Wednesday, November 13, 2013

a small favour...

the first lotus flower I'd seen in real life. I almost fell into the pond whilst taking this photo.

Spending time away from this space gave me the perfect opportunity to put blogging into perspective. Subsequently I've been inspired to make a few changes and I'm happy to say that they're currently in the works.


I've never asked you before but I really would like to know...what posts do you enjoy reading? And why do you keep coming back to Che and Fidel? I know leaving comments is both time consuming and tricky (especially if you're reading this on your phone whilst breastfeeding!) but I would really appreciate what you have to say. Perhaps you might even like to introduce yourself because I'd love to know more about you, too.


Thank YOU, so much.
 


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  1. Hi! I'm Bel from Life at no.2, and I visit each time you post thanks to bloglovin! I few things strike me when I visit, it always feels warm and homely, I'm a huge fan of photography, so I love seeing the images you post. I'm not drawn to one particular topic you write about really, as I said, you've created a warm and friendly place for me to visit and I like that in a blogger x

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  2. Hola! I'm Briseidy, I follow you on bloglovin and I'll be completely honest I don't always read the post but always stop by because I love your photography ;)

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  3. Hi Jodi, I've been following for a long while now and comment sporadically. I blog over at laluuu (and do that somewhat sporadically too!) My favourite posts are your Practicing Simplicity series (my family lives a fairly simple life and align ourselves with the concept of wabi-sabi) and your seasonal series. I seem to remember you used to post about yoga a bit... I would welcome more posts on the topic. Anyway, glad to have you in the blogosphere and I look forward to more posts. Luna. x

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  4. Hi Jodi - I'm Becs, and I recently started a blog (Think Big Live Simply) and have been 'reading you' since Che was little. I love your blog because of the evocative photography, impactful writing and the simple, gentle, beautiful way you live your life (without hiding too much of the reality of life!). I've loved your Simplicity series especially! :)

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  5. I really like your posts on mindfulness, parenting and simplicity. Don't care much for giveaways or posts about wearing things that have been gifted etc. There is nothing wrong with bloggers making an income from these type of posts but I would rather a disclaimer or simply saying they are sponsored (gifted is an odd choice of words - if you are given a gift, nothing is usually expected in return. In these cases, as we all know the idea is that you promote the products on your blog in exchange for free products - that is how it works, even in the cases where people deny this!). Baby Mac does sponsored posts well - she is upfront and simply says it how it is - which I think is more professional than sort of weaving these details into the text to present some kind of illusion that you simply happened to be wearing this or doing that etc.

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    1. Hi Joanna, I'm presuming you're the same "Joanna" that has shared your thoughts on sponsored posts/giveaways previously. Sponsored posts are cash related, gifts are gifts. The blogger can post the details of the product or not - there is no obligation (at least that's been my experience). I am always honest about products in this space and as I have mentioned to you before, I'm all for supporting and promoting small businesses and creatives - because I am both x

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    2. Hi Jodi, my feedback was given as constructive criticism. As always, the blogging world can be a bit like high school - if someone dares have a different opinion to the pack, someone else is always ready to jump in! There's lots to like about your blog as I and others have pointed out. The bits I don't like I tend to scroll past. I don't agree with you regarding the no obligation with gifts - I think anyone who works in pr will tell you that the whole reason why people send bloggers gifts is so that they get publicity. And don't gifts have a value ie if you were to buy the things you were gifted, you would have to pay for them out of your own pocket. No problem with you supporting small businesses or yourself - just would prefer honesty at the start of the post. But really, (before anyone jumps in again!) it is totally up to you - but the whole purpose of this post was to ask for feedback, which is of course, up to you whether you go with it or not.

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    3. Yes, I asked for feedback and I'm grateful for it! I have made a point in the past to put links directly under the photos in regards to items from sponsors (gifted or not) which is, most definitely at the top of the post - I don't write "sponsored" because there is no exchange of money. All I can say is that I have been gifted items that I haven't posted about, even if that was the "hope" of the brand. I work in magazines, too, and there are far more products gifted than what are featured in print. And yes, it is up to me and I have no qualms with the way I go about integrating brands and sponsors into this space. Happy for you to continue reading, ignore the featured products and leave honest, constructive feedback x

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  6. I always love your practicing simplicity posts :-)

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  7. Hi! I come over for the peacefulness that emanates from the site Jodi. There's a lot of clarity and serenity and the beautiful words and photos are a nice calming break in the day. You don't seem to be judgmental about others and are not overly consumer focused. Looking forward to seeing what you change.

    Lila (from Little Wolff)

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  8. Jodi that is exactly what I'm doing right now, reading this on my phone while breast feeding!! Actually, most of my blog reading is like this, so I don't always leave a comment because of the mistakes I tend to make trying to type. I like just about everything you post about, particularly 'finding simplicity' and I can relate to so much of everything else too. Of course I adore your 52 series as well, and disappointed I wasn't able to keep up from my end..x

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  9. I'm Shara, Aussie, Mama of 3 and blogger at One Grey Elephant. The kind of posts I like are your Seasonal posts, The Simplicity Series and ones when you share a bit about new places/cafés etc. Because I love the photo essays that come along with that. I also love your photos and would love more posts that have more than 1 photo in it! I love the visual.
    I also love the occasional video of Daniel's, always beautiful!

    I love that you don't have a lot of giveaways/sponsored stuff. I think the simple line of sponsors down the side really fits well here.

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  10. I agree with Joanna. It's obvious when photos and posts have been staged simply to promote a product. I think it takes away from the integrity of the writer. I enjoy your blog though Jodie, especially your simplicity posts!

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    1. I feel like I should elaborate further. My comment is not meant to sound negative or aimed soley at you. I just mean there are so many bloggers who started off blogging about the simple things, like family and life with children. Now it seems they blog to show off what they have been gifted with etc. Which is all well and good, who wouldn't love some free stuff from time to time! Your blog is one I rely on for simplicity though! I don't feel pressured when I come here to buy this or own that....the blogging world has become so materialistic of late!

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    2. Thanks for clarifying. And I agree - blogging is a very different place to what it was 6 years ago when I began. But families grow and so do children and for me, blogging about personal/family issues to a large readership just doesn't sit well.

      I'm really pleased that you don't feel pressured to purchase when you come here. But you know what? I put hours upon hours of work into this space and yes, I am so grateful to receive gifts and an income in return. For me, as a writer and (sometimes) a photographer, it's incredibly rewarding to make a career from my craft. I am always grateful for the opportunities that arise but my aim is to do everything with integrity - to find that balance between simplicity and reality, to blog about issues that I'm passionate about and to, hopefully, engage, inform and inspire you, the reader.

      I also really appreciate your thoughts x

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  11. I come here for your words and your imagery.
    I read all your posts because you have a unique voice that I truly admire.
    Whatever changes you make, I shall embrace them because this is your space and I adore your space.
    Ronnie xo

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    1. yes - that! This person said it all perfectly.

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    2. Pink Ronnie ALWAYS says it perfectly :)

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  12. I'm Breastfeeding and typing, so it took me a bit to get my comment up. Now I've just seen the comment from "Joanne". Please don't think I was being snarky with my comment about giveaways and sponsored posts! I think you navigate them very well! I trust your judgement with which businesses you share on here. I have purchased from quite a few of your sponsors. Xx

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    1. Not once did I think you were being snarky! I did ask for thoughts and opinions so it's realistic to expect that some people with share what they don't like about the blog x

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    2. I agree Mama Shara! I trust Jodi's judgement, and have often chosen to purchase from smaller creatives etc shared here for that reason x

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  13. Hi, I have been reading your blog for about a year now - I check it every day or two I think (now I feel stalky). I love your photography as well, and it is fun when you take pictures of a cafe or an outing. I also love your yoga tips... remember a few posts ago when you said something like "now sit up straight, lift your head to the sky..." I blessed you when I read those words, it helped me get out of a slump.
    I love your sponsors list on the side - makes it so easy to find great clothes for boys. I would love to hear more about your son, and the things he does or learns - because my son is younger than him, and it would be great to read about what boys experience. People always write about girls.... but I understand that he is your son, and your lives are your own. But really why your blog is so great, is because it is yours. I appreciate your kindness most of all - you never write when you are angry, you have never written a cruel word, it is such a rare and beautiful trait. Thank you.

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  14. By far, the blogs I am most attracted to reading, are the ones that use photographs as well as words to tell their stories. I love to read about day to day life...celebrated within family... and the growing insights into the greater life journey - in terms of spirit - that happen along the way. I enjoy this blog for that reason, Blogging for me is about a big scrapbook of inspiration and sharing. Thanks for yours....I'm Lisa, friend of Rach's from Mogantosh...which is where I first read about you I think. I write at Waltzing Matilda..(n mother n teach children with special needs too :) )

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    1. ps. You take amazing pics and weave words well too :)

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  15. Hello Jodi, It's Liesl here! I've been visiting your gorgeous space for well over three years now. I very rarely comment but I always enjoy what you have to offer here... both your way with words and stunning photography (it is such a calming influence)! Some of your most memorable posts for me was your preparation & birth story of Poet - I took a lot of what you wrote on board so when it was time for me to birth my third child a few months later, I consciously approached it very differently (the actual birth and post-birth) and consquently it was such a positive and a very happy experience for me and I definitely credit some of that to you - so what a good opportunity to pass on my sincerest thank you!! I know change is often needed and it can be a good thing, but please don't change this space too much as I think you have the recipe pretty spot on! :) Best wishes, Liesl x

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    1. I'm delighted to hear that my posts around poet's birth helped prepare you for your own birth experience. Heart warming. As for the changes; they definitely won't alter the essence of the blog...x

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    2. I'm sure the changes will be just perfect! x

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  16. Hi Jodi...I'm Sarah (onedaywithsarah) and I found your blog about six months ago and have read through from the beginning at least three or four times. I had a blog for three years but the email attached to it was hacked into and the whole blog was deleted, so in January I had to start over. When I did, it really made me reconsider my thoughts about blogging and how I approach it. I have changed since I first started blogging and so has how I write, what I post about and what type of blogs I follow. I love yours and come back here often because I feel you are sincere in what you feel and write about. It is very peaceful here, I never feel like you are trying to be something you're not. I love the way you write and I love your photos. I love the whole blog but I especially like your seasonal series...and the simplicity ones. You seem very passionate about both those subjects.
    I can't wait to see the changes you make, I'm sure they will make me want to come back here more than I already do! :)

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  17. hello lovely Jodi, i love your beautiful place here , the images and the words. i too am guilty of not leaving comments whenever i manage to pop by. whatever exciting changes you are making I'm sure will fit in well with what you are about.
    big hugs x
    p.s i accidentally found Daniel's vimeo clip the other day and thought it was magical! such a beautiful visit x

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  18. I happened upon your blog through another blog i had been reading that participated in the 52 project. I had been doing the project, but loved that you gave the opportunity to link-up, and explore how others were doing the same thing... then i started reading your practicing simplicity posts - and you won my heart.

    I love that reading your blog both reminds me and encourages me to keep life simple and enjoy what and where I am. There are many blogs that draw much attention to things, and I do love reading about good quality things, but I really enjoy reading your practical insights on living a life that is less cluttered by stuff.

    I really enjoyed your post about the camera that you use and why you chose it.. I think it was a good mix of both of these. I really enjoy your blog and will keep coming back for more.

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  19. Hi. I've been visiting your space for maybe 3 years ... I can't even remember how I found it now. You're saved to my favourites and I check in or otherwise click on a link to a post I see you've made through facebook or instagram. I'm not a mum, but hope to be soon! I'm not entirely sure what keeps me coming back ... I really like the simplicity posts and the posts about affording a more organic lifestyle - and I really like your honesty on that financial front! I love the 52 project and also the posts you've made about goals. I see that a number of people have raised the sponsored / gifted posts issue. I'm happy to read them - so long as I know they're sponsored or gifted then I don't feel cheated - and I like that some of those posts of yours have introduced me to some new brands / companies / independents.

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  20. I found your blog about a year ago, I think. I enjoy reading your blog for several reasons. For one, you neither over share nor under share. You have an interesting perspective on things, not to mention that many of ideas that you write about resonate with me already.. Through your blog, I have discovered that clove oil works wonders when removing mold, and I also found the book "The way of Happy Woman." And of course your photography is just stunning!
    P.S. I blog at thebabyandtheartist.wordpress.com

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  21. Hi Jodi. I'm not certain whether I've commented before. I can't recall how I stumbled upon your blog. I've been reading for around 1 year. I come for the photography, parenting/birth topics and life in Australia. Not necessarily in that order. I cried over this http://cheandfidel.blogspot.com/2012/03/documentary-face-of-birth.html, so inspiring. I plan to do a 52 project this year:)

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  22. Hi Jodi, I've been taking part in your 52 portraits project and am loving it. I come back to your blog for your writing and of course your amazing photographs. I especially love practicing simplicity. I think you are fantastic and always look forward to anything new on your space. I'm a big fan!

