I Can’t Make You Love Me – Cover

Have you seen this cover yet of one of my all time favourite songs? I’m looking forward to doing more of these this year, I’m just so nervous on camera that it takes me ages to get comfortable and film something I’m happy with! Hope you enjoy x

3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Acknowledge our own Courage

If you’ve been following me these past few weeks, you’ll have noticed that we’re running an ‘IAM BRAVE’ campaign for What A Woman Needs. You can read about the story behind how we arrived at our theme here – it’s an interesting one!

For over a week, women have been posting pics of themselves along with a statement about why they are brave using the hashtag #IAMBRAVE. Go and check them out on fb, twitter and instagram.

I AM BRAVE status montageI found myself incredibly moved by what was shared. To see women acknowledge their strengths, their resilience and determination to keep moving, knowing how often we put ourselves down was a blessing. I was inspired by seeing them pat themselves on the back and acknowledge that regardless of whether they had done what they think any other person would have, they acted in courage nonetheless. To see that bravery meant different things to each person was a reminder of how our difference colours the world…. Read more »

MUSIC MEETS MOTHERHOOD – THE GIFT EP RELEASE

Going full time in music at the start of the Full Circle Tour in 2013 was one of the most scariest things I’ve done, but also one of the most rewarding.
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Being free from an externally imposed routine or agenda that did not fully align with my own values or purpose was liberating. At times the silence has been chilling, but for the most part, it has helped me to tune into my gut and follow my purpose in a way that I had not experienced before.
I was afraid but alive.

At first I was intimidated by the uncertainty. Many potentially great opportunities came my way, but didn’t materialise in the way I had hoped. In my grand plan, the Full Circle album would be released in 2014, but I was so critical of my work and found it difficult to pull everything together in a way I felt would reflect my growth and I was afraid of not “improving” on my previous album ‘Unbroken.’

Tired from the planning of the tour, I had hoped to secure a strong management team to alleviate the challenge of self releasing and promoting again, but that wasn’t to be. After many restless nights and the turn of 2014 I made a decision to stop worrying. I began to learn how to enjoy the discovery of the unknown and to cherish the moments. Subsequently, much of my songwriting at the time reflected this.

NEW EP ON THE HORIZON

Hey guys, I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

I just wanted to post briefly about some new features I’ll be adding to the blog to give some order to the things I post about. I’m probably being a bit anal, but hey, I like planning ahead in this way and thought it was necessary to make sure I keep you informed with the important happenings.

So here’s the plan!

Mondays: Morethanasong

I’ll be posting my general thoughts, life experiences and musings on a Monday – hopefully something inspiring too to kickstart our week. Expect chatter about family, the bump, merchandise, faith, WAWN,   etc. If you’re staying up to date with my new vegan lifestyle (NVL) then this is the day to check back and find out if I’m still surviving the change. :-)

Thursdays: New music updates

On a Thursday you’ll be able to see some of what I’ve been working on in terms of new music and finishing my forthcoming project. I’ll share my studio visits and general planning so you can follow my progress and join me on the journey. This week I’ll be announcing the name and release date of the new EP so stay tuned!

Saturday: Songwriting

As you probably know, I LOVE songwriting. I’m always trying to grow and develop as a writer so have decided to dedicate Saturday’s posts to everything writing related. I’ll share interviews, tell you what I’m learning and share any hints and tips I find.

Thanks again for all your support. It’s great to see the interest in my new posts and I’m definitely having fun so we’re winning!

Have a great week.

Ciao!

Monique x

THE HIGHS AND LOWS: VEGAN DIARY WEEK 1

Ok, so if you read my post a couple weeks ago, you would have seen that I’ve decided to go vegan for 3 months. I promised I’d give you an honest reflection on how it’s going, so here it is.
1st Vegan Cooking Lesson

Everything laid out for my cooking lesson

CORRECTION TO START DATE

I originally said that I would start my new vegan lifestyle on Sunday 4th Jan. This didn’t happen because for the 1st few days of the year I was knocked out with the flu and didn’t get any shopping done – let alone cooking! I happily ate my Mom’s usual Sunday dinner for the last time and decided to put my start date back to the Monday.

Generally speaking I’ve found it quite easy to transition into veganism. There are so many food that you CAN eat and I’ve found it quite exciting to embed new eating habits into my diet. It is only week one however so the jury is still out, but I’m definitely off to a great start.

I’ve spent a little longer cooking than usual, but this means nothing because I barely cooked before! (Hide’s face in shame.) However, I’m enjoying it so much (apart from the cleaning) and am really happy about the thought of being in a better position to give our little one the best nutritional start. One of the things I have noticed though is that late at night around 10pm I start to get peckish! I’ve had a lot of late nights this week, but this is unusual for me. I don’t know if it’s my body fighting back at the change or something. Anyway, I will tell you that I had a very unhealthy vegan option in the way of a bag of chips Wednesday night to quench the hunger pangs! A salad wasn’t doing it for me lol.