It looks like spring is finally here in Gweedore 🌸😁 going to any spring/summer weddings... we have a lovely selection of cards and gifts
to every mum out there, know that you are loved, valued and you ARE enough just as you are 💗 For a lot of us, the title of ‘Mother’ is the one that makes us feel most proud and empowered but I want to remind you that the other titles we hold should bring us pride too. During our busy mothering years we mustn’t forget we are also friends, wives, creatives, sisters, explorers, entrepreneurs and 100 other beautiful variations... But most of all we are stunningly unique individuals, holding onto that isn’t easy but in my opinion it’s the most empowering thing you can do as a mother (and human!) for yourself and your children 💪🏼 I want to thank Al today, my awesome husband for supporting me in making time for the other titles that are important to me, and for reminding me of them when I’m to busy ‘mumming’ to realise I’ve neglected them! .
Al, you are a better co-parent than I could have ever dreamt up and being a mother to our incredible boy is a privilege I’ve enjoyed every single day of his life. I love you both so much and like always, I’m excited to see what our future brings 💗 There’s nothing we can’t do 😉
🎨 artwork by the amazing @kayturp
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When I’m home I’m 100% me, the real, relaxed, raw version of me. And that doesn’t JUST mean the Netflix watching, pj wearing, non makeup version of me; that’s only one side 😜 ... Home is not just where we relax, it should also be the place we feel the most confident, the place where we find inspiration and encouragement. It should be the place that makes us feel empowered and brave. Because we know it’s safe, we can be vulnerable at home, take risks, there’s no judgement- just acceptance and love 💗 .
I hope you have a place, or a person who is home for you ☺️ Thank you Al, for being my ‘home’ these last 11 years (more than a third of my life!), my safe place, my best friend, fellow risk taker and constant encourager... “There’s nothing we can’t do” 💗 .
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I’m becoming more and more of a believer in appreciating the simple things as I get older 😊 (I’m 30 now btw!) Sometimes I get the impression people think positivity is all about being happy, all the time, but it’s not. Positivity, for me anyway, is about choosing to focus on the good & not dwell on the negative (you still acknowledge and deal with the negative stuff, just don’t dwell on it). No matter what your situation, if you are looking for things to appreciate or be happy about, you’ll find more and more of them! Same if you are in the habit of focusing on the bad things, complaining and worrying... you’ll see more of those in your life! It’s a choice, you might need to work hard to retrain your brain but positivity leads to more happiness, and we all want more happiness right?! 🤗
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🙌🏼 Everything that I value most in my life, I had to take a risk to get. And if you don’t feel at least a bit scared, you’re probably not really taking a risk. Some were big, some financial but mostly they were risking vulnerability 💗 Putting myself into a situation where I could fail, be hurt, embarrassed, alienated or misunderstood. I think the safer our world becomes the less we risk, ironic right? We should feel more confident than ever to take leap of faith, but we don’t 😕 If you need to start small, that’s okay, if you are ready to go big, great. But the more we flex that bravery muscle the more exciting, adventurous and extraordinary our lives will be ☺️ I’m gonna give some ‘baby steps’ bravery challenges in the comments below for anyone who is tempted 💗 Add your challenges too, I’d love to do some 😁
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Grateful for friendships that know distance is no barrier ❤️👯♀️☘️ Arrived home from placement to a lovely present from my belle of Belfast city @sonyamgorman
! I’ve been looking at gratitude posts thinking “oh I should do that” it’s like you read my mind 😘 thank you doll I love it. Time to channel my focus to positivity and gratitude ❤️ It’s from the fabulous @ittybittybookco
in St George’s Market, Belfast too! 😍
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😆🌍💫 I’m in Heathrow, en-route to South Africa 🙌🏼🇿🇦 As well as this trip being for a well over due family reunion it’s also about us exploring the market and looking into exporting to SA in the future 😁 We’ve been talking to Invest NI who’ve connected us with the people in the know there who can help us research and plan strategically 👍🏼 I’m so excited!!! If you’d like to follow a bit more of my adventure including the more holiday/Astra’s musings posts 🤓 I’ll be sharing over on my personal Instagram account @ajourneytoadream
✌🏼While I’m gone Al and Hollie will be keeping everything going as usual in the studio and we’ll be back at #StGeorgesMarket
next weekend too 💗
I am still buzzing from #showcaseireland
😁 The talent of this island is incredible 🙌🏼 This memo from @designireland
captures it so well, and we’re keeping it up in the office for inspiration 💗 I went down to #Dublin
myself for the day on Wednesday, I saw so many stunning businesses and artwork 😍 I wasn’t sure how practically helpful the event would be for us to visit without a stand but in the few hours I was there I made a number of contacts with buyers and distributors, gained valuable feedback and advice on our books plus connected with some lovely fellow entrepreneurs ☺️👌🏼 (and got the inside scoop!) Just awesome. Next year look out for an Itty Bitty Stand 🤞🏼😁 The last picture captures my mood perfectly, you can’t tell but it had just poured and I was soaked and freezing waiting for the train to take me home, sore feet, exhausted but so happy! As I stood there thinking about everything I was grateful for, the sun burst through the clouds and I nearly cried 🌦😂 but I held it together and took a selfie to send to Al instead 😆
Blowing goodbye kisses to the ducks 🦆💗 The sweetness, tenderness and love this child has (when he’s not being a bad-ass superhero/ninja 😂🙈) melts my heart. I’m trying so hard to show him the strength in that sensitivity, the value in understanding and accepting his emotions. Research shows that even a simple thing like being able to articulate different feelings can help protect children from mental health issues, especially anxiety which is on the rise in primary school children 💔 Helping our children differentiate between angry, sad, embarrassed, nervous, uncomfortable, overwhelmed, regretful etc brings a sense of understanding and eventually empowerment 💪🏼 They’ll see feelings as things that come and go instead of mysterious, complex things that takeover and define... The challenge of how to help our kids stay happy is something I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about, if I was to delve into it deeper would that be of interest to you guys? (I’d do it on a separate account so as not to spam everyone!) .
