My little Ivy turned one at the weekend! She had a lovely party, made so much more special because she skyped with her Great Grandpa (Papaw) from his hospital bed where he was recovering from a bypass.
Papaw died on Monday and I'm comforted by the love and joy my little girl brought to him in his last days. And whilst they never met in real life (oh how I wish they had - we planned to visit him in the US later this year) I will be sure she knows all about what a beautiful man he was, and how he loved her so dearly. She will always carry a little piece of Papaw in her heart. Happy Birthday to my girlie. Love and beautiful dreamings to our lovely, kind Grandpa Papaw.
A new post of mine is currently live on Huffington Post. It covers my soulful pregnancy learning and advises how important it is to go deeper than purchases and pushing preparation during the nine months of baby making!
I just received an email from my publisher John Hunt Publishing / Soul Rocks Books to say that Dear Poppyseed is at the printers! She will be available to buy six whole weeks prior to publish date of 29 July. Which means any folks who have preordered, or who have been waiting with bated breath, will have to wait not so very much longer.
Now I'm just waiting for the knock on the door - which invariably will wake Ivy from her nap - and the cheery postman to deliver my copies! Who knows, it may even be on the girl's 1st birthday! Now that would be magic.
Let us know if you get your copy early. I'd love to see pictures of you with your copies, which you can post on the Dear Poppyseed facebook page, or on my twitter or tag me on intstagram: SoulfulMomma.
Sinsational? Is your soul feeling naughty? Does a little bad living make you better?
My new post for The Daily Love
Photo courtesy of my younger, slightly more sinful self!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with Jean and Rick from Everyday Connection. It was a wonderful little chat, and they are definitely on the same wavelength as me. We believe in the simplicity of spirituality, in the everyday nature of it's miracles, perfections and perfect chaos. We talked for quite some time on the nature of choosing to believe, trust and following one's intuition. And of course, we couldn't help but talk a bit of baby. It seems my diaper talk is infectious. And so yes, there was chatter on being a responsible, spiritual, conscious mother. Loved this show, and hope to be a guest again in the not too distant future. Listen to the podca
I just had the most wonderful holiday. I'm exhausted. What is that about? Well I guess that is about having an 11 month old baby girl who will not conform to a hotel's schedule, or to anyone else's for that matter! And who said holidays should be about laying horizontally and absorbing nowt but sunrays? As much as I would have loved a little bit of laying around with a good book. It was not to be. This holiday brought other things to me.
It brought the kindness and love of strangers. Watching on as all of Tunisia serenaded and fussed my daughter as though she were the Queen.
It brought me an appreciation of my life in comparison to that of the very poorest of the poor. I speak of those who hang around hotels making a 'nuisance' of themselves with the tourists. I felt heavy with sympathy and a whole lot of gratitude that I have never had to beg, never had to expose a cancerous lump in my throat to strangers in the hope they may throw me a few pennies. We may well choose our lives before we come to this planet. We may each choose our lessons to learn. But by goddess does that spiritual line of thought not matter a damn jot when confronted with suffering. I am realigned in my life and brimming with graciousness.
My holiday, too, brought me closer to my loved ones. My little girl demanded my full attention, and whilst that is fairly usual, she needed more. And so I let her have it. In essence releasing any chance of my relaxing so that she might feel happy and content and so that her little teeth would not cause her too much pain. My husband, who works long hours, reacclimatised himself to the world of Momma and Ivy and we learned to appreciate each other once again. We found our Sync again, and it feels nice.
So it seems to me that holidays are not so much about relaxing. Well not for the next 16 years for me! They are about rediscovering that which we already know. We leave our ordinary life, so that we might reacquaint ourselves with the inner us, and the souls of our beloveds. And yes, that has left me exhausted. But I would relive it a million times over before I swapped it for a sunbed and sangria!
I have been a busy bunny! I have no less than four articles published in various places... Check them out below. I also attended an MBS fayre last week and gave a talk to a crowded house. Was much fun, and wish I had longer than half an hour, because, this girl can really jibber jabber once she get's going!
Not sure how I manage all of this spiritual ladeeda imbetween looking after baby and attempting to work for a living too! I think James my husband would argue that the housework has taken a back seat...
Anyway, here is to a happy Oestra - or choco fest, or Easter, or whatever your whim want's to call it. Personally I'll be celebrating the fact that the earth is springing up some colour and the tree's are budding with new blossom. Such a miracle our planet is, don't you agree? Blows my little mind how each year what was seemingly dead regrows, with naught but natural conditions and connection to the natural elements to make it happen. Blows my mind. We could learn a thing or a thousand from Mrs Mother Nature. Maybe this year we will. Happy Spring!
I wrote another piece for Elevated Existence, Learning to Let It Be...
And another for Natural Health - Do You Believe In Fate?
And several for Hello Giggles! An Easy Guide to Learning Tarot & Using Your Head to Mend Your Broken Heart
Two lovely things to report this week.
Firstly, so honored to have an article published on The Daily Love... Check it out here... Spiritual Living for Imperfect People
Secondly my next book, Dear Poppyseed, A Soulful Momma's Journal has had it's first review. The review is in the wonderful Juno, a natural parenting magazine I really admire. Thanks to them for a great review!
My now regular article has been published on Hello Giggles too, with another one scheduled for later today.