There is a place called paradise…

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I know I only tend to write currently at time when my heart soars.  Motherhood is consuming and it has, at times, consumed me.. My heart and life filled to the brim but my soul left feeling deeply neglected. Cast aside… Put on hold…

I know that this will evolve as my little one grows. For now, he needs his mamma. And his mamma cannot get enough of him…. You only have them small for such a short time…

Except, for the days when I can get enough of him.  The days that drain.  The days that I struggle. The days that feel like forever…. The days where I feel it’s the hardest job I’ve ever done.

It’s fluid… Just like life… Motherhood is a funny thing. It is so filled with intensity. Things don’t happen by halves. It is consuming and it’s always either on.. or off.

And in my experience, it’s so rarely off…

Don’t get me wrong. I love being the mother of my son. I cannot tell you of the love.

I have never experienced such love in any other moment in my life. The nurturing. The giving. The honesty. The laughs. The cuddles. They are all so so intense.

So big. So, so big..

For that I am time rich..  But for me, I am time poor.

Motherhood is unique to every single soul and every mother. Some thrive. Some falter. All will find a time where they need nourishment and support.

For everything there is a time.

As I write, I am sitting in a treehouse on the south east coast of Sri Lanka. For the first time since my motherhood journey began, I am reconnecting fully back in with myself. Replenishing my soul so it can continue to thrive and to give.

I am with five beautiful women.

Five strangers….

Five complete strangers….

Five different women, five different ages, with five different life journeys, and five different needs. Time has placed us together in this space.

In this journey…

Call it coincidence. Call it fate. But we are all here.

Now.

Nurturing each other. Supporting each other.

Laughing, learning, living, embracing. Our hearts are wide open. Our souls are filling again.

We are on what is called a “balance break.” A restoration of ourselves. A nurturing of ourselves. A checking in. A “retreat” if you like, based entirely on us.

And yes, it’s utterly amazing!!

If you haven’t escaped before, why not jump off and try it?! Find one that suits you. Nurtures you. Your life will only be richer for it, your heart open and your soul enriched. You might just find the way to fly higher than you ever imagined…

I chose Paper Tiger Wellness for my soul balance break.

 
ECOTIP – travel in Asia, it is nearly impossible to avoid your plastic usage. For starters, you can’t drink the water so every drop of drinking water comes out of a plastic bottle. Now that we have such fabulous recycling programs in place in Australia, I’m squashing all my plastic bottles, which totalled only three as I’m refilling where possible, with the intent to bring home in my luggage and recycling in Australia is I can guarantee they won’t end up on a beach. I’m doing the same with my soft plastic packaging. They’ll be headed for the RedCycle bin at my local Coles supermarket.

If you’re interested in finding out more about providing safe drinking water without waste to areas of the world that need it most, check out http://www.wavesforwater.org/about/story and become a courier on your next trip.

 

Get out there.  The world awaits you.  Your soul dreams to fly.

xx

Our sea-change.. Or was it tree-change?

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A year ago we moved across our great big continent. A distance of nearly 4,000 kilometres.

A year ago we uprooted our lives and took a chance.  We moved away from the big cities and into a more regional area.  Today we pinch ourselves as to where our lives are now.

We’ve only just realised that we have made both a sea-change and a tree-change and we couldn’t be happier..

Life is simple.

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Watching our child grow up miles from the craziness of our modern day cities makes us smile.  We have playdates on the beach.  We bush walk.  We climb trees.  We garden.  We play in the mud.  We jump in muddy puddles.  We check the surf with dad.  We watch native animals and birds in our backyard.  We are growing our own vegetables.  We make bread from scratch.

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When I return from working in the city to our little life, I feel myself begin to breathe..

The space.  The stars.  The trees.  The silence.  So long traffic….

Honey, I’m home.

x

 

Bless….

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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Fragility

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Every once in a while something shocks you. Strikes you down. Hits you hard. In the chest. In your heart. In your soul. Something that will stay with you forever.

Something that when it does, saddens me to the core. Makes me bleed.

A few months back it was an image of an orangutan. Covered in blood. Burned by humans, to death. The real face of the fight against palm oil. The real victims.

That image hit me hard. That image has changed me. It has made me more aware. It has influenced the way I shop at the supermarket. It has changed the products I buy. Palm oil is currently my enemy number one. I can fight with my wallet.

What absolutely knocked me for six was an image I came across on Facebook just the other day. An image so confronting that I will share it only on a link below. It was a photograph of a beautiful strong African male elephant killed by poachers. They hadn’t just sawn off his tusks, but had hacked off his entire face for the illusive ivory of his beautiful strong tusks. All whilst he was alive. Probably to save on time and bullets.

What???!!! Images like this distress me. Images like this and the orangutan haunt me. They make me feel sick to be human.

Unlike palm oil, this reality I can’t fight.

War, as much as it horrifies me to say this, I can deal with. Two sides, both human. Both with egos. The devastation it causes is tragic but is human created.

Famine, also so tragic, I believe is nature’s way of culling. Us, animals, plants…. It’s survival of the fittest. It’s Darwin’s theory of evolution.

