When a woman becomes pregnant for the first time, it is an exciting yet daunting time in her life. If you find yourself embarking on this journey in a foreign country it can easily become overwhelming, especially in a country where there is a language barrier. There are limited resources in English here in Tokyo so I thought I would share some of my pregnancy experiences in the hope that it helps others to enjoy their Tokyo pregnancy as much as I have! Get your Maternity Badge This ultra cute ba
A large part of living our mermaid essence is to honour the ebbs and flows of life. Over the past few months, I have taken a deep mermaid dive into hibernation. I am growing a new soul and I have craved quiet time and solitude. It is no coincidence that this urge came at a time when the nights were drawing in earlier and the winter mornings were getting darker. As women, we are cyclical beings and I believe it is important for us to follow the cycles of nature into darkness. In this fast-paced o
I recently returned from a nostalgic trip to a beautiful hot spring village alongside a river on the Southern island of Kyushu. I first visited Kurokawa when I was a student in 1999 and I instantly fell in love with the place! When we returned to Japan, it was top of my list of places to visit. My inner mermaid loves being in the water and the natural hot springs of Japan are no exception! There is nothing quite like embracing your river goddess nature with a dip in a bubbling hot spring next to
Over the past few weeks I have been feeling well and truly “stuck”. As I approach the halfway mark of the manuscript for my memoir about India I suddenly feel like a tortured artist. Dramatic. I look back at what I have written and I hardly recognise the words. I look at my plan for the second half of the manuscript and I feel overwhelmed. Can I do this? Am I wasting my time even trying? The truth is, I have come too far with it to give up. I keep telling myself that even if it never gets publis
We recently marked the six-month anniversary of our departure from Mumbai. Since leaving, I have lost the weight that I gained from enjoying too much Indian food, had a decent haircut and burst into tears of joy at the variety of food in the supermarket! However, there is one area of my life that I have been struggling with since my departure: my yoga practice. When a yoga teacher sits at the front of the classroom and talks about India, it doesn’t capture my imagination the way that it used to.