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Self-compassion for our flaws creates connection

First up, if you want to listen to this week's thoughts, you can do that on the Mum As You Are podcast HEREI’ve recently had a few people ask me about visibility – how do you show up to be authentic without getting too personal? Without all the 1990s sleepover vibes...

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So, you want a career in perinatal or birth trauma support?

I get a LOT of emails from people asking for career advice about how to get into perinatal and/or birth trauma work. The short answer is that there’s no direct pathway and it really depends what you want to. This is a LONG response, which, hopefully explains why I...

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On Being Wary About Advice (And Why I Hate Baby Showers)

A version of this week’s blog is on Episode 14 of the Mum as You Are podcast HERE  I have a slightly shameful secret. I don't like baby showers. So much so, that I refused to have my own. In my girls’ baby books there is literally a blank section where I’ve written...

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The Oopsie Baby Incident

First up, no, this is not a pregnancy story!Instead, I’m going to share with you my terrifying experience with a doll in the Eighties. A story my Mum brings up any chance she can get.It was 1988 and I was five years old. There’s an ad for a sweet, crawling doll who...

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Dr Suess and the spotted pardalote

For all of you who have done business coaching with me before and heard me stay “don’t waste time agonizing over your website”….here, you can hold my drink while I eat this hat.I don’t usually work in the school holidays, but I’m itching to do some much needed catch...

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Bennifer, the Y2K Bug & My Relationship

Forgive me for being a bit behind the 8 ball, but I’ve only just realized that Bennifer aka Ben Affleck and Jlo are together again. It took me down memory lane back to when they got together the first time. I told my husband they were back together and I was actually...

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Six Months Since I Quit Social Media

Six months since quitting social media: insights Can you believe it’s 6 months since I quit social media? Here’s a few quick insights and an update on what I’m up to. Ant to listen instead? You can do that HERE  Overall, most people have been intrigued and inspired by...

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6 things getting me through lockdown #6

It’s a brief appearance from me this week as we do the remote learning + no childcare thing again. If you’d prefer to listen, the audio version of this episode is HERE Here’s 6 things getting me through:1.    The sunThe sun on my face. Though in an effort to up my...

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Fear of Turkeys and a Grief Ritual

One of my family members is known for their quirky idioms. While arguably less poetic than “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”, one of my favourites is:“It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re working with turkeys”Keeping family and cultural traditions alive...

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When You Feel Like You’re Not Nailing It – Find Stillness

Between you and me, my brain feels like syrup lately. Emails take longer to answer, writing blogs or sections of texts are taking multiple attempts and I’m finding that I’m walking away from podcast interviews feelings like I didn’t hit my points very well.Sometimes I...

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In Case of Deer: Why You Need Backups

Last weekend our family indulged in one of our lockdown rituals – a therapeutic burn off. Fallen leaves, dead branches get tidied up with a  bonfire and then we toast marshmallows. We’d run out of bread for sandwiches for lunch, so I created some novelty by making...

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Marketing without social media – what it looks like for me

This week I thought I’d give you a peak into what marketing looks like for me without social media. When More Than a Healthy Baby came out last December there was no launch. No in person events, and I’ve yet to see a copy in an actual bookstore. We were primarily...

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I have a new podcast!

I have a new podcast!

I love writing, but I’ve missed chatting. Don’t get me wrong, I loved interviewing guests on the birth trauma training for birth workers podcast, but for this season of life, it was simply becoming too time consuming. So, this second offering is broader in focus, very...

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Taking Stock: Midyear Check In

Something a bit different this week. My mid 2021 taking stock post. A few points of ponder anyway. The idea of a taking stock post is something I’ve borrowed from Meet Me at Mike’s – a blog I’ve been readings since…maybe 2006? Here’s a bit of what I'm up...

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What ‘counts’ as birth trauma?

There’s a part of me that can’t believe I’m even writing an article on this. For me, the answer to “what is considered a traumatic birth?” is super simple. A birth is traumatic if you say it is. Yet, it’s still the question people ask me in interviews, in therapy, in...

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I Got Condolence Flowers on My Birthday

I Got Condolence Flowers on My Birthday

Hi Erin A funny, not so funny story this week. About the stretch for finding gratitude. Last Thursday was my birthday. A memorable one for sure. Like many Victorians, I experienced a night of scary winds, power cuts and massive trees falling down. As a mother of young...

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Lessons from my 6 foot Kangaroo: Strength & Going Inwards

  I hope this week’s blog/email is finding you well. Nothing fancy this week - but a strong visual to inspire and entertain you. A reminder that small encouragers are everywhere, even if things feel a bit shit.I wrote this one last week knowing that another...

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How to keep creating when you think it’s all been done before

An old chestnut that’s been coming up in mentoring this week is the blocking statement “it’s been done before”Of course it has. Your job (as I see it) is to say “yes, but not in my voice” and keep going.Do you think the staff at Vogue sit down before every winter and...

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You should test that – how Netflix got Offspring all wrong

You might be familiar with the concept of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) – all the well-worn but broken record thoughts, assumptions and beliefs that we have. If you are a health practitioner working with clients in counselling, coaching or a similar role you may...

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