What really hits me is human vs nature. One with a mind and an ego so big. The other much more fragile and innocent.

Both the orangutan and the stunningly strong bull elephant will remain in my mind forever. Both have lost their lives. But, both have made a life changing imprint on my life. Both have changed me as a human. Both have made me stand up ready to fight. To fight for the future of their species and of this beautiful planet we share. Neither, in my heart and soul, have died in vane.

I believe that education is the greatest teacher. Through awareness we learn. By acting on that knowledge we grow strong.

With enough noise, one man can change the world.

xx

Orangutan: http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0911-burned-orangutan-dies-result-of-palm-oil-demand/

Elephant: http://freespirithobo.tumblr.com/post/18623870552/his-face-hacked-off-with-no-conscience-or

Pregnancy…

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7892788178_3f98f35e07_zThe most natural thing on earth….

The way nature renews all it’s species. The growing of life.

As all those who have experienced it know, pregnancy is filled with natural moments. The miracle of a little life growing inside you. The miracle that your body is able to create this little one without much involvement from us. The miracle that a baby can be born whilst a mother is in a coma. The love it stirs. The greatest gift that nature can give. The greatest gift that you can receive. Now that is nature at it’s finest!

Some days it’s not all rosy though…

The feeling that your body is not your own. The incessant kicking that sometimes just does not stop. The reflux. The sickness. The cravings. The stretch marks and varicose veins. The aches….

You would not be human if you couldn’t admit how un-natural pregnancy can feel at times.

I have been lucky. Apart from horrific reflux, I have so far travelled through relatively unscathed. My baby is healthy, there are no complications and we are nearing close to the beautiful, natural birth we are hoping for.

I do have to say though that there’s a part of me that is soooooo selfishly excited!!! I can’t wait to be able to enjoy my yummy green smoothies again without gagging, to get back into my daily detox cleanse, to be able to take a yoga class without reflux, to be able to run around the block, to dig in the garden without a watermelon between my legs, to not wear leggings for a year and instead wear every dress I own….

And to be able to blog more.

Life is evolving from two to three and yet I feel like I get to rebirth too.

Till next I blog, you can always keep in touch with simple tips to “Live Green” in this modern world by liking my blog on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Green-in-a-Modern-World/153259498150630

I hope to see you there. xx

 

A cosmic Earth

crown-chakra-2If you have the feeling something cosmic is going on this week, then you are totally right!  With the Winter Solstice occuring on Friday here in Australia (the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere) and tonight’s “supermoon”, Earth’s energy cannot but be affected…

solstice_StonehengeThe Winter Solstice comes only once a year and marks the Earth’s shortest day of the year.  In civilisations gone by, this event marked the beginning of a stronger and brighter sun.  A turning-point for the planet’s cycle.  Friday just gone marked the point when the Earth was tilted away from the sun at its maximum angle all year.  This means that at noon the sun was at its lowest point on the horizon and in the Northern Hemisphere where it was the Summer Solstice, the sun was at its highest point in the sky.

In Neolithic times, the Winter Solstice was a time of celebration.  A time of feasting for the long, cold, un-producing months of winter were coming to an end…

supermoonExpect to see a moon up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the usual full moon tonight.  A Supermoon occurs once every 14 months when the moon’s axis brings it closest to Earth.  Tonight’s moon is a mere 356,990km from earth.  Many claim that a supermoon can bring on earthquakes and seismic activity, although the scientific community do not confirm these claims.  It will however, bring with it extraordinary high tides.

If you wish to believe the claims, you will be interested to read that both the devastating 2004 Indonesian earthquake and resulting Indian Ocean tsunami along with the unimaginable 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami occured within weeks of a supermoon….. Freaky!

Our Earth…. Beautiful…. Finite….

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For every breath we take, every choice we make…

This beautiful short film is the reason humans must change the way we live. We are merely a thread in a very fragile web.

It will bring tears to your eyes and a profound love to your heart. Enjoy and please keep sharing. xx

♥ Life. ♥ this planet. It’s the only one we’ve got.

It’ll only take you 5 minutes to watch.  A lifetime of rememberance and future choices.

To travel is to dance

They say to travel is to dance.  Well I would have to say I am dancing right now…. Not a dance soft and slow like a waltz nor a passionate sexy tango. It is a simple dance.  A happy one. Yeah I think I am dancing the salsa.  A happy, bright, rhythmical dance…..

 
Yep I’m definitely salsa-ing right now.

 
We are sailing the Andaman.  The winds in the sails and in our hair.  The salt spray coats our skin.  The ions are electric.  And we are free! 
 
Freedom.  That’s a simple thought.  A simple word.  A simple feeling.  Hmmm… I could just get used to this!
 

Happy New Year!!

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As this new day dawns full of energy and life, the world is full of new beginnings.  Those fireworks signal the start of a new year. The remnants of Christmas very quickly disappear.  Another year down and regular life begins again.

Time to make time.  For you.  For your family.  For your lover.  For your life.  For life itself…

I hope your Christmas break has been truly special and I wish you and your family a wonderfully successful 2013 where dreams really do come true!

So long Christmas…….

