Annapurna Woman: Em Falconbridge
How do you start your day?
my day starts with squishy, warm chubby-cheek kisses and love from my youngest two, who leap into my bed and love to snuggle up for a while before we all get out of bed and head downstairs for breakfast. if i happen to get out of bed before they wake, i must get back in for this ritualistic snuggle or the day just isn't the same! it is a perfect inhale together and time to connect before going about our day and i cherish it every single morning because i know they will be too big soon enough.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
oh! overwhelm and stress have always been part of my life. i carried twisty knots in my belly for years, and after my third babe some pretty awful post-natal depression. a few years ago i started working with a women's group following cia ricco's 12 gateways (from her book “living as if your life depended on it”), and have felt a huge shift in the way i now deal with these elements of my life. through the support and wisdom of this circle of women i now have tools and a tribe to help me when i do feel overwhelmed. i'm grateful for a deep sense of peace, along with the ability to lean into the feelings which in itself helps me move through them.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
mmm stillness...soaking in the beauty of the very moment i am living and feeling and practicing gratitude every day. i've made some big changes in my life over the past year including manifesting a dream of mine to host women's creative retreats in bali with a dear friend. sharing and creating this with a soul-sister—working on our dream—it feels amazing! and bali is a place where you can't help but feel expanded, energized and totally blissed out—i'm so so nourished by being there.
What are you currently reading?
Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives—i bought it for myself for christmas and put it under the tree!
What are you listening to right now?
the xx radio on pandora—some good spontaneous improv dance tunes for my living room!
What is your go-to simple recipe?
in winter it's soup, soup and more soup!
or, rice baked in the oven (2 cups of rice with 3 cups of boiling water poured over, in a baking dish, covered and baked for 45 mins on a moderate temp. my children love it with butter so i'll put half a stick in with the rice. while the rice cooks i will cook some beans with spices and fresh cilantro, or sauté ginger, garlic, onion, and spices (panch phoron is a quick and yummy mix you can get in an indian market) then add french lentils with water or stock. serve with fresh cilantro—yum!
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
well, i'm finding self care to be a state of mind along with actual physical self care—having a shower, by myself, and really feeling gratitude for that simple act of having a hot shower alone, and the necessities to take care of myself, feels lovely. i also love to be creative—sewing, painting, felting—so making some time to create something with my hands feeds my soul.
What does nourishment look like to you?
simplicity, cleanliness, fresh wholesome food, reading a book by the fire, sleeping, water, lying in the grass under a tree, quiet, moving my body, soul sister time, meditation, mandalas, cuddles, dancing with nobody watching, pausing in gratitude, gatherings, sharing our stories.
How do you make space for play?
i rented my very own studio this summer—moving in felt gloriously freeing, like i was a teenager again setting up my own bedroom. having my own space all decked out with twinkle lights, all my art and sewing supplies and an aerial silk is a dream come true and a perfect place to go and play ... with or without my children! my family knows i am happier when i have had some time to make things with my hands and now that i no longer have a toddler on my lap/in a sling it has become so much easier to do so. i love to be silly with my kids too—i have to remember sometimes to be playful with them and invite the spirit of play into our day! you know, like karate chopping into the watermelon, or hula hooping in our undies!
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
it's none of my business what other people think of me...
breathe it all in, love it all out...
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
i'm just grateful to have this life! it's not always a pretty or smooth journey, but i'm grateful to be in it. i've learned how important it is to find a tribe of women to circle with on this journey, to share our wisdom and truths with, and our messy bits too. being real and true to myself, and not letting what others think of me affect my thinking. honoring myself and choosing happiness is the greatest gift i can give my children. and snuggles. always more squeezes and snuggles for those i love!
em falconbridge is a creative soul with a deep love of being barefoot under the trees, with a flower in her hair and her children running around. a native of western australia, she and her family live on a small farm in new england where she sews and creates with recycled fabrics and materials, hosts creative gatherings in her studio, and is trying to figure out homemade kombucha. pom poms, dear friends and mangoes make her very happy. her aussie warm-blooded-ness combined with new england winters have her fleeing to bali twice a year where she and a dear friend host a juicy women's retreat (mangoes and pom poms can also be found there!).