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Angela Simson is a Super Muma to Bo & the founder of the Gratitude Project; a blog with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, by nourishing your heart, body and soul.
The project started 8 years ago, when she looked for a better way to cope with her debilitating migraines. She realised there was not going to be a magic pill to end the suffering, so instead looked to improve the food she ate, attitude to life, and physical health. She hasn’t looked back.
The Gratitude project is a beautiful look inside Ange’s life, with blogs and imagery that inspires and energises. She urges her tribe to be grateful for their life (the good and the bad!) and what they have, because Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
You're a supa muma to?
Beautiful little Bo Lettie. She's a sweet, caring, generous little toddler that amazes me every single day. She's got an appetite like her mumma, never far from the fridge or cupboard, pulling out avocados, goji berries or frozen peas. Once she's warmed up to you, it's just a pucker of your lips and she's running right up for a smooch and cuddle. She's a little hyper like me and extremely loving like her daddy.
She is adorable! What has Bo taught you in the last few months?
A whole lot. I've actually just figured out I need to slow down a little. I was out walking with her the other day and wanted to get home so I pulled on her little arm to hurry up and when I looked down I realised she was completely entranced with a tiny flower she had picked up. The world is so fresh and new at this age and her eyes are seeing so much for the very first time, so in that moment she taught me that I need to stop sometimes and see the world through her eyes, because it's pretty amazing.
How do you keep a balance between your work life, and life with your family?
When I started the Gratitude Project, it was just something fun for me. I never take on more than I have time for and I never let it stress me out because that would defeat the purpose of why I began. I'm always up early and I do some work and emails before Bo wakes up and then I study during her naps, so that when she's awake I'm 100% there for her. If I've got something big coming up I'll work at night after she's in bed and Hugh and I have had dinner and some family time, but I try not to do that often. I'm extremely lucky to be in the situation I am in, where my work is something I'm extremely passionate about and something I love to do. I believe there is a career out there for everyone, something that makes them burst with excitement but sometimes you need to do some soul searching to find that place in the world where you can make a positive difference and have it be your job. I'm grateful I found my place!
The gratitude project is unlike anything I've seen in a blog. It's not just motivational posts and cheesy quotes, it's a way of life - a religion. It brings a sense of calm, but also has so much energy. What was the inspiration behind your blog? Was there a catalyst?
The Gratitude Project is like a mini version of my world in a website. When I first created it, I had my gorgeous friend from Louie Luxe come over and help me design everything. I just wanted it to be a space where people could go and feel inspired, but in a realistic way. I wanted it to be a place you would feel pulled to improve your life but also give you the tools to get where you want to be. I wanted it to be somewhere someone could go when they were feeling a little down or confused and get some clarity. I wanted to share some amazing recipes because I felt my friends constantly asking me for them was a sign they were pretty good! At the end of the day, I felt like in some way, I could help someone be happier and this is my way of doing it.
Who inspires you?
Anyone living each day doing what they love. It's a shame that its quite rare for people to be living and creating their own dreams, so when I see someone putting so much passion and love into their career, it just motivates me to continue to manifest a life that fulfils me.
Never again will I…
Never again will I create limitations by restricting any part of my life. I'm open to whatever the universe has in store for me. I could easily say I will never go somewhere again, speak to someone that hurt me or eat something that I currently thing of as junk, but I don't know what the future holds for me. I don't want to throw out meaningless promises and restrict my journey in anyway. So I'll try my very hardest to never place rules on my life. That's just not how I want to live it.
When did you first realise that "gratitude turns what we have into enough"?
It's sort of been drilled into me from birth. Both my parents are really amazing positive people, my mum is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet and my dad is extremely bubbly and always taught me to be grateful for all that I have. So I was really lucky to have been around that energy for my whole life!
I love the concept you often write about - living for every moment, even the Monday mornings, and Tuesday nights. How do you pull yourself out of hard times and still appreciate (and have gratitude for) the Tuesday nights?
We all have hard times! I sometimes get in crappy moods and just need to mooch on the couch and be grumpy, it's all about actually acknowledging your feelings and not just constantly trying to hide them. When I need a moment to be sad or have a less than happy emotion, I sit with it and I'm fully present.
That way it doesn't last as long and because I've dealt with my feelings they don't pop back up at the end of a long day. I've also taught myself to remember that you can still act like a child. If Bo is making a mess while eating her dinner, I'll just go with it. Cleaning up isn't that difficult, and if we're both having fun then the mopping up is totally worth it.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is to near the end of my life and wish I had done more. I don't want to look back when I'm too old and wish I had laughed more, loved more and given more. I want to do everything I can now, because it could all end for me tomorrow, you just don't know! I have a never ending bucket list and I plan on spending my life checking things off and adding more on.
What is your best beauty tip?
have two. Firstly, eat well. Your body is made up of what you eat. The food you ingest will eventually become your skin, your cells, your organs. The quality of food is so incredibly important and if you make the switch to organic natural whole foods from the earth, you'll see the change. Second beauty tip is really simple. Smile! Whenever I'm feeling a little insecure I just plaster a huge smile on my face. There is nothing more beautiful and it's the easiest way to hide any blemish, bad hair day or outfit disaster. When you smile from within, people don't really notice much else, just the light that's shining out.
What are the key pieces of advice you have for other super mumas out there?
Trust in your child, they're teaching you way more than you know.
Have fun like a kid and know when you make mistakes, it's all coming from a place of love anyway, so give yourself a break!
Most importantly, have some time for yourself each day, even if it's only 5 minutes.
What's in store for 2015?
So much! I'm putting the finishing touches on my new ebook which is a transformation guide to help women wake up feeling amazing and live their best life. Then a few more little projects in the works that you'll all find out about soon enough!
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