Anxiety: a photographic journey 

Hey everyone! 

I hope all is well, just a quick update before I get into this post, the new job is going great! I absolutely love being an editor of a growing furnishing publication. Be sure to check out www.furnishinginternational.com when you get the chance and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

The crystal healing course is also going well! I’m very happy with my results this far and I’m excited to continue with the course and to eventually be able to practice on my own clients! 🙂 

I wanted to take the time to share a body of work by 23 year old photography student, Katie Joy Crawford. This post was originally shared on BuzzFeed so be sure to check it out here

Katie has shared in photos what it feels like to have anxiety. Pictures speak a thousand words and these ones certainly do that and more! Those who understand what anxiety feels like, this will hit you right within your soul. Those who don’t, you will gain some insight into the world of anxiety so perhaps this will make you more empathetic when you hear about it. 

As someone who has anxiety, and as someone who has studied photojournalism and media, I could relate these images on multiple levels. 

Feeling like you’re suffocating

Being stuck in your own head

Feeling stuck in your life

Feeling paralyzed to act

Draining oscillation between depression and anxiety

Feeling trapped

I hope you can appreciate these photos in the same way as I did. 
Love & light,

X Cat. 

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Anxiety: a photographic journey 

Meditation for kids with Smiling Mind!

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Smiling Mind was live on The Today Show yesterday morning with 11-year-old Willow talking about bringing her latest idea to life: movie characters and meditation.

Since beginning to meditate consistently on a daily basis two months ago, I have found the Smiling Mind app to be a very valuable tool. Their guided meditations offer an array of helpful calming sessions, including sleep meditations, body scans, short 5 minute sessions and longer 30 minute sessions.

Now, they’re helping children meditate too, often speaking to many school students about the importance of mindfulness. Yesterday, young Willow’s idea came to life – coinciding with the release of the Trolls DVD.

Listen to Smiling Mind’s latest meditation collaboration with DreamWorks Animation & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment below:

Meditation for kids with Smiling Mind!

Following my two passions & life’s purpose 

Hey everyone!

So I know that I promised you I would be posting more frequently, but something amazing happened which has been consuming my time over the last couple of weeks.

Getting sick and tired of not finding any full time work – ready to write my memoir, ‘struggles of a 20 something journalism graduate,’ I decided to finally take a different route. CRYSTALS. Well, crystal healing to be precise.

I enrolled into an online crystal healing course at the Natural Energies College with the intention to work part time in a writing role or to freelance. To my surprise, it was like the universe was yelling ‘YAAAS GURL!’ from the sideline when I finally committed to this decision. I kept seeing 11:11 everywhere (my message from the Angels) – and everything began to fall into place.

Not only is my anxiety slowly starting to make some progress again, but I also scored a part time freelancing role as an EDITOR at online furnishing journal, Furnishing International.

I’m so excited about all these new beginnings although I must admit, I’m quite tired from putting in extra hours while getting my head around everything.

I’m so happy to be able to share this news with you all and I hope to get back to writing on here once things have settled 🙂

Love & light,

X Cat.


Following my two passions & life’s purpose 

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

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All you crystal junkies out there, listen up! If you have never been to Byron Bay before, what I’m about to show you will BLOW YOUR MIND!

The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens are located about 30 minutes away from Byron Bay in the town of Mullumbimby.

FUN FACT: Iggy Azalea was originally from Mullumbimby.

DOUBLE FUN FACT: Iggy Azalea’s actual birth name is Amethyst!

Well how bout dat, COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

Crystal Castle is basically a theme park for all spiritual / crystal lovers out there. If you’re not open minded or into this kind of thing, save yourself the $28 entry fee. I understand it’s not for everyone. Wish I could say the same for me, but we all know that I loved every minute of it and walked away with $200 worth of crystals (special mention goes to Nick for the early Christmas present). Hi, my name is Catherine and I’m a crystal-holic. Don’t judge.

Ok, I promised myself not to ramble on with this post, I’d rather bombard you with beautiful pictures so you can all see the tranquillity and beauty of this place for yourselves. Make sure to visit if you’re ever in the area!

img_6152Crystal Guardians: World’s tallest geodes standing at 5.5m tall and weighing 20 tonnes.

  Rose quartz: Feeling the love.

Flower up: Garden walks.

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The Castle: How’s the serenity?

Om: World Peace Stupa.

Happy place: Crystals.

Oh Look!: More Crystals!

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Who dat, who dat?: Amethyst Cave.

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Last but not least: cash me outside in the bamboo reeds. So zen.

Hope you all enjoyed the humour and happy snaps within this post!

Remember to laugh & love this week.

Until next time,
Love & Light –

x Cat.

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens