March 22, 2015

Amelia


This week we unexpectedly and incomprehensibly lost our dear friend and Wholehearted contributor, Amelia. She inspired everyone wherever she went with her incredible talent, wit, honesty and impeccable taste in music. A brilliant mumma, loving wife, and friend to so many (with the BEST laugh ever!)-- she will be sorely missed. Our Wholehearted hearts are aching. Amelia, your spunk and spirit will live on through your gorgeous kiddos and be remembered always. Sending all of our love to Keith, Will and Livvy x

From Wholehearted Sister, Lou:

For many online years I’d known Amelia. We’d shared the mothering journey via our blogs and other social media places, but I never properly knew her, until I met her in person. Online she was funny, honest, warm and kind - but in the flesh she was vibrant. Radiant. The first time I met Mills I was 4 weeks post-partum with my baby boy. The sleeplessness and difficult first weeks of a sick baby had worn me down. I felt like never leaving the house, but when Amelia came to Melbourne for the weekend and wanted to do dinner - I desperately needed to go. I spied her on a street corner outside the restaurant and she wrapped me in the biggest, loveliest hug I have actually ever had. It set the tone for the rest of my night, and really - the rest of our friendship. Around the table she laughed the loudest, talked the fastest and embraced us in her glow. When I dropped her back to her hotel she didn’t care that my car smelt like yoghurt and that cheerios crunched underfoot. She laughed and assured me hers was the same. All I’ve ever known from her is authenticity and camaraderie. A year on I was flying to see her in Adelaide, excited to work together professionally and spend a weekend with my beautiful friend. Out time together was filled with meandering conversations, where we barely took a breath. Kid-free time together was pure luxury, after all.  On the long journey home from the wedding we kept ourselves awake listening to 90s rap and RNB, marvelling at how many words we knew and laughing till tears rain down tired cheeks. I felt loved and welcomed in her and Keith’s home, and sitting at her grandmothers kitchen table eating porridge with her beautiful children felt completely natural. She mothered me, even though I’m a year older, and I relished being the one cared for as opposed to the one always doing the caring. I left her arms feeling encouraged and empowered - a big dose of inspiration flooded my heart. 
Millie, I’ve known nothing but love from you, and I hope you always knew the same from me. Your life touched mine and I will cherish our funny memories always. I know that you and Stevie Nicks were tight, but watching you dance with Livvy and Will to ‘Hunter’ but Pharrell Williams at 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning will be how I’ll remember you. The best kind of mama, wife and friend.

September 29, 2014

week 31

Kate
Mornings at home. I've been realizing lately how much of a blessing it is to have most days spent right here, with my girls. I've been able to be there for every minute, every milestone (and every tantrum and spilt glass of milk). Don't get me wrong, some days I feel like running back to my 9-to-5 job, but then moments like this happen; watching the two of them dance and jump and sing in their ridiculous princess nighties and all is well in my heart.
Belinda
Young friendship x

September 22, 2014

week 30

 Lou
My constant companion.
He loves to dress himself. The boxer shorts Parker is wearing hold many memories. All of our babes have worn them.
Kate
A necklace made of wooden toy cars.

September 15, 2014

week twenty-nine

Claire
And just like that, she completes her very first trip around the Sun.
Kisses for Evie as cousins meet for the first time.
Kate
Makeshift baby-wearing.
Belinda
We made these beings. Utterly in love x

September 09, 2014

week twenty-eight: and an update


The four of us (and a cheeky little boy, too!) 

As the days have ebbed and flowed, so to has the Wholehearted space. We have been wowed by your brave and thoughtful writing submissions and floored by the 12,000+ images tagged on Instagram. We have been filled to the brim in gratitude for the women that have opened their hearts through interviews, dedicating and sharing their time and stories with us. This once tiny passion project has expanded into a blossoming community of lovers and dreamers, realists and advocates. It's inspired others from around the world to start their own communities sharing more honestly, more wholeheartedly. We've leaned on each other for advice and we've chimed in with agreement, nodding along at our own desks, coffee in hand. Our humble home on the web has grown immensely, and it wouldn't have even been remotely possible without the love and support from all of you. The readers, the parents, the mothers just like us. Our sisterhood.

We are learning, together.

We are honest.

We are (im)perfectly perfect.

You may have noticed some changes over the last few weeks as we've pared down to simple, weekly photo entries and a loss in contributing authors. We wanted to take a moment to thank the original group of women that helped kick-off the vision of Wholehearted with tremendous vigor, and those that have moved on to new chapters their lives had called upon them:

Jodi, Amelia, and Ali... thank you x

. . . . .

We are treading forward with a renewed spirit, and ever-growing inspiration: a brand new site to call home, a call for additional contributing photographers and authors, the return of the beloved heart-to-heart interviews and Instagram features, as well as some exciting new content we're still dreaming up. 

Wholehearted has always been more than just a blog, it's been about the incredible community, the collective undertaking of sharing stories and giving advice. Wading through the mud of mommy-blogs can often feel overwhelming: buy, buy, buy! or... pin this perfect home! wear these perfect clothes! raise your child this way! feed your child this way! 

Our goal is not to re-invent the wheel that is motherhood, nor define it. We'll never sell you on a product, nor claim to know all that there is to know about parenting. Because guess what - we don't know!

None of us do.

We appreciate and are so incredibly grateful for your patience as things shift and change and get migrated to our new site. In the meantime, if you feel called to help write, administrate, or photograph for the upcoming re-launch of our site - please, send us an email to wholeheartedjournal@gmail.com with "Contributor Search" as the subject. Tell us a bit about yourself. We're listening.

We are so happy to keep your company here.

Thank you endlessly!

Love always,
The Wholehearted Team
(Tam, Kate, Belinda, and Claire) xx