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Comments on: today… http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/ enhance the everyday Tue, 28 May 2013 20:24:31 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 By: Kasia http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-580584 Tue, 28 May 2013 20:24:31 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-580584 Dear Pia, I want to thank you for inspiration and all the beauty you share with us. Your book ‘My Heart Wanders’ accompanied me with the decision to leave work and follow my artistic dreams. I even wrote about it in the most recent post on my blog as a tribute to you: http://poemsandstones.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/mr-heart-wants-to-travel/. I wish you all the best with your projects and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all your delightful books to come!

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By: Marie @etincellestudio http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-579378 Sun, 26 May 2013 04:28:38 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-579378 Joyeuse fete des mères Pia! Your post is touching me as I am struggling everyday to reach my goals. In 6 years however I have learnt that you have to be patient and take things easy and slow. I was amazed that you decided to write another book and self publish it while Laly is still so young. Amazing job! All mothers go through the same struggle I believe, but some find it easy to delegate some tasks (such as house cleaning or baby-sitting) to reach their goals and keep on track. Not everyone can do it. Moving to Japan last year has been extremely hard for me but eventually 1 year down the road, I manage it all much better 🙂
Concentrate on things you love only, with the support of your husband!

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By: Sabine http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-578169 Fri, 24 May 2013 00:04:07 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-578169 Hi Pia, oh yes how I understand the struggle of mothers and their creative endeavours! I am only now coming out and starting up again a creative life and my son is 6! Admittedly my darling husband works very hard and we live in a rural town with very little family support. This isn’t to depress you. But just to say you are not alone. Just reading through your comments I’m sure will warm your heart how we all just do the best we can each day with our little darlings and fit a bit of ourselves in as well. All the best wishes.

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By: Tina Smith http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-572853 Fri, 10 May 2013 15:41:34 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-572853 As others too have said above, I do not know you personally Pia, but often like to read your blog and your comments on Facebook, and to look at your beautiful creations. You are an inspiration to all women out there who are earth mothers and inspired by nature and beauty. Your comments on the first words Laly is hearing struck a chord with me. My own daughter has eleven month old twin girls who are just starting to try and say small words, and it brings home how important it is to make those first words special and meaningful for them. You make motherhood look easy, and it is not. By no means. It is the hardest job in the world, but the most rewarding. Nothing will ever compare to those first years with your new baby. Do not look ahead, enjoy the moments now, and remember, the grass may look greener, but never is. Keep positive, be pampered and enjoy the love you get from your family. That is all that matters.

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By: Amanda MacLeod http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-572722 Fri, 10 May 2013 04:45:53 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-572722 Pia, I just discovered your blog and work tonight and you are awesome and inspiring! As a mom to young children and new maker/entrepreneur I can definitely relate to the daily struggles of trying to do it all, thank you for your candid honesty! Be kind to yourself and get well soon.

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By: Michele - Free your Dreams http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-571147 Fri, 03 May 2013 22:43:14 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-571147 Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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By: Geraldine http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-571011 Fri, 03 May 2013 13:56:26 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-571011 Pia, My son was born on the same day as Laly. I think you are amazing for what you have done!!! I am grateful if I find time for a shower each day let alone anything else. It is the hardest job in the world being a mum specially a new mum. I hear it get easier.
xx

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By: Sara http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-570192 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:06:24 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-570192 Thank you for sharing all this Pia… Even if you don´t say it all, and I cannot understand what you are going through (even though I would like to try) I do understand that much that this book I´m waiting for is worth all the waiting. And I will read it while holding my breath, feeling your energy through the papers, and hopefully I can send some energy around the globe for you… Because you give so much energy with your beautiful pictures and the way you use the words…

Dear Pia, I wish you all the best and thank you for being such an inspiration, even when you don´t believe it yourself!

Lots of LOVE from Sweden (and someone who has your other three books already, and loving them!).

XOXO, Sara

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By: Ellie - Petalplum http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-569389 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:14:41 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-569389 I think us women can sometimes be the worst at supporting each other, as there’s this perceived “not good enough” we see when we look at other mamas. It’s the worst thing ever – instead we should be all encouraging each other and reminding each other how incredibly hard this job is. The job of being everything for such a tiny new being is so important and wonderful, but also so draining and tiring.
Yes- some mums do seem to be able to do a lot and keep on doing it all. But I think somewhere along the way something must fall apart; even if they manage to hold things together for many many years. There comes a time when they are being so good at doing everything, they have no time for themselves. And no time for being simply there with their little one.

When my first baby was a new tiny one, I so wanted to get to being “myself” and doing all that I thought I should be able to do. My dad has constantly reminded me that being a mama to my children is the most important job in the world. And that I am the best mama they need – I may not be the best mama in the world, but I am the best one for them; and that’s what matters. Those words coming from my dad meant so much to me in those early days.

It’s incredibly hard – learning to be a new mama, and giving up so much of yourself. Not being the superhero woman/mother. Our society needs to learn to change and allow us to take time out to learn our new roles and our new self, and our new life. And to not have perfection always in the fore to taunt us.

I wish you beautiful days growing with your little girl. It’s the biggest, hardest, most intense and wonderfully nurturing journey to go on. Take care. Look to your sweet little one for guidance, she’ll tell you the days to slow day and take care. Other people can wait, and will wait if they are important enough. xxxx

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By: pia http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2013/04/01/today/#comment-568978 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 03:02:43 +0000 http://archives.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/?p=14128#comment-568978 Thank you all for your beautiful, beautiful comments. Each one has touched me deeply, such wisdom and insight and encouragement. With love, Pia

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