A Morning Routine for Real Mums (and Sometimes Dads)

Looking at the image above I'm almost flinching in the knowledge that it will be at least a decade till I'll read a newspaper with a coffee in my hand without being interrupted by one of my three kids asking for something (FFS!). Though I humbly and deeply appreciate it's a huge blessing to be … Continue reading A Morning Routine for Real Mums (and Sometimes Dads)

Remembering the Woman Within the Mum (Letting the Wildness Return)

I'm writing to you from the comfort of our cosy living room, just after the kids have all gone to bed. It's properly cold outside as winter's death throes remind us that spring is coming, but certainly not here yet. The flu is slowly passing after weeks of intense sickness: chest-tickling, night-interrupting, energy-sapping bastard that … Continue reading Remembering the Woman Within the Mum (Letting the Wildness Return)

Just Remember to Breathe

I'm going to tell you the truth, again. We mums are only winging-it most of the time, and it's an absolute bloody rollercoaster. There are however some very simple ways to bring in a bit more joy and help minimise the relentless grind of daily family life. Yesterday morning, I awoke to the sound of … Continue reading Just Remember to Breathe

The Not-So-Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck

Being a fan of peace-of-mind I prefer to get along with the world. Call me lazy, I just think its easier that way. It came to pass, however, that in the week gone by I managed to really piss somebody off. It's not the first time, but I have learned over the years that although … Continue reading The Not-So-Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck

Success 2.0,  A Life-Friendly Version

As a topic, success can quickly become fertile ground for clichés and rote answers. There just isn’t one type of success that everyone subscribes to.  So much so, that there is even a campaign rallying to get a major dictionary to change their definition of the word. Traditionally notions of success have been linked closely … Continue reading Success 2.0,  A Life-Friendly Version

Postnatal Depletion – Even 10 Years Later

Originally published by goop.com Consider this: If you’ve had a child within the last decade, you might still be suffering some consequences—lethargy, memory disturbances, and poor energy levels, among other symptoms. And according to Dr. Oscar Serrallach, a family practitioner in rural Australia, it’s not just because being a parent is hard—physically, the process of growing … Continue reading Postnatal Depletion – Even 10 Years Later

Top 5 Ways to Let Go of the Past

Here it is, the Cheeky Soul list of Top 5 ways to let go of the past (and thereby begin moving forward into your future). 1 - Be Mindful Mindfulness is a great word, often bandied about but sometimes lost in translation. The reality is, to be mindful is to be present, and to be … Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Let Go of the Past

Self care (and other elusive concepts for motherhood and beyond)

This (above) is a bathroom floor. Some people work in high rise buildings with views of the city, or the harbour, or maybe the workstation next to them. I work in the home. My view is the floors of our kitchen, bathroom and hals, I see the sink from my workplace, or sometimes the washing … Continue reading Self care (and other elusive concepts for motherhood and beyond)