The Sling Diaries, Volume VII. A photo-documentary chronicling the art of baby wearing in the lives of families around the world. Over the course of six months, Sling Diarists will create their own Sling Diary though a series of diary entries interpreting a unique theme given to them each month.
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When we think about transformation we often focus on both the process and the outcome. Interestingly enough, I gravitate towards the simple things that remain constant. I absolutely welcome growth and transformation, in fact I thrive on it-- however, I find the most comfort in the parts of me that never happen to change. These seemingly everlasting qualities and passions of mine keep me grounded and true to myself--they allow me to face challenges with a combination of calm confidence and exceptional strength.
Nearly seven months pregnant with our third child, so much is transforming within and around me. There are ups and downs, yet I try to channel my five-year-old self and take on each moment looking for the sliver of beauty that exists even in the darkest of places. Last Saturday's false missile threat, undoubtedly manifested into the most terrifying morning of my life. Still, our family was together and in between reaching for supplies we could hold our babes close flashing through the countless magical moments we've shared as a family. Even at ages three and five, I knew that our boys had experienced more adventure than most people get in a lifetime and I felt so thankful for that.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
I've stood in this pose throughout all three of my pregnancies. I love that we can stand altogether in it now, sending our roots down deep into the earth to slow down time even for just a minute. I turn to my yoga practice to remain present in both the everyday and extraordinary moments. From the breathing, to the physical poses, to the spiritual teachings--yoga saw me through my transformation into a teacher, a wife, and now a mother to nearly three wildlings of our own. The 38 minutes between receiving the infamous warning and its subsequent all-clear signal felt like a lifetime in slow motion. Deep breaths and graceful movements were my saving grace.
Into the mystic.
For as long as I can remember I've been drawn to the ocean. In the twelve plus years Daniel and I have been together we've traveled and lived around the world, yet this island often feels more like home than anywhere else. I return to the sea to feel wild and free. The ocean, in all of her untamed majesty inspires and empowers me. Those first 48 hours after the ballistic missile scare were confusingly heartbreaking. Now nearly one week later, the only thing that's brought me some semblance of comfort is a daily dose of ocean therapy with the boys.
To the sweet girl in my belly, your mama is in a constant state of transformation but she will fight like hell with everything she's ever known to help create a more peaceful world for children everywhere.
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