Popular – Let it in

Kathy Krugerchange, go with the flow, happiness, love, perspective35 Comments

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At the moment I’m being tortured (or is that too strong a word?) to the tune of ‘Let it go’ from Disney’s hit movie Frozen. (Ok – I know it’s a common complaint, but here I stand, well write anyway). My torturer is very cute though (as I’m sure yours is) – in my case our four-year-old son is rather … Read More

Kathy KrugerPopular – Let it in

Accept, appreciate, change (is there such a thing as too much gratitude?)

Kathy Krugerbalance, change, contentment, yinyang1 Comment

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So unless you’ve been sleeping under a social media rock, gratitude is continuing its rage across the interwebs (or I should say it’s spread of the love). Busy is the new black, or perhaps it’s balance, which some say is a seemingly impossible ideal, just like being a Supermom has always been – ie we are far too busy to … Read More

Kathy KrugerAccept, appreciate, change (is there such a thing as too much gratitude?)

Yoga poses for Problogger #PBEVENT

Kathy Krugerbalance, yoga21 Comments

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So you want to get limber, calm and centred for a jam-packed conference? There’ll be lots of sitting around and craning your neck for a better view of the great speakers and craning to find that blogger you really want to meet amidst the crowds at morning tea. Then there’s standing up half the night in high heels (well probably … Read More

Kathy KrugerYoga poses for Problogger #PBEVENT

What adoption has taught me about love

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, love, motherhood8 Comments

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It’s been 10 years tomorrow since we adopted our beautiful daughter, coming up to four years since we welcomed our precious son. Adoption has taught me exactly everything that becoming a mother has. When we become mothers we (are forced to) learn patience, although mine was sorely tested by years of infertility and the long adoption process, so I don’t … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhat adoption has taught me about love

Never forget anniversaries

Kathy KrugerIVF, motherhood, perspective28 Comments

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This week marks two major anniversaries in my life – the 10th anniversary of adopting our beautiful daughter (23rd) and the 16th anniversary of losing our baby (ectopic pregnancy) on the 18th. It feels strange, and I guess quite yin-yang in a way, for these two occasions to fall so closely together. We also received ‘the call’ to match us … Read More

Kathy KrugerNever forget anniversaries

Funny/Sad same, same

Kathy Krugerbalance, happiness, yinyang3 Comments

I don’t have a funny bone in my body, or if I do, it gets tickled, or knocked (and that bloody hurts) and then I completely forget the joke. But not the experience – laughter = joy. That joy settles in the soul! I can’t remember jokes to save my life, but saying that now seems so wrong. Can jokes … Read More

Kathy KrugerFunny/Sad same, same

Should, Could, Would, Can, Will, DO

Kathy Krugerbalance, find your flow, yinyang16 Comments

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Ok here’s a question for you? Which auxiliary verb (yep I checked with the grammar police) are you prefacing your life with? Or is it all about WANTs? Are you a coulda, shoulda, woulda excuse maker or an ‘I want’, ‘I think I can’ or an ‘I just will’ kinda person. Or DO you just DO? When it comes to … Read More

Kathy KrugerShould, Could, Would, Can, Will, DO

The things kids say

Kathy Krugerhappiness, motherhood36 Comments

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If you want a laugh, it’s really hard to go past your kids (or Emily, who may just be a big kid with big boobs)! As a four year old, Little Yang is a constant source of mirth (and frustration, but that’s not such a funny story – or maybe it is – the other day he went from driving … Read More

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When parenting styles don’t match

Kathy Krugerbalance, love, motherhood18 Comments

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I’m here (hiding behind my computer) proudly a ‘mean mum’. I wear this badge as an honour, although at the markets on the weekend there was a mother who loudly (and I mean banshee-style) bailed out her poor 6-7 year old daughter – let me be clear, I’m not mean like that. (or like Cinderella’s mean stepmother, but sometimes I … Read More

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A butterfly story – of resilience and transformation

Kathy Krugerchange, China, red thread12 Comments

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We all know the story of the hungry caterpillar that becomes a butterfly and you may be familiar with the rather sad tale of the silkworm that becomes a plain old moth (kinda disappointing after all that spinning). The silkworm spins its finest silk cramped up in its cocoon only to NOT be able to fly away (because its moth body … Read More

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On being trolled

Kathy Krugeradoption, perspective22 Comments

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I don’t know whether you call it trolling but the nasty vitriol sure feels like it. On Tuesday I sent in a piece to Mamamia (a big deal for me, as I’ve been scared of putting myself out there). It’s coming up to the 10th anniversary of adopting Miss Yin and I shared the letter to a birthmother that I … Read More

Kathy KrugerOn being trolled

Play to your strengths

Kathy Krugerbalance, China, yinyang29 Comments

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In Chinese medicine practitioners address weak yang by first strengthening yin. It sounds counter-intuitive, but the reasoning is pretty simple – Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses and then work on your weaknesses from a place of strength. The other thing that sounds counter-intuitive but is actually very wise, is that a ‘weakness’ is often considered to be … Read More

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Let’s talk about infertility and pregnancy loss

Kathy Krugeradoption, IVF, motherhood, perspective45 Comments

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We’re talking about it, at least a lot more than we used to. When I was struggling with infertility (I’m still infertile, but it’s a moot point these days), I felt so isolated. I isolated myself. Of course I knew I wasn’t alone – I’d meet plenty of women at the fertility clinic, faces that I’d barely scan and could … Read More

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