I just finished Conversation with Creative Women (Volume two) by Tess McCabe, which was brimmed with inspiration, advice and lessons (you can see my previous post on this book here). Megan Morton, Stylist was one of the talented women interviewed. I have been a fan of Megan Morton for quite some time and her interview resonated with me, inparticular this quote. I think it’s a wonderful life lesson as much as it is a professional one – about confidence (in oneself), trust (in other’s), sharing (giving) and reward (karma).
Ever noticed how a simply hello can change your whole day? Never underestimate the power of a hello. A hello can instantly lift one’s spirit and put them in a better frame of mind. It is such a simple way to greet and acknowledge somebody. Do you say hello on rote or because it’s expected? For today at least, say hello because you are genuinely happy or interested to see someone…you never know where it might lead!
When I came across this sentiment I was instantly drawn to it. More often than not these days, we are focused on what we don’t have, what we ‘need’ aka ‘want’ and don’t realise we actually have enough, right in front of us. I am definitely guilty of this! I am grateful for soooooo much – a beautiful hubby, gorgeous munchkins, our muppet (Storm our dog), parents that love and support me in everything, wonderful grandparents, our home and all our belongings, good health…the list goes on. I’ve never really thought of it before but I really do have what I ‘need’ and ‘want’ – one lucky girl right? What are you most grateful for?
In the last few weeks I’ve spotted one of my favourite inspirational books in two gift + homeware shops (I first came across this book 7 or so years ago). ‘When I loved myself enough’ by Kim McMillen is a collection of affirmations that reminds one to take the time to focus and listen to oneself. That when you love yourself first you are happier and more at peace and that love resonates to all those around you. Here is a snippit of some of my favourites…When I loved myself enough I learned to say no when I want to and yes when I want to. When I loved myself enough I quit exhausting myself by trying so hard. When I loved myself enough I quit settling for too little. When I loved myself enough I came to know my own goodness.
I think we all go through phases when things weigh us down and life in general seems harder than it should. I have to admit I’ve been feeling like that recently. So after seeing this book again for the second time, I felt like it was a sign so I came home and got mine out. This book got me reflecting and thinking what do I need to let go of to be happier? What do I beat myself up about? How would I know I loved myself enough? What would that look and feel like? Asking yourself this is more challenging that you would expect, I guess because being honest with yourself initially makes you feel quite vulnerable. But I do believe it is quite a powerful and insightful excercise. I have listed some of my own affirmations below. I would love to hear yours, please share yours by commenting.When I loved myself enough I realised that it was ok if things didn’t go to plan. When I loved myself enough I stopped trying to justify or make sense of things that were not in my control. When I loved myself enough I no longer seeked validation from others. When I loved myself enough I no longer doubted my intuition but followed it.
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I don’t think I could let Mother’s Day pass without reflecting on being a mum, my mum and mums in general. The step into motherhood is nothing less than amazing and life changing. Instantly you are wholeheartedly besotted and in awe of another human being. A love that is barely describable – so fulfilling, all consuming and fiercely protective.
As you grow into the role, you face all the first’s that your own mother did – your child being helplessly sick, hurting itself, not sleeping, not eating…heartaching and frustrating you wonder will you ever find some balance. Then you get to experience and celebrate their first smile, coo, word, crawl, walk and watch them sing, count, draw, write their name and you are sure that these milestones and their sheer brilliance is unique to your child. In these moments, you are chuffed, proud and confident you are doing everything right.
Somewhere in between it all, you gain a new found respect for your own mother and childhood. Sorry for all the eye-rolling and the I know better attitude (which was present even during your first pregnancy, up until delivery) to what seemed like obvious and trivial stuff but were things your mum needed to know, to make sure you were okay and safe. You hear yourself asking the same questions, often repeating yourself to get an answer just like your own mother did before you.
I have always been close to my mum, she is my best friend and confidant. It’s a relationship that came easy to us and one that I treasure. She is a great help to me, always supportive and encouraging. Being a mother to boys, I hope my relationship to my boys is just as special and strong even if it is different.
Being a mum means balancing many roles and doing your best to try to fulfil all of them. I think Mother’s Day is about showing your love and appreciation to your mum. It is a day to acknowledge your mum and to say thank you. So, thankyou mum – we love you very much and know how lucky we are! At the end of every day, I am my happiest when I see my kids faces, get to hold them tight and share in their day. To me this is being mum and that is everything.
Credit images: Little Ones by Melt Photography (Melbourne)
One of my favourite bloggers is Stephanie Sterjovski who recently did a post on Five Things. Inspired, I wanted to share my 5 things…
1/ Love exists, let it in and treasure it
2/ Always trust your inner voice
3/ Surround yourself with pretty things
4/ Animals are essential for the soul
5/ If you don’t believe in miracles, hold a baby
Please share your 5 things by commenting below. Happy Monday everyone!
I thought I would round up February ‘the month of love’ with the below quote. Of course we all got to share in the buzz and frenzy of Valentine’s day but more significantly for me, I got to celebrate 6 years of marriage to my lovely hubby (where has the time gone?). Our first meeting wasn’t very romantic (we met at a New Year’s eve bash) but our love story has been everything I ever dreamed of – from moving in together, travelling an itsy bit, buying a house, creating a home and getting married – the icing on the cake being our two boys + muppet (aka Storm our pup).
I have been very lucky to be surrounded by couples that have always demonstrated love, respect and a commitment to their relationship. My parents have been married 34 years and are clearly still in love, evident to all those that know them, mainly due to the little things that I believe are the big things – holding hands, making time for one another, sharing ideas, thoughts and housework. My grandparents have been married 50+ years and are inseparable, they cook together, garden together, walk together, do chores together and finish each other’s sentences. Both my parents and grandparents endlessly show their love and support for one another and us, their family.
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What is your love story? I would love you to share it with me. I hope everyone’s love story never ends…
What an inspiring way to approach life, don’t you think? The beautiful and iconic Elizabeth Taylor lived a life of adventure, believing in oneself and taking chances (opening those doors). As for the beautiful parisian door, I want to know what’s behind it. How about you?
When I came across this quote and this picture I just knew they belonged together. I like to think this will be my story, a life journey with my hubby, those two seats reserved for us when we are 80, re-living our lives by the sea. Until then, I hope everyone is focused on sharing their journey with someone worthy this Valentine’s Day.
This beautiful picture can be purchased here at JeansViews, Etsy.
January has definitely felt like a month of rejuvenation and promise (which I am sure stems from summer – who doesn’t fall in love with warmer days and balmy nights?). With this fresh focus insight and the bloom of our first sunflower, I thought the above was a nice reminder that if you want it, anything is possible.
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