I’M EXPECTING - MY BABY SHOWER

I’M EXPECTING - MY BABY SHOWER

I’m officially on maternity leave, and our little boy is due somewhere around now (we’re keeping the date to ourselves, so as to avoid as many ‘is he here yet distractions as possible). I’m actually writing this in advance, so he may even be here!

I thought now being the beautifully special time in our lives that it is, and a call for so much love and celebration, that it is the perfect time to share the photos from my baby shower back in February.

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HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED ALL YEAR LONG

HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED ALL YEAR LONG

Naturally I’m quite a driven person, and if I set my eye on something I’ll do whatever I need to, in order to get there. But over the last few years, I’ve found my flow in doing this without damaging my health and pushing myself to the point of exhaustion. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the self development space, it’s that brilliance doesn’t happen by accident. Some people aren’t born brilliant by default, and then everything in life is easy for them. Think of someone who inspires you, for me Oprah comes to mind, I know for a fact that she is forever stepping outside her comfort zone, and always holding herself to a higher standard. I have a lot to learn from her in that area alone. 

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4 HEALTH HACKS THAT HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE

4 HEALTH HACKS THAT HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE

There’s no doubt about it, living your #bestlife means you need to take care of your health. The two go hand in hand. But it’s so easy to be bombarded with information, and not know whether you should be having kale smoothies or bone broth - or both. 

I’ve experienced complete overwhelm with my health many times over, and have tried everything from a vegan lifestyle through to slow cooked meats, meditation, chanting and just about everything in between. All in the hopes of finding what works best for my body. What I’ve found is working now, but I can’t guarantee that it will work for me forever! In fact, I can almost guarantee it won’t. 

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I’M EXPECTING - THE SECOND TRIMESTER

I’M EXPECTING - THE SECOND TRIMESTER

I had always planned to share my story from each of the trimesters of my pregnancy, but I must say I’ve put off sharing trimester two, because I felt like there wasn’t anything much to share!

But it seems on reflection there actually was some significance for me, and I feel that the magic is in sharing what often feels like we don’t need to share. That’s usually the place where we find the most connection with others.

If you haven’t read about my first trimester, and the six months prior to conception, you can follow the links now (here and here).

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WHY BEING A BLISSED OUT HIPPY KEPT ME IN MY COMFORT ZONE

WHY BEING A BLISSED OUT HIPPY KEPT ME IN MY COMFORT ZONE

There is so much buzz about going inward, finding clarity within and embracing the act of slowing down, but what if that is the exact thing that is keeping us small? Over the past 10 years I’ve gone from overachieving and having every minute of my day scheduled, to completely blissed out with not many other plans aside from yoga. But it’s the realisations along the way that have been deeply clarifying. 

For years I over extended myself, I was everything to everyone, and uber determined to have success in my life. I did everything humanly possible to make my life unfold in the way I wanted it to. And as the pattern goes, I burnt out. Did someone say control freak? 

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GOING GREEN: WHERE WE'RE STARTING

GOING GREEN: WHERE WE'RE STARTING

As one of our goals for the year, Michael and I are actively working to reduce our collective impact on the environment. From plastic bags and packaging, to clothing, all the way through to power, we both want to do all we can to have as little impact as possible on this beautiful planet. 

The truth is, I’m okay at this, but not great. I definitely have my moments where I cringe at how full our rubbish bin is before it gets collected, and then other times I give myself a high five for the tiny amount of waste we have. 

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TRANSITIONING TO NATURAL BEAUTY

TRANSITIONING TO NATURAL BEAUTY

When I first found out how toxic some of the products in our home were, I was completely overwhelmed, and wanted them all gone immediately. However the transition proved to be a little more challenging than I first expected. 

When my research begun, I found that so many of the products I was using on my skin, in my hair, and on my body were filled with nasties that were likely affecting my already haywire hormones. Having the best intentions, choosing those that were labelled ‘natural’, wasn’t actually serving me.

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THE FIRST THREE MONTHS

THE FIRST THREE MONTHS

I thought it would be fun to document the progress of my pregnancy to share with you because as you know, I love to take you along for the ride! Plus it will be fun to look back when our little guy is here, and it’s all a distant memory.

I plan to share with you the hi’s and low’s of each trimester, but we will see how I go as I get further into the pregnancy.

As you know by now, this little guy came along when he was ready, and so I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant at all! After almost 5 years (that’s 56 cycles) of not being pregnant, I was hopeful, but it was no longer something that filled my mind, as the end of my cycle drew near each month.

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I’M EXPECTING - THE SIX MONTHS PRIOR

I’M EXPECTING - THE SIX MONTHS PRIOR

By now, you may have heard that my husband and I are expecting a little boy in April 2018. We’re so overjoyed, and still getting used to the fact that we will be parents very soon.

This has been quite a journey for us, and I’ve been really excited to share how it all came about. Have you read about our past experiences with infertility? (You can read here, here and here).

Despite the fact that together we had been through multiple unsuccessful IVF attempts, and miscarriage a couple of years back, you can imagine our delight (and shock) when we discovered that I was pregnant - naturally.

To be totally honest, even though we had wanted this for so long, a part of me was not expecting it.

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