I'm so exited to introduce you to Liz! We met her and her husband in our birthing class before we had our babies and have kept in touch via social media ever since. The times I am able to chat with her, she's been such an encouragement. There have been many "Oh my gosh, you too? I thought I was the only one!" moments of relief with this woman. She's so confident in her decisions and fully rocking mom life. Before having her adorable little nugget, Otis, Liz was on her way to becoming a certified personal trainer. A while ago when I asked for advice via my Instagram stories on how moms find time to workout with babies, she gave me some amazing advice. So, I asked her if she'd be willing to write a guest blog post to share with you all!
I recently stumbled upon the awesome Instagram of Laura Lea Goldberg, a certified holistic chef in Nashville. Her Instagram account is one of my favorites because of her stories where she speaks the truth and shares snacks and recipes all day! She's just so cute, kind and genuine. I reached out to her asking a few questions about my breastfeeding dietary restrictions. For those of you who don't know, I've had to cut out dairy, gluten and soy to breastfeed Jonas because he was having negative reactions. This is a difficult adjustment for someone who doesn't like cooking and whose favorite food group is pizza. All of this to say, she was kind enough to grab lunch with me at Sunflower Cafe (which was so so yum). We instantly connected and I just love this girl's heart. For those of you looking to eat a cleaner diet or mamas in the same boat as me, she also gave me some snack options for days I'm running around or don't have time to cook every meal.
I was recently inspired to write a letter to my future daughter by a blog who is doing an entire series of these letters written by moms with and without daughters, grandmothers and aspiring moms. It's really touching and beautiful to read the letters, so I took some time to write my own. Disclaimer: I don't have a daughter yet and I'M NOT PREGNANT. However, writing this letter was deeply emotional to me and I even cried a bit while writing. Continue reading if you wish to peek inside my heart's desire for my future daughter and truly my desire for every female.
So very beyond grateful for our little getaway this week that served as a belated 30th birthday trip for me and a much needed opportunity for my family to relax and unplug. I am by no means a Florida expert, but I have traveled there quite a few times. So, for those of you interested, I've taken some time to share the details of our trip along with some tips on where to stay, eat and travel with a little one.
When you have a little who wants to be held constantly, gets bored with toys quickly, is mobile, explores all the dangerous things and doesn't watch TV, mama has to be creative in keeping him occupied. Jonas, who is 8 1/2 months old now, would be 100% happy if I just sat on the floor all day and served as his jungle gym. While that's all sweet and fun, it is physically exhausting. Enter the Nashville Zoo, which has served as my saving grace. It gets us out of the house, keeps Jonas interested and gives me the opportunity to meet other Nashville mamas! Also, it's the closest I'm going to get to Disney World in Nashville. We love it!
Weekends used to be filled with going out, spontaneous road trips, hanging with friends and sleeping in; things i used to believe friends with babies were all jealous of. Now that I'm home on a Friday night with by baby, I know that if they did think of me, it was not with envy. I'm embarrassed to say that a huge part of the reason I wanted to wait so long to have kids is because I didn't want to turn into a mom! But you guys, I saw a t-shirt with a phrase on it the other day (something like...:But first, coffee) and I actually liked it. Hello, mom life...I have arrived!
I encourage you to speak up and have conversations and research and learn and take action. I implore you to have an opinion and respect others’ right to have an opinion of their own. Above all, I beg you to choose love and respect because we're all worthy enough to receive it. Hate divides and love unites.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
— Audre Lorde
I’ve had more than enough red flags, warning signs and indications that I need to slow. The. Hell. Down. Message finally received. I’m surrendering to time and allowing myself to exist in it instead of being an observer of my own life....
I'm very excited to get to know those close to me (including myself) on a deeper level by being more vulnerable and honest. By allowing myself room to be, room to breathe, rest and live. Bravery will be required to say no to some opportunities, to only cultivate relationships that are life giving and to slow down enough to be still with myself. As I'm typing these words, it's crazy what a foreign concept slowing down is to me and the anxiety I'm feeling as I embark on this challenge. The fact that I'm feeling anxiety about being still is a red flag and is a sign that I'm way overdue for a reunion with myself.