I’m Pam, a 38 year old married stay at home British mother of two living on the East Coast of Australia. At the beginning of 2012 I wasn’t  in a good place mentally. I’d stopped counting my blessings and appreciating the little things, and my lack of perspective was making me miserable. I’d become very resentful of my lot, and having had a few brushes with some Buddhist teachings, and the concept of mindfulness in particular, I decided that some changes were required for the sake of my own happiness and that of my little family. My mission was:

I am not my best self, and my family deserves my best self. I will find out what is missing, one post at a time. I will become a Mindful Mum!

I am definitely much happier and at peace for having started down this mindful path. I do believe it’s a life long journey and I am most certainly not consistently mindful and calm – very far from it! But I absolutely believe that the path of mindfulness is the only way for me to go. The blog has expanded beyond the themes of mindfulness and gratitude and into the realms of family, parenting and pregnancy too, as I have become more involved in the blogging world and recognised just how much value there is in sharing, learning and connecting  via blog reading and writing.

I also love books and I’m a big reader when the girls permit. My current main interests are Aussie novels and British Empire fiction. If you have similar tastes please add to my lists!

I hope you enjoy your visit to my little corner of the blogosphere. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


Email: themindfulmum@gmail.com

Twitter: @TheMindfulMum

P.S. All photographs are my own – happy to share but if you do, please acknowledge source & link back to me. Cheers!


12 responses

  1. *smile* – thanks for stopping by!

  2. I hear you sister! I could have written that “About” myself!

    1. It is nice to be heard 😉 Thanks for visiting The Mindful Mum!

  3. Your journey is that of many. I too am seeking that same sense of happiness / contentment, I don’t know. that something.
    I’m always on the journey looking for more and I’m only now coming to the realisation that I might be missing out on what’s happening right now. As for the swearing. I can’t help it. I love the fbomb. when I release that under my breath it brings be such satisfaction and relief. Ridiculous I know, but we all have our vices.

    1. Thanks for visiting The Mindful Mum Mandy. I feel I’m making some progress in my search. I’m stunned, actually! So many random things have come together in recent weeks – books, events & people – it can’t be all coincidence! I’m a bit worried I’m turning into a crazy hippy! My husband is starting to panic! LOL. But, he does say I’m a lot happier. And I feel it. Still gathering my thoughts. But one thing I’m clear on is that you’re right – it’s all in the now. I’ve started pulling myself back to the present moment whenever the “crazy elephant” in my head starts rampaging, and I’m feeling a lot more at peace. I know these are small steps, but I think they’re in the right direction at last. I’m excited!! I wish you all the best on your own journey. Stay in touch 🙂 X

  4. Thank you Pam! I think I’ve found a kindred spirit. As a single mum of five kids (20,17,15,3 and 1) and a year from hell, including the loss of my mum after a 6 month fight to cancer I found my self beaten down financially, spiritually, physically and everything-ly! I will be following your blog so you can echo my everyday self fought battle to get back on top of my game again.

    1. Hi Louise, I’m so sorry about your mum. And that you’ve had a hellish year in general. Do you blog? I can’t see any links. I hope you will stop by here again, please do, and I wish you well on your journey XX

  5. Hello there, I think mindfulness is the answer… to so many questions. I was introduced to the idea when I did a PND support group and then have explored it further and the kids school is very mindful. Have been meaning to go to a Buddhist group regularly for about 5 years and am yet to start… but will get there in the end.

    1. I hope to get to one of those in the end too 🙂 What kind of school do your kids go to, and how is it Mindful? Would love to know more about that. Thanks for visiting The Mindful Mum!

  6. Hi Pam,
    I’m following your blog now. I have been completely bone-dry sober since 1980 – and I love it. It’s not always been that way. Getting sober was a b****ch (trying not to swear either) but I’m doing very well now. Are you by any chance a Christian? I became one (from being an atheist) at 2 years sober. It was that hard; becoming a believer from being an atheist says something about how hard it was to stay sober for me. How is your “sober-walk” doing? Have you written about it on your blog? If so, can you tell me the name(s) of the post(s)?

    1. Hi Robin Claire, I have been sober for 10 years come January and I can honestly say it’s no longer a major issue for me in everyday life (although it was a very, very long hard road to get to this point as I am sure you will appreciate). Hence I don’t really write about it, except for the odd aside in an occasional post (#alcoholism). That said, I am in no way complacent and I will never drink again, and as I approach a decade of sobriety it is coming to my mind more often as it is quite a milestone for me, and I will possibly write about it a bit more around that time. Whenever I reflect on how much my life has changed since I stopped drinking I can still get quite emotional because I feel so fortunate and blessed. To answer your other question, although I was brought up Church of Scotland, then Baptist (born again), I’m not a Christian. After many years of neglecting my spirituality completely, I am now leaning toward Buddhism and it’s working very well for me in all aspects. Congratulations on your very long sobriety, that is wonderful and I wish you all the best. Thank you for visiting The Mindful Mum!

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