Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and a new blog!

I hope that your Christmas was as wonderful as ours. It has been a truly magical time for our family and a time of new beginnings.

I stumbled my way into this blog 4 years ago. I did a lot of growing up here and if you have been following me for a while, you will have seen how I have changed in this time.

I feel much more confident in my voice and in expressing myself. I was inspired to create a new blog during this Christmas period. I know that when inspiration strikes, I must act IMMEDIATELY!

So, I did!

Please come and join me at my new blog. I hope that it will give you even more peace and inspiration.

It has been wonderful here, so I leave this space to carry on creating more peace, abundance and joy.

Blessings to you.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Christmas blessing

Well, the time is almost here. We have almost completed Mary's walk. She has one more star to step on before it is Christmas.

Our first Christmas in our new house. It has been a massive year for me. Two career moves and a house move. I am so proud of what I have achieved this year.

I want to thank each and every person who has visited me here. I hope that you have found some peace and inspiration here. I love the sense of community on the blogosphere.

Did you know that when we moved to Australia, I didn't know anyone and I felt really isolated and lonely? So I started blogging as a way of finding myself and making connections. I have to say that the friendships I have made with people I have never physically met have been incredible. I have started finding my voice and I am much more clear on what I wish to achieve in my life.

I feel so much gratitude for my life. It is as perfect as I had hoped it would be when we decided to move across the world and it is only getting better.

I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and blessed Christmas. May you stop, reflect and honour the light within you. It is a Polish custom that we hold no grudges with anyone at Christmas time. If anyone is causing you pain right now, just let it go, even if it is just at Christmas time. Feel the peace rise up within you.

And when it all gets a bit too crazy, don't forget to spend 10 minutes with your legs against the wall. You will thank me, I promise.

Blessings to you.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What does it mean to me a peaceful mother?

What would it take to be a peaceful mother? Or father?

It has taken my life journey to realise that the only way to really be a peaceful mother is to put myself first. Our children learn from what we do, not what we say.

So, what are we teaching our children if we put them first? Instead of ourselves? What a question to ask, of course, as mothers we have to put our children first. That is our role as mothers, isn't it? Aren't we supposed to feed them, clothe them, cuddle them, educate them, make sure that they have all the opportunities we didn't have? Isn't that what a GOOD mother does? She puts her needs last and everyone else's first? Is is not our role as women and mothers to serve?

That is how we are built, biologically. We carry the children in our womb. We feed them from our breast. We take care of our nest. We serve.

And it is very satisfying, is it not?

Just imagine how different it would all be if you actually put yourself first, before anyone else?

Would you take better care of your body during your pregnancy? Would you slow down your work. And stop trying to please everyone else? Would the baby in your womb be nourished better? Would there be fewer stress hormones being carried to your baby? If you spent the time connecting with yourself in your pregnancy, would your baby feel your joy and peace?

When the child was born, would you put yourself first by resting as much as possible? Would you let the washing pile up? Would you accept the mess all around you. Would you let others prepare all the meals at home for the first year? Would your baby be happier? Would your baby have a better chance at feeling peaceful?

A peaceful mother puts herself first. She sees the big picture. She doesn't sweat the small stuff. She understands that our lives have cycles. That there are times for action. That there are times for rest. She acknowledges her own female cycle. She acknowledges that she cannot work on auto pilot because she is just not built like that. She teaches her family that she is important. That she is not there to serve.

She is there to empower.

She knows that those precious children will grow up. That she has done her job when they can take care of themselves. Because they do not belong to her. They belong to themselves. They have their own inner being. Their inner being is wise. Their inner being knows what is best for them.

Just as she has her own inner being. And she trusts her own inner being. And the way her children learn to trust their own inner being is by witnessing their own mother trusting herself. And by their mother having confidence in then. And trusting them.

These precious children of ours are not helpless little people that we have to teach and mould. They are more powerful than we can ever imagine. They have chosen us as their mothers and fathers. They have come here to teach us more than what we can teach them.

Yes, we need to teach them how to drive and how to how to use cutlery. But, they have so much more to teach us. And when we stop and pay attention to what they have to teach us, our lives become richer than we could ever imagine. When we give them the respect that is theirs and treat them like the equals that they are, we learn more about parenting than we would ever do if we spent out time worrying about them stepping on a bee by running barefoot on the grass.

To be a peaceful mother is to just let go. Chill out. Relax. Have fun. Play.

It is to stop trying to control our children and to just let them be. It is to let them make mistakes. It is to let them trip and fall. It is to tell them that we trust that THEY know what is best for them.

And mean it.

Just leave your children alone for a bit. And see the peace within you arise.

Blessings to you.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Peas, beans and summer

The school holidays have arrived.

Summer is here.

It is time to rest and reflect on the past year.

I had a spark of insight while I was having my afternoon nap.

I have so much to share with you.

Stay tuned, but for now, enjoy the hydrangeas.

Blessings to you.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Some updates and a question for you.

Wow, what can I say? I find that whenever I leave this space, I come back as a new person.
That has happened to me again.

I have been so busy doing so much personal growth, that I have not even thought about coming here to share it all with you.

