Belly Beautiful – Pregnancy Photos

My darling friend of many, many years has just had her first baby. She is gorgeous. So is the baby! But before we get to the photos of the baby, we must first look at the pregnancy photos. (I admit I was just going to put up the photos of the wee cherub and be done with it – she is adorable! – but I managed some self control and did not hit publish. The post is waiting patiently until we have had time to check out the super spunky mama. Here she is…….

 

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!! And a natural when it comes to being in front of the camera. Stay tuned for the pics of her darling child.

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This Man

This man

he

knows me

From the hairs on

my belly

to the curve of my breast.

 

This man

he

knows me

From the heights

of irrationality

to the depths

of desire.

 

This man

he

knows me

From before

children

drunkenness and stupor

To after

children

neediness and lack of glamour

 

This man

he

knows me

Sometimes

I think

better than

I know myself.

Love him. Yes I do.

Love him. Yes I do.

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown 2013

Back to the Future

Write a letter from your future self to your current self from 10 years from now. Describe your living situation, the people around you, your career or job, your family relationships, your own personality and way of being, your level of satisfaction and happiness and how much love surrounds you. Next, tell your current self what you did to get there. Explain the crucial things you realised and the major hurdles you overcame. – From Carmen Wyld’s Blog

I have been wanting to do this exercise for some time now. Today was the right time and it just flowed. I recommend you give it a whirl.

August 12 2022 (that feels weird to write)

Dear 30-year-old me from a 40-year-old me.

Here I am.

We own our own house with a little bit of land surrounding.  There are permaculture gardens all around and it is beautiful and abundant. We grow the majority of our fruits and vegetables and eat with the seasons. Our little slice of heaven on earth. We share this heaven with other like-minded families on a large property. It has been hard though totally fulfilling working on something of our own.

I am surrounded by grounded, aware and creative friends who “get” me. My husband and I have a bond that has strengthened enormously over the years and our girls are beautiful (at times difficult) teenagers who are full of identity, compassion, curiosity and love.

I am happily productive in a myriad of creative pursuits. I am a writer, photographer and general all-round creative woman who never ceases to learn and be intrigued and amazed by life and all it has to offer. I have made a name for myself and created a living doing that which I love. I  actively help to inspire others to do the same.

I am surrounded by huge amounts of love from myself and from friends and family that I cherish. I am lucky enough to have been able to tell people’s stories through my work and share love with and through them also. I am thoroughly satisfied with my life and all that has helped me become the person I am in the place that I’m in.

The crucial things that I have realised are; you are the only one getting in the way and stopping you from reaching your goals and seeing your dreams come to life. That action speaks louder than words (more heavy metal, less lullaby). And to be patient and enjoy the process.  I overcame my fear of asking people if I could tell their stories, my fear of “getting in the way”. I over came my nature of rushing into things and wanting to have it done right here, right now. (Enjoy the process!) I now understand how interconnected we are and that (usually) people are only too willing to help – you just need to ask.

Allow yourself to blossom and expand. Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Miracles start to happen when you give your dreams as much energy as you do your fears.