Sunday, 16 February 2014

7/52 : Melanie


52 Portraits - the Motherhood series. 
A portrait to celebrate motherhood, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Mel and I were born four days apart, on opposite sides of Sydney** It wasn't until the beginning of high school that our paths crossed, but I'm certain that we were always meant to find each other. I've been entrusted as Godmother to her two beautiful children and I have no doubt we'll watch our families grow up together. 
I couldn't tell you how many times over the years I've sat across from Mel clutching a tea or a glass of wine. Sharing heartache or some such calamity, asking for her advice. She listens and has a way of getting right to the heart of it. Always with great insight and support and often with a witty one liner that makes you snortle the tea out of your nose in a fit of laughter. She tells a great story, and often uses humour as a leveller.

In addition to wife and mother of two, Mel's an incredibly astute and successful career woman. She's been at home with her beautiful baby girl for the last year and is preparing to return to work. Mel tells me that the biggest surprise of motherhood was just how much her children have taught her about about the world, and herself. She's living her dream and she's recently made a point of appreciating it in the moment. Being grateful, present and mindful. In all our years of friendship, I've never seen Mel so happy and content.

** As it happens, it was Mel's birthday during the week. Happy Birthday to you, Mel X

Participating in the 52 Portraits series project led by Jodi at Practising Simplicity

You can view all of my portraits from 2013/14 by clicking on the 52 Portrait Series links in the right sidebar of this page.

Belinda x

3 comments:

  1. Every women needs a friend like Mel in their lives. Loving your twist on the portrait series xo

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  2. You have so many great friends and stories...so look forward to seeing where you go this year. Xxx

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Thanks for your comment, so nice to hear from you. Belinda x

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