Have you ever spent hours on the internet looking for ways to find some balance in your life? Well, that was me a few weeks ago. I was so lucky to come across Kathy’s blog Yinyang Mother.
Kathy has an inspirational story about infertility and adopting her gorgeous children from China that she shares on her blog. Yinyang Mother is all about finding the balance in our lives. Kathy is a yoga teacher and enjoys meditation, not only for herself but for kids too. Kathy has a series of kids meditation videos available on her blog, but don’t worry, us adults don’t miss out, Kathy has thoughtfully provided meditation for adults as well.
I am pleased to be able to share Kathy’s favourite space today, and what a peaceful room it is.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a wife and Mum of two kids (our daughter 12 and son 5) who we adopted from China. It was a long process after a long journey of infertility and we feel very lucky now. I’m a journalist by profession and now work in digital strategy and content creation for City of Gold Coast – we have a city-reputation building website that is basically an on-line news magazine for the city (More Gold Coast) and I also work on other city reputation marketing projects. I work 4 days a week, 3 in the office and one from home so I’m trying for the best work-life balance I can manage (and hubby, a firefighter, helps a lot with that). I also blog about finding balance and finding your flow on my blog Yinyangmother. I trained as a yoga teacher last year and teach a couple of classes a week and practice as often as I can. I dabble in making kids meditation videos and freelance contributions for yoga and wellness websites. That’s mostly about what I do – I also like to just BE a human being – meditating when I’m good and relaxing with a wine (or too many) when I’m not so good! I think we all need to create stillness and space in our lives – and places that provide a sense of sanctuary are really important to counter the busyness.
Tell us about your favourite space?
My favourite space is our bedroom/my office/reading corner/meditation/yoga space. Basically it is a double room so it is a big space for all those things. Our bed is down one end adjacent to our ensuite and we recently put in new IKEA robes and I love them – almost as good as a walk-in robe. At the end of the room is this beautiful snowy scene wallpaper mural which we look down towards from our bed. My desk is on one side, and then by the bay window is a reading spot and space for yoga.
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
I love that it feels like a sanctuary now – it hasn’t always. We had old stained carpet and daggy blinds originally and I worked from home when our daughter was young so the office space wasn’t exactly calming. Our daughter was often at my feet with toys strewn all over the place and when we adopted our son years later he also turned it into a play area. Both kids have slept on mattresses on the floor as well over the years. Gradually I’ve transformed the space – new carpet, and then later we did the mural and I got a new simple glass desk (as we’d built a separate office/tv room in the house by this stage so I try to file things away there). Then I created the reading space and most recently we put in the new robes, blinds, pendant lights, re-stained our timber bed and bedside tables, got rid of a big old (inherited) timber cabinet and replaced it with a sleek mirrored console and added the finishing touches. The kids are 12 and 5 now so I’m hoping it can mostly stay as a sanctuary space rather than a permanent mess!
What are your favourite items in this space?
I love the mural – it reminds us of Canada where we lived for 12 months in 2011. I love the world globe lamp on my desk and often spin it around and imagine the places where my finger falls on. I love the Icelandic sheepskin rug – it feels very indulgent. Part of me feels very bad for the poor sheep, but as I sit on the rug each morning to meditate, I just feel really grateful for that sheep and for all the gifts of nature. I also like my little yoga ‘shrine’ in the corner.
How does this space make you feel?
I feel really calm and make an effort to keep it tidy and clutter-free to keep that serenity. For a long time I got out of the habit of making my bed as there always seemed to be clothes, toys, paperwork and general mess creating clutter – I feel so much more in control with my bed made and things tidy. I’m back enjoying reading at night again too and I feel settled when I meditate and do some yoga stretches in the morning.
Thank you Kathy, I am in love with your globe lamp! When I first approached Kathy about sharing her favourite space, we spoke about her deck being a close second favourite space. I was really touched when Kathy shared a picture of her nearly completed deck with me and I wanted to show you as well. It’s just so peaceful.
I can just imagine sitting out there with a wine in hand, bliss 🙂
If you are looking for help with a little balance in your life, take a bit of time to explore Kathy’s Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. If a bit of meditation would help you or your children, have a look at Kathy’s You Tube page.
How do you like the mural on Kathy’s wall? If you were to put a mural of somewhere you have traveled on you wall, which destination would you choose?
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