Years ago, if someone had told me to “chase joy”, I would have laughed at them. And it would not have been a joyful laugh. Here I was, a new-ish mum in my mid 40s. Because of infertility issues, I could not have more children after my one miracle baby and I missed having a family. I had no tertiary qualification. My paid job was unstimulating. I regretted lost opportunities that I saw no hope of retrieving. There were difficulties in my social environment that were emotionally destructive. I would describe my overall mood as one of despair. Me, chase joy?! I was pretty sure there was no joy in my life at all, and furthermore, I saw no prospect for joy in the future either. And so I decided to examine my life to see if it was true.
A beauty routine can seem like a fantasy idea for many busy Mums. Before I was a mum, my beauty routine was fairly high maintenance. I enjoyed playing with eye-shadow and lipstick colours, learning how to get that perfect winged eyeliner. Contouring was new and fun; suddenly I was a magician who could make my nose all but vanish and my cheekbones magically appear.
New year, new you, right? Well, that’s what all those weight loss and health equipment adverts on TV tell us anyway. Truth is 80-90% of New Year’s resolutions or goals, end in failure. So how can we be successful in reaching our goals?
The start of school and kinder is here! It’s a very exciting time for everyone. Not just the first day, but the lead up to the first day; trying on uniforms, buying stationery, wearing-in school shoes and walking around the house with your backpack on! However, sometimes your child may not want to go to school or kinder. They may instead get quite upset. Enter separation anxiety. Continue reading “Separation Anxiety”
We have come to the end of another MOPS year, and what a year it has been! It can be easy to pull back from life in the midst of the turmoil, loss and uncertainty that seemed to fill this year. The lessons of this year’s theme ‘To The Full’ were needed more than ever. Continue reading “Let’s ‘Decide to Rise’ for 2021”
I’ve come to realise that there is a certain type of tiredness that overtakes us as we near the end of the year. I’ve decided to name this season of tiredness ‘Term 4 fatigue’. Continue reading “‘Tis the season of tiredness.”
Summer is upon us here in Australia! Which, if you have school-aged children, means the summer holidays are almost here. Read on to to find out how to have a great summer holiday and enjoy the extra time with your kids. Continue reading “The ultimate guide to a great summer holiday”
Ever felt your body was so full you thought it would pop? Has your head ever had so many thoughts you felt dizzy? Has your heart ever been so broken you thought it would never beat again? The experiences of seasons of pressure.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, keep reading. Continue reading “How do you “mum” during seasons of pressure?”
We can all Google the research and statistics around parental phone/device use and the impact on children. If you’re anything like me, this usually just increases the shame and guilt I’m already feeling without bringing change. You already know you want to stop checking your phone and be more present. You just need some ways to make the change possible. Continue reading “Stop checking your phone and be present”