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Connection

Connection and community. It’s what we really all crave. To have connection with people around us and to feel like we belong. To know that we are apart of something bigger than us. I am not a religious person but often I see these big religious gatherings and feel envious of their connection and sense of meaning. So what about those who don’t share in the religion or belief, how exactly do we gain a community around us?

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Positive Psychology Part 1 of potential thousands

Here goes nothing. My first attempt at writing you something about the amazing week away I had studying Positive Psychology. I would also like to add that while I was away in Byron Bay for the course I could have been in a dingy basement in the middle of nowhere and still had the best time. It wouldn't have mattered because the course and the people that I was surrounded by constantly blew my mind and it still feels like I dream that I even went. I’ll keep it brief for this blog post. I’ll just explain to you what positive psychology is and perhaps my top 3 takeaways from the course and then I’ll delve deeper in later blog posts down the track.

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It’s the hardest job you’ll ever do...

Often I heard these words from parents, “it’s the hardest job you’ll ever do”...that word hard is left ringing in your ears. Often a word associated with negativity. It’s too hard, too difficult, too challenging. So it begs the question if parenting is so hard, if this is everyone’s go to word to describe their parenting experience, why on earth are so many people embarking on a parenting journey?

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Plastic Free July

So in case you missed it July was #plasticfreejuly. This started in 2011 and has been gaining momentum each year. I never really thought twice about my waste until recently. I suppose I was ignorant to the effect I was having on the environment. I never really thought that by reducing my waste it would make a difference but having Hunter has changed my perspective on everything. I want him to have the best life possible and that means having a beautiful earth to live on.

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How I fixed my skin in 35 days!

Just over a month ago my skin changed over night and I woke up with redness and spots all over my face. I have always had red cheeks but this was more red that usual. I put it down to a hormonal imbalance as it coincided with the week that I stopped breastfeeding. My skin still isn't 100%, but I have noticed a drastic improvement and this is what I changed to fix it! 

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From not eating, to fad diets and skinny tea to now...

I am finally at a point in my life where I happy with who I am. I am confident in my skin, in my opinions and I am just living for me. I exercise and eat well to feel great, not because my life is dictated by a number on a scale or by what I think society demands from me. It’s taken till 26, till really becoming a Mum in actual fact for me to finally understand what really matters and it isnt the size of my clothes but how I feel in them.

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Ultimate Best Friends

It might shock you to think that I was petrified about getting a dog. A big, giant, scary Labrador. The thought of having a big dog actually gave me many anxiety attacks. Having grown up with labs, Michael was set on the fact we would have our own. I only ever had little dogs growing up so the thought of big, slobbery, dog with giant teeth actually scared me.

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One more sleep and my baby turns 1.

365 days, 365 sleepless nights, more than 2000 breastfeeds, 3000 nappy changes, endless cuddles, an infinite amount of kisses and a love that grows more each and everyday. The first year of parenthood is done. My little baby, that was once curled up in my tummy is now a walking, talking (read: wobbling, babbling) one year old boy as of tomorrow morning. Blink and you'd miss it. 

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Long Hair Don't Care

Well actually I do care, I care a lot. Everybody questioned whether I would cut my hair short and get a 'mum' bob when Hunter was born, and ah...NO was and still is the answer. There is no way I'll be cutting my hair anytime soon. So many people ask how I keep my hair looking so healthy and how I get it to grow so here it is, my hair care blog. My little tips and tricks and hair regime that allows me to keep my hair so long that it gets caught in my pants, in car doors, in Hunter's nappy and seat belt buckles (just to name a few). 

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Intermittent Fasting

A month ago I decided something needed to change. I had become a snacking machine and my body wasn’t liking it at all. I was continuously grazing throughout the day. I was still eating all the right foods, healthy and nutritious foods but my body was reacting poorly. I was also eating right from the moment I woke up, 5:30am and basically until I went to sleep 9pm. For a good few weeks I was never hungry because I was constantly snacking. I wouldn’t be hungry for actual lunch or dinner because I never really stopped eating from breakfast

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The Resilience Project - Failure is vital to our Success

It is in the face of adversity where you see the most personal growth. There were many take home messages from the The Resilience Project PD but this was what resonated most with me. As a teacher I have always known that adversity and challenges is where we see children make the most growth but it hasn't been until becoming a parent that I have realised how important this really is. 

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Half way there...

So it’s official. I’m half way through my Vegan Bowls for Vegan Souls Cookbook. 50 out of 100 recipes made. I said I wanted to cook all 100 recipes from the beginning but even I was expecting to come a across a few recipe fails. I promise you when I say that I am yet to be disappointed, and I haven’t had a recipe fail me!  

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We finally made it to the NGV

On Saturday we finally made it the NGV Triennial exhibition in the city. It didn’t disappoint. We were a little late to the party, it’s been open since December and I think everyone I know in Melbourne has been. If you haven’t, you have a few days until it closes. A few words made me super keen to go, “interactive” and “free”. 

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Worth it?

11 strangers in a room. Different ages, different interests, completely different lives. Nothing in common but one thing: our babies were born in the same month. Mother’s group. New parents group. What ever you want to call it. It’s a bunch of women thrust together because their waters broke at the same time. 

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Off duty for 36hrs...

This weekend we were child free. First night without Hunter. We dropped him off at my parents house and we were off. Off the clock. No baby to watch, no nappies to change, no late night feeds! We had a wedding to attend and had planned some hikes to do as well - making the most of the weekend. 

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