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  23. Just keep doing what you are doing!! Xxx

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  24. Hi Jodi. We have exchanged words on the blogging community and how it is so different from what it used to be. I personally find that if you have a talent for writing, taking photographs and are dynamic enough as a person to provoke in people a change in thought or a change in behaviour... How is it any different to an accountant doing what he does best to make money for his family? I for one love everything you write. When you are doing a sponsored post, it either has nothing to do with me and not up my alley, or you've just helped me make a decision on, say, sunscreen. We are all thinking adults and I don't believe if anyone says they only buy something 'cause Jodi said it was good so I had to'. That's kind of not taking responsibility for your own actions, no? To me, it's simple. You're a mama, you work from home. You pick sponsors according to your needs and maybe sometimes to the perceived needs of your readers. But no one ever twists my arm when I'm adding to cart on a website - I make my own choices!

    I'll keep reading, whatever the changes are Jodi.

    x

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    1. That's it, right there... A talent dynamic enough to provoke in people a change in thought or a change in behaviour. That's how we can change the world, all of us. And yes you're completely spot on, it IS simple. It's simple give and take. It's only messy out there in the blogging world because people make it messy. To earn a living doing what you love, supporting kindred spirits and receiving something in return (whatever that may be), well it's magic.

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    2. Well said indeed- you do what you do well, I can't wait to watch you grow. X

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    3. I still remember that sunscreen post, and it totally helped me decide which sunscreen to get!
      Ronnie xo

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  25. I always click in here, no matter the topic the title suggests because i know there will always be an interesting photo or two to feast my eyes on. As others are mentioned I have a personal interest in many of the topics you write about, though I am always surprised given you are a writer at how brief your posts are. I would be very happy to to read more :0). I hate adverts, and that's why I don't have a TV or listen to commercial radio, but you seem to attract 'my' kind of companies and so I can say I've never found the commercial side of your blog off-putting to date and I have visited several and purchased things.

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  26. Hi Jodi! I´m Aino from Helsinki and I have been reading your blog for years. I have two kids around the age of yours (two boys, b. 3/2008 and 5/2011) – I guess that is one factor that keeps me coming back here.
    I also second Ronnie about her comment on you having a unique voice.

    The posts I appreciate most include the ones about economy (“the cost of living” etc.), the posts about your work (like the ones about working from home), and photography.

    I also enjoy your approach on interior design and personal style; like in writing, your approach is refreshingly different from other blogs: so thoughtful, refined and simple.

    Aino x

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  27. I love visiting your space Jodi and have done for years now... I think you have a nice balance of posts/topics/photos/words and I like the feel of your blog and the simplicity of what you share xx

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  28. My name's Alex. I'm a writer who currently lives in Newcastle (the Australian one). I've just about finished my Arts Degree and I'm in the process of packing up my life and moving to Melbourne, which is a strange and scary and exciting thing.

    I'm not a mum but still feel I can still relate to a lot of what you've got to say. There's something about reading your posts that is a little like doing yoga, it's a quiet moment that feels quite separate to the rest of my day sometimes. I love the look of the blog and the overall style of the posts. When I overhauled my own blog recently, you were one of the places I looked to for inspiration.

    I disagree about sponsored posts and mentioning gifts. With all the discussion around at the moment about writing for free, I think it's funny that people have such an issue with things like this. Blogging is something that it's very, very difficult to earn money from and yet it's very, very easy to devote huge amounts of your time and energy to it. I've been blogging for years and of course I've mentioned the few perks that have come my way! If nothing else, it's kind of an honour that someone valued your thoughts enough to share something with you.

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  29. I enjoy your photos, they feel so calming and peaceful. And advice and inspirational posts - like not having a lot on your nightstand, practicing simplicity, and I love your 52 project!

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  30. My name is Julie.I live in Belgium. I am a midwife, a mum and a wife. I like your blog because every time i visit it, i feel the need to go back to basic. I love your home, your thought, your point of view and the way you see life. I learn about myself and the world a little bit more.

    Most i like your perspective of things. And the quotes... I love the quotes!

    Your blog is wonderful, keep up the good work!

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  31. Hi Jodi, I'm Lucy, I started reading your blog after moving from Sydney to a country town. Whilst the move has afforded us a lovely old house on a big block, I've found it quite isolating in finding like-minded people and parents who share similar parenting styles/philosophies. I read your blog on Bloglovin on my IPhone during my little boys' naptime. I enjoy your posts about simplifying, gentle parenting and I find beauty in your images. At the risk of sounding pathetic, your blog brings me a sense of company and helps break up my day. I adore being a stay at home Mum but I miss the stimulation of having adult discussion. I think your giveaways are generous and see them as a bit of fun to enter and have a shot at winning something you may not normally spend your money on. I especially like the creative ways you think of people entering (disclaimer: I've won one of your giveaways!) In terms of your posts about products, for me, it's a way of learning about small businesses and products as the nearest shops are an hour away. I'd much rather support a working mum who supports fair trade practices than buy from a large retailer that sells mass produced items. Sometimes it feels like only bloggers read blogs, I just wanted to let you know there's a Mum out there who enjoys your blog and gets a lot out if it as well as the dialogue from your commenters.

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  32. Off the top of my head, my favourite posts were 'getting to know you', 'crying in cat stretch' and the bedtime ritual posts. Common theme...ummm... I guess it might be the more vulnerable stuff that gets me thinking about my path, hearing how you deal with emotional turmoil... And the bedtime ritual, so valuable!

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  33. Hi Jodi, it seems your practicing simplicity posts have struck a chord here ;)...I'm a never miss a post kind of reader and to be really honest, I can't put my finger precisely on what brings me back! I like the aesthetic of your blog, both the layout and your photographs and I suppose the fact that I have writing and yoga in common with you and similar values about natural birth, parenting and, of course...wholefood! Wishing you all the best with the next incarnation of blogging for you xx

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  34. I love your photos. Your posts where you share what is on your mind. I keep coming back because it feels peaceful and I relate to your world...I am a yogi/writer/mama/lover of simplicity too. I am a blogger too, and there are not many blogs I read regularly...but I find myself back here!

