Tell us a little bit about your recent transition to becoming a certified breathwork practitioner? How has it changed your life?
Becoming a certified breathwork practitioner has become a powerful tool for me personally in managing stress and anxiety. Parenting is a challenging job, and it can be easy to put oneself last on the list of priorities. It’s important to make self-care a priority, even if it means taking a few minutes each day to practice deep breathing exercises or mindfulness. I wanted to help other parents reset and align their inner-selves to take steps forward and not stay in their own heads.
When we get into our body, we move out of our monkey minds and we can allow our own emotions to move out quickly. When you regulate your nervous system, the rest of your body shifts and you return to homeostasis & I believe we can come home to ourselves.
As a mom, I’ve learned that parenting is really not “ by the book” At least for me, it’s about listening to your baby or kids' needs, and following your intuition. Society has a lot of standards that can make us feel like we need to strive for perfection, but the truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. Every one of our children is a unique beautifully designed soul. What works for one family may not work for another. So, it’s important to do what’s best for you and your little ones. Breathwork is more about listening to yourself, your gut, and letting your body guide you. Breathwork allows you to move through and get past what is giving you that stress, anxiety, and emotional triggers. Breathwork is about anchoring into the body and allowing whatever needs to come up, to release and shift. Emotions are just energy in motion, so when we get into the body, we can allow that energy to move through. All the body needs is to feel. When we feel, we heal.You speak honestly about postpartum and the challenges of motherhood. How do you tap into self-love and take time for yourself? What advice would you give other new moms?
Postpartum can be a challenging time for many new moms, and even seasoned mamas. It’s important to be honest and open about the struggles that come with motherhood. Many moms experience a range of emotions, from joy and love to frustration, sadness and exhaustion. I think it’s so important to be honest, and authentic with yourself. My goal is to share my experiences so other moms feel less alone and more supported. One of the most significant things I’ve learned as a parent is to trust my instincts. There have been times when I’ve followed a book or a friend’s advice, but it didn’t feel right for my family. Instead, I’ve learned to tune into my own intuition and make decisions based on what feels best for us. This has given me more confidence as a parent and helped me to feel more in flow with my family’s journey. As far as self love and self care, carve out and find small moments throughout the day to do something for yourself. Be intentional. This could be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea or taking a walk around the block. Connect with other (likeminded) moms who understand the challenges of motherhood without judgment, some of my personal favorites, journaling, meditation, breath work, sound and positive affirmations.Can you walk us through how you believe a woman's wardrobe can shift her mood? What is your go-to summer style this year?
Clothing can have a big impact on how we feel as moms and our bodies. Our clothing and closets hold energy, they hold our stories and limiting beliefs for us. Many moms struggle with body image issues after having a baby, and choosing clothes that make us feel comfortable and confident can help boost our self-esteem as well as let go of clothing that no longer serves us.. I know I certainly struggled when I didn’t “bounce back” after having my first daughter. When we can find clothes that allow us to step into our next chapter, a new version of us, we can embody & go forward into that new energetic feeling for ourselves and allow that evolution. As an intuitive stylist & mother I feel that’s most important for us as women. My go-to summer style is usually flowy dresses or loose-fitting tops that are easy to wear and move in dress up or down, add some cute layered jewelry with it. New staple and my go too is my La Peony jumpsuit, a must have for your closet that I can dress up or down all throughout the year! It’s all about comfort, it’s so cozy yet chic. You want to look and feel good, when you find an item that fits you well and you feel yourself in, it becomes your go-to. It’s like a best friend you know is always there. As a parent, I’m constantly running after the kids or sitting in random positions too, so comfort isn’t an option. I don’t have the luxury of not being comfortable at this point in my life. Comfort is sexy in my book! If you feel good in what you’re wearing, this goes for the fit & fabric, you’re going to thrive in your look!
Being a mom-entrepreneur can be challenging, but it also comes with many rewards. I threw the word balance out a long time ago. Harmony is where I am. Finding harmony with work and parenting requires a lot of organization, intention, and discipline. It is necessary to set sacred boundaries around work time and carve out dedicated family time. This might mean setting aside certain days of the week for family activities or delegating certain tasks to a partner or caregiver. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay to make mistakes. No one is a perfect parent a perfect boss, a perfect business owner, etc.,, and it’s important to give ourselves grace when things don’t go as planned. The more I learn to live in flow, and allow the waves, the more I trust and can align. When my kids were babies, I remember feeling anxious about everything, from feeding to sleep schedules and from missing deadlines or being on calls with a crying baby in the background. But as they grew, I realized that what worked one day might not work the next, and that’s okay. It’s all a learning process. They are growing and so am I. All the grace and compassion mama.How are you celebrating this Mother's Day?
Celebrating Mother’s Day might look different for every family, but it’s important to take time to acknowledge the hard work that goes into being a mom. This might mean enjoying a special meal or activity with family or treating yourself to a spa day or a solo adventure. Whatever the celebration, it’s important for moms to feel appreciated and loved for all that they do. For me, I love to start the day with my littles and have breakfast in bed made by my hubby and assisted by my girls. Then singing, some dancing, and maybe a walk. The rest of the day will be for me solo time, a long bath wifi meditation, A spa day or treatment is nice too and might be on the list :)
At the end of the day, what matters most is that my kids feel loved and supported. I’ve found that being present and engaged with them, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, can make a big difference. It’s not always about doing big, elaborate things many times, it’s the small moments that matter most.
So, if you’re a new parent or feeling overwhelmed by all the advice out there, know that it’s okay to do things your way. Listen to your instincts, trust yourself, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Parenthood is a journey, and it’s up to us to make the most of it. Breathe. You are a mother, you are strong, you need to acknowledge that you’ve created a life, and that right there is a miracle that should be celebrated every day. <3
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