything at all really, and man did it feel good to get stuck into it during nap time today. It all started because I couldn’t find anything that I liked in the shops (or online, either) and I figured that since I had the skills, why not? Since, it makes me happy to boot, win-win.

If you are interested in trying your hand at natural dying take a look at Botanical Threads, as Alicia does some really great ebooks.

3. Teriyaki salmon with pak choi.    

On a whim, we decided to do this for dinner one night and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

4. Spring cleaning and clear out.                                                                                                                        

This may sound dull but I think you may be underestimating the power (and beauty) of a decluttered home. We’ve been accumulating various plastic toys (and lots of other nonsense) for the better part of five years and streamlining the toy box was an absolute “hallelujah” moment. I’m also jumping at the chance to use this as an excuse to head to the garden centre and fill up the house with more green, leafy plants.

5. Writing, planning, mapping, and dreaming.                                                                                 

The act of putting pen on paper soothes my soul and lets me consider what our future looks like. It helps organise my thoughts and our life, and it inspires me.

What’s makes you happy?