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.

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

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

Reluctance

This will be my last blog post of 2018. The topic we're looking at is: hesitation. I chose this topic because the fear of failure has oftentimes prevented me from starting or executing plans. This thought sprung up as I am approaching sleep training my son, having to create a plan and being consistent. The… Continue reading Reluctance

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

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

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

Self Care as a Mom

Buddha laughing away on Easter in his fun multicolored plaid Polo Ralph Lauren shirt.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Audre Lorde