Mum Friends

Motherhood changes friendships.

Whilst there can be a lot of emphasis on finding our tribe & connections with our mum friends, the reality is that motherhood can both strengthen and create new friendships, and create distance and cause friendships to end.

Motherhood really tests our friendships.

It tests for strength, compromise, compassion, trust, support, patience, quality, honesty, understanding, objectivity, love, resilience, loyalty, equality, heart, soul, & more.

Motherhood creates barriers.

Barriers of sleep deprivation, rollercoaster hormones, isolation, overwhelm, judgement, expectations, time, presence, parenting styles and choices, comparison, exhaustion, loss of identity, etc… All of which can affect our friendships.

Motherhood creates opportunities.

The opportunity to connect with our friends on a deeper level when we trust & share openly,

to let go of some friendships,

to rekindle old friendships,

to create new friendships,

to bond over something entirely new,

to learn a new approach or a new way of looking at things,

to reassess priorities,

to make changes.

As mothers (and fathers), we are changed from the moment we are blessed with the title.

We are different.

So, how can we expect everything else to remain the same?

It is not unusual for our relationships to be affected.

How can they not be when we are not the same?

When we are navigating our way through all the changes & the ups & downs of parenthood,

rediscovering ourselves & trying to find our new ‘normal’ when the goal posts keep changing with each milestone or each precious addition to the family, not to mention other pressures of work, finances, health, etc.

We are not alone when a friendship is tested, or lost.

We are not alone when we feel like we donโ€™t have a ‘tribe’.

We are not alone when we feel like we no longer fit in with our circle.

We are not alone when we find it difficult to make new friends.

Motherhood changes our friendships, but it also creates many opportunities.

We can decide what we need.

We can decide what our priorities are.

We can decide when it’s time to make changes.

We can decide how we are going to show up.

We can decide what we are worthy of.

And only we can make the changes that are right for us.

Hereโ€™s to our mum friends (including our wonderful friends without their own children)

To our friendships that have weathered the storms,

To our friendships that have taught us a lot,

To our new friendships just beginning,

To our friendships yet to be sparked ๐Ÿ’›


Group Acrylic Mini Mandala Painting Intuitive Art Therapy Workshop with Embarked with Simone in Atwell, South of Perth Western Australia

Magnificent Mini Mandalas

A wonderful night last Friday night with a special group of 9 (one who escaped before the group shot) ๐Ÿ’—
I was so grateful that they chose to create some Mandala magic as part of a birthday celebration & had a great time guiding them through the process. Such a fun bunch & so special for them to have formed the bond they all have & to make the time to connect altogether regularly ๐Ÿ’›
All of them had varying levels of nerves, most didnโ€™t think they could do it, but all came away with their own unique masterpiece, amazed at what they all achieved & amazed at how different each Mandala was โœจ
It was a bit of a baptism by fire having 9 for my first Mini Mandala Workshop, but we did it & I absolutely loved it! Looking forward to my next Mini Mandala Group on the 19th of May ๐ŸŽจ
If youโ€™d love to book in your own group, or would love to attend one of my upcoming workshops, please see my Mandala Painting Workshop page for more details ๐Ÿ’›

 

Group Acrylic Mini Mandala Painting Intuitive Art Therapy Workshop with Embarked with Simone in Atwell, South of Perth Western Australia


Group Acrylic Mandala Painting Intuitive Art Therapy Workshop with Embarked with Simone in Atwell, South of Perth Western Australia

April Mandalas

Yesterday was an absolutely wonderful day with this lovely & very talented group! It was an absolute pleasure to take them through my Mandala Painting process & to talk all things art, art materials, workshops, etc with them.

Little did I know when Wendy booked the group in that they would have decades of combined art experience (including teaching by Wendy & Elaine) amongst them… but all the better for my nerves #nopressure ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was so great to connect with this friendly group, & although it may have been our first workshop together, it won’t be the last as I look forward to getting to some of Wendy’s workshops / courses, including what sounds like an amazing weekend retreat next year ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŒฟ

A special thank you again to Wendy for organising the group, and to my friends @ Portfolio Picture Framers for again donating a voucher to each participant to use to frame their masterpiece ๐Ÿ’–

If you would love to attend any of my Mandala Painting Workshops, please see my calendar of events. I have 3 places that have become available in my next full day workshop on the 5th of May, & 2 left for the 9th of June ๐Ÿ’›


Group Acrylic Mandala Painting Intuitive Art Therapy Workshop with Embarked with Simone in Atwell, South of Perth Western Australia

March Magnificent Mandalas

Another amazing day of Mandala creating yesterday, this time guiding a lovely group of 4 through painting their unique stories ๐Ÿ’–

So wonderful to be able to connect with others over creating & to see them connecting with each other too. I trust fully in the process that those who are meant to be in the space together, come together, & I love that I can hold the space for them as they explore their creativity ๐ŸŽจ

I was asked yesterday why I started running my workshops, & my answer was so clear. I loved what creating Mandalas brought to my life, & so I created more space for it, & then I wanted to share my space & the process to support others ๐Ÿ’›

Thank you ladies for such a wonderful day!

For those who are drawn to this experience or creativity & connection, my next available full day workshop is Sunday 9th June, with my new Mini Mandala Workshops available before then. Please see the link in my bio for more info xx

Group Acrylic Mandala Painting Intuitive Art Therapy Workshop with Embarked with Simone in Atwell, South of Perth Western Australia