Pregnancy. It's an elusive thing. You don't know when it's going to pop up, or if it will pop up, you don't know what it will do to your body, or what it will produce (although as long as it's human, you're probably doing okay), but most of all, you don't know what lessons it is going to throw at you.
In terms of the generic pregnancy timeline, #thelove and I had a textbook beginning. As with all couples who decide to try for a family, we didn't know how long it might take to fall pregnant. It's such a question mark- even doctors can't answer that question.
Turns out neither of us needed to worry, because we were blessed enough to fall pregnant the second try. I'm quite in tune with my body, so I felt a change happen- although when I peed on the stick, and that oh-so-faint pink line showed up, my original plans of preparing some sort of surprise for #thelove and getting it on camera when I told him we were pregnant just disappeared, and I walked back into our bedroom with the stick still in my hand, and said to him (whilst lying in bed first thing in the morning), "umm, I think I'm pregnant"..... The shock was very real.Read More
Already, as I write this, we are a whole week into the new year. It doesn't matter how many times new years sneak up on us, it is still a time of wonder, amazement, and sometimes, a few swear words as we realise yet another year has packed up and left us.
A couple of years ago, #thelove and I decided to ditch the age-old 'New Year's Resolutions' in favour of what has become a much more meaningful, and attainable practice. We chose a word for our year. Almost like a theme, I guess. It is something to focus on, to work towards, to apply to all aspects of life- family, work, relationships, health, spirit. Not only does setting a word or a theme for your year set the tone for how you approach life, it gives you a marker for whether or not you are doing what is right for you.Read More
If you missed it, last week the 'Love Shouldn't Hurt' campaign with Two Good Co, American Express, and Deliveroo launched here in Sydney, with me as the face of the campaign. As a domestic violence survivor, it was a true honour to stand up and put my face out there- literally, there's a 10m x 6m mural of my face in the heart of the Sydney CBD- but it's been what has happened since then that has truly made it worthwhile for me.
I've long been open with divulging that I experienced domestic violence. It happened at an age for me that ended up shaping the rest of my life, and I've come a long way down the path of healing and self-discovery since that time. I soft-launched the Onwards & Upwards campaign earlier this year, a social movement that is set to shine a light on those who have been affected by domestic violence in their life, and have come through the other side.
But what all of these things have done, has been to begin to give people an opportunity to speak up, and share their stories with me, and with others. And what I'm starting to discover, is that there is a major misconception that is still going strong- and it's resulting in too many women (and men) living in harmful situations.Read More
I want to start by asking you this question. How do you really feel about your business?
Because I’m pretty certain that your business means the world to you. I bet that it fills you with significance and purpose and possibility; and don’t get me started on all the relationships and connections you now have as a result of it. So, it’s pretty darn special, right?
Ok so here’s another one for you - what would it mean to you if your biz was delivering you real results and you could contribute to the family income, all whilst staying at home with the kids? It would be AMAZING, wouldn’t it? I imagine that it would be like a dream come true…
So, now let me ask you this, how much recognition, time and appreciation does your business get from those around you? How much support are you offered? What sort of investment are you putting behind making this happen for you and your family?Read More
Some of us are born this way. Born with a never-ending desire to find a way to make art. Whether it's with a paintbrush, with clay, with a graphics program, with metal, with sugar, for some, it is the only way to live.Read More
Okay, so first of all, I'll admit it- I love my embossing projects. It's probably a good thing I don't have kids yet, because chances are every single thing they own would be completely personalised now, because I have an itch to emboss everything. But I guess the other good thing is that, because I've got this need to emboss things, I can share the project with you, and you can do it too!
I had a couple of gorgeous white boxes sitting around. I've known for ages that I had to do SOMETHING with them, and then, when I was cleaning out some drawers for our house move, I came across some wicked watermelon gift wrapping paper, and a light bulb went off in my brain. Here was a whole other way of using both my embossing tools, plus leftover wrapping paper. And you can do it with any paper you want!Read More
I really want you to know something. Down days are actually okay.
There's nothing wrong with being human. There's nothing wrong if today, you just don't feel like yourself. Life can sometimes weigh a little more on some days than it does on others. And that is okay.
I've been a little quiet recently, both on the blog front, and the social media front. Part of that has been because I'm working behind the scenes to launch the Living Creatively Members' Club, but part of it has also been because I've been human. And oddly enough, both of those things go hand in hand.Read More
I love a good berry. And strawberries are the bees knees when it comes to being a good berry. So why not make a forever fruit? Perfect as little treat boxes, or as decoration around the home (or, strip back all the bits that make it a strawberry and just use it as a diamond- but I think strawberries are much more fun!).
Download the template from the DOWNLOADS page, and watch the tutorial here, or over on my YouTube channel! Enjoy!
When husband and I got engaged, and began the search for our wedding photographer, I knew I was looking for someone who would also offer the opportunity for an engagement shoot. For me, it was not only an opportunity to celebrate our engagement, but I (finally) got some truly good shots of the two of us (selfies don’t cut it sometimes).
But I realised that it wasn’t something that everybody does when they get engaged, and that many people probably question as to whether or not they need to do it, so here is a little pro and con list to help you decide if an engagement shoot is something you should add to your marriage journey.Read More