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Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day you mob!

Whether you go crazy for heart-shaped-anything or refuse to engage with the whole Valentine’s shebang, I’m still sending you love. For me, that’s what this is about. Love! Chocolates, flowers, gifts and adornments are pleasant accessories to the day, but they aren’t necessary. Love can be shown in many ways – and not just to your partner, but to yourself, your family, your friends, etc. And, though it’s nice to have a day dedicated to the expression of love, it needn’t be limited to mid-February only. In my opinion, thoughtful and romantic acts are appropriate (and should be encouraged!) any day of the year. A sentiment happily shared by my husband ūüôā

Through the past week I’ve been sharing articles, recipes, images and links on my Facebook page, celebrating love in all its forms. Take a look if you’re seeking some inspiration. Otherwise, enjoy your day – which also happens to be the feast of St Valentine – and bask in the love around you.

xoxoxox

What’s happening in 2014

This year looks set to be an interesting one for me, with a number of large and exciting events on the cards for 2014. These promise significant growth, both professionally and personally. Though you’ll hear more about each as time progresses, I thought I’d share some of the excellent things I’ve got coming up… both for me and for you!

Website overhaul

After pootling along with this blog for a few years now, building and changing bits and pieces myself as I go, I’ve decided it’s time to get some professional support. Though I love the blog, for a long time now I’ve wanted to create a more comprehensive site that provides health information and clinical resources; one that’s¬†easy to use, navigates well… and is a bit more pleasing to the eye! I’ve enlisted the help of Dani, from¬†Neverland Studio, who is an absolute babe and wonderful to work with. At this stage it looks like the site will be up either late January or early Feb. Can’t wait!¬†I certainly love what Dani’s worked on so far…

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sneak peek at the hot new site!

I wrote two books

Indeed I did. In the second half of last year I wrote¬†two books, stemming both from conversations I’ve had in clinic and questions on women’s health I often receive. These lovely little tomes are just about ready to go and I’m really looking forward to sharing them with the wider community! I think many people, particularly women who are pregnant or planning to conceive, will find these an excellent resource.

The first, Preparing for Parenthood, provides information and advice on how to create the best possible foundations for conception and pregnancy. The second, Natural Pregnancy Care, will take you through some of the best ways that you can support your health naturally, throughout pregnancy.

Initially, print copies of both will be available through the clinic only. However, e-book versions will also be available for download from the updated website once it’s live. I’ll keep you posted, so watch this space!

a look inside the preconception book

a look inside the preconception book

Having a baby

As I shared last December, I’m pregnant with our first child – and very excited I am about it too! I’m now over half way and feeling great, much of which I put down to the diet and lifestyle practices I observed before conceiving and now that I’m pregnant. Not that I’m an angel, by any means, but I do take good care of my health and even more so now that I’m growing a small person. I’m also going to start sharing more of my pregnancy journey on the blog and what I’m learning from first-hand experience.

pregnant gardener

snapped watering our wild kitchen garden one hot evening after work (hence being in my togs): with a 21 week baby belly

Maternity leave

I’m due to give birth at the very end of May and will finish up my work commitments by the middle of that month, earlier if I feel I need to.

At this stage, it looks like I won’t be back in the clinic until April next year. With my existing patients, I’ll create a treatment plan that ensures you have adequate support, including referrals, over the time I am on leave. I will also be available via email and skype, for a limited number of patients, while on maternity leave and will continue blogging regularly.

I would have come back to the clinic a little earlier, however, another wonderful 2014 opportunity (see below) is behind my extended absence.

Acupuncture Masters

Is going on hold this year. Unfortunately the semesters don’t align with my pregnancy, so I have taken a one year leave of absence from the program. I’ve enjoyed the study up to now and will continue with my reading, even while deferred, so that I’m ready to jump back into the course next year. However, I’m certainly not going to miss those weekends spent in the library, let me tell you that.

Boston

My husband has been offered a visiting research position in Boston. This is no mean feat in the competitive world of academia and an excellent opportunity for his career… not to mention our wanderlust! This means that for 6 months from early August, we’ll be relocating ourselves and new baby to North America. Although we wouldn’t have planned it this way given the chance, everything seems to be falling into place and the timing has worked out really well. Funny how things happen that way.

Even though this trip is for Jon’s work, and my attention will largely be focused on our little one while we’re away, some Boston opportunities have popped up for me too. One of which includes being involved with some fantastic health programs that are run through the medical school and local community. But more on that closer to the time.

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And that’s about the sum of it, for now.

While this doesn’t cover everything on the agenda for 2014, it does cover off on the major events and changes I have coming up this year. Thanks for sharing the journey with me so far and look I forward to more of the same, though a bit slicker and with a few more resources, as we continue onward!

xoxoxo

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What’s happening for you in 2014? Any big news or changes on the horizon?

The view from here

We’re staying on my mother-in-law’s property Qld at the moment and it is lush. Lush!

North Qld is known for many things… cane toad races, beef producers and bogans. All of which can be found up here. BUT it’s also a place of amazing naturescapes, tropical rainforests, coral reefs and some of my favourite people. I love it. Thought I’d give you a little snapshot of why.

Here is our morning walk around the paddocks, dog and cat in tow.

the farm

cat refused to pose in frame. typical.

And here’s the creek we swim in (several times) daily. There are a couple of resident platypus, lots of birds swooping overhead and all kinds of interesting things underfoot.¬†

the creek

favourite swimming hole

I hope you’re having a wonderful festive season and, if you’ve been able to take time off, are thoroughly enjoying the break. We’re back home, to Sydney, in the new year and I’ll be back in the clinic from 6th Jan. Look forward to seeing some of you then!

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Got any good adventures to share? Great plans to welcome in the New Year?

 

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