I can't believe I'm actually going to admit this, mama: before COVID-19 (remember that?!), I used to finish reading a book within days, I managed to read 4 books between january and march, but since the lock down started I have hardly touched a book. I mean I have being reading my academic books for my classes but not the books that I love. I know right, a lot of people have found this situation as the perfect time to read more but in my case I have realised that it has gone in the opposite direction to my normal routine. I have tried new things like heaps of online courses, webinars, master classes, and tutorials like how to knit with your kids, yes we did it😇 I have even taken a course avout The Science of the Solar System and a Physics course I mean what? Me studying physics in 2020? (….btw surprisingly very interesting not like I used to remember back in my boring days @ school). So today I went and I made a list of the books I want to read in the next few months and I am so excited to start with this one. What about you? Have you read a book or tried something different during this pandemic? Share with me your suggestion below 👇🏼
When I decided to change careers and get into tech I couldn’t picture how difficult it was going to be. I am learning coding while teaching myself technical English at the same time. There are days that I join my virtual classes, which are from 9am to 5pm, super excited and I am ending up feeling so lost😕 The last few weeks have been crazy: homeschooling, working from home and studying full time. I have felt silly and dumb so many times you can’t imagine. But I believe in the signs the world puts in front of you🙌🏼 Janel -my teacher- contacting me and it was a relief talking to her, hearing her story as a mum of 5 who was able to manage in finishing her computer science degree, motivated me to get back on track, to feel I can do this. After all, this world needs women who speak up and tell their stories, we need to hang onto those role models we want to follow and find the right mentors to give us the guidance we need to keep going. I want to share my takeaways from our meeting: - Don't give up - Don’t let the overwhelming feeling stop you from taking action and moving forward - Focus on little steps - Give yourself credit on what you have done so far, no matter how small it looks - Ask for help, we will be surprised at how many other women are there with their hands open waiting to take ours and raise up together Now from my little corner I am enjoying a hot coffee, feeling pumped and excited of what the future is bringing to me, to you and all the women we are reaching. And in case you need a little extra boost today, consider this post your virtual fist bump or pat on the back💪 What keeps you going during hard times?
I remember looking at my baby’s beautiful face and not feeling anything! Seeing her crying in her cot and feeling paralyzed, it was like my body was there but not me, my heart or even my mind were gone. I will never forget my mum's face, she looked at me like I was a monster- She couldn’t believe my daughter was crying and I was in front of her, looking at her but without doing anything. She pushed me away, picked her up and looked at me like saying with her eyes: what's wrong with you? My mum took my baby to the lounge room, and yes I stayed there in the dark room, in the darkness, feeling the darkest point of my life. I felt horrible, I was horrible. I felt like the worst mother ever, the worst person in the world. Why couldn't I feel anything? Especially when I knew that feeling of having a baby -she was my second child- I knew the love and happiness of having a baby in your arms but I couldn't feel it. It was frustrating, sad and depressing. I was embarrassed. I was thinking my family will judged me, they will think I am crazy. Now I understand I should have said something I should have asked for help earlier. But I didn’t. I know my heart was trying to feel her but my brain didn’t let me. Looking at my baby and not feeling anything made me feel so horrible, I hated myself so much. 4 years have passed and I can tell you, it would have been easier if I said something earlier but I guess every single mum traveled what it is needed to become the mothers we are now. This experience brought to my heart so much pain but also so much compassion for others and for myself as well. You never know how strong you are, how resilient you are until the time comes but also how much your story can help others. Every single mother’s journey is unique, valuable, hard and wonderful. Don’t minimise others experiences/stories because yours was harder or easier. We all have something to say, to share, to teach and so much to learn as mothers. Today I wanted to say early Happy Mother’s Day to you, to me and to my mum because I don’t know where I would be if she hadn’t been there for me. ❤️