Side note - The extra emotional-ness might have something to do with the fact I’m leaving him and Al for 17 days from this Saturday 😱😬.
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In the spirit of mixing #vocation
more this year, we whisked Ché Ché out of school for the day and headed down to #Dublin
😁🙌🏼 Often on work trips the amount of time you have to be working or in meetings is only an hour or two and the rest of the trip can be an adventure with quality time, making memories 💗☺️ Swipe to see the king of slow mo and a leaf angel 🍂😂
Day 5 of the #ittybittybookco
gratitude journal. Today I had a lovely day. Went to work then went and had dinner with my family then a relaxing walk. Life is peaceful and good. #gratitude #dryjanuary
I’ll never stop being grateful for this life, it blows my mind sometimes 😆 But we’re not #lucky
(at least not in the way most people think). That word has become a little pet peeve of mine (plus I’m sick!) so I hope you’ll excuse this slightly self indulgent rant but I think a lot of people will relate! When we label each other lucky we can devalue what they’ve worked hard for. Some examples friends of mine have experienced recently - ‘you’re so lucky your child is well behaved’ ‘you’re so lucky you didn’t gain that much weight during pregnancy’ ‘you’re so lucky you have musical talent’ ... and my common one ‘you’re so lucky you get to work from home’ 😕 All of those examples took a huge amount of dedication, effort and time. I’m not saying there isn’t an element of luck but when we give it that label it does devalue the achievement, which is worth thinking about. I feel that 2018 is going to be an INCREDIBLE year for lots of reasons but one that makes me emotional is the dramatic rise in empowered women 🙌🏼 Women who choose to champion others, compliment each other and themselves instead of competing or belittling. A rise in women knowing that someone else’s achievement doesn’t take anything away from theirs 💗 and who knows maybe people will also start saving ‘lucky’ for things we truly have no control over 😊
It’s been so exciting to make up the first real gift shop orders of the new year this week 😁 The boxes are so cleverly designed (thank you @priorypresspackaging
)that I can make up a stack of 100 in a couple of hours! This would have taken me DAYS with the old style boxes! And I love the extra graphic design details, like our story on the inside back cover 💗☺️ I’m so glad Al is a designer 😅 It’s also brilliant that they now fit into a ‘large letter’ envelope which saves you guys about £2 in postage each time 📮👌🏼 Basically I love them and wanted to thank @priorypresspackaging
and Al for making what’s in my head come to life 🙌🏼💗
Felt good to read some encouraging words today. Thank you to my sis Aysha for thinking of me and my family through this difficult time. You're a beautiful soul, I love you and God bless you. 🙏💌📒 #ittybittybookofstrength #ittybittybookco
Just a little reminder from our #Encouragement
book to keep things simple this year 👌🏼 I'm feeling super inspired and refreshed after our (long!) Christmas break ☺️ Determined not to let the unimportant stuff complicate my vision, I've made my plan and I'm bringing it to life! 💪🏼😁 Happy 2018 everyone! #Goals #Determination #PositivityTakeover #IttyBittyGoesGlobal
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Happy Christmas friends ✌🏼We want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who's bought Itty Bitty gifts this year, it's been our best Christmas yet (even with our new books sold out for a week 🙈😬) and we hope everyone who's getting them loves them! We are officially in festive relaxing and fun mode from now until 2018 🙌🏼💫 The online shop will stay open with a normal 1-3 day dispatch over the holiday season 😊 #IttyBittyBookCo #IttyBittyFamily #HappyChristmas