If this is your first visit to the website, you may not know what I am talking about.
But if you have been here before, you may notice the new design and perhaps the new name.
This website used to be Parentingtips365 since I started it in 2008. I wasn’t very good at coming up with names so I just went with that – and sort of cringed at it ever since. (It’s a little vanilla to me.) All my old content is still on the site; direct links to parentingtips365 articles will redirect to the srticle on this site.
I wanted to come up with a better name, one that reflects what I write about, and finally decided on Awakening Willow.
To me, awakening means bringing consciousness (or awareness) to choices in life in order to create positive change.
And I like the visual of a willow tree, with its springy boughs bending to accept what it receives, dropping it, and bouncing back again. Accepting life as it comes.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers
I don’t write from a position of being an expert on anything because I’m not. I want to share my experiences, and the knowledge I gained from them, in order to inspire and encourage others on their journey.
My topics will be what they have always been: what I am currently interested in and learning about on my continuing journey.
- I like real food, as close to its natural form as possible.
- I care about the environment.
- I try to find and use the least toxic cleaning products and body care products.
- I am passionate about natural birth and breastfeeding, experiences that were both extremely challenging and extremely rewarding.
- I strive to be a more conscious, positive parent.
- I love to read inspiring books, on the above topics and more.
Occasionally I will share other neat parenting things that may not always be “crunchy”, such as fun things for kids, crafts, and sewing.
More time for writing articles
My last post on here was NOVEMBER, can you believe it? An article about the Elf on the Shelf. My attention was elsewhere as I spent the last year writing a book about how to have a natural birth – check it out! (I just published it last week.)
Now that that is done, I will have more time to write here.
Awakening Willow will remain a safe place to explore what interests you, where you can (respectfully) leave what doesn’t.
I’m no expert, I make mistakes. But I keep wanting to learn more.
And I am on my own continuing journey. I’m glad our paths have crossed here. If you’re going my way, I’d love for you to join me.
(You can learn more about me on my About page.)