T A G H R E D

I was lost until I found myself in Arabia. Tales of an Arabian mum of 4 girls Keeping it real in DXB Author & Ex News Journalist UAE-AUST-LEB πŸ‘‡

http://www.myarabia.me/

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POTTY TRAINING
Okay mums & dads, let's have a serious conversation about poo and wee. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Amalia is 2 this week, so now it's time to start thinking about potty training. I've been through it three times and every experience has been different. I'm laughing because twice this week I've received message from my brother about his 2 year old wiping her poo on furniture and @fatimamac shared her story of her daughter wiping poo in her hair, which makes me think October isn't the month for me to start toilet training Mali. I'm commonly asked: at what age should I start potty training my child? Every child is different. Some grasp the concept younger than others while some need a little more time. I would say that if you are trying to potty train, prepare to stay at home for a solid week. In the beginning take your child to the toilet every 30 mins so he or she can slowly acquaint themselves with their new best friend. Most of the time it's a miss. They get off the toilet and then they do their business, but that's ok. It takes time. I remember trying to potty train Janah at 2.5, which I think is a good age to start. I found her in my walk-in wardrobe where she had urinated. Alisar was much younger when I potty trained her but once she turned two she decided she didn't want to use the potty and demanded a nappy. I would find puddles in the apartment where she left her mark. I had to start all over again. We've all got some hilarious or horror stories. I'd love a good laugh.
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TAKE ME BACK
It feels like a lifetime ago. I feel like I'm a different person since that day back in April - my 40th birthday. When you're on a high and eventually you come back down and reality hits you again. It has been nonstop since. It's when my social media account suddenly took off and my #40before40 challenge suddenly became headline news. I'd overcome my fear of the water and finally learned to swim and along the way kicked off a nationwide campaign to encourage more adults to learn to swim. I'm someone who hates the spotlight yet I found myself in one once again in my life. Now I just want to shut down all of my social media pages and live under a rock. We all have struggles, including ME.

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GROWING UP TOO FAST
Someone tell me where time has gone? I'm reminiscing about the least few years, emotional as Amalia approaches her second birthday this weekend. There have been so many firsts. With her I feel like a first time mum again but with all the experience I didn't have when I had my first child 12 years ago. I find myself saying yes to everything, laughing when I should pretend to be cross, and I just want to bite her tosies all the time. Mali had developed this love for horses, climbing on my back, insisting we ride around the house - might explain why my back and knees are getting sore. Yesterday we were @dubaifestivalcity having lunch when we stumbled across @fabylandfec. Mali spotted the horsey and it was all over for us. Two hours later the older girls had managed to go on every ride, video games while Amalia just wanted to keep riding the carousel.
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LEGACY
Make your absence felt. I always wonder whether I'll be missed when I'm gone. How will people remember me? I know that I want to leave this earth knowing I made a difference in someone's life, whether it's through my writing, visiting schools, social media platform or being a mum.
I remember an 18 year old girl hunted me down on Facebook one year to tell me that my first book, "The Glory Garage: Growing Up Muslim in Australia, helped her survive her teens and taught her how to deal with her parents.
I was so touched and honoured that it had such an impact on her youth.
Don't hang on to knowledge that can help others.
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OLI OLI DUBAI
Any parent in the UAE with preteens and teens will understand the difficulty of finding something stimulating to keep their children engaged. I've been here for over 9 years and while there is an abundance of activity centres for tots, very little exists for children as they get older. The last thing we want is for them to become mall trawlers. Today the girls and I were invited to a sneak peek of what I think will be a popular go-to education museum and centre for parents and schools. Due to open later this month, Oli Oli is their brainchild of parents who want their children to have fun and learn something along the way. I'll have more details on my blog soon but until then scroll through the images and just look at the joy on these girls' face. Oh, and there is plenty to do for the little ones as well. @olioliuae #olioli #olioliuae
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FUN FACTS
Here goes, I've been avoiding it but what the heck. @raisingmyknight has challenged me to share 10 fun facts about me.
1. I'm one of 7 kids, 5 boys and two girls.
2. To get the TV remote off my brother in my youth, I used to throw my shoes at him until he moved off the lounge and chased me around the house.
3. Growing up girls used to mistake me as my brothers' girlfriend because I was fair and they were all dark. We didn't look alike.
4. At 13, I used to pinch cigarette from my dad's shop and smoke with my brother.
5. I absolutely hate being centre of attention. It's the main reason why I chose never to get in to T.V as a journalist, despite the offers.
6. I love red.
7. Very few people ever guessed I was Lebanese, so when I was training at the gym in my 20s, Lebanese guys would talk about me in Arabic never realising I understood every word. Their jaw would drop when I walked up to them to give them a piece of my mind in Arabic.
8. I started my career as a journalist when I was 18. Wrote my first book at 26 and second at 32.
9. I used to wear my mum's perfume in my teens. When I moved to the Middle East I found the same perfume and bought her 6 bottles to apologise.
10. I was an average student at school who went on to be one of the most successful people to graduate in my year. Some people are late bloomers.
That's me!
Now I nominate
@fitnessnlifestyle
@kiddozandme
@mylittlelovesblog
@rechzoepremier
@krisfade
@pritimalik
@bigrossiradio
@kidsindubai
@daliagamali
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**COMPETITION**
In collaboration with @artforalluae,
I am giving you the chance to WIN 4 tickets to see the Northern Ballet bring one of my all-time favourite children's stories, Goldilocks & The Three Bears, to life at @madinatjumeirah theatre.
To enter:
1. Follow @arabianmum
2. Follow my blog www.myarabia.me
3. Follow @artforalluae
4. Tag 3 friends