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  35. Well yes, I am reading you on my phone while breastfeeding- how did you know?! I have started following you because of your beautiful once a week Fotos of your children, in part to get a glimpse of life with children (this is my first) and for your writing on family life. An added bonus are the beach pictures that brighten my day here in often grey London! I am inspired by your pictures because they give us such a great glimpse into their days.

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  36. I love your photos, esp of the 52 project. I love the simplicity series, and the way you express the trials and tribulations of parenting, esp the trials, you speak of them in such a way that it puts it all in perspective. You dont seem to complain, whinge or moan about things the way other bloggers can do and that I find refreshing, really refreshing. I miss your posts on yoga, I enjoy your introduction to topics such as wabisabi and wholefoods. Your blog I have read from the start to finish twice, I reread it after I suffered a brain aneurysm suddenly earlier this year, I found it to be a quiet, serene space full of beauty and grace and it gave me peace at a very difficult time. I just really enjoy your words, I cant put my finger on what it is that makes me gravitate to che & fidel, but I do come away from your posts inspired to be a better, calmer and more grateful mama and woman.

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  37. Hi Jodi, I don't know you but being from the coast we have a few friends in common which is how I found your blog. I actually don't mind what you write about, I just love the way you write and the photos that go with your words. When my little boy naps I read your blog, even when you call for some soul searching I leave feeling really positive, thanks : )

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  38. Hi Jodi,
    I like visiting your space because I like your design aesthetic. I enjoy looking at your pics and listening to your words on parenting that offer a gentler approach than some of the more consumerist, lairy images presented in society about raising children. I feel like you offer an alternative to that with your posts of food, decoration of children's rooms, clothing etc. I particularly enjoyed your seasonal series and notes from your natropath. I've bought Queen B candles on your recommendation which have been lovely, I use Murchison and Hume in my home and more importantly, I felt reassured by your words about birth and a woman's ability to do it when I was preparing for the birth of my second. It must be hard to keep thinking up material all the time for this blog that is appropriate for what you are trying to present but you seem to be able to keep producing the goods! Thanks for letting us all in here! x

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  39. I have been a loyal follower of your beautiful blog since you were about 24 weeks pregnant with Poet. I am really enjoying your posts about simplicity,gentle parenting & anything about wholefoods. I also love seeing all your beautiful photography, i studied photography in high school (before digital!) and i am inspired to get back into it, if i ever find the time to fit it in around my 13 month old.

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  40. I really enjoy your blog and I'm happy when I see a new post is up. A sure sign your words and images are special and treasured. Sometimes I go back and reread posts as your words encourage me to think and reflect. Your world is beautiful and I like to peep into it. I like your sponsored and gifted posts as online there is so much 'stuff' it is nice to cut through with some recommendations. I have purchased from a number of your sponsors.

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  41. I'm quite new to your blog but now I have started reading it it has become a favourite. Your writing and photos - and you! - have such grace; there's something very serene about this space. And yet, you're not smug. I've appreciated posts about trying to save money, and the practicing simplicity posts both because they reflect where I'm at in my own life but also you admit it doesn't always come easily to you. Like other commenters, I appreciate the lack of moaning in your blog, but that doesn't mean it isn't heartening to know that you are also real...I'm usually not a fan of sponsored posts, for me they seem to change the heart of a blog (it becomes somehow more business like, and that dilutes the sense that you are 'talking to a friend' with something to say) but you have such impeccable taste I usually enjoy them nonetheless! Good luck with the changes, and thank you.

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  42. Hi Jodi.
    I found your blog late to the game, maybe a year ago... after I started my own www.inkedincolour.com. I've read back into your archives a bit and have enjoyed the way your space has changed (and your imagery has vastly improved over the years, as it has, hopefully for all of us)... I don't read all posts, I understand sponsored posts and gifted items as I do a bit of it myself, but it's still not really my thing... but I do enjoy your general life philosophy as it is closely in line with mine for the most part, and your photography is beautiful.

    i'd be interested to see the changes you are making as we evolve. I'm evolving my own space too. It's a tricky and trying procedure... but change is growth... and what are we if we are not growing?

    x

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  43. as you* evolve... writing and breastfeeding don't go well with well edited posts I'm afraid.

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  44. I love your style and your outlook on the world.

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  45. Without sounding like a gushing idiot;
    I find you inspirational Jodi. Your photographs, your writing.
    My favourite posts are the Practicing Simplicity series.
    Your trip to Bali looked so exotic, and your life seems to be quite different from the way my little family lives.

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  46. I laughed out loud at the 'on the phone while breastfeeding' comment....where all my blog reading is done. I love your photography, honesty, humbleness in the way you write about learning and your experiences and the feeling of calm and peace your blog space has. I love getting a different perspective on life and parenting.

    I personally enjoy seeing your sponsors' products too. With little children, I never go to the shops and prefer to support small businesses anyway. I think products being shared directly with their target market via blogs is great grass roots marketing. I love your taste and very much enjoy getting relevant ideas and recommendations.

    Thank you for your lovely blog.

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  47. Hi Jodi! I'm Steph and have only just recently found your blog. I am originally from Aus but live in Hong Kong currently with my little baby girl and my husband. I sometimes struggle with the enormous differences in raising children here and the different mind sets amongst locals and expats alike. I find your voice to be a calming and inspiring one, and I feel a little stronger in my parenting philosophies after reading your wise words. I love the simplicity posts, but honestly love all that I see here. My thanks to you!

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  48. I love reading all your posts, but ones with lots of pictures are always beautiful, also i enjoy little stories and 'notes from my naturopath. x

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  49. My name is Sarah and I am mumma to Q. I am a yoga teaching in the UK :) I come to your space simply because you inspire me. You inspire me to think about how I live my life, how I mother Q, and how I can strive to be better and live more simply. You make me think and I really appreciate that. xx

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  50. I love the unique photography, vintage styling of your kids and home, your real thoughts on motherhood.

