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The lovely Fleur from Our Urban Box blog personally selected all of these amazing quotes! I asked Fleur recently if she would create one of her popular Wednesday // Words posts for us and she generously agreed! Serendipitously, Fleur managed to gather most of my favourite words and I hope that you also find some words to guide you into your day!

Fleur is a fellow working Mamma who also loves to connect and share online, her blog is a lovely place to read about all of Fleur’s loves including her home, family and ‘fabulous finds’. Our Urban Box is a bright happy place, and I know that you will enjoy Fleur’s honest and positive sharing about Motherhood, life and blogging.

 

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10 Ways to Create more Calm and Balance: Guest Post

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Stressed? Stretched? How do you find your way back to your happy place?

Jenni is another one of those very rare humans who simply wants to leave a positive mark. Jen has such a bright and optimist outlook, my kinda chick! Blogging about cancer with a smile, body image, ‘styling ‘curvy’ and spreading lots of her own unique goodness, there is so much to be grateful for with this type of person in your world.

10 Ways to Create more Calm and Balance: a Guest Post by Jenni Eyles from Styling Curvy

Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, yeah I know it freaked me out too! Prior to that diagnosis my life was loaded with stress running around after kids, running the household and working in retail management.

What I’ve learned since is that I invited stress into my life, not intentionally but I wasn’t strong enough to say no often enough.

These days I’m busier than ever but can honestly say that stress just doesn’t play a role in my life anymore. There’s no magic bullet, it’s about balance. You know, doing small things to help balance out the big things. It’s going to be different for everyone and some of you will be so used to daily life that it might be difficult for you to get inspired, so here are my Top 10 ways to create a more calm and more balanced life:

Tea: I know, simply hey! I like to make a pot of tea in the afternoon served up in a pretty pot complete with cup and saucer and a milk jug. Sounds a bit fancy pants but its about the ritual, taking the time to create a mini tea party helps me to slow down and using pretty China reminds me that ‘I’m worth it’.

Fresh flowers: If I was halfway decent at gardening I would snip them from my garden, but I’m a crap gardener so I pick up a bunch of pretty blooms from the florist and pop them in a jug to admire. Flowers make me smile and they are good for the soul!

Yoga is my re-energiser! Exercise is important for keeping the body working but finding the right exercise for you can sometimes be tough. For me its yoga, its healing, calming and energising and I freakin love it!

Let go of perfect: Oh I’ve been there .. cleaning my house so it sparkles and shines but these days it’s a different story. I can happily leave a sink full of dishes in favour of catching up with a friend or client. Dishes, washing and vacuuming will always be there, so say yes to invites, grab opportunities and enjoy yourself!

Get Dressed: Now I know I’m a style blogger, and have had lots of practice dressing women but getting up and getting dressed makes a difference to how I feel. A bit of lipstick, some jewellery and a pretty dress and I can take on the world .. well, add a mug of long black and then I’m Wonder Woman!

Connect with your partner: I’ve been married for 20 years, my mister is awesome and we are still very much in love but that love continues to grow because we nurture it. It’s not always easy but we find time for each other. When our boys were little it was going for evening walks together or a movie night. These days its weekly brunch, coffee catch ups or weekend ocean swims together.

Doing for others is super important: giving back feeds your soul and just feels good. I do volunteer work, fundraisers and I am an Ambassador for ‘The Hospital Research Foundation’ which is local and I’m a community ambassador for the Mothers Day Classic fun run.

Friends are the glue that keep me held together: they support me, nurture me and give me a good girly giggle. This year is about finding more time to catch up, it could be a cuppa, walk on the beach, surprise visit or a movie. As long as we are connecting and there for each other that is what matters.

Do what you love: after I cam through treatment I didn’t want to go back to retail because I knew that within months I would be in a knot of stress again so I decided to follow my love of writing and connecting and started blogging. It serves my need to connect and share but also runs as a business and I love it. When you made the leap and follow your dreams it doesn’t feel like work.

Shop at local farmers markets: yes I know I’m killing two birds with one stone so to speak, by doing the grocery shopping, but to be honest shopping at my local farmers market is also fun. I love the energy, the stall holders, the amazing produce, learning about food and getting tips. I also love knowing that I am supporting local. Most Sundays I head there on my own or I occasionally go with a friend and we make some time to have a cuppa and a good catch up. It sure beats a crazes whiz around the giant supermarkets being bombarded by advertising and buying food I don’t need.

There you have it. Of course there is more that I to keep balance and nurture myself but these are the things that I do often and some of them may be a good place to start if you are looking for ways to create some more calm and some more balance in your life. Good luck!

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10 Things to be Grateful for about Motherhood {Guest Post}

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Jess and her lovely blog A Little Part of the World make the world a brighter place, she is one of those beautiful people who you come across online and you are instantly grateful for the connection. I love that Jess shares my passion for gratitude in particular, we both know the huge impact that this practice can have. Since I shared some of my photography tips for Jess and her readers she has been busy preparing this heartfelt list of things to be grateful for about Motherhood.

It is easy to become a little lost in the daily demands of our routines as Mums, at times it is somewhat overwhelming and I know that a lot of Mums are also living with anxiety and depression, as I am. Gratitude is a simple practice that has a huge impact, and spending some time each day to focus on the positives and the things that you are grateful for will make such a difference.

Motherhood is a blessing, the greatest role and the most privileged responsibility. It is not possible for some women and my heart hurts for you if you have ached for Motherhood and not experienced it yet. The reality for most parents is that it is also really hard at times, some days are filled with pain and frustration and learnings. As Mothers I wish that we were more united, free of judgement and always on the lookout for opportunities to lift each other up, wipe each others tears and share our stories with complete acceptance.

I am grateful to Jess for sharing so lovingly xx

10 Things to be Grateful for about Motherhood – by Jessica Flett

♡ The fact that you are a Mother

Sadly there are many Mothers to-be out there struggling with their dreams of conception and becoming a parent. If you are a Mother you have been blessed to get there however your path has unfolded.

♡ Newborn baby smell and cuddles

There are few things in life better than the smell and feel of your newborn baby. I would stick my head into their little necks and drink them in! I would happily sit for hours at a time cuddling my babies simply because they wanted to be close to me.

♡ Little voices saying “I love you”

That moment when your little one looks you in the eye and says “I love you” for the first time is overwhelming and brings tears to my eyes. (Miss 20 months said it for the first time recently and it is so wonderful to hear!)

♡ Seeing the world through their eyes

The innocence of children gives them a way of seeing the world so clearly. So much of what they do is for the first time and I am so grateful to experience these firsts and clarity again.

♡ Moulding and guiding your children, preparing them for the world

This is one of the hardest things about being a Mother, wondering if you’re doing it right and if you are helping them to be the best they can be. It is a challenge and a privilege. I’m grateful its my job..my most fulfilling role in life.

♡ Mothers love

It is the most powerful and unconditional love there is. I am moved to tears when I feel the ferocity of the love I have for my children. It is a wonderful feeling and I am constantly in awe of this!

♡ The endless supply of cuddles and kisses

I can’t get enough of the cuddles and kisses I get from my little ones. When they throw their arms around my neck and give me a big hug, all is right with the world. When they randomly come and give me a kiss it makes my day.

♡ Watching them grow

Babies become children who enter the world and take their place in the community. Every year we enter a new phase and reach new milestones. This year for us it is our eldest starting pre-school and our youngest turning two. They are growing so quickly and whilst I (sometimes) mourn the newborns they were, I also get a huge thrill watching them growing up and learning to behave socially, form friendships, learn and discover themselves.

♡ The next generation

Watching with pleasure as your child enters into the world of parenting. This is obviously a distance away for me but I know I can speak for my own Mother when I say that watching me become a parent, and getting to know her grandchildren, has been one of the greatest pleasures of her life.

♡ It’s not just about you anymore

It helps you put things into perspective and takes the ego out of your life. When you become a Mother life becomes so much more than just you. You are wholly responsible for another human being and whilst daunting at times I am so grateful that it has helped me get this perspective in life. Life is about the family we have created, it is so much bigger than any one person.

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