The “living” Christmas tree has been beautiful…..  But it seems like a lot of effort for just a few weeks of Christmas cheer.  And what do you do with the (now dying) living Christmas tree?

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They are renewable; they absorb carbon dioxide and they create oxygen. So why not recycle?  Right……HOW?

SYDNEY: Every Wednesday between the 29th of Dec and the 19th Jan, the Sydney City Council is offering a free pick up of pine-Christmas trees. Once collected, these trees will be composted.

MELBOURNE: Melbournians check with your local councils.

ADELAIDE: In Adelaide there is no pick-up service but nurseries should accept used trees.

DARWIN: Take your tree down to the Shoal Bay Waste Disposal Site and there the trees will be disposed of correctly.

Unfortunately in CANBERRA, PERTH, HOBART and BRISBANE, there are no recycling programs at this time. Never fear though…

If you need help recycling yourself why not borrow a mulcher off your neighbour and make some compost of your own?  Or if you have a pond or dam?  Tossing in your Christmas tree actually helps the fish by providing shelter and nutrients.

As far as live and artificial Christmas trees compare; the pine trees are much better for the environment…  And by turning your pine tree into compost you are preventing methane from entering the atmosphere.

Next year, I have found an even better idea!  I will be going for an “ECO CHRISTMAS TREE.”  Finally an Aussie company that is renting out real, “living,” potted Christmas trees, 1.8m high, for the same price as a cut pine.  After Christmas they go on to plant your tree in a plantation.  Now THAT is a fabulous idea!

Let’s make 2013 the year of sustainability, health, tree hugging and banning everything toxic in our homes wherever we live. Cheers to the future! x

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My Merry Christmas

“Living Green in a Modern World” is not about going without.  It is not about foregoing quality and a modern way of life.  It is about choosing ethically, choosing responsibly, choosing with a conscience and most importantly living consciously through every moment in every second of every minute of every day.  And about being consciously aware of where we all sit in this web of life.  And this universe.

Christmas is a time of mass.  Mass consumerism, mass spending, mass expectation.  For the general population, everything is large!  For me, Christmas is much richer than that.  Christmas is a time to stop and celebrate life. Celebrate love.  Celebrate family.  Celebrate the fine thread of life.

Three years ago my family had a very different Christmas.  A Christmas spent in an Intensive Care ward, watching and waiting for that fine thread of life to choose whether it would hold on or snap.  This Christmas, 2012, is the first Christmas since that my family can and will all come together and celebrate that fine thread and the choice it made three years ago…. It chose “Life.”

I must say I am a tad excited!

Sure…. We buy presents for each other.  We have a big feast.  We stuff ourselves silly and then spend the rest of the afternoon rolling around on the grass trying to rid ourselves of the agony in our bellies.

In my house, we don’t have a different Christmas.  We have a responsible one.

Presents are chosen because they are actually wanted or needed.  They are bought responsibly, from independent quality retailers and small designers.  All Australian.  Beautiful wrapping paper is folded up and reused again.  Ribbon is collected.  Packaging is recycled or goes into our compost.

Our designer menu is selected with seasonal produce in mind.  Fruit and veges are bought through local farmers at our local Farmer’s Market.  Any cut of meat is chosen responsibly and ethically.  It is then bought directly from the farmers who raise the animal responsibly through a free range, organic method that has given THE best life to that animal. The meat is then cherished and respected for what it is.  A life that has been sacrificed for our table.

Off cuts of food feed our compost.  Leftovers are kept.   If not homemade, condiments are bought in jars not plastic.  Herbs and selected veges are picked fresh from our garden.  Food is prepared fresh, not out of a packet.  No food goes to waste.

The table is decorated with flowers from our garden and gorgeous beeswax candles.  Our tablecloth is linen.  Our napkins are linen.  Our crockery ceramic. Cutlery, a mix of stainless steel and silver.  Glassware always glass.  Nothing is landfill here.

Beautiful Christmas carols are downloaded online rather than bought as cds.  The atmosphere is euphoric.  We are comforted knowing that our electricity bill is going towards green power.

Of course, we know that we are lucky to be able to afford these choices.  But then for the small cost, what kind of world would we have if we didn’t?  We all have a choice…

At the end of the day, we will choose to sit outside under a beautiful star lit night.  Under the moon.  And remember our place in this universe.  And give thanks for that thread of life.  For life would not be worth living without it.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

xx

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Reality…

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As I write, there is a television reality show somewhere in Australia that currently in production.  This show is recording 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an entire month.  There are close to 400 employees working behind the scenes.  Maybe even more!  My colleagues and myself are all working flat out.  We are all exhausted.  Life is consuming right now…..

It is only when you stop and take the time to slow life right down that you realise we are working in a beautiful rainforest that lives and breathes.  An ecosystem so divine and so fragile.  A place where life lives, irrespective of us sharing this environment or not.  It is such an amazing world.  Most would have not even notice a tiny little bird’s nest hidden in the thick of this large rainforest….

These photos were taken today by my beautiful girlfriend, Sammi.  It is THE most beautiful bird’s nest I have ever seen.  Thank you soooo much for sharing Sammi.

This IS nature.  We all NEED nature.  It’s moments like this that make us feel alive.