Can we all agree that for Mother’s Day all we want is to relax? But let me tell you the truth: nobody is going to spoil you like you want or deserve, your kids won’t leave the house for the day or stop asking for something to eat so we can stop cooking for a day. This is the truth, we can spoil ourselves and do whatever the heck we want on Mother’s Day👊🏼 This photo you see here, I did all by myself, I styled the bed, I made my coffee, lit my fav candle and even took the picture with the self-timer because something I learnt from my mum is that everybody makes their own happiness. My mum’s birthday is the day before mine, and every year my family will forget it or after visiting my mum to say happy birthday to her, they won’t come back the next the day so before they leave the house they would say to me “have a nice day tomorrow”, or I will have to use whatever was left from my mums birthday party, even recycling her cake or whatever part was left. I hated my birthday for years but my mum told me something a few years ago when I complained about it: “you are all grown up and if you don’t do something to make your day special nobody will do it for you”. She was right, I stopped complaining about it and now I celebrate with my girls as I want to without expecting or waiting for things. So in honour of Mother’s Day, let’s all take a well-deserved break for ourselves to read that book, watch that movie or spoil yourself by cooking that dish your mum used to cook, make that cake you love, eat that ice cream or put on that lipstick, mama! Whatever makes your day, it’s your choice😍! And to help with that, I’m sharing some of my best motherly advice: you will be exactly as happy as you decide to be. You’re responsible for your happiness. What’s yours?
How is your outfit looking today? Homeschooling, working from home! I know🙈So If you haven’t taken your pyjamas off yet today, you need to watch my latest igtv video (the previous post @beverlyic) with 7 at home outfits ideas to ditch your pyjamas, mama 🙌🏼 Seriously as mums we can get off track of what we are wearing so easily. And as silly as it sounds this can totally impact the way we feel and even the way we interact with our kids. We don’t need to wear the latest trends, we don’t want to be the most stylish mum, we just need to feel comfortable with what we are wearing and falling in love with our style again. So go, watch it and let me know what you think (Which one is your favourite?) below in the comments 👇🏼 or tag any mum who you think would be happy to get out of her pyjamas and look and feel great! 💪 💖
For real! 🤦🏽♀️ But let me tell you something in our favour: we are homeschooling, we are working from home, we are cooking hundreds of snacks per day, washing lots of clothes, we are actually busier than ever, right? So hang in there mama, you are not alone 🙌🏼
A change of scenery always does the trick to boost motivation, am I right?! Well we decided to take our homeschool class to our garden and we ticked many boxes: ✓ observating how life changes (trees) ✓ having fun outsite picking leaves ✓ feeling 🍂textures and talking about shapes and colours of 🍁 ✓ counting 🍁 in groups of ten up to a 100 for eldest daugther ✓ counting 🍂 in groups of 5 for youngest sis ✓ writing out our findings ✓ using creativity to 📸 pictures playing with 🍂 and observing the 🌥 (while mama was getting photos for a creative challenge💪😂, multitasking hey!) ✓ using 🍁 for creative flatlays (thanks autumn) Tell me, where is your “home away from home” to break the routine these days? The garden, the pool, your porch, your deck? 🍁 #mumswithhustle#kidspotmoment#melbournemums#melbournemum #mumlife#aussiemum#lifeofamum#aussieparents#aussieparentingbloggers#aussiemumbloggers#twinningwithmum#mumoftwo#mumofgirls#kmartkids#girlmum#mummasgirl#socialmethodsociety#aussiekids#mumfriends #mumclub #homeschoolau #homeschoolsupport #homeschoollife #mamalatina #CreativelySquared #cs_float
Let’s play a game: Are you A, B or C during the lockdown? A. Living in pjs? B. Wearing my normal clothes every day? C. Depends on my mood: 50/50? To be honest I have been living in my pjs most days or in track suit pants + knits (they are so comfy, right?)🙈 If I have a zoom call I will change or at least the top part 😂 But being honest the days I have been more productive were the days I changed first thing in the morning. I know it is hard sometimes, but let’s make the effort, we really need to still take care of what we see in the mirror. Our image is important to us, for what we see, for what we think and feel about our own selves. Now, if you answer B, let me clap at you 👏🏼 but really tell me how are you doing it?