Inked in Colour was inspired by my beautiful daughter Bo. Bo is lucky enough to have parents who come from very different backgrounds, who had very different upbringings, who are determined to give her the best of both worlds. I am Australian with Aussie/Canadian parents born and raised in Perth, my husband is Indonesian born and raised in a little fishing village somewhere on the south coast of Java.
Love comes in many different colours, shapes and sizes – each of them being as valid, as wonderful and as necessary as the next in the development and shaping of this beautiful little person.
My blog Barefoot Inked began as a journey of experimental living – where I explored the great unknown and moved to a remote village in Indonesia – a country I knew nothing of. I thought I was there for a year, to live like a local, to learn the culture, to embrace the simple life – but the experiment turned into something much more. I fell in love, head over heels, desperately in love with a smooth tanned local surfer who I am now very proud to call my husband. I explored jungles, I learned to surf, I harvested rice and slept on a fabric stuffed mattress in a leaky beach shack. I road buses for hours in cramped sweaty conditions, I explored markets after markets and reveled in every cultural event I could get my hands on.
After two years full of amazing experiences, terrible isolation, tears, joyous events and many a funny moment – we welcomed our beautiful girl into the world in a little town outside of Sydney, Australia.
A new adventure faces us now – I have always had very clear ideas of how I want to live my life, ideas that I’m sure will make themselves known through my blogs and I’ve always had a good idea of how I would want to raise a child. From the moment I discovered that I was pregnant I knew how I wanted to bring her into the world, with calm, with compassion and with love. The world is an incredible place, and I’m so excited to guide her through it whilst every day she teaches me more about patience, unconditional love and incredible joy.
Whilst Bo and I are in NSW, Bo’s daddy has had to return to the village in Indonesia because of visa problems. Bo and I (along with all of my fears and trepidations) will follow when she is big enough. For now we are literally worlds apart – and when our worlds come together we will be faced with a whole new set of challenges – living village-style with an infant.
This blog is an exploration of what it is to be a first time parent and all the why’s, if’s, but’s and ah-ha moments that goes with the territory. Inked in Colour is the story of one multi-cultural family facing the future together one foot in each world, finding balance and making lots of mistakes along the way.
If you would like to share your unique multi-cultural parenting story – please contact us! Your story might inspire another parent to embrace the differences and celebrate diversity in the every day life of their child