Important to learn

As many other unschooling parents, we’re sometimes caught up thinking ‘What should our children be learning?’. Our kids are now 5 and 2,5 years of age, living and learning at home, at the inn, and while traveling, always with us, not attending to school or kindergarten. The other day I wrote down my dream list of what I would love…

Valuing comrades

Ever felt like you’ve been missing something, without knowing it? I just learnt I’ve been missing allies in our everyday life on the mountain. And it surprised me! Yesterday we had some guests from Vermont, U.S. (and a few other states, too) for lunch at Vukov konak. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon moment together. I…

Warm bubble of home

Today I thought about harmony. How I crave for it, how I enjoy it. And how I find myself going off-balance when something messes with the momentarily found harmony. I find balance and harmony in kindness, warmth, compassion. In nature and in beauty. With children and animals. My house doesn’t need to be tidy (and…

Free range kids

Ever since we moved to the mountain three years ago, there’s been much talk about the schooling of our children. Most of the time we’re convinced they’ll be homeschooled, or rather, unschooled. Every now and then we weigh the possibility of Montessori or Waldorf School in Sarajevo. The question remains open. They’re not yet school…

Without thinking

On my morning walk today, at around halfway, I realised “I’m not thinking anything”. I wasn’t using the time to plan, to weigh options, to think how’s my to do list doing. There was a brief moment I felt I should’ve used this alone time better, where was my mind anyway?, and the next moment I laughed at…

Morning walk

Surrounded by people – people that I love: my family, our volunteers and friends, our guests at Vukov konak, but people none the less – I miss quiet time, alone time. As a way to find space for that I’ve decided to go on morning walks as often as I can. I take one dog…

When mum is happy

For the year 2015 I wrote ‘a project’ to focus on me. After years of being pregnant and breastfeeding, I needed to take time for myself, to feel healthier and happier. Walking, meditating, doing yoga. Well, I did do all of that. Perhaps not quite as much as I thought I would. But more than…

What inspires you, really?

As a rule I try to be reasonable, and kind, to myself. And I will not, by and large, plan on ventures that don’t excite me.

Village party at the end of the dirt road

The drive to the tiny village isn’t long, but we travel on a bumpy and narrow dirt road, winding through a dense forest. The six of us are crammed into our Defender, Aimi falls asleep, Iita keeps asking how it takes so long, all the while enjoying the roller coaster feel of it. After the…

There are no limits

Being free and being a woman. Writing. Motherhood. Photography. Watching the light change, looking at the stars. Drinking tea. Walking with my dogs. Watching our donkeys. Admiring colours and butterflies and rocks. Dreaming wildly. Walking barefoot, walking in high heals. Smoking the once every four years cigarette. Fantasizing of running away with my husband, having…

Dreaming new dreams

“Can you imagine, most of my dreams have come true. I’ve got everything I’ve ever wanted”, I thought to my husband the other night. I’ve said countless times that I want to live in the country, have kids and lots of animals, mainly big dogs and dairy goats. I’ve wanted to drive a Defender since…

Spare time joys

I find myself making plans. For distant future, if any. They might come true, or not. But the moments that I’m not reading (Unlearn, Rewild, or The Complete Buddhism for Mothers, or Home Grown – all fabulously captivating books, by the way), I am drawing a future house. In the forest. Or with a fantastic…