I’m still in amazement at how gorgeous the days are here in Perth. It’s now officially winter and though the mornings and nights are icy cold the days have been so beautiful, sunny and warm. Being a Melbourne girl and living through years of freezing cold weather, I seriously soak up every little bit of sunshine I can get over here. It still blows my mind 9 years later.
Since I’ve been dreaming of chasing the endless summer my entire life, I’m actually ridiculously excited to share with you all that I am headed to California in just a weeks time! My heart is singing with joy! I’m so excited to reconnect with my US family, relive summer all over again, and simply be amongst those giant redwoods and majestic ocean coastline. So many amazing adventures await! For now though I’m loving every minute of the here and now and so grateful for all that I have in my life.
Does life ever feel like you are being tumbled by a huge wave? It’s as though you can’t think or breathe, like being frozen in time or stuck on a ride you don’t want to be on. I was feeling like this today…all my thoughts scattered on the near future. An overwhelming surge of adrenaline peaking in my body, focused on the never-ending list of tasks that stand before me. As a passionate and creative person I take a lot on my plate. I love to be busy and involved in multiple projects. My latest shop venture is just one of those amazing things that has brought so much creative freedom and joy to my life. At the same time it’s also brought a lot of work. I’m so happy for this, as it’s been not only a pleasure, but a learning experience for me too. Each day I’ve been practising maintaining my awareness in the now…just today. The moment my thoughts move towards tomorrow, next week, month etc. I’m getting thrashed about in that huge wave again. My breathing becomes shallow and I find it challenging to focus on any task. In these moments, rather than resisting my initial urge to retreat, I’ve been welcoming this chaos into my being. I’m breathing it all in and allowing it time to simply be. A little validation of our feelings can make all the difference. I’ve been taking lots of deep breaths, and realising this moment, right now, is all I need to focus on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will be brighter and more refreshed for it if I don’t waste my energy stressing about it! So instead of being tumbled by life’s waves, I’m learning to ride them. I’m flowing with it all and taking it one baby step at a time.
A beautiful beach morning spent with my love, Bobby Bense, taking photos of this gorgeous 2 piece set from Feather fox boutique. I was beaming with happiness from head to toe and deep within my soul. Sending love to you all!
Feeling oh so summery and festival ready in all this inspiring flash….loving the new blue tones added to the already amazing metallics from the original creators of the metallic tattoos :) Paired with some divine James Michelle gold jewels and beautifully handcrafted bikini all the way from sunny California! I’m super excited to announce my family will be trekking back to Cali this summer. We can’t wait to see our families and even more of this beautiful place we call our second home. Thanks to all who suggested some amazing places to visit on instagram recently. Please feel free to leave comments here on my blog if you have some must see sights and adventures, and any must stay accommodations you’d like to recommend.
This post is dedicated to my amazing husband, Bobby. I’m so inspired by his unconditional love, passion and incredible photography. This shoot in particular I am absolutely loving his capture of light, love and colour. I’m so grateful to be creating my dreams with the man I love. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Hope you are all chasing, creating and living your dreams lovelies.
I’ve been asked a lot recently from many of you amazing souls following and sharing in my journey about how I found a life of love. I want to share a little of my journey with you all in the hopes that I can inspire you to rediscover your beauty and the shining light of love that you all are.
Firstly, I think that we generally only start to question what is going on when things are not so great. It is these low experiences in our lives that act as the catalysts for transformation. I look back now with pure gratitude for the pain and traumas I have been through in my life. I would not have strived for a life of love without them.
My real low was around 7 years ago, when I experienced complications with my second pregnancy. It all began one night, around 11 weeks in, when I woke up haemorrhaging. I started having contractions, went into shock, and realised that I was losing my child. I was rushed to hospital to discover my little boy was still alive. For the next 27 weeks of my pregnancy I was in and out of hospital, the doctors continuously trying to prevent an early labour. I had to learn to cope with the imminent threat of losing him with no certainty or assurances. I was told the odds were not in my favour, and to prepare myself for the most painful of possibilities. That one hope, that I might make it to term, however dim it was back then, was the light that helped me get through. The painful thoughts of ‘what if’ were so excruciating while I felt my little boy kicking around in my belly. I inevitably pulled myself inwards and focused intently on the beauty of each moment we had together and that he would be ok. I could no longer focus on my painful feelings and give rise to them as they didn’t serve any other purpose than to cause me immense suffering. They weren’t real in that moment, they were just possibilities of an unknown future. I decided (stubbornly) we were going to get through it and that I would endeavour to enjoy the beautiful connection between mother and child regardless of the physical pain I was in. We would make this journey together and hope for the best. These thoughts brought me peace and the ability to find some joy in a pregnancy full of complication. I don’t think any other life experience has taught me more about mind control than this. Living with this for 27 weeks, bed bound each day, bleeding and contracting, reminded how fragile this situation was, yet striving for strength by surrendering to the vulnerability and uncertainty, whilst trying to maintain a positive outlook, was the biggest challenge of my life. I’m happy to say we made it in the end. We managed against medical odds to get to 38 weeks and my beautiful son is now 6 years old.
