Chaos in all it's forms

Uncategorized Sep 12, 2022

What does Chaos look like?

Sometimes it's not just the obvious.

Chaos isn't just running around with our hands in the air screaming at the world (but that can be fun sometimes can't it). Or having a house that is a full 💩-tip... you know those days where the dishes and the washing and all the things are piled up. 

Chaos can also be a freeze state. You know those moments in time where everything is so hard that we just do nothing. It's a neurological state and can be a sign of so many things (don't worry too much about the, we'll cover it in the challenge).

Or that we run away from the smallest hurdle, because any other object seems insurmountable to overcome, so best not to think about it.

Chaos can be jumping quickly from one thing to another without properly finishing off one... or working so hard at one thing we become singularly focused and can't do anything else. 

Chaos isn't just the crazy.

Chaos has so many levels.

Come and join me to embrace the chaos...

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Surrender & Balance

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2022

I've been leaning into surrender and rediscovering balance. You may have seen my latest podcast episode about the concept of Surrender... it was a biggie.

When we are busy working mum's, there are often times where we have to make decisions. These can be based upon fear, career, the 'should of' feeling, or just a small inkling of something.

Learning how to lean into values is a key way we can figure out if it is surrender, or perhaps moving towards a sense of balance. 

Sometimes surrender looks like stopping something.

Sometimes surrender looks like beginning something.

Sometimes surrender looks like streamlining something.

 

For the second half of this year, I am striving to provide simple ways we can all find balance again. Balance can be such a difficult word in motherhood. When we are busily working, and creating, and loving on our families hard, we sometimes forget how to love on ourselves.

I want each mum in my orbit to have the capabilities to discover her...

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Lets stop throwing shade

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2022

I've just done some research on judgement in mothering, and recorded a podcast about it... and it really grinds my gears. 

Over the last few years we have all been trying our best to do all of the things, and it's been a whole lotta hard work. Then we throw into the mix the rise of internet trolls (I mean look at the poor ladies from the ABC who have taken down their twitter accounts just to avoid it), the mum's groups on facebook, as well as the school yard - and there is judgement everywhere!

In my podcast episode I look at how the role of judgement, from an evolutionary perspective, is to create a cultural best practice. And I can totally see that. We all try things a different way, and then we sort of judge what is and isn't working and come up with best practice.

This is wholly different to what is happening in society now. I don't know about you, but the abuse that I see and hear about people's choices is frightening. 

I know I've judged people before and learning...

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Three little reminders

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2022

Gorgeous Mama-Bear - three little reminders from the awesome Sarah at the Affirmation Farm.

1. The 'Mother load' is real. It's the mental load, the 'to do' list, the emotions, the calendar, the meal plan, the routine, the jobs, washing, cooking, cleaning, the school newsletter, homework, n apples, crafts, sports, sleeps, bills, healthy snacks, reading stories, building Lego and lots of hugs and kisses. It's OK to feel the weight of it.

2. The quandary of modern motherhood: how to balance devotion with preservation of self. 

3. You may sometimes think your day to day is mundane. At the end of the day you may not think you have done enough. But think of all the wonderful, heroic, exhausting, tender, glorious, loving things you did today. Well Done Mama!.

She sums it up beautifully doesn't she, follow her on insta here! 

Much Love Mama,

Dr Ali

Chiro, Mama and Busy Brain Supporter xoxo

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The gift of rest!

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2022

I don't know about you, but I have needed a deep rest for a long time... but I haven't been able to or created the space where I have honoured that. During these school holidays, I set out to purposefully and intentionally slow down, calm myself and connect with my kids again... and gee it has been glorious. 

You see, when you are a giving and service profession, it is so easy to fall into permanent giving mode. You give of yourself at work, to your family at home, and then you give to your online community, and all of a sudden you are all 'gived' out.

And that's where I had found myself. I could feel my body beginning to tell me again that if I wasn't careful, I would be back at burnout, and I really didn't want to be back there. 

Creating some purposeful calming time was really needed for me, and I'll just throw this out there, it's also really needed for you too probably.

Check out the podcast just released all about the why behind needing a break.

I feel...

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Supporting mum's to choose health and self!