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  51. I first started reading your blog for the simplicity posts - I never miss them now!! Also, your photography is SO INSPIRING. I'm starting Project Life in January, and would love to learn more about your approach to photographing your family. And maybe any tips and tricks about taking photos that you've learned over the years. xo

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  52. All the way in Michigan, I stumbled upon your photos of your children and was so inspired. Your photography and perspective are beautiful and your posts are often inspiring and leave be more appreciative or teach to to find such beauty that surrounds me. Your series (52 photos and Practicing Simplicity) are my favorite and I come back every day! (Also, it is literally freezing where I am today and I like to pretend I am in Australia!)

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  53. Ive been reading your blog for a couple of years now. I think i found you via the beetleshack and you had just had Poet, so a while anyway! I love the practicing simplicity posts, a portrait a week (might do this next year myself if you continue with it). I enjoy all of your posts, love looking at your photos and enjoy your views on life and motherhood.

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  54. I love your blog for your images (brilliant work), your words and your balance between what you tell when. I live in Berlin, missing the Southern Hemisphere dearly and that is another reason for my visits here, to get a glimpse of what my heart is aching for so much. So thank you for all this and for soothing my reversed homesickness. Can't wait to see where you're heading!

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  55. Hi Jodi, been reading your blog a few years now. I very much enjoy reading your words about yoga, birth and parenting. When I was pregnant with my now 15 months old boy I used to come here for encouragement and natural, down to earth - kind of approach. I wanted to be able to trust my body and my instincts in birth and mothering, and that`s what I did, and been trying to do since. You inspired me. Thank you for that. x

    From dark and almost wintery Finland,
    Lotta

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  56. Hi Jodi. I'm Steph, a Canadian in her mid-20's who just got married to her best friend two months ago. I currently work in a molecular biology lab but my artistic/creative side has been itching for a bit more freedom. I'm working on developing my technique and skill with watercolour, copics, and photography in the hopes of having an online stationery shop.

    I only recently stumbled across your blog through the 52 project and instantly felt at home. Visually, I love the simplicity of your posts - a picture that catches my attention followed by a short block of text. I really enjoy that format (as opposed to photo, text, photo, text, etc) because I'm better able to focus on what the text is saying. And what you write, Jodi, always makes me think about my own life decisions -- especially your "Practicing Simplicity" posts. I always appreciate a writer who has the power to do that with their thoughts and words. I love your honesty, straight-forwardness, and your beautiful photography. I guess what I'm trying to say is: great job, and thanks for writing this blog. :)

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  57. I always find your blog a peaceful one, Jodi, and that's why I always read your posts. Your photos are stunning and I Was so pleased to find out last week that you don't use an expensive fancy pants camera and that made me realise that normal old me could take a half decent picture if Try hard enough. I love your seasonal series and your posts on simplicity...these have made take more consideration when purchasing gifts for my brood I would really like to read more about Yoga, something I have just started to do. Your posts on motherhood really resonate with me too.

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  58. Hi Jodi, I'm Polly, from the UK. A designer of kids books and a blogger of my life, garden, home blah blah... I've been visiting this space for a little while, I love your photography, have similar ethics, I don't have kids myself so don't relate to everything you discuss though of course I design for kids so still have an interest (admittedly sometimes I do skim over a long post on motherhood, it's just something I can't relate to, but that's just me). Another reason I like this space is my partners niece and nephew are growing up in Australia and are similar ages to Poet and Che. I guess seeing your life helps me imagine theirs.

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  59. Your Practicing Simplicity posts are most definitely my favourites Jodi, not just on your blog, but in all blogland right now. They resonate with me so much, teach me and inspire me and I feel they're your forte. You write them so beautifully and seemingly effortlessly. I love the portraits too, of course, and I love seeing you a little more Jodi! It's always nice to see the blogger in photographs sometimes :)
    One of my favourite spaces to visit, most definitely and I'm so excited for you about future plans and changes. xx

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  60. Hi, I'm a girl living in Portugal with my 4 boys (9, 6/twins/ and 8 months) and my dear husband. I love coming here for your thoughts on motherhood which I often relate to, to the sharpness you have for beautiful details and finding value in small and simple things. And of course photographies are beautiful.

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  61. What brings me to your blog again and again is the quality of your posts, rather than specific topics. I appreciate your knack for exploring a large variety of ideas in ways that always feel cohesive because the posts are filtered through your perspective and voice. From the outside, you seem to have created an online space that reflects who you are as well as your evolving interests, so I expect the changes you are planning will be incorporated as seamlessly as your earlier transitions and additions. Good luck, and thank you for writing.

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  62. I find your blog to be a breath of fresh air. Your content is not only relatable to me, but so inspiring. I am always excited to see a new Practicing Simplicity post. I could read one of those every day and sometimes I go back and re-read the ones from earlier in the year. Anytime you write about motherhood, it always seems to hit home for me. Your words are immensely appreciated, I tell you! So many blogs are nothing but photos and links to buy STUFF...it gets old to me, personally, and I am much more interested in something someone [you] has to say, along side of the beautiful photos you take. Thank you for sharing everything you share. I will continue to read and enjoy for as long as you continue to share.

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  63. hi jodi! i'm lacey and have a little family blog of my own. i come back to your blog post after post because i yearn for the simplicity that you seem to have in your life, in my own as well. the way your pictures show your life, and your words that are paired with them, are always so refreshing to me.

    i particularly enjoy your seasonal series - they make me feel like i'm also going through the same seasonal changes, when in reality, i'm not.

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  64. (ahem, just breastfeeding at the moment in front of my computer in my sofa...) I live in France with my 3 kids and since lili was born in February, I can say that I really have been making that choice to live a simpler life. Your blog is an echo to my personal thoughts and your writing explores the wellbeing in a manner that I like very much. I love the light of your pictures and I find a lot of harmony in all your blog. Thanks a lot for writing in here. Now baby is going to go to sleep! Sandra

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  65. I am soon to become mother from France. I've been enjoying your blog for more than a year for your insights, your interest in simplicity, yoga, meditation and family, and your aesthetics. So, to resume, I think I come back for your insightful posts as they inspire me. Thank you for this.

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  66. I have been reading for years now so great to say hello! love your photography, peaceful writing and simplicity. love your homeopathic seasonal writing as well.

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  67. Hi I'm Brittany Wood and I have a blog Pomelo (www.thepomeloblog.com) but I love your images and your children's portraits! And pictures of you! I love your style and love to hear about what you're up to!

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  68. I love the portraits you take of your children. They are so real. I just love the way you use light. A simple family in all the ways a family should be simple. Love your imagery.

    www.bakerstories.com

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  69. Oh goodness, I wanted to make this as brief as possible for you - but you would know by now that short and sweet are not my forte....

