2019: Recovery

June Gunaratne recaps 2019 in this blog posts and reflects on what made it impactful. She celebrates the one-year anniversary of her moving to Austin and building a community of family and friends in her new home.

Testing the Waters – Journaling

To encourage journaling and talk about the therapeutic effects that journaling can have to working through trauma and processing emotions.

Patience in a Time of Transition

When I first wrote this blog draft it was my dear friend Reem's birthday. She was set to be induced early today for the birth of her 4th child, Sophia Grace. This is the first girl for her and her husband, Ruben. We met March of this year when I first started working in Austin… Continue reading Patience in a Time of Transition

Decluttering & Hoarding

Updates: I began working a month ago at an amazing nonprofit organization in Austin. Im moving into my own apartment on Sunday. I've found a new daycare in a span of a day, yikes. Life is looking up, the part that is of particular interest to me is the phase I'm going through in relation… Continue reading Decluttering & Hoarding

Comfort PT.1

Let's dissect what it means to be at ease. What is comfort? 1. a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint: room for four people to travel in comfort. • (comforts) things that contribute to physical ease and well-being: the low upholstered chair was one of the room's few comforts. • prosperity… Continue reading Comfort PT.1

Valentine’s Day

I am so fortunate to have the family and friends that I have, they're more than what I could have ever asked for. They know my needs more than me at times. SO many people have been here to help me up after I've fallen. Even to intervene before a fall has taken place, the… Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Audre Lorde

A Litany for Survival BY AUDRE LORDE For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns looking inward and outward at once… Continue reading Audre Lorde

Frustration

I had a brief exchange the other day with a facebook friend about temper tantrums. She's a mom of a 3-week old and a step-mom/coparent to a 5-year old; she believes that temper tantrums are avoidable. I do not. She believes that kids should do as the parents says and I would like to qualify… Continue reading Frustration

Primavera

    Rafael M San Juan Primavera Originally, this post was suppose to be an art review (don't count me out just yet). A little about the piece, it was made by Rafael San Juan for the detrás de los muros exhibition in the Bienal de La Habana 2015 and was donated to be a… Continue reading Primavera

Diana Hinek

  I encountered Diana Henik, birth doula and photographer, on Instagram (@artshapedphotography). I was drawn to her by looking through her feed, her photography is captivating and visceral. I couldn't tell where her job ended and her life started. I enjoyed her images because they captured the joy of (carrying, creating and giving) life, she… Continue reading Diana Hinek

Tips to Freelancing and Moming

This summer has been so good to me! I had a fairly busy summer full of different photography and creation work. I had three different photography projects. I had two parties that I'm helping with/ planning. (My dad's party was yesterday and Buddha's is in a week). Of course, none of it would be possible… Continue reading Tips to Freelancing and Moming

The Countdown to the FIRST birthday

Yesterday was Buddha's monthaversary & After 11 months ... I've realized: Baby blues are real - ruminating on the barren emotional landscape of my transition into postpartum & sympathizing with new moms and their struggle to maintain ... it's so hard to navigate with a seemingly unforgiving ANXIETY. I. Feel. You. & it fades, trust… Continue reading The Countdown to the FIRST birthday

Tips to Multilingualism

Here are some tips to creating a multilingual house: playing music in the secondary or tertiary language, for Spanish I've been playing Maná or Julieta Venegas and looking up lyrics. Naming body parts in each language , bonus points for directional words (besides, on top, below etc.).. were not at cardinal directions yet, Counting and… Continue reading Tips to Multilingualism

The Conscious Parent

I am reading The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary at the recommendation of a friend of mine who recently had her son. Congratulations Kimari! She is an avid book reader and a great mind that I admire, so I took the suggestion to heart and began reading it (better late than never). I'm going to… Continue reading The Conscious Parent

Baby Wearing

Organic cotton ergo original baby carrier with hood on over by son.

(Disclaimer: this isn't an ad and I've only tried the following two baby wearing items). I use the ergo baby original on a day to day basis when it's a shorter trip/ not a lengthy walk involved or somewhere space restrictive/not handicap friendly (stroller is a huge wheeled apparatus). It's made of organic cotton so… Continue reading Baby Wearing

Happy Summer Solstice

Updated: June 22nd to add spiritual progress and clarifications. Today was the first day of summer The longest day of the year ... It's the final season before Buddha (more on why I decided to call my son Buddha later) turns one. SAD FACE!!!! The day we came home from the hospital was the fall… Continue reading Happy Summer Solstice

Father’s Day

My son with his parents. Baby is wearing a Houston Astros shirt and mom is wearing a Ralph Lauren knit. This picture was taken with a Canon Rebel T3

This weekend, I learned the importance of understanding the intentions that motivates someone’s (in)action. I have an amazing father that is not my blood, nonetheless he is an absolutely amazing man and father. He’s caring, honest and always speaks highly of me and my son. He has raised me for the past 20 years and… Continue reading Father’s Day

My prenatal self-care

A selfie of myself at eight months pregnant.

Just to tag along with my self-care post from last last week...I want to share some self care routines I had during pregnancy. & Here's a picture of me at 28 weeks I wanted to share because I miss my belly and my son is 7 months today. Around this time my belly began itching… Continue reading My prenatal self-care