MY JOURNAL

April 13, 2020
My quiet observation

This morning the pages call me. I sit quietly in observation, have been for days. From another point of view it might seem loud and almost as if we are celebrating. Children going on egg hunts, shouting with glee at the days, because we are all together with no interruption. Their joy is palpable. As […]

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November 19, 2018
TRAUMA

  Trauma is something most experience at some point - it forms part of this life experience. I would love to hear if you are someone who has been given a free pass. This being said, we all deal with a traumatic event and the aftermath in our own unique way. Some of us run […]

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April 29, 2018
Autumn dawning...Winter looming. Conversation with self (a process revealed).

I sit in my spot waiting for it all to fall into place, ha... Rather I am remembering to inquire rather than demand. The message is to let go of the need, the need to control an outcome. I sit here and in this space thoughts do form through words and sentences that I can […]

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August 3, 2017
Musing

Another two months passed and I find myself sitting by my keyboard again, ready to share some thoughts.  How does time pass so quickly without allowing any time to sit around for some musing?  Taking this time is a gift to myself. Connecting with my muse and allowing my thoughts to find grounding, is my […]

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May 22, 2017
Anniversaries...what is happening?

The month of May carries one of my saddest anniversaries of loss. My dad passed this month 14 years ago. I am sometimes caught of guard by the sadness that still come alive in my body around this time. His physical presence in my life lost, was one that really shocked me. Even though the […]

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April 24, 2017
Monthly Musings begin

Watch this space for Monthly Monday Musings. Ha! working on finding discipline. So hold me to it... if you don't hear from me. Sometimes I am just plain scared to put my words into this permanent space, called the internet. Sometimes I am plain lazy and other times I plainly have more pressing priorities. Yet making […]

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January 8, 2017
Hello 2017

This new life we have founded in South Africa, is as consuming as a newborn baby. Much is pushed aside as we have to prioritize and learn our new life. And now it's 2017. And this new life is 6 months old. We are about to sit up and try some new food and potentially even […]

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August 13, 2016
???Why South Africa when the USA could be our home???

Ha! Why? you ask with a frown upon your brow and disdain in your voice.   Why what? I want to ask, but I don't, because I know what you are asking and my heart fills with tears. Tuesday was Women's day and we were celebrating with hundreds of Joburgers at Emmarentia Live. With legendary […]

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August 10, 2016
immigrating = 2nd stage

We have lived and breathed in our new home and life for the past month/4weeks. Unpacking our few belongings, settling in and embracing, saying hello, drinking wine, eating biltong. Its been exhilarating and overwhelming. Mostly it's been a beautiful time filled with what feels like abundance. Comparable to when I held my newborns and soaked […]

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June 1, 2016
For South African women ...a letter from my heart

Beloved women, mothers, daughters and grandmothers of South Africa. I have sat on this letter for four years now... Why?  I think I was afraid! Yet I feel a passionate calling to remind us of our incredible powerful selves, being women. I have a feeling that our beloved South Africa and world could only benefit from […]

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May 10, 2016
It's the journey

As I am contemplating my day and some of the conversation that took place, in my head and with those I love. I suddenly realize my inquiry of the day was answered in a conversation that happened by and by. I was wishing my sister-in-law a happy birthday and we were enjoying the idea of […]

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May 3, 2016
dreaming

I am sitting sipping a coffee, contemplating what my new home, life and space will feel and look like. I dream of more time with my sister, mother, best friends and family. To be in a space and time where our sharing is more immediate and in real time. I dream of working with people […]

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April 26, 2016
Friendship

How sweet the sound of my girls laughter as she's rolling on the ground with her best-friend-forever. They make each other laugh, they giggle and tumble. And they also declare war when feelings become too intense. They learn how to govern these unkind feelings, finding the words, the space, acknowledging the truth of them without the […]

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April 19, 2016
In the Red Tent

The story behind the red tent I found and where its going, ha! Its going to South Africa... but I also know that every woman who steps into a red tent, even just once, will never forget and take it with her. I am committed to the space and energy it holds for the feminine […]

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April 12, 2016
Doula-ing my family

  Birth metaphors are endless in life for me. Here is looking at the "Transition Phase": I am moving my family to South Africa. Saying goodbye to a life we created on one side of the world, California, the last five in San Diego. We are going to explore and experience our other homeland, South Africa. […]

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December 2, 2015
Why Birth Education?

What is the value of this kind of class? Why sign up? Is it worth the cost? Is it really necessary, I thought instinct guides us on this one? So here is my two cents and why I am passionate about education and the loving preparation around the birthing of new generations and preparing as […]

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September 15, 2015
Waiting for the flowers to bloom

Sharing a special moment with my baby girl and I find myself wishing someone was watching, capturing the moment to hold forever and be witnessed. She is quietly breastfeeding, looking at me with her big brown eyes, they suddenly squint and she is smiling at me, the corner of her mouth turning up, but mostly […]

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August 2, 2015
Metamorphosis

Cindy Silverlock one of my teachers in the wonderful practice of Metamorphosis, shares the words below. This simple yet profound practice has brought refreshing and unique perspective to my life when I most needed it. A practice that has served me and my family and community. I am thankful and want to share. "Metamorphosis offers […]

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July 16, 2015
Finding some clarity

I was reading stories to my two girls the other night, the first night they went to bed at the same time with the same stories! Lara on the breast and Charlotte cuddling close and loving the top of her sisters head. My heart nearly exploded out of my chest. I was so taken by […]

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January 5, 2015
Lavender...

And then there was lavender. I fell pregnant with my Lara and the strong essence of lavender surrounded me. Every time I became fearful or anxious, doubtful or just overwhelmed, I would close my eyes and only lavender and white light came to mind. I know this sounds a little out there, but it's what […]

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August 17, 2014
Babies in Bloom Birth and Wellness Center

Here is a good-news story, Babies in Bloom boutique moved and expanded. They moved just around the corner from their old location to 1948 Via Centre in Creekview Medical Park. Now known as Babies in Bloom Birth and Wellness Center and boutique its located near nature walks and with its peaceful ambiance, this is a […]

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April 30, 2014
knee deep in postpartum....

just loving how motherhood is kicking my ass. I sit with both babies asleep. Its too hot for April but I'm enjoying the quiet, finding a moment to contemplate my fate and journey and choices. I am so grateful and in awe of my life, yet have never been so challenged or lost. Then I […]

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February 14, 2014
Our home birth story... a blessed welcome to Lara Quinta

A month after my darling Lara is born I sit down, finally. Its been hard to find a moment between my toddler and a baby in arms, trying to type with one hand is not as much fun. And sleeping when I have a moment takes priority for sure.[Sleep deprivation is more detrimental than ever, […]

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December 12, 2013
Wishing all a Merry Merry Season filled with love and acceptance

40 weeks pregnant and ready to hold our Baba-Sissie. Its been one incredible year, filled with heart ache, sweet victories and hard true realizations and great revealing acts. It's been a year for the brave and I don't know of anyone that was left untouched. May we close this year with acceptance, love and grace […]

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December 6, 2013
Madiba

It's a silent afternoon. I sit quietly reading while CQ takes a nap and the wind blows briskly outside. My phone signals a Whatsapp and its a message from my bestest friend, Kim. "He's gone maatjie, Tata Madiba"... My heart goes even more quiet and a sense of joy and relief/coupled with regret and shock […]

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November 21, 2013
The Challenge of Transition

During shavasana in a wonderful yoga class with Yoga Janda last night I realized I was in yet another transition place of motherhood.[ These come hard and rather often actually.] This one is poignant, since I am about to go into labor and give birth to our second baby and witnessing my dear CQ grow […]

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November 14, 2013
Third Trimester Bliss...

I am enjoying being big and pregnant with a moving belly. I love this time. It's a time of bonding, A time of slowing down. I am almost reluctant to have it be over. It's these last weeks that make me love being pregnant. Its visible and real and moody and tangible. My mind is […]

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November 4, 2013
from my inbox...

A note that fell into my inbox today plus a video that makes me weep and long for the land of my heart. A good reminder: " Everything in your life is a symbol. A reflection. A clue. A reminder. Of what you understand, and of what you don't, made manifest. Look to the beauty […]

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October 31, 2013
hALLOween

Briewe vir my blueberry-maan-water-kind Happy Halloween beloved. I just wanted to share that I do love this time of year. The intensity and celebration of it. The acknowledging of the sacred Life-Death-Life Cycle. And it being the beginning of the cozy fire, soup, stew and chilli season:) So Happy "Trick or Treating" and don't be […]

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September 28, 2013
Being a Doula and Being Passionate about Birth Choices

Does being a doula and being passionate about how people choose to birth and with who, collide. Do we sometimes think and believe every woman should want the same thing for herself and her babies. Do we think our way is the right way, the most sensible way??? I have been on a little hiatus […]

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September 18, 2013
27 weke... hmmm 3rd trimester:)

briewe vir my kind "It has been said that " we labour the way we live" (Dr C Northrup) and " we give birth how we conceived" (Jeanine Parvati Baker)

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August 23, 2013
http://doulaquinne.com/weer-swanger/

Ek is nou amper 23 weke swanger en hou 'n dag boek vir nuwe baba hier.                     Its been a very unique experience being pregnant for a third time. Each of us start our journey with conception and I am astounded how significantly different each of […]

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June 25, 2013
Taking a moment...

I have sat on this blog for a while now. Being pregnant again I have been opposed to spending any time on the computer, except of course when skyping. The last year has been a roller coaster and a huge awakening. I am celebrating again after not feeling like it at all for a while. […]

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April 4, 2013
two years old today

I am sitting at my kitchen counter drinking sleep well tea and contemplating the last two years of my life as a mother. Actually I am struggling to keep my eyes open after being up all last night with a jet lagged toddler. We all finally jumped out of bed at 5am ready to celebrate […]

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February 12, 2013
The Risks of Using Mirena Birth Control

As intrauterine devices (IUDs) become more popular, it is important for women to know the risks of these long-term birth control options. Mirena is one popular IUD. It is implanted into the uterus and can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Unfortunately, it also poses a threat to women's health because it can come […]

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January 29, 2013
BirthWays

BirthWays.

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December 24, 2012
"CONSCIOUSNESS"

Consciousness, an interesting word that keep coming to mind this past few weeks. I held back speaking of it, somehow feeling a resistance while talks about the end of the world is happening. So many different ideas and beliefs going around alienating us from ourselves and each other it seems. And I would love to […]

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December 19, 2012
my favorite way to open a Blessing Way

The Wise Woman Tradition The Wise Woman Tradition is both ancient and modern. It has many names and many faces. It is earth-centered. It is woman-centered. It is family-centered. It speaks to the healer within. It nourishes the healer within. It encourages trust in yourself and listening to the wisdom within your own heart. It […]

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