T&Cs apply & details on the blog
#goldilocks #northernballet #dxb #dubai #theatre #dubaimoms #ballet #dubaiblogger #dubaimums #dxbmums #family

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HAPPINESS
β€œIf you want happiness for an hour β€” take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day β€” go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year β€” inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime β€” help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb
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I guess this simple means we are responsible for our happiness. Food for thought
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NO MORE EXCUSES
If you haven't heard then you've been living under a rock. Dubai is challenging you to get fit and join the city's largest fitness challenge @dubaifitnesschallenge. It starts on October 20. All you need to do is head to www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com and register. You're then committing youself to a 30x30 challenge - 30 minutes for 30 days. I've registered, so have my older girls and my husband. I know many of you have but there are still many of you finding an excuse not to do it. Mum's, I need you to do this. We never make enough time for ourselves and sometimes we need that extra push to do it. So join me and defeat that voice in your head telling my that "you'll start tomorrow". Once you've registered encourage your family and friends. Let's inspire and motivate each other. Come on mums, let's show them how it's really done. When a mum is motivated the entire city lights up. Who runs the world? #Dubai30x30
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THINK PINK
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Don't wait until you're 40 to get a mammogram, this was the message at today's #thinkpinkπŸŽ€ luncheon @limadubai, where dozens of Dubai women, breast cancer survivors, doctors and supporters gathered to raise awareness about a disease affecting so many women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please checkout the events and activities going on in your city and support this important cause. Today I had my cousin and so many other women I know and have lost to this disease in my thoughts.
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I also took the @lornajaneme #activenationday pledge to get my MOJO back. You can too. Check out @lornajaneme. #lornajaneme
Hair accessory : @ellijuniorgcc
@thinkpinkdxb
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ALL ABOUT ME WEEK
Dubai is a place where so women have time to attend events, socialise & get pampered. I wish I was in that category but I'm not. I'll book an appointment and cancel 24 hours later because of a work commitment or a child is sick. Eventually, 5 years will pass and I'll realize that I haven't rescheduled my massage or facial. Of course, before kids I never missed monthly facial appointment or massage. As I lay on the bed the masseuse repeatedly told me to relax. The pain in my lower back and legs was out of this world. I've talked about getting a facial for years and I eventually did. I started a new exercise program (acquafitness), I got a pedicure but the most expensive part was getting my dentist's bill. After neglecting my teeth for so long, I have a mouthful of cavities and a treatment plan that is going to cost me 20,000 dirhams. A high price for cancelling those appointments. Mums, it's really simply, make that time for yourself otherwise you will pay the ultimate price. Don't cancel that appointment. Show up even when you know you have a million things to do. Would you believe I've not seen a doctor since I delivered Amalia 2 years ago. So for those who ask me how I cope, I don't, I sacrifice myself and my health to fit everything and everyone else in. Not anymore. I'm putting me first. I'm not going to feel guilty anymore and nor should you.
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CUTENESS OVERLOAD
Who remembers their milk being delivered when they were a child? Remember the glass bottles with the gold and silver caps? It's been a while since I've seen milk delivered to my door. And Mali was extremely excited when she saw her milk delivered yesterday. She went out on to the porch and insisted on trying to carry the boxes in. "Hep me, hep me," she pleaded after realising that it was going to be tougher to carry a box of milk rather than a carton. All of my girls have been drinking @koitafoods milk for a year. I switched Mali over from formula to regular milk a few weeks ago and, no word of a lie, she can go through a litre of milk a day. I used to find myself rushing from one supermarket to another trying to find the milk and when I did I would fill up a trolley. And when I can't find it I stalk @mustafakoita and tell him to tell his people to restock the shelves. That was until I found out I could get the milk online. www.koita.com
Mali wearing @bluebee_dubai
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COMMUNITY PLEA!
For the sake of your life and the lives on others on our roads, please don't post Insta or Snapchat stories while you're driving. It freaks me out the number of people, especially women, who are speaking in to their phones while they have a toddler sitting in the back. It can wait! Whatever you need to say can wait. I've lost count of the number of times cars have merged in to my lane because the driver hasn't paid attention and when I pull up next to him or her I can see that they're on their phone. I have four kids with me in my car who I adore and cherish. If you don't value your life then think of those who do. There are more accidents on our roads because people are not paying attention. This is not a lecture this is a plea and a reminder that a call, WhatsApp, social media can wait. Even if you have your phone on the dashboard, this simple fact that your eyes are off the road is dangerous enough. It takes a split second for your life to change. Please share the message.
