It makes sense in winter to go slow. I always want to hibernate at this time of year – wear woolly socks and curl up with a box set! So I have allowed myself a slower pace this year, it has been my little treat to me!
When my kids were younger I could never go slow. Maybe it’s the demands of very young children but winter or summer, it made no difference. You are in ‘doing’ mode – trying to juggle the home and work responsibilities, trying to give everyone individual time and ultimately there’s nothing left for you. I would find myself exhausted and depleted, but not any more!
If you’ve got eagle eyes, you may have noticed that I have been posting on this blog less frequently. I’m still keeping up a decent pace but it’s not an insane pace – I’ve taken my foot off the gas a bit. I value the chance to reflect upon what I’ve done and where I want to go and I can only do this when I relax a little, so relax I have.
One of the things I’ve been enjoying in my current celebration of slow is my Neo lava lamp! It’s mildly hypnotic as I could stare at it for ages, just observing it change shape and form and it encourages patience as it takes up to 2 hours to get going!
The Neo was only launched a couple of months ago but its creators, Mathmos, have been hand making lava lamps in Britain since 1963. I even had one as a teenager and don’t know what happened to it after I left home for Uni, so when I was offered the chance to try out the Neo, I chose the same bottle colours that I had in my old lamp, just for nostalgia! The copper stand that the bottle sits on is definitely new, my old lamp had a chrome base. Here’s a video about how the lava lamps are made:
So this Christmas I’m looking forward to lots of time spent with my family, good food, enjoying movies together and watching my gorgeous lava lamp as it sits perched on my bedroom window. I can’t put it by my bedside as I have a glass dressing table and it can’t be used on glass but I like that people on the street outside can see my lovely lamp. Maybe it’ll inspire them to go slow too?
You can get your own Mathmos Neo which comes in four colour combinations and is available in chrome and copper finishes, for £68.00. For more details or to buy, visit www.mathmos.com
Thank you to Mathmos for sending me the Neo.