Friday, 13 May 2022

Mothers Day as a childless woman.

Hi Readers,

May has already been a very emotional month for me so far, for quite a few reasons.

Sunday May 1st saw us honour those who have lost children for National Bereaved Mother's Day. A day very dear to my heart.

The 8th of May was Mothers Day in Australia. A day normally challenging enough for me; as a mother who lost her only child after many years on infertility, IVF treatments and loss.

However, the 8th of May is also very significant to me as on this day 12 years ago my son, River, was unexpectedly born at 23 weeks gestation and also the da5 he passed away.

Then a few days later on the 11th of May it was a day for celebration of a different, but related kind.

For this day was my first Bookaversary. Marking one year since the release of my new book: The Baby Dream - Learning to Live with Infertility and Loss. 

A story that depicts my journey through infertility and loss, meeting River, my grief healing journey and advocacy work supporting other on their grief journey as a counsellor.

We are only half way through the month but already so much has been happening I thought I would share.

I hope you have all had a gentle start to the month and if it has been emotionally taxing for you, as it has been for me, I hope you can find moments to practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself in this time of great change, transformation and healing.

With Mercury currently in retrograde and mother nature sending the rains again in Queensland it feels like a time of duality - a time for rest and also a time for transformation. So please rest when you can in order to recharge for the next challenge.

Until next month.

Much love and blessings,

Narelle πŸŒΊπŸ™.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Special occasions when grieving

Dear Readers,

Special occasions are particularly challenging when you are grieving. I believe it is because the expectations for these times are already heightened by society, the media, and even the picture we have in our heads of the perfect Hallmark card that depicts Easter or Christmas for us.

These occasions, whilst magical for many, can be very painful for those who are grieving. Shining a light on the absence of our loved one/s and what we are missing, are unable to experience, or have already experienced and never will again. 

These thoughts can cause us to feel more isolated and trigger grief to return, even many years after we first experienced it.

We all know comparrison is the thief of joy but it is too easy when grieving on special occasions to scroll through social media or get upset by seeing the way friends or family spend their days and compare their lives to our own.

Then all of a sudden you are in tears imagining the Easter Egg hunt you would have had with your child if they were still alive.

The thought of not having those experiences at all or not having them again are so painful.

I feel like if you have lost a young child or a baby, it can be especially challenging as often special occasions like Easter and Christmas mainly revolve around experiences shared with children.

It is important to be extra kind and compassionate with yourself on these potentially difficult days; knowing it is perfectly normal in grief to be touched by sadness on these occasions. 

It is difficult to let go of dreams you have for the special moments in your life.

Blessings and light,

Narelle xo

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

An Online World For Now.

Dear Readers,

It has been a busy couple of months supporting many counselling clients through grief and loss, infertility, mental health, and relationship concerns.

I have made plans to attend a few speaking gigs to share my book with you in person; the last one being the Newcastle Show, but it has not been the right time and things have not aligned.

I have been part of a few podcast interviews lately though. One for Relationships Australia, to support fellow counsellors to better support clients with grief and loss. Only available for staff of RAQ at this stage.
The other with Monique from Infertility And Me podcast; available now where you listen to your podcasts.

Online seems to be the theme right now for my offerings. I am still doing all my counselling sessions via telephone and/or Zoom. 

I thought I would be back offering face to face sessions again much sooner; when I let go of my practice room in April 2020, but this has not come into fruition yet. 
I miss offering in-person sessions, particularly for my natural healing modalities, but it has not felt like the right time yet.

In fact, my whole business is in the process of having a complete make-over. More information on this to come soon. Watch this space.

And as my business has a full makeover so am I stepping more into my own self-care, growth, and self-improvement and have started working out and taking better care of my physical health through regular exercise.

Thank you to my loyal clients who are happy to work with me in an online space for now. I will keep you updated as things change and shift.

Excited for what April has in store.

Until next month,

Blessings and light,

Narelle x

Monday, 31 January 2022

Reflection, Recharging and Going Within!

2022 has started very slowly. January has been a month of reflection and going within more than action.

It has felt like a time for recharging in preparation for what is to come in the year ahead.

I took an extra week to go away on holidays and was slowed down even more. 
Instead of being the busy tourist I normally am the weather prompted me to slow down further and spend time indoors at our beach getaway, instead of exploring. This was when I realised how tired I actually was.

When the weather was good I spent time in the ocean cleansing, restoring, and letting go of the exhaustion and stresses from 2021. 

Sometimes we don't realise how exhausted we are until we stop!

After returning from holidays I felt relaxed and ready to dive back into work. 
Although the universe had other plans and eased me back into work slowly and gradually. 

Now we are on the eve of February and things just feel like they are beginning.
I am grateful for the time to heal and restore and look forward to the podcast interviews I have lined up in February. 

More opportunities to continue sharing my book with others and help more counselling clients navigate their grief and loss.

I am also looking forward to reaching more readers in the USA, UK, Africa, and Europe now my book is officially available on

January has been the perfect reminder that "you can't help others unless you are wearing your own oxygen mask" as I tell my clients.

Blessings and light,

Narelle x

Mothers Day as a childless woman.

Hi Readers, May has already been a very emotional month for me so far, for quite a few reasons. Sunday May 1st saw us honour those who have ...