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2022

Breaking down the barriers on talking about poo -  is really important. Just like bringing the reality of real life working motherhood to the fore, we need to talk about our bodies too, the good the bad and the smelly.

In the WML Lounge I'll be hosting the monthly masterclass on Thursday 30th June at 8pm. I'll be diving into poo, but also, and I think more importantly, gut health as a mum, what it looks like, how to maintain it, and the easy supportive things we can do each day/week/month that will help to create ongoing ease. 

In the second half of this year I'll be creating more opportunities to work with me at one day Mama's Retreat's. Coming together with other amazing supports, the Retreat day is designed to learn, move, create, eat good food and connect together. If 1 day dedicated to YOU speaks to your Mama heart and you are keen to learn more join our Burn Bright Waitlist to be the first to hear about it! 

Most importantly gorgeous mama, I just...

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Guilty

Uncategorized Jun 12, 2022

The idea of having both a career and a motherhood, combined with being able to look after you drives all those mum guilt feels doesn't it.

Like how the hell can we have it all?

The shade thrown at mum's globally for desiring to be both a mother and have a career/job is huge. The way that we have been driven to feel bad for wanting to do these things is notable, and not serving any of us well.

One of the key elements of the Working Mama Reset is that we are able to identify where in our lens of our self we are listening to these stories that don't serve us. And then figure out what really actually does matter to us and how we can get this into our day.

Beginning with this allows us to figure out a different story, and discover the inner truth we have. We can get our intuition back on track, we can listen in to our inner voice, and we can begin to infuse the things that make us happy and joyful into our days.

Figuring all of this out before we begin exploring the 5 Pillars of Healthy...

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Self care + Weekends + DREAD

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2022

Most weekends I'm ready to jump into a new big week ahead and really make the most of it. But some of them I don't.

Some have been so rad with our family connection time that I just want to keep doing what we've been up to.

Some weekends I finish feeling like I haven't done all the thing I wanted to, so I'm beginning my week on the back foot already.

Sometimes, I just know how busy the week ahead is going to be, and I just can't face it.

Sometimes each week has a challenge, a child that has separation anxiety, a work colleague that unloads too much on you, a difficult night of navigating 3-6 different drop off and pick up times.

I'm sure you've felt these sometimes too, and probably a couple of others I haven't included. I wish there was a way that I could make all of those anxieties in the pit of your tummy go away. And I can't wave that fairy god mother wand.

But what I can do is show you ways that you can grapple with these feelings, and choose, hopefully, a positive and a...

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Intentional Focus - myth or reality?

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2022

I feel that as a working mum we are pulled in many different directions, ALL THE TIME.

We are trying to keep on top of our school/daycare checklists, our kids activities, our work demands, our meal prepping, or lunchbox making.... even our own self care routines.

And when we don't have the opportunity to sit and be focused, it can be all consuming. I've listened to a few interviews with Johann Hari around his book, Stolen Focus. I haven't read it yet, it's next on my list.

But the general concept of our attention being stolen with the constant demands we have on our time, and our ability to pull our attention back is key.

I don't know about you, but I often find a pick up my phone to complete a task, and then find myself 5 minutes later scrolling insta and I don't even know how I got there.

Creating pockets of intentional focus can be a great way to get our brain back to a less frazzled state.

The first step for me is to consciously step away from my devices.

To leave it where I...

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RECALIBRATION!

Uncategorized May 15, 2022

It's been pretty busy with the launch of my book and all of the awesomeness that goes with that. As part of that level of busy, and because I'm always going to physically be recovering from the chronic stress and burnout, my body has been sending me signals it needs to recalibrate.

This sits squarely into the Self-Nurture concept that we find in the month of May.

If we don't choose to show up for ourselves, who will?

And what are the signals?

Let me share them with you:

1. I began to find my coffee wasn't sitting right - it didn't give me my morning zing, I wanted more and more and more, and it really flattened me out sometimes (this is a sure sign my adrenals are stressed at the moment).

2. My sleep turned upside down. I pride myself on my sleep hygiene, and being able to sleep well is of great benefit. I found that I began waking between 2-4am again with my thoughts running away from me, a sure sign that my system was overloaded.

3. Sugar became my best friend. I'm not a massive...

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