    Hi Jodi,

    I personally love the space you have grown here and have delighted in watching Ché and Fidel transform for you from a little online family journal space into what I now have come to think of as an inspiring online magazine. Ché and Fidel has it’s own unique flavour, it’s a beautifully designed space, it’s mindful and inspiring. I am so happy for you and think you should be so very proud of yourself for what you have created.

    How do I view this space… as a beautiful little nook in the corner of a garden café where I can go sit with a like minded friend and chat to her over a warm cup of chai about things that are so very relevant to raising a family mindfully, trying to live with peace and inspiration through what is sometimes a challenging (albeit always deeply rewarding) path of raising a young family, hear her ideas on what’s inspiring her at the moment in life itself and find out, (because my children need new rain boots), just which one’s her children have worn that she would recommend. I leave the catch up with a warmed heart, a smile on my face and a few new ideas from an inspiring like minded mumma.

    I have enjoyed watching this space evolve into a place for your creative musings and I love where it’s going. I am so glad you have a place to publish all your creative talents, unedited, just exactly as you want the world to see them and yourself. Keep letting this space unfold in the direction your heart dreams and I know it will continue to grow in a direction of amazing beauty. I know you always envisaged that the blog would share little about Ché once he grew from his early childhood years, but please do remember to give us just a tiny little glimpse of sweet little Poet every once in a while through these precious early years so I can continue to marvel at just how much that sweet little one that we’ve never as yet had the pleasure of meeting, looks oh so very much like a toddling yesteryear Jodi! (On a personal note, I love the occasional story of back home as well, because it's so therapeutic for my random bouts of homesickness! :) But I can see the blog is evolving away from that and to be honest, just to read your words, whatever they're about gives me a connection to back home - I know I've always told you that, as strange as it may seem... I guess it's like hearing from a friend back home keeps you connected to the place, whatever they're talking about.) :)

    And in all honesty - the sponsorship of this space is something I’ve not only come to rely on, but also really appreciate. It takes so much ground work off me when there’s something I often need for our family. I have the added benefit of having known you personally and seeing what a genuine and wonderful person you are (which I think anyone who reads this space would also probably glean from you!) so I know you would be conscious of who and what you share in this space and I wholeheartedly enjoy and appreciate your recommendations. I recently heard it said; “there is no shame in the money” and I think that rings so true for sponsored blogging as well, if you do it mindfully, as I trust you do. 'THERESA S' put it into words perfectly in her comment and I agree with everything she says about the fact that we all have our own minds and are our own people making free choices.

    All Blessings xxxx

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  70. I've been reading the other comments, and thinking overnight, and I agree that this space has evolved since I first started posting. I wanted to add that one of the things I like about your posts about simplicity, practicality, preferring organic cleaning solutions, the simple gifts at christmas is when you give an insight into the difficulties of implementing them or in having other people accept that as your decision. I think we all struggle to meet our 'ideal' life (whatever that may be) and I like that your posts share that honesty. And my honesty moment ... well seeing how other people deal with 'push back' on lifestyle decisions is certainly helpful!!

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  71. I read Che and Fidel for your honesty, your commit to consciousness, your genuine spirit. There are lots of blogs out there that I am drawn to (for their pretty pictures and fancy outfits), but I continually return to yours because I feel renewed after leaving (not drained). As a therapist in training, my self care requires, insists upon, really, that last piece. Thank you for your beautiful work!

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  72. I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and I've been happily coming back ever since—particularly because of your simplicity series, I learn a lot from your words/advice, especially regarding parenting.

    I'm Camille, a lifestyle blogger (www.modernmixblog.com) splitting my time between Frankfurt and Chicago. I'm currently intrigued by all things relating to motherhood :)

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  73. I love your photography. It's so inspiring and what keeps me coming back. I also love your calming way with words and approach to life. I can't help but love the little fashion / home style ideas along the way too! They appear every now and then but not too much which is nice. I think you've got the balance just right!
    Cafe and book recommendations every now and then are always nice to read too :) I've been desperate to go to The Grounds of Alexandria ever since you blogged about it!

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  74. To be quite frank with you Jodi...

    I love anything you write. I know it sounds silly but it's true! You could probably write about nothing but lunches and I would gladly keep checking in to read. That being said, my favorite posts are your musings on simplicity and motherhood, they're very insightful and inspiring, and I'd love to see more adventures! If you ever want to visit the Pacific Northwest, let me know! :)

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  75. I love your blog Jodi. It has such a simple and peaceful feel to it! x

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  76. I enjoy every post you write. Practicing Simplicity are amongst my favourites, as well as those around lifestyle and parenting. I also like the little bits of yoga influence that creeps in.
    I really value the sponsored sections - the way you select the brands that you work with feels in line with my own ethics, and I value your recommendations. I have purchased and read (quite) a number of the books you have mentioned and loved every one of them.
    Whatever you choose to write about, it's your style that is most endearing. As indigomumma wrote, it's like having a chat over a cup of chai with a friend. Very peaceful and nourishing for the spirit.
    Thank you for the time you put into writing for your blog. It's been a part of my life for years now and I really enjoy visiting.

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  77. A bit late to comment. I seem to be a silent reader on many blogs as commenting on my phone can get a bit challenging. Your simplicity posts resonate, but as many others have said your writing and photography is a delight to read/see. You seem to know exactly the right amount of text to write, I always leave your post feeling just right, wanting to read more of your thoughts the next time.

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  78. I'm a bit late to commenting as well. But, I have to tell you, I don't always comment, but I am always reading. I adore your blog, finding it almost 365 days ago (I am participating in the 52 project). A little introduction, I live in a little beachy town in California with my husband, 15 month old daughter and two dogs. I blog about my family as well as touch a bit on trying to find my creative spirit whilst being a full time mother. :) I love your photography, your inspirational posts about living simply and organically. I love getting sneak peeks inside your home. This space has been quite inspirational. Keep doing what you are doing!!! xoxo, summer

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  79. I share your love for the simple life. and your words - you really have a gift with words.
    xx

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  80. Hi Jodi, I so look forward to reading your blog. Sunday morning's I make my cup of tea and one of the first things I do is look at your lovely photo's of your Che & Poet. Always a lovely read. xxxx

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  81. I've been a visitor here for a few years - My favourite posts are those that focus on the seasonal, simplicity and yogic life.

