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We are in the middle of the holiday craziness, the year is almost over and the last few months seem to have flown by.

This has been a roller-coaster of a year for me. I struggled with a low in my chronic depression and anxiety for a few months which affected my creativity. One of my coping mechanisms is distracting my brain by getting busy. So I put energy into my business by going through the process or renewing some certifications, getting some new ones, revamping my business website and adding a blog to my business.

That has paid off in increased confidence and some new clients which has left this website in the backburner longer than I’d like.

Homeschooling is going but it feels like we’ve been coasting on autopilot for a while. Zen, my Kindergartener, is mostly unschooled because his learning style is not traditional books compatible. It amazes me how much he is still learning though. Meanwhile, Shammy, my second grader, has been doing well with mostly independent work. I give him a to-do list, he finishes it whenever he wants throughout the day and I check it that evening. I still make sure to leave him plenty of free time for “unschooling”, for example right now he is writing a comic book just for the fun of it so I am not about to interrupt that to give him worksheets to complete.

I have a lot of resources that we haven’t used this year because that’s just not where my drive and motivation have been lately. I know that this is all part of the cycle of life and I know that we’ll circle back to that eventually, in the meantime at least we are maintaining steady progress so we don’t fall behind.

The Homeschool Scouts group that we were in has unfortunately fizzled out, and while I “could” take it upon myself to revive it, I have to recognize that my skills aren’t exactly compatible with what is needed and there is no room in my plate for that, the last thing I need is a new source of stress. I just can’t handle stress like I used to.

My volunteer project, the Treasure Coast Homeschooling resource directory and calendar has celebrated it’s first birthday with increased popularity and enough sponsors to pay for itself so I have been gradually making improvements to it as we go.

So that’s it in a nutshell. We are alive, we are well, just busy with life. Wishing you a very happy new year. Meanwhile, you can follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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White collar hippie, Pagan tree hugger and crunchy mama living in Florida with her husband and 2 sons. She works part time as a breastfeeding counselor, freelance virtual bookkeeper, and web designer along with homeschooling her children.

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