Life changes in a big way when we bring a new baby home, and it is my mission to offer support and guidance to mothers during the times in which they are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and frustrated by the challenges that motherhood brings along; from postpartum health and well being, to breastfeeding challenges and sleep support (and everything inbetween).
Becoming a mom didn’t come easily or naturally for me, like I’d expected it to. I had this fantasy that the new baby would come home with us and fit seamlessly into our lives. When life didn’t work out that way, I was shell-shocked. The truth was, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and I didn’t know where to turn to find the answers. I felt overwhelmed and overtired. I was exhausted and barely holding on by a thread most of the time.
It was through these struggles in my own life as I became a mother that Live, Love, and Flourish was created. It grew out of love, and the need for support that many new moms are lacking in the early stages of life with a new (or not quite so new anymore) baby.
I founded Live, Love, and Flourish because of the core values that I believe to be true about motherhood:
- Motherhood is haaaaaard. And it is a HUGE responsibility. We need to know that what we’re feeling and thinking is totally normal, and that we are not alone in this crazy journey.
- We need a safe place to ask questions and vent frustrations without feeling like we’re being judged. We need a place where it’s OKAY to say “I don’t like my kids today,” or to ask the questions we’re too embarrassed to ask our sisters, friends, and moms.
- Our “tribes” have changed over the years- we don’t always live close to friends and families to rely on for support and guidance. This can make being a mom feel like a lonely and isolating job. Surrounding ourselves with a supportive and accepting group of like minded women is crucial to our mental and emotional health.
- Finding the time to take care of ourselves postpartum is challenging, and usually we are the first things on our lists to get ignored in the pursuit of getting things accomplished and spending more time with our kids. But self care is not a luxury, it is a necessity. We MUST add ourselves back onto our list of priorities.
- Sometimes a little reassurance from someone else who “gets