But, never fear, all will be revealed, as it always is!

I went to watch the screening of "Things we don't talk about - Women's stories from the Red Tent". It was a whole day of women gathering. Ritual, dance, singing, henna, yummy food, oracle card readings and then to end it off, the screening of the movie followed by a Q & A with some incredible women's mysteries leaders.

I was so touched by every woman there, so amazed at every single one's beauty and wisdom. We are all beautiful goddesses and it was so wonderful to see so many women embracing that.

On Monday, I returned from the third module of my yoga teacher training. I was once again, away for five days, spending my days stretching, meditating, doing lots and lots of relaxation and reconnecting with some amazing yogis.

I seem to come back from these things with a new lease on life, new insights, amazing growth. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with themselves.

I have been spending the days since my return reintegrating into my life at home. I have understood the confusion I have had about my reasons for starting my business. The business came to me, I did not go and look for it. It seemed to represent all the things I thought I didn't stand for in my yogic, organic, simple, earth mother life.

And yet, I knew that it came to me for a great reason. My mom has been supporting me through it all the way and I trust her Spirit more than anything. So, I have been doing it wholeheartedly, but with a sense of curiosity. Why is this whole skin care and make up thing so important?

It just doesn't seem to fit. And yet it does. And yet it doesn't. But it feels so right. But, why am I so confused about why it is right?

And so it went on in my head, round and round, for the last few months!

I have received many answers to my questions. And I don't feel confused anymore. It is our right as human beings to have a life of abundance. When we look at nature, She doesn't stop giving to us. When we pick the strawberries from the bush, she doesn't tell us that we have had enough.

She just gives and gives.

Flowers are there for human beings to enjoy their beauty. Most animals can't see colours. So, the beauty in the flowers is for us to enjoy. Beauty is all around us. And beauty is within us.

Beauty and abundance. The reasons for my business.

Oh and the biggest one: Financial freedom!

I will give you some things to think about from Kim Kiyosaki's latest book - It's rising time: A call for women, what it really takes for the reward of financial freedom:

"Today women rank "financial issues" as the number-one most pressing concern in their lives - more pressing than family, health, or time.

We women know we need to do something, so why don't we?

What holds women back from getting actively involved in building their financially secure future? A 2010 study found these top three reasons:

  1. Women have little knowledge about money and investing.
  2. Women find the subject of finances too complicated, confusing and overwhelming.
  3. Women say they have no time to devote to their financial life because of children, job or career, and daily obligations. (Yes, we women are pros at putting everyone else first and ourselves last.)
It's not difficult to see why women place money at the top of their worry list. The facts regarding women and money, especially as we get older, are downright scary.

Women are poorer in retirement than men.
  • Women are twice as likely to live their retirement years in poverty.
  • In the United States, an alarming 87% of the elderly living in poverty are women.
  • Even more surprising is that the majority of these women now in poverty were not poor when their husbands were alive.
  • Here's an interesting twist: A woman might go through the couple's nest egg paying for the healthcare costs of her ailing partner and deplete the financial resources she needs for the rest of her life.
  • Not only do women live longer than men today, but women often marry older men. That means many women will be widows who will have to support themselves for 15-20 years.
Women are poorer in divorce than men.
  • Divorced women with children are four times more likely than married women to have an income that is under the poverty line.
  • In the United States, in 2000, the average income for a middle-aged, divorced woman is only $11,000 per year.
  • In a study of married men and women in Britain, 59% of wives said they would divorce immediately if their future economic security was assured.
Women, on average, are financially unprepared.

  • 58% of female baby boomers have less than $10,000 in retirement plans.
  • 33% of women investors admitted they avoid making financial decisions out of fear of making a mistake.
  • Women tend to own investments and securities with a very low rate of return.
  • Women are tree times more likely than men to NOT know what types of investments offer the best returns.
According to the research authors Christopher Hayes and Kate Kelly, Women's decision-making tends to be directed toward gaining enough money to get by rather than to get rich. This desire for security also means that most of their decisions favour 'safe' investments rather than those that might return more."

Some sobering things to consider there. I am not prepared to be one of those women. I am not prepared to retire and struggle financially.

Life is abundant and beautiful and the Universe provides us with all our needs. BUT, we need to claim that. We need to state that, yes, we do deserve all the abundance and beautiful things that life has to offer us.

And then, we have to ACT. We have to take ownership of our lives and our futures. We all deserve financial freedom. It is within all of our grasps.

It is time to stand in our power. And live the lives that we deserve!

My business has come to me because it is my vehicle to financial freedom. I asked the Universe for financial freedom and it delivered it to me by way of skincare and make up! Yes, perfectly delivered, with a great sense of humour.

I am not sure if this blog makes sense to you, dear reader. (There are a lot of deeper layers which I haven't gone into.) 

It doesn't matter. 

What matters is that you consider whether you have taken ownership of your beauty and deservedness of the life of your dreams. The Universe wants to give it to you. Ask and it shall be given. It is a universal law.

Are you paying attention to what the Universe is giving to you?

Blessings to you.

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