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SUPPORTING FRIENDS
It's always great fun when I catch up with @laurabuckwell & @partycameldubai. We never like to take ourselves too seriously, despite being serious mothers and women. I always believe in helping other women when ever I can. Whether it's passing on a contact number to help a friend build their network, share a CV or just be there at an event, sometimes you need to do it because you want to help and not because you want something in return. I believe in Karma.
After a long summer it was lovely to see so many women come together today to support @tishtashtalks new #tishtashtots venture and to learn about some of the businesses trying to forge their way in this big city. One of my favourites is @partycameldubai, I'm a little bias because I've know its founder, Aisha, for 7 years. Our daughters went to nursery together and they've never lost that bond. Her party supplies business is worth checking out, particularly if you're looking for something a little different.
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All About Last Night
Working in family entertainment over the last decade has given me so many incredible opportunities to share what I do with my daughters. During their toddler years I used to drag them to the arena when I worked on Disney on Ice and Disney Live!. Now they've moved on to the wonderful #jkrowling phenomenon of #harrypotter. My generation missed the hysteria so I am now living it vicariously through my children. When I told the girls I was working on the first #harrypotter event in the Middle East they couldn't believe their luck. My eldest had already read the series 8 times and seen the movies but that didn't stop the excitement of seeing it in a different way with a live orchestra playing John Williams' award winning score. And what a night! I guess you truly have to be a #harrypotter fan to understand what I'm talking about. Go and see it at the Du Forum on Yas Island this weekend. Tickets are limited and available through @ticketmasterme.
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STAND UP & SAY SOMETHING
You have rights even when you think you don't. Instill this in your child. Stand up and be heard. Say something even if you know someone is being treated unfairly or your rights are being violated. I remember when I was in my early 20s and I managed the PR of a leading football club in Sydney. I travelled with the teams to local and away games. On one particular day we had a 4 hour bus trip. I was the only female on the bus with the players and coaches. Aparently it was common for them to play a porn on the bus ride. I was having none of it. I was sitting in the middle of the bus, I stood up and and threatened to launch a sexual harassment lawsuit against the club if they pressed play on that DVD. In the past no other female who traveled with the team spoke out. One of the younger plays decided to take the piss, threw the DVD cover at me, I picked it up and threw it back and then made this statement: "Is this how you treat your mother? Is this how you would let anyone treat your sister? Respect me the way you would want someone to respect them." I had to stand up!
Would you believe I am still friends with this player and even better friends with his wife. Demand respect!
Living in the #UAE, I hear of so many unfortunate stories of employers mistreating their staff. Just because they sponsor you doesn't mean they own you. Without you they can't run their business - if you all walked out, imagine how productive their business would be. You have rights in this country too. The laws protect you so use them to your advantage. It's hard, I understand, but what is the price tag of your self worth and dignity?
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EXPLORING
I never expected to be back here, searching, testing, exploring and hoping that my child finds a place where she will be comfortable in my absence. I hear so many awful stories about nurseries - not because the children are treated poorly but because the staff are either overworked or underpaid. This week Mali and I went on a little adventure to check out some nurseries across Dubai, I am think about placing her in a nursery for a few days starting early next year. Some were fancy while others were modest. I usually like to talk to the teachers, meet the assistance and if I get a chance, the person behind the nursery. It took Mali a while to settle in when she first visited @artvillagenursery earlier in the week but as time passed she began to express herself. Her laughter says it all. On my blog soon I share my nine-year experience with nurseries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and what it feels like to start all over again.
Thanks @artvillagenursery for embracing Amalia; Nina, your philosophy is inspiring.
Art Village is located in Jumeriah 2.
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PRAY FOR ROHINGYA
My message box is always flooded with marketing reps asking if they can use my profile to promote their brands. Right now I wish I had the profile to help raise more awareness about the ethnic cleansing going on in Myanmar against the Rohingya people. I will use what I have to help shed light on the situation. This ethnic tension has been going on for decades. Basically, to dumbed it down, the Myanmar don't like the Muslims and they want to get rid of them. If they're not being decapitated they're fleeing in their tens of thousands to Bangladesh to seek refuge. The Rohingya people are stateless. Myanmar refuses to give them citizenship and basic human rights.

Desmond Tutu has been the most high profiled person to speak out against the Myanmar government and his friend and fellow Nobel Prize recipient
Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's ruler. "For years I had a photograph of you on my desk to remind me of the injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar’s people. You symbolised righteousness. Your emergence into public life allayed our concerns about violence being perpetrated against members of the Rohingya. But what some have called β€˜ethnic cleansing’ and others β€˜a slow genocide’ has persisted – and recently accelerated. β€œIt is incongruous for a symbol of righteousness to lead such a country,” said the anti-apartheid activist. β€œIf the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.” We acknowledge attacks against western nations, post symbols to support them, yet those people remain silent on this issue.
Even if it's on your insta story, acknowledge what is happening by simply using these hashtags. No child deserves to be decapitated.
Please donate
https://donate.unhcr.org/gu-en/rohingya
#prayforrohingya #rohingya
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39πŸ’¬

**COMPETITION**
Harry Pottermania is about to hit Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (Sept 21 -23). Win a one night's stay at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island and two tickets to see Harry Potter In Concert at the du Forum. Tickets available from. Ticketmaster and Virgin Megastore.
Follow these easy steps
1. Follow @arabianmum
2. Follow @cpyas
3. Follow @proactivevents
4. Tag 4 friends
5. Head to MyArabia (link in bio) and follow

To be eligible you must follow all the steps.
Competition closes on 13 September at 6pm. Winner announced on 14 September. Open only to UAE residents.
This competition is in no way associated with Instagram. T&Cs Apply

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FLASHBACK
Wow, this was taken on September 13, 2011, before Instagram. As so many of you are preparing to send your kids to BiG school for the first time, I am reminiscing about those years that passed so quickly. I look at Lulu (centre) who had just turned 3 and I deeply regret sending her to school so young. I know it was KG1 and she was ready, but she could've spent another year in nursery. She's 9 now and tomorrow she starts Year 5. Susu is off to Year 6 and Juju is now in Year 8. I look at Mali now and just ask myself, what would I do differently? One thing is for sure, I have no intention of sending her to BIG school at 3. (Disclaimer: My children no longer attend the school featured on their uniform. For safety reasons I would never publish their school name). Good luck to everyone starting school tomorrow.

J: Age 6 now 12
A: Age 3 now 9
S: Age 4.5 now 10.5
SWIPE πŸ‘ˆπŸ‘ˆπŸ‘ˆ
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17πŸ’¬

BACK TO SCHOOL
With a new school year comes excitement as well as heartbreak. New children will be starting at your child’s school, vulnerable kids hoping to make friends right away. Have a chat with your children about the importance of embracing not only the new kids but those who were with them last year and also struggled to build friendships. Explain to them about the dangers of bullying and the consequences which may follow. Today is a big day for so many kids going back to school across the #UAE. Let your children know that being different is a wonderful attribute; honestly, why fit in when you were born to stand out? My eldest is off to Year 8 this year, a little nervous, while my 2nd and 3rd are back tomorrow. Today they're off to meet their new teacher ad share their hopes and dreams for the new school year.
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29πŸ’¬

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
It's Father's Day back home so sending all my love to my papa. It's hard watch our parents grow old but it's inevitable. Wishing you a life filled with health and happiness. #fathersday
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6πŸ’¬

EID UL ADHA MUBARAK
From one family to another, may you have a blessed Eid Ul Adha. To all the brothers and sisters circumnavigating the kabaa, performing the most important pilgrimage, Hajj, may all your prayers be heard and answered. To those of us yet to make the journey, may we all he standing at the top of Arafat next year. Remember that Allah created us equal, that during hajj, Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses stand side-by-side with the common person dressed in the same attire to perform Hajj. No race is superior than another. Let us remember this when we walk away from Mecca and return to our daily routine. Congratulations to the group of Muslim men who cycled from the UK to Saudi Arabia to raise money for Syria. Congratulations to the 104 year old Indonesian woman who was the oldest person to perform Hajj this year. #eidmubarak2017
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#hajj2017 #socialenvy #ksa #muslim #islam #muslimah #mecca #arafat #eiduladha #motivation #instagood
#determination
#lifestyle#dxblife #dubailife #instafollowers #instalike#abudhabi #sydney #20likes #travel #travelblogger #eid2017

35πŸ’¬

COMPASSION
It struck me this morning on my morning walk that while so many of you are still in bed it's because of the help you've hired to wake up so early and do everything you probably wouldn't do. When was the last time you (women) swept the curb at 6.30am? Me? never, so I would never ask my helper to do it. I live in a very plush neighbourhood in Dubai where I can see that so many people have lost sight of reality. Our helpers are NOT slaves, they're human beings just like you and I. Like you and I they're also trying to create better opportunities for themselves and their family, but on a much smaller salary. Many of us were unable to take our help with us on our recent vacations; I bet you all missed the them, so show some compassion as you all return to your daily routines. Imagine living with your employer 24/7; imagine working 7 days a week; imagine being fearful of losing your job and being unable to speak up against your employer. So today and everyday, show some compassion because above everything in Maya Angelou's quote, compassion towards others is what you'll be jugded on. What are some of the crazy things you've seen people ask their help to do?
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CAUTIOUSNESS
During my early years as a news journalist I'd say I was fearless. I would walk in to the home of criminals and walkout with a story without even thinking twice about the consequences. I'd stake out homes and walk in to police stations with so much confidence. It's funny what happens to you as you get older. I'm a little wiser and very cautious. Back then I had so much to prove where as now I'm being chased to cover stories; I rarely take them on unless it's a big one. It's nice to dust off my notebook and get the investigative side in me working again. I do miss scooping other reporters and seeing my name on a front page story.
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PICTURE PERFECT
Instagram is a funny place; it's where so many people portray a false image of themselves in order to attract the most likes in order to win the attention of big brands. It's a competitive place, I've noticed, particularly amongst female bloggers. People who you start off being "friends" with eventually fade, "she doesn't comment on my post so I won't comment on hers" begins to creep in, and before you know it either you've unfollowed or they've unfollowed you. Why are we all here? It took me a while to figure it out. I'm a writer, I've been an opinion writer for many newspapers for almost 20 years, so for me sharing my thoughts and experiences on a micro blog makes sense. I'm also a campaigner - you might notice that I don't advertise a lot of products on my page. It's a choice. Some products don't fit with what I represent, so unlike some who will promote anything for a buck, for me it has to make sense. I'm being true to those who hit 'like' or take the time to write beautiful comments. You engage with me for a reason and I won't lose sight of it. Work out why you're here and stick with it.
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FIND PEACE
I've always lived by this statement. I'll also add another to it - forgive but never forget. Learn from what has happened and work through the problem in order for you to find peace. Hate eats you up and can really destroy you. I know it's easier said than done but we all deserve peace. Just know where you stand and keep those who hurt you at an arm's length.
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MY HERO
Every woman, every mother has her own story, struggle, success, highs and lows. It's not Mother's Day today but it should be everyday for my mum. When ever I think of the personal sacrifices she has made for our family, my siblings, nieces and nephews, at the expense of her own personal growth it really brings a tear to my eye. She has often told me that watching me chase my dreams, growing and fighting for what I believed, despite the obstacles placed in front of me, makes her proud. She talks about my courage to stand up for what I wanted and wishes she had the same courage I did when she was young. By the age of 30 my mother had 7 children, born between 1976-1985, all of you 30-year-olds, can you fathom having 7 kids under the age of 10? I am her second eldest so I clearly witnessed her struggle as a mother trying to raise 7 kids. My dad was a traditional Lebanese man accustomed to seeing women do everything for men. My mum did everything. Unlike me who has part-time hired help, she had nobody but her faith in God to get her through everyday. I remember as a child walking in on her crying, I didn't understand then why but now I do. Parenting alone can be so overwhelming. Parenting 7 kids is daunting. I see the struggle in her eyes and I often hear the resentment in her voice. My mother is a symbol of what motherhood used to be and shouldn't be. It shouldn't be a lonely journey. In many parts of the world it has come a long way with more spouse support but no mother should do it alone. Back in her day there were no support groups or play dates. And if there was she probably would not have attended. She once told me that she learned her lesson early when she took all 7 of us to the mall and my younger siblings threw a tantrum. "We still hadn't entered the shopping centre," she recalled. "I looked over at your dad and told him to take us home." That was the last time she left the house with 7 young kids to go to a public place. It was much easier at home. #MOTHERHOOD
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INSPIRATION
Over the last few months I've struggled to find some inspiration to write and express my thoughts. Right now I'm just taking a breath each day rather than finding moments that take my breath away....
Like everyone I have my struggles, fight my demons, but usually I can talk myself out of it. Maybe if I get myself in a routine and structure over the next few weeks I can pick myself up again. When I get like this I usually take myself back to the last time I felt flat and try to replicate the method I used to get up again. I'm usually a go-getter and I think that being in Australia I felt stuck because I was unable to get what I wanted done. I usually measure my achievements based on what I get done everyday, ticking off my checklist, in Sydney I really do anything so maybe that's been the cause of my slump. I haven't exercised in six weeks, I know that's one thing I'm working on getting back in to. Plus I changed my diet dramatically when I went partial vegan and wasn't eating right for 5 weeks. I think once I get these two in order I should be back to my inspirational self. If you're feeling down or know someone who is going through a similar experience make sure they find someone to talk to before it escalates. Don't be embarrassed to get help if you need it. #blues
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TRAVELLING MUM
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Every bit of my physical and mental strength has been tested over the last five weeks. Only a mother will understand when I say that it is never a holiday for a mum. A mum never switches off. Everything we do at home we do it when we are on 'holiday' but outside our comfort zone. We pack and unpack, bath, feed, change diapers & bark orders (all the freaking time). I now need a holiday.... from my kids. Oh, just wait, who will watch them so I can duck off to Paris for the weekend, get myself a facial (it has been 5 years), a 90 min deep tissue massage to untangle all those knots in my aching body, go to the toilet without a child standing outside my door asking me what I'm doing, wash my hair and dry it....and sleep!!!!! Forget Paris, I just want to sleep with both eyes closed. Tomorrow night I'm hopping on a 13-hour flight to Dubai with 4 kids. I know I won't sleep. I'll arrive in Dubai exhausted, run to immigration to avoid the long queues, dash to the carousel to grab my 6 bags, all while carrying a cranky toddler on my hip, ask three sleepy girls to help push the trolley and hope they don't give me attitude. At the end my husband will welcome us back, pack the car and a taxi with the suitcases and off we go home. When you become a mum no one really tells you what you're in for. And we get up everyday and do it all again. #MOTHERHOOD
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