Motherhood as a Spiritual Practice

I am a serial ‘project-er’ – I love to have multiple projects on the go including studying, business, writing, blogging, and trying to get enlightened before I turn 40 😛 Continue reading “Motherhood as a Spiritual Practice”

What do George Floyd, Juukan Gorge, the parliamentary inquiry into domestic violence and Willow Dunn have in common?

I used to be very opinionated. Wait, I am very opinionated but I used to not be afraid of using my voice. I’m not sure when, but at some point I started doubting myself. I had internalised a message from somewhere that I should tow the line, be quiet, and stop caring so much about things. I should definitely stop telling others to care about them too. I changed the language I used when posting on Instagram and Facebook, I stopped calling people out when I saw them post racist, homophobic or post in otherwise equally privileged ways lest I be seen as confrontational, or a know-it-all (most of the time I’d just delete them as a friend but I’m not sure that’s useful). I guess at some point I thought this was better for me and everyone else – after all, I told myself, no-one wants to be told what to think and you can’t change people’s opinions anyway so what’s the point?Continue reading “What do George Floyd, Juukan Gorge, the parliamentary inquiry into domestic violence and Willow Dunn have in common?”

Coronavirus lockdown

Well, the world is almost in lockdown. People travelling internationally must self-isolate for 14 days upon return or some countries like Denmark have closed borders entirely. Tourist attractions in New York are closed, football games are over, gatherings of over 500 people in Australia have been cancelled and people have been encouraged to stay home. The whole of Italy is being quarantined. I read this over and wonder if I have written the first paragraph of a sci-fi novel. It’s a strange time in the world and sitting in my living room it’s easy to forget. When I remember I feel an eeriness descend.Continue reading “Coronavirus lockdown”

My coronavirus survival plan.. And it doesn’t involve toilet paper.

How intense has 2020 been – first the worst bushfires in ever, then the worst floods in ever- and now for the plague (no locusts, but a plague nonetheless). Except… It’s not the plague. And it’s not anywhere as bad as people think. Regardless, we all seem to love a bit of drama and since all the fires are out and Scomo hasn’t taken a holiday, I guess we need to be a little extra about something.

Unlike some, I will not be stockpiling toilet paper… Although, we did forget to get some the last 2 shopping trips, so inconveniently we’ve run out. I also won’t be stockpiling food-  I’m sure my cupboard, fridge and freezer could sustain us with their contents for 2 weeks – we’d have to get creative, sure, but there’s enough there and it’s probably a good excuse to use it all up! And I can kill two birds with one stone and Marie Kondo my cupboard.

In all seriousness though, I will be doing some things to prepare for coronavirus. This is them:

1. I’m going to spend less time on social media, more time staring into my beautiful new son’s big blue eyes. I have been scrolling alot more than I like, and if I or he was to die, I know I’d appreciate knowing I squeezed every last drop out of the moments we had together. Actually though, I’m a 31 year old healthy woman so the virus is not likely to affect me much. As for him? Well, so far reports say it actually doesn’t affect young people as much as you’d think – no babies have died, and even in China the last I read the count was like 6 kids who were hospitalised and the worst symptoms were a fever or a cough. Nevertheless, life is short and precious so less screen time, more real time.

My boy ❤

2. Really focus on my health. I’m not a fan of dieting or ruling things out, but sugar lowers your immune system for 24 hours after eating it, so I might focus a little more on only eating the stuff when I have a real craving for it (and not when I’m tired or bored which has been happening the last 4 weeks..) I’ll also keep avoiding alcohol (due to pregnancy I haven’t had a drink since May 23 last year – my birthday – so I’ll carry on with that). I’ll eat mostly whole, organic foods, drink lots of water and get my body moving (now that I’m not crippled from the after-effects of having a child). Honestly, caring about my health is important all the time, but especially when I want to boost my immune system. So lots of gut-loving fiber from vegetables, fermented foods like sauerkraut, homemade yogurt and kombucha to increase the good bacteria who fight bad bugs, taking a good quality probiotic, drinking filtered water (because chlorine is intended to kill bugs so obviously kills our microbiome), and eating lots of fresh fruit and veg with antioxidants to fight free radicals that kill our cells will all be on the menu for me.

3. Spend as much time in nature as possible. Nature is healing. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese therapy that literally involves just immersing yourself in the natural world. It has scientifically-supported benefits too: increasing immune system, fighting illness, decreasing blood pressure, lowering heart rate, decreasing effects of stress and increasing creativity. How cool is that! All things that will help should I contract coronavirus (even creativity will help me think outside the square and problem-solve should I need it).

4. Keep my sensible hat on. That sounds so fucking boring, I know, but I just think we need to be rational in the face of hysteria. The media is preying on our already fragile anxieties after coming off the back of the worst bushfire season ever, some of the hottest temps on record and a government who just keeps clearing forests and approving coal-mines. We feel worried, well I do, and the media loves that. So keeping my mind out of the shit media pages and focused on the facts, or maybe just out of the media pages (news) altogether, will probably help. The flu still kills more people than this coronavirus, yet people aren’t terrified of it..which is beyond me.

5. Stay present. If we all got completely off social media, stopped watching and reading the news and cut off any other connection we have to broadcasts about coronavirus, life would look more or less the same as it always has. Right now, we’re okay. Right now, it’s business as usual. Right now, we don’t need to be stock piling bloody toilet paper. Right now, the rain is dropping in heavy droplets on the tin roof of my mum’s holiday house where I’m staying with her, and I have a divine little caterpillar lying fast asleep next to me. Life is good. No need to worry.

6. Start meditating regularly again. Since having baby I have managed to meditate a few times – 5 to 10 minutes here or there while I can, or a quick guided meditation when I’m feeling stressed out. Meditation lowers stress, and stress lowers your immune system, therefore meditation will help fight coronavirus (Or any other virus – the last thing this sleep-deprived mama needs is any sort of sickness). It also helps me stay rational, feel positive, see the sparkle in a dreary day, be more loving to my loved ones and less cranky too. There’s literally nothing bad about meditating. Actually, I’m going to go do it now!

From http://www.keepinspiring.me

7. Keep growing our own food. This is literally the reason I told you we bought an acreage – to survive the armageddon. Okay, so I don’t think this is the armageddon, but regardless, growing your own food sure comes in handy. We’ll need to grow some potatoes though, because I eat them basically every day because #carbface, and I’d love to convince James to let me get a goat for fresh milk but I’ve got my own udders currently so I guess if we can’t get fresh dairy we have an option. That sounds a bit gross, and I am joking, but now that I think about it drinking the milk from an animal is probably more gross than drinking my own. Vegans will attest to this. I will have to stop the goanna stealing the eggs though, and somehow ward off my increasingly psycho rooster from attacking me every time I go into the garden where the veggie beds are – perhaps I can get the goanna to eat the rooster instead and all my problems will be solved.

Eggbert the Psychopath

So, that’s whats in my end of the world survival kit – what does yours look like?

Growing our own veg

When we initially bought our home 3 years ago, we bought an acreage because we wanted to become self-sufficient. When I told my friend it’s so we can survive the armageddon when it comes she thought I was joking but considering the state of the climate I really don’t think it’s too far-fetched a prediction. Regardless, my husband, James, is an absolute green thumb and loves to garden. I am learning to embrace it and I must admit, not having a degree to do is helping me to enjoy spending time away from a desk. Plus, I love animals so having some space for chooks and dogs seemed perfect.Continue reading “Growing our own veg”

Coming up to my due date

Well, I’m finally here. I’m 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant – in just 2 days I’ll be at my estimated due date. That kind of means nothing apparently, only 5% of babies come on their due date, but our little man’s date is special – 02.02.2020 – so it would be cool if he did!Continue reading “Coming up to my due date”

Why I meditate (and how I learned to do it)

Meditation is a pretty big thing these days. Previously reserved for monks, yogis or hippies now you hear of even CEOs and billionaires swearing by it. Honestly, I’m not surprised – it’s certainly changed my life (and I don’t say that lightly).Continue reading “Why I meditate (and how I learned to do it)”

Body image in pregnancy

I always knew that body size, shape and weight mattered to most women – I am one, after all, and so are most of my friends. I’ve also worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, yoga teacher and wellness coach for 9 years and the vast majority of women I worked with listed weight loss as their main goal (regardless of their size). In fact, I became so empowered to do something about the issue of women’s battle with body image after my own long struggle with food, exercise and the size of my body, that once I overcame the issues I faced I studied intuitive eating and created an instagram page to help others who experienced similar concerns. So I know how prevalent and persistent this issue is and yet..Continue reading “Body image in pregnancy”

Stuff, Minimalism & Marie Kondo

Ooh I am SO inspired! This week I watched the Minimalism doco on Netflix (twice: watched it once then convinced Husband to watch it too) and it has motivated me to really get into Minimalism. We don’t buy much ‘stuff’ to begin with, but that’s not to say we don’t buy any. After all, two of us live in a four bedroom home, which means we have filled every room up with things. I’ve realised I’m guilty of keeping stuff ‘just in case’ too. Just in case of what, I don’t know. (This reminds me of my dad who had a really beautiful set of cutlery he called “The Queen’s Cutlery” for when the Queen visited which obviously would be never so it was rarely used). So this week, I focused on clearing out all of this stuff, and all of these things, and gosh it felt good!Continue reading “Stuff, Minimalism & Marie Kondo”