    I have found that lately I'm not reading all your posts, I just don't have time to spend on so many blogs these days, and I do confess to a great big dose of blogger ennui, including for my own somewhat abandoned patch of the www.

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    1. I completely understand. My advice? Steer clear of blogs for a good few weeks/months and then return if you feel the desire. Stepping away is always refreshing x

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  82. Hi Jodi, I'm relatively new here, about three months. I enjoy the photos which have a wonderful athmosphere ((is this correct in English?) and I share the idea of living a more simple live...

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  83. Hi ! I follow your blog since two years now. I'm french, editor, mum (a boy 3years and a girl 4 months), and maried with a photograph... So there is a common ground... I like your photos, it is how I start my work's day and it is so great. I don't understand all the details of your text because my english is bad but I try to... Thank you for this blog !
    Charlotte

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  84. Hi Jodi. I´m Cibele from brazil. I´m mother too - Clara 4 and João 8 months. During 9 years i lived in Portugal and i wrote in my blog about my life...when my daughter born (in 2009) i started a new blog about her life, and i started visit another blogs for mummys. well i got here.

    I like to see the photos where autralian is a scenery. My husband lived in Brisbane in 2000 and i would like to visit australia one day. Love your photos because are simple but stronger and colorful.

    That's it. Thank you for sharing this.
    cibele

    http://pergunteaminhamae.blogspot .com

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  85. I'm not a mother, but looking forward to being one. I read your blog because I like your quiet style.

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  86. Hi Jodi,
    I am older, my kids are older and I think most of your visitors are younger than us, but I like visiting your blog. I don't comment often either. I love seeing your photos, it's beautiful and creative. I enjoyed participating on the 52 portrait project although I had some hectic times and I stopped blogging for a bit, but I hope to join the project again next year, if you still have it. It's a great exercise and a beautiful way to document simple moments and also a good way to meet other moms with similar photographic/blogging interests. I like your words, the way you write them. You don't brag. That's important. Some bloggers remind me of "Pollyanna" and that can be irritating sometimes. I think you know how to balance your posts. You live simple, you seem to be a honest and mindful person.

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  87. Hi Jodi,
    Practising Simplicity always changes how I view/go about my day (most often I read posts early morning). Your posts bring a sense of peace and clarity, reminding me to cultivate the same in my life. Your writing is beautiful - a rarity. The intention of your blog is evident. Re. sponsorship, you've earned it, why not? Thank you. Angela

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  88. Hi Jodi, I read this post on my phone while breastfeeding the other day, but came back, because I wanted to comment. I love reading all your posts. Your blog is simply beautiful. I also enjoy your sponsors, it is always lovely to see new beautiful products or local creative ventures, even if I don't buy them.

    Ages ago, just after giving birth to Nora, I read one of your posts on birth about how we always hold onto fears from previous labour experiences, that really struck a chord and helped me with Iris' labour, so thank you.

    I did want to ask though, do you ever miss blogging to a small audience? It may seem like a silly question, but I wonder how pressured you feel and how worried you get about what you choose to share.

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    1. I constantly have to remind myself of my readership; for safety reasons and because it's just plain sensible to do so. There are everyday things I haven't mentioned on here because they may give away hints as to our location or Che's school etc etc. To be honest, the only thing I miss about blogging to a smaller audience was the very strong sense of community/friendship. But you know what, I think it still exists; it's just different. Blogging has changed drastically and so has the community that keeps it going. It's up to us as bloggers to leave comments, reply to comments, link to other blogs etc - THAT is community and it's still very possible to keep it strong x

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  89. Hi Jodi, I'm Erin and I live on the central coast of California in a 800 square foot condo with my husband and our two children ages 5 and 3. My oldest started Kindergarten this year, part time Montessori part time home school. I appreciate the sense of calm and beauty your posts convey and I like seeing a bit of what life is like in your part of the world. Your writing and perspectives on life and mothering are a gift to me but my favorite part of your blog is your photography. What you capture and what you have to say about it. I like how you see life and it adds a bit of beauty and calm into my day. Thanks for blogging and for asking us to introduce ourselves.

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  90. Dear Jodi, my name is Diana and I'm Australian but I live in Madrid. I've read your blog nearly every day since I got pregnant in January. These days I too read your posts on my phone while breast feeding! I love your posts about simplicity, but mostly I just love your photography – the 52 project is wonderful. I too blog from time to time, my site is www.dianaellinger.com it's a place where I share some photography and thoughts about making art and living in Spain. Please keep up the good work, and enjoying your beautiful children!

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  91. hi Jodi, i have been a regular visitor for quite sometime. i don't always comment but i visit regularly. what i like about blogging in general is being able to see how people live in all different parts of the world. to see life and beauty through other's eyes. you are a constant reminder of that. i love coming here because i live seeing life and beauty through your eyes. thank you

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  92. Hi Jodi, I have wanted to leave a comment for awhile now...but time always gets the better of me! Really to tell you what a joy it is reading your posts...I have so LOVED your back to school, seasonal series and practising simplicity! Your writing and insights have been much appreciated here! I often forward them off to my friends and sisters and have been really inspired by your

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  93. Hi Jodi. I've been religiously reading your blog since I attended your prenatal yoga classes, whilst pregnant with my second child. I enjoyed the classes immensely and now love to read your beautiful words. I love seeing what your gorgeous children are up to and am inspired by the simple way in which you seem to live your life. my life seems quite different...always crazy and busy and LOUD...but I aspire to something simpler. I have 3 children now. Dusty is 6, like Che! (and yet so much not like Che!!) Henry is nearly 4 and I now have a little girl, Abbey, who is 5 months. Life is wonderful!! Kellie

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  94. Hi Jodi, I began reading your blog whilst breastfeeding my second daughter over a year ago. I was initially drawn in by the pictures and words about your children and then joined in with the 52 project which I've loved being part of.
    I love your photographs. As an amatuer photographer with two girls, I love seeing your different perspectives and the photographs of your children that are meaningful, creative and always tell a story.
    I've also really enjoyed your simplicity posts. They have helped me step back, self evaluate and take steps to declutter my life, especially in the modern world of technology which can often distract from the really important things, our children and parenting.
    Finally, I just enjoy the calm and relaxed feeling of your writing, your positivity and kindness. x

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  95. Hi Jodi, This is Ioana from Romania (I feel like how far apart our countries are from one another is revealing as to how far your blog has managed to travel). I was actually breastfeeding my daughter to sleep while reading this post, which was pretty neat. I started reading your blog about a year ago, recently after having my daughter. I love how most of your posts make me feel like slowing down, assessing and reassessing my family's rhythm, aspiring to a simpler, more beautiful and meaningful life. These probably sound like empty words, but I can assure you they're not; you truly are an inspiration as far as taking the time to live a considerate life goes and I always come back for the peaceful vibe you send out. In an era where technology seems to alienate people from one another, I have to say I'm very grateful that there are people like you out there who actually use this tool for actually bringing people together. And to answer your question, my favourite posts are those in which you reflect upon practising simplicity, as well as the photos of your beautiful children. Affectionately, Ioana

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  96. Hello! I was really unsure whether or not to comment at first since I'm kind of an outlier in terms of the rest of your readers but I thought it may be interesting to you. I began reading your blog I believe in February (Maybe earlier?) and I've been coming back to read frequently since. I want to say I stumbled across due to your Wabi-Sabi post but I'm not completely sure. I loved that post as well as all your posts since. The way you write is engaging, your photographs are beautiful and real, and I find inspiration and motivation every time I visit. Everything your blog encompasses resonates with me and my own ideals and although I'm only a seventeen year old art student without children, I enjoy seeing and learning the way you live and hope to have a future in parenthood similar? I don't know if that's weird, and I don't think about it much at all but I hope I can eventually be a mother like you. Thank you.

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  97. I tried to comment when I read this (on my phone - so irritating), but I'm not sure if it ever showed up (and there's far too many comments to sift through). What I like best is your insightful, thoughtful and intelligent reflections and comments on parenting. It's inspiring to me as a parent, and it's always accompanied by really stunning images. I love it here. I don't really mind the sponsored posts, I think you've managed to incorporate it in in a way that doesn't take away much from your original aesthetic. And it's true what some said - that it introduces us readers to some excellent products too. (And if I'm not feeling interested, I just skim over it, no big deal). Keep up the lovely work lady! Kellie xx

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  98. Hi Jodi, I love to come here because quite frankly it feels lovely; a beautiful calm space full of the calm and inspiring words accompanied with absolutely gorgeous images. You so easily offer snippets of insight, aspirations and delight. Currently I am enjoying the simplicity series but i love all your posts, I feel like Kellie (above) with regards to sponsored posts, I don't mind them, I rarely really read them but I do think you have chosen well and incorporated them in a way that works so well with the vision of this space. I love visiting here. xxx jay

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  99. Hei! I'm Astrid. I live in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway, with my husband and daughter (two years old). I do not remember how I found your blog, but I'm very, very glad I did. It was love at first sight. I love the way you combine your words and images; so calm and beautiful. I love getting a glimpse into your way of living and raising your children. And I love your "practicing simplicity" series - it really speaks to me. Thank you so much for sharing. You are a true inspiration to me.

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  100. I had to stop and comment because well...I am reading and breastfeeding hehe

    I love that your content is very different to other blogs I follow...and that you are a fellow Aussie! I love your 52 series and simplicity posts :)

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  101. Ha, I'm also reading and breastfeeding! I follow your Blog through blogger. I love your photographs, the images you share are inspiring and beautiful.

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  102. I discovered your blog after searching for the photographer behind a beautiful image I found on Tumblr (your husband holding your daughter in his arms). Thank goodness for Google Images and all its helpful ways to find the source of any picture out there!
    I read your blog as often as I can. I was homeless for a while (my life is a tangle of troubles and victories) and during that time I found endless peace in your words and creations. The way you describe things and motivate others by asking intriguing questions and mentioning eventful moments really lifts my spirits. I am so glad there are hundreds of people out there enjoying your hard work and I hope you will always continue doing what you do. Your children are blessed and I am so glad their lives are documented with such passion. I can confidently tell you that they will be thanking you in the years to come when they will realise how priceless their childhood was and how precious it is that it was captured.
    Thank you for being an incredible mama and for sharing your love for your family with us all. It is heart-warming and inspires everyone to love those closest to them and not give up. You are honestly one of my role models and I sincerely hope we will be able to meet one day. For now I will continue enjoying your posts and supporting you as much as I can. As I blogger I know how tiresome it can be to wonder whether my blog is being read or even enjoyed. There are so many silent, shy readers and it is always nice to know that they exist. Since you mentioned this, I will be commenting more and letting you know that there is one less silent reader out there.
    Endless love your way. Thank you for being you.

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  103. I originally came across your blog threw The Littlest. I find your pictures beautiful, and you have a way with words...If there is something that I would add onto your space it is more depth..it often feels quite impersonal. I understand it is very tricky when the kids get older and putting honest, difficult things out into the world. but sometimes this space feels a bit superficial..beautiful, calm and serene yes but not completely believable..I know myself that with two young girls, a hubby that works away about half the year, that even with all the yoga I do and teach life is still crazy, busy and sometimes even hard..I really enjoy reading from people that can stay honest about that, have a conversation about that while still being positive and serene... thank you for giving your readers the chance to peep in Jodi.. I know it is never easy to open yourself up to changes or criticism and I respect you greatly for this.

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      Thanks so much for your input. You're right; I don't like to divulge everything in this space because I need to be very wary of what I give away.

      When I started this blog 6 years ago I treated it like a gratitude journal; something to remind me of the good in my life. I think I am honest in this space, I talk about being tired and overwhelmed and challenged but I really don't feel the need to expand on it anymore than that. I don't like reading posts that whinge and moan and hence I don't want to write them, either. Just last week I shared how difficult this year has been for me - http://cheandfidel.blogspot.com/2013/11/eighteen-practicing-simplicity.html - and if that's not honest I don't know what is.

      I'll continue to write about the good and document the beauty but remember; you can't have calm without the chaos ;) x

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  104. I came here from another blog... Not sure which one? Perhaps Wild & Grizzly... Love your photos of children. But, I especially love your way of simple living.

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  105. I can't help coming here when I need some calm, beauty and earthing. I love reading your news and it help me to appreciate a lot of things I may have previously missed. As well as watching Che grow (as Freddie is) and your family evolving. Sometimes I leave it for ages (like now) and then have a whole hour of gentle enjoyable reading. Much nicer than a book (could you write one do you think?) x

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