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    10 on 10 August – Kuala Lumpur Family Photographer

    August 10th, 2020

    Near our house, there’s a beautiful park where we often visit to feed the fish. Your cousin and you would always get so excited when we go there. There were a lot of tiny fish and also the big ones. Grandma came along too and it was nice to just relax and watch the fishes swimming in the lake. Although it was really a hot day, both of you had so much fun running and giggling until it was time to go home.

    Keep following our blog circle to see what Fort McMurray Lifestyle Photographer Melissa Richard is up to this month!

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    All is well – Terengganu, Malaysia

    July 30th, 2020

    Artifact motherhood is a collaboration of artists/mothers from around the world. Sharing stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. Our hopes and dreams for our children. With little nuggets of wisdom here and there. These are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifact we are leaving behind for children and the generations to come.

    Around this time last year, while I was getting ready to go to sleep after having a family gathering at my mother’s house, then my heart suddenly goes on beating so fast that I thought I was going to die that night. It was definitely a terrifying experience that I wished never to encounter again. My husband immediately took me to the nearby clinic and had me checked on. After a few minutes of waiting, the doctor told me that I was ok and all my vital signs were normal. I wasn’t satisfied and did a full medical check-up including doing an ECG to find out if there was a problem with my heart. Again the specialist told me the same thing. There was nothing wrong with me. He asked me if I wanted to see a psychiatrist and I told him yes, I would consider that. A few weeks after that, I had my first appointment with my psychiatrist. I was feeling really tense and not sure what to say to him. I told him what had happened and he asked me several questions. While we were talking I felt the urge to cry. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but the tears just keep on flowing. I felt a bit ashamed during that moment but the psychiatrist was really understanding and helpful and it made me feel at ease. I knew after consulting the psychiatrist that what I had that night was a panic attack. After a few more counselling, I was able to understand my feelings and what my body is trying to tell me. I never knew that our body can carry so much stress and burden from trauma and pain. We, especially mothers, are so capable beyond words of doing everything but yet we can be too hard on ourself sometimes.

    Since then, I have been learning and researching every day on ways to cope with my anxiety and worries. One thing that I find really helped me a lot is to practice gratitude and to notice everything that surrounds me. To be grateful for some of the basic things like having my eyesight to see. Isn’t it a precious gift to wake up to your beautiful smiley face, my son. Isn’t it a precious gift to hear you giggling softly in the morning light because the sun is up and you know that it’s time to play. Isn’t it a precious gift to have my lovely husband prepare us breakfast even if it’s just toasts and jam. Isn’t it a precious gift to be able to breathe the fresh air and notice the air coming in and out of your nose. Also, I stopped drinking coffee and change a bit of my lifestyle which means to consume more water, more vitamins, more outing in nature and more sleep! My new living mantra after that frightful episode of my life is to practice positivity every day and have the courage to face my fears.

    Please go to Carla Monge, the next artist in our Artifact Motherhood blog circle and continue through all the artists until you get back to me. To learn more about Artifact Motherhood, please click here.

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    10 on 10 July – Kuala Lumpur Family Photographer

    July 10th, 2020

    Things we did while in quarantine. (Warning: I have posted more than 10 images as I missed few entries).

    We painted the wall in the living room with a mix of shades of blue and green. It’s called Free Spirit. I was nervous at first that I would not like the colour that I myself chose but it turned out perfect. It brings out the coolness and sort of an African safari vibe. We also painted the front door of white to give a nice contrast to the area.

    Husband started to continue his unfinished project and managed to sell a few multipurpose wooden stools. He is now in the process of making me a new computer table which I can’t wait to have.

    We are slowly returning to our normal lives here. Offices, malls and supermarkets are already open to the public. I still get a bit anxious when I go out and try to avoid crowded places as much as possible.

    The ones I feel the most relaxed is when I am in nature.

    Head over and see what Bethany Sams, Knoxville Family Photographer was up to on her 10 on 10 post.

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    Season of Motherhood – Kuala Lumpur – May 2020

    May 27th, 2020

    This is part of ARTIFACT MOTHERHOOD – a project shared with other female artists who are documenting our journeys as mothers and creating memories for our children through our photographs and words.

    Go next to the wonderful artist Caro Cuinet Wellings to read her post in our blog circle.

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    COVID restricted movement order – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    April 15th, 2020

    Sometimes all you can do is accept there’s not much you can do. And sometimes all you can control is how well you let go of control. – Lori Deschene

    During this restricted movement order in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started from 18 March to hopefully 28 April 2020, we occupied ourself with preparing our meals (during the normal days, we like to order takeout occasionally but since COVID-19, I think it’s better and plus we save more by cooking our own meal). You are as always eager to help in preparing the meals.

    And also cleaning up the storage and get rid of all the unwanted items that have been taking up space. It felt really spacious and I can feel more positive energy afterwards. We also did some cleaning and gardening around our yard. We are lucky to have a small garden where we can walk barefooted and feel the breeze and watch the small birds flying around and squirrels crawling up the mango tree, looking for ripen mango. You tried to make a pool for your fishes to swim in but using the aluminium foil for the base was definitely not a good idea! It had so many holes because of the sharp rocks and water was pouring out everywhere. Although it did not work out, you had so much fun doing it!

    Someone’s in need of a new haircut. Babah had a crash course hair cut lesson and later he decided that you will be his first customer!

    Although it can be frustrating during this restricted movement order, I try to look at it positively. More deep thinking and focusing on things that I have control over and also connecting spiritually deeper with God proves to ease the anxiety that I had. Feeling so grateful for all the blessings I receive every day and hoping that all this will end soon.

    A special shout out to all of the front liners out there, may God reward you with an abundance of pahala, you guys are the real heroes!

    Artifact motherhood is a collaboration of artists/mothers from around the world. Sharing stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. Our hopes and dreams for our children. With little nuggets of wisdom here and there. These are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifact we are leaving behind for children and the generations to come.

    Please follow on to read the story of Paige Rains, the next artist in our blog circle, and continue through all the artists until you get back to me!

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    An Amazing day – Artifact Motherhood

    February 5th, 2020

    Welcome to Artefact Motherhood. This is a collaboration of artists from around the world who have come together to share our stories of the joys and struggles in our journeys. Through our writings and photographs, we want to create memories that are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artefacts we are leaving behind for our children and for generations to come.

    It was such an amazing day. We got up early in the morning and your father made you half-boiled eggs for breakfast. You asked for the soy sauce and a little bit of pepper to sprinkle on it. It is one of your favourite breakfast and you commented to your father that it was the best you have ever tasted. Every time before we eat you will say your prayers and you will remind us to say our prayers too.

    After breakfast, we head out for your first art class with Teacher Jaja Yusof. It took us about 20 minutes to reach Studio Yusof Gajah. You were eagerly excited and asked me a lot of questions about the class. When we arrived at the art gallery, you were at first a bit shy but deep down I know you were eager to start drawing. Teacher Jaja welcome us and invited you to look around the art gallery. You said it was beautiful and you love the cosy atmosphere. You love all the little plants and kept asking your father about the drawing utensils. You are very fond of drawing at this stage and I have the feeling that you will enjoy the class.

    We left you there at the art gallery and when to have our second breakfast (yes, not kidding!) and came back after two hours later. You greeted us with a big smile and told me that you extremely enjoyed the class. You even said it out loud to Teacher Jaya.

    In the car on our way home, you kept asking when will the next class going to be. You thanked both of us and it melted my heart. I hope you will always be grateful for everything in your life no matter how big or small it is. Always say your thanks and God will reward you abundantly. Insyallah.

    Continue next to my dear friend, Diana Hagues, Cambridge Documentary Family Photographer, to read her post in our blog circle.

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