This experience changed me in many ways. My ability to let go of stressful ‘what if’ thoughts is much easier. I can focus on the beauty of life amidst chaos, and I discovered that the more you focus on the good stuff, and not the bad stuff, the more the bad stuff will actually lose it’s power and start to disappear from your life. Whatever you spend your time thinking about will become your life. So think beautiful thoughts, kind thoughts, grateful thoughts, loving thoughts, joyful thoughts. And when life throws you a curveball, I hope that you can remember at some point to be easy on yourself, and find that light and love within that allows you to move through it with grace and ease.
Some days I love nothing more than a simple white maxi and a few crystal jewels, bare feet in the sand, salt on my skin and to dance upon the sand as the ocean rolls in and kisses the shore over and over again. It sets my spirit soaring and evokes that mermaid vibe I love so much.
This beautiful afternoon I had the pleasure of wearing some gorgeous designs, made with love and passion, from the divine Her Empire boutique. A magical, bohemian inspired one stop shop perfect for the travelling gypsies, the magic makers, the wild dreamers and all those who seek something unique and inspiring. Beautiful owner, Aly, draws together passionate creative designers to bring forth a stunning collection of designs for all the bohemian babes wanting something that you just can’t find in your shopping mall. It’s so refreshing to discover so many interesting designs that spark my creative fire and allow me to style, play and create magic. I hope you guys find some magical pieces too that remind you of how amazing and wonderful you all truly are.
There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise for the first time on a new year! That radiant light just seems that little bit brighter and lighter and full of endless possibilities. As I felt the first light of 2015’s sun shine upon me I was completely overwhelmed with excitement for all that is to come. And simultaneously so content after an amazing night of belly laughs and connections with my dearest family and family. It was a wonderful moment of pure happiness.
I didn’t actually make any new year resolutions this year. I’ve spent each day of 2014 practicing the art of refining my lifestyle, my thoughts, questioning my beliefs and bringing more love and light to my being each and every day. As the sun rose I simply gave myself a metaphorical pat on the back, a heart felt thank you for taking better care of myself this year. I know I will only continue to expand my heart in 2015 and journey on this path of self love.
It’s been a wonderful year of fulfilling many of my dreams and watching it all unfold before me. I feel such immense gratitude for all the love and support I have received from my beautiful family, friends, work colleagues and cyber community. Thank you to all of my blog followers for the time you take to follow my journey and the beautiful messages you send me.
I leapt into holiday mode a little earlier this year and took off down south to Bunker Bay a couple of weeks ago. On the way we stopped off at the divine Milc Homewares in the heart of Dunsborough to check out their amazing store. It was so refreshing to see so many labels I love all in the one place. It’s such a beautiful store run by a beautiful inspiring woman.
If you are lucky enough to live down that way, or are headed down for the holidays, show some local love and check out Milc. And for those who are far away, head to www.milchomewares.com for a great collection of clothing and accessories. You’ll find some of my absolute favourites like Spell and Free people and one of my new faves Bassike. These Bassike organic cotton shorts I’m wearing in these pics are the most comfortable and versatile shorts I own. So many styling options!!!
Hope you all have the most amazing holidays ever! I’m so excited for some down time with my family, summer sunsets at the beach and lazy days by the pool.
“Do not be afraid to shine your light. It is a beacon for those lost in the dark, a reminder of the way home”
This post is dedicated to all the beautiful souls out there who have journeyed to the light this past week, and to their loved ones who are grieving their loss. I’m sending a whole lot of loving vibrations out to all who need it right now. It’s been a pretty sad news week, both in our home and in our world. We all need so much love and light.
Warm hugs, kind words, peaceful vibes, offerings of love….first aid essentials to help heal the wounds of the heart.