Monday, 27 July 2015

ON MY MIND: Learning and Nurturing

Hello! It's been a while!

Thank you dear readers, who continue to follow this 'lil blog of mine despite my lack of crafty shares lately.

I have had to take the pressure off myself to create and craft. The pressure to keep up. The pressure to seek approval.  

Over the past few months I have been focussed on things I trust will nurture my mind, body and soul.

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SLEEP, YOGA AND MEDITATION

Test results show I have Adrenal FatigueIn the past, it's not unusual for me to to stay up into the early hours of the morning and function (barely) on 4 - 5 hours sleep. Having these recent test results has reinforced I consistently need more quality sleep.

Part of the treatment is practicing yoga which I had been doing via Yoga with Adriene. I was half way into the 30-days of yoga challenge when the boys got viruses (week long fevers and terrible coughs) which coincided with the school holidays so everything went a little pear shaped. Regardless, I was surprised how much I loved the yoga and noticed less fogginess in my head and more mental clarity within just a few days. Adriene is also really fun to follow along with because she is so relaxed -- check out Day 1! I am keen to get back into it.



Another aspect of the treatment is progressive muscle relaxation which you can read more about here. I purchased the tracks by Joanne D'Amico here. I'm very particular with guided meditations because I needed to find a voice that didn't irritate me when I was trying to relax. Joanne's meditations are fantastic.


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THE CONNECTION DOCUMENTARY


Due to a chronic health condition which spanned well over a decade from when I was 24 years old, I have researched, studied and become fascinated with the mind-body connection and how this holds the key to our ability to heal. 

I watched an amazing documentary last month called The Connection. After seeing the trailer, I purchased it immediately! You can purchase it online here.  


"It offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, 
change your health and change your life."  
~ The Connection

I cannot even tell you how much I loved this documentary. Do yourself a favour and at least check out the trailer. The Connection has reinforced why I need to slow down. 

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BUILDING A STRONGER RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SON



I wrote about my relationship with Mr 11 here a few months ago. Building a stronger connection with my eldest has been my focus for a while now. With some minor social matters at school, it was even more important now for him to feel reassured and supported on the home front. 

We spent the day together, just the two of us, for his birthday last week. 

We went for donuts and birthday shopping which was all very awesome. However, that afternoon things quickly fell apart when he got uber frustrated with me (mid-Lego build) for taking too many photos, and him telling me I'd literally ruined his birthday. 

After I gave him some space, he came over and put his arms around me. Through his tears (and mine) he talked and I listened to him quietly. He told me how he felt about things I honestly had no idea about. We talked as equals, not just as mother and child. Something shifted that day and his behaviour and attitude has changed, for the better. My boy with the tough exterior is a sensitive kind hearted young man who needed to be heard and to hear he is loved and appreciated. Isn't that what we all want?

It takes a certain amount of emotional energy, but it's well worth it. 

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THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING



I have been overwhelmed in many areas of my life lately. My home workspace that was intended to be my creative haven is cluttered and piled with papers and stuff. Yesterday I sat down to write a list of all the things overwhelming me. I had a sizeable list and I realised most of the items were indeed "things to do". 

The reason I haven't started to work through my list of things to do is because I don't know where anything is! The thought of just looking for the paperwork I need is already too daunting. Last night I came across a book review on "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kando and I knew I had to give this a go. 

I bought the book today and I can't wait to read it. Mr 11 has already started reading it which is cute. Tonight he asked for his own copy for school so he could read it instead of a library book. Bless him.

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If you have read this far, thank you.

It's been a time of change, learning and nurturing as I look for ways to simplify and find balance in my life so I am calmer, happier and healthier. Not asking for much, right?

Hope you all have a beautiful week xo

PS. Project Life is still my core memory keeping method so watch this space. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

PROJECT LIFE | Feb 2015 (part 2)

Hello Friends! Sure feels good to have finished my February 2015 pages for our family album!

I've had a few photo paper issues which has delayed my printing but I won't go into that here. *boring* 

Just a super quick post today to share the pages. 

So here's Part 2 of February 2015 (you can see part 1 here):




Again, I have used my latest Everyday Journalling Collection (shop hereon the RHS of this spread and a few card designs that may or may not be coming soon on the LHS. I say that because family/work life has been a little crazy and things have been put on hold temporarily. But it's getting there! 




Close up of LHS: 





Here's the RHS:



Hope you're more up to date than I am ;) and enjoy your week! xo

Supplies: Digital downloads from my shop and Paislee Press. Becky Higgins page protectors in Design C. 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

PROJECT LIFE | Feb 2015 (part 1)

It's been a while since I have shared any Project Life pages. 

When I started working on this spread for February, I had specific journalling in mind and ended up designing a new set of digital cards to suit. That would explain why the actual crafting component of this spread took so long to get to. 

So here's a look at part 1 of February 2015:



I used my new Everyday Journalling Collection for this spread. They have plenty of space for journalling. You can find them in my shop here.




Close up of LHS: 



Here's a few close ups of the cards from the new kit.






Here's the RHS:


Close up of the RHS:





I can't wait to get stuck into the next spread for February. Not quite caught up but progress nonetheless!

How's your 2015 Project Life album going?

Supplies: Digital downloads from my shop and Paislee Press. Stamps from Kellie Stamps, Becky Higgins page protectors in Design C. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY | Meet Suzanne.

Welcome to the last instalment of interviews with some of the people in my life who inspire my everyday. See other interviews here.

Meet Suzanne, owner of Yogababy. 



I met Suzanne when I joined her Prenatal Yoga classes almost 11 years ago. Like many first time mums, I wanted a natural birth without intervention, unless medical intervention was needed for a safe birth and healthy baby.

Suzanne inspires me with her passion and dedication to empower women by igniting their inner wisdom to birth naturally, using yoga and mind-body techniques.

I also admire Suzanne's commitment to self-love by eating well, keeping fit and active, nurturing her own spiritual wellbeing, and knowing when she needs to allow herself to rest and let go, all whilst managing a busy yoga studio AND teaching classes and workshops.

Let's find out a bit more about Suzanne.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I've been practicing yoga since my 20's and was inspired to teach yoga after the birth of my son in 1995.  I was raised in Darwin and the Gold Coast and have spent time travelling around Australia (I ended up living in Fremantle, WA for 10 years) and have been to wonderful places in the world as well.  

I completed a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology and worked for awhile with the Salvation Army and Community Volunteer Services in the early 90's.  My turning point was when I became an Environmental Activist and left my full time work to volunteer.  Yoga and my drive to save the Planet became my passions and they have been very instrumental in where I am today.  

I am lucky that I have a natural business mind and have been able to grow the Yogababy business in a sustainable way...I couldnt have done all this without the loving support of my partner of 22 years, Damian and my children, Bodhi (20) and Amrta (17).




What is your favourite childhood memory that makes you smile?

Spending time at Kuta beach in Bali when I was seven years old.  My brother and I loved that we didn't have to go to school and could spend all our time by the ocean. 

What did you do before Yogababy, and what was the driving force for you starting your business?

Before Yogababy, I worked with At Risk Youth for the Salvation Army and was a Volunteer Environmental Campaigner for the Wilderness Society.  The driving force for starting Yogababy was my passion for Yoga and my children.  It seemed the next best step towards following my ideals!


What are the qualities you most admire about your partner?

His capacity to really listen and understand what it is like for the people he cares for.  He is very steadfast and doesn’t give up. 

Who is someone who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by my friend Sarah Buckley, who writes and speaks internationally about birth and our planet. Her daughter Zoe inspires me as she just spent 4 days attached to an Oil Rig which is on its way to mine the Artic to highlight to the world that the oil would not be accessible if it was not for climate change. 


What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your work?

My most rewarding experience is seeing the babies and mums when they return after giving birth to tell their stories in the yoga classes.  Having other pregnant mums witnessing their journey is amazing and very unique.

The most challenging part is responding to emails when pregnancy and birth doesn't go well and leaves our mums and babies compromised.

What has been the most challenging thing in your life and what positive lessons have come from it?

Having children has been the most challenging experience...such a whirlwind of changes both emotionally and physically.  I really respect life and trust that our children will inherently grow into emotionally resilient and intelligent human beings if we nurture them well.

It has been said that children are our greatest teachers. What has motherhood taught you?

Motherhood has taught me to trust..myself, my partner, my children...to surrender to flow of the family and just let things turn out well. 


Can you share one of your proudest moments?

My son turned 20 years old today.  Last year he attended a yoga and meditation retreat with me on his birthday.  He was so present to the practices and fully helped out in the kitchen.  

Lastly, what would you friends describe as being the qualities they love most about you?

I’m passionate, kind and supportive  

Thank you Suzanne for your time today. It's wonderful how dedicated you are to helping women trust the wisdom of their own bodies, not just in birth and parenthood, but in everyday life.



Find out more about Yogababy here: 
Website: www.yogababy.com.au
Facebook: yogababy

I hope you have enjoyed this INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY series. 

Look out for some new layouts coming soon to the blog!