And bam, I was pregnant, after about 20 years of wishing it, the circumstances finally materialised to make it come true… and then my life began, even as my old life crashed and burned and disappeared forever, somehow.
Before giving birth I was into photography, Advaita spirituality and natural health through nutrition and holistic medicine. After Anya’s birth, as a mama, I am into my baby plus photography, Advaita and natural health! Everything changes yet nothing changes.
Being fiercely independent, I find myself blazing my own path often in spite of myself… yet I am also a social animal and love feeling that I am held by and contributing to my community. I think deeply about issues, strive to do the moral, healthy, green thing… and then catch myself and try to follow my Heart, instead (or as well), trusting it can guide me better than ‘I’ ever could.
Come chart my progress from bumbling first steps, finding my feet, hitting my head against a brick wall, finding my stride again and… then starting all over again, always a ‘beginner’. With my own parents and friends far away, the other side of an ocean, and with little hands-on support, my husband (and life partner) and I learn through iterations of trial and error, reading the ‘experts’ and widening our social circle to include some pretty inspirational parent friends.
Meanwhile, I offer you a window seat as I cast a foreigner’s eye on the parenting practices of Californians… and adopt more than a few of them myself – including some way out ones.
Motherhood is a journey, a fun if challenging ride – won’t you join me on mine?
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Beloved themes, include:
- Natural and Attachment Parenting
- Healthy Eating and Alternative Remedies for Mommy and Baby
- Self-Directed Learning, RIE and ‘Unschooling’
- Elimination Communication and Gentle Potty Training
- Baby Sign Language
- Natural-Course Breastfeeding
- Connection Parenting, Playful Parenting and Gentle ‘Discipline’
- Mothering as Spiritual Practice