Journaling Workshops have been launched!
My first Journaling workshop has been launched at Sands Qld! Seven incredible women came to the workshop to discover this wonderful tool to help them work through the devastating journey of parental bereavement.
As a follow-on, I’ll be putting together some regional workshops for others, and approaching other organisations in need of support.
Brisbane City Council Libraries have hired me as a consultant to do 6 Journaling workshops throughout October and November for children and adults throughout Brisbane.
Garden City Library – Saturday 4 October 10.30am-11.30am
Garden City Shopping Centre
Cnr Logan & Kessels Rd
Upper Mt Gravatt Q 4122
Ph: 07 3403 774507 3403 7745
Coopers Plains Library – Saturday 11 October 10.30-11.30am
107 Orange Grove Road
Coopers Plains Q 4108
Ph: 07 3403 153007 3403 1530
Ashgrove Library – Saturday 25 October 10.30-11.30am
87 Amarina Ave
Ashgrove Q 4060
Ph: 07 3407 194007 3407 1940
Wynnum Library –Saturday 8 November 9.30-10.30am
66 Bay Terrace
Wynnum Central Q 4178
Ph: 07 3403 219907 3403 2199
Annerley Library – Saturday 1 November 11am-12pm
450 Ipswich Rd
Annerley Q 4103
Ph: 07 3403 173507 3403 1735
Grange Library – Saturday 15 November 10-11am
79 Evelyn St
Grange Q 4051
Ph: 07 3407 252307 3407 2523
Brisbane Writers’ Festival invites me to speak!
September 5th at 3.30pm, come to the State Library to hear from a panel of self-publishers about their experience. I’ll be joined by a publisher, printer and another self-published author to discuss our highs and lows!
The book has been launched!
The reviews have been so great and to date, I have sold over 500 copies in just over 2 weeks!
20% of all Australian and UK book profits will be donated to Sands (The Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support group).
Reviews of Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers
Nikki Morgan, Mumslounge.com.au
‘Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers’ is a lovely collection of bite-size chapters that are just the right size to tackle as you collapse into bed after an exhausting day of looking after your cherubs. For all mothers out there who are worried that they are doing a lousy job being parents, and are convinced that they are only worthy of life-time membership in the ‘Imperfect Parents’ club, this book is definitely for you.
This is not another parenting how-to guide that will tell you, you must do things this way or else! Instead this is book is full of real experiences and the lessons learned from them. Amongst the smiles and a-ha moments there is some very practical advice and some valuable resources if you want to learn more.
Life with children brings moments of sheer and utter bliss and moments of total exhaustion and stress, it’s all part of the journey. Caylie has experienced some interesting moments, and as she describes these events, the outcomes, and what she has learned from them, I shook my head and laughed, as I have been through some of those exact same ‘wish I could fall in a hole now’ days when my children were younger. I admire her analysis of each situation after the event. Parents of really little ones should make reading this book a priority as they will benefit greatly from the sound advice shared and just might be spared from having some of those very embarrassing moments in the years ahead.
‘Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers’, is not just about the joys of life with children and the lessons Caylie has learned since becoming a parent. She shares some of her loves, trials, choices, and plans for the future. Becoming a mother does not mean that your life of choices is over. You can choose to pick a different career path that may possibly be more suited to your role as a mum rather than returning to the corporate world as your children grow. You can choose to follow a dream. Definitely food for thought as so many mums go through this exact scenario as they try to make the best choices for the future.
This book is a must-read for any mum. It will make you laugh, sigh, nod in agreement and most of all help you realise we don’t always make the right choice the first time but we can learn and grow as we move along the pathway of parenting. Looking for the perfect gift for a busy mum, this is definitely it!
Nikki Morgan is a natural therapist, author and blogger who can be found with a jumbo skinny chino or a glass of Sav Blanc in her hand as she shares inspiration and practical tips at her home online www.wonderfullywomen.com.
Yvonne Mes, Children’s Author, WriteLinks Editor
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers.
I identify more than a little with being one of those mothers, the harassed looking ones that never carry enough band-aids, as Caylie describes herself in the introduction and it can be quite cathartic recognising yourself in someone else’s life; realizing you are not the only mother that loves her children enormously but worries about not living up to being the perfect mother, struggling with guilt and trying to find a balance between parenting and being a person in your own right. Caylie urges us ‘to take some time each night to rest, reflect and regroup’ by reading her stories. As an emerging children’s writer and illustrator and a busy mum, I only have so much time to read stories that are not for children, so this book with its short stories for adults was perfect! The stories were just the right length and packed full of goodness. Like taking a multivitamin for busy mums.
This book does not describe the agonies of middle class motherly woe. These are stories that inspire, stories that overwhelm with emotion, stories that frighten and stories that make you laugh.
Caylie and her husband made some life changing decisions after close encounters with tragedy and Caylie chooses to live her life consciously, reflecting on anything from the extraordinaire to the mundane.
My favourites are too many to list, but the opening story particularly has stayed with me (you really need to read it and experience the goosebumps and snotty tissues for yourself). Topics range from puppies to politics, from following your dreams and relationships to … warts. Midwives, teachers, The Baby Artist, being an imperfect parent, libraries and writing and many more. But what all these stories have in common are heart, soul, humanity, frailty, courage, passion and love, and they made me giggle.
The book left me wanting more; more stories and more insights from a fascinating lady whose words flows on the page like a salve for the weary busy motherly soul.
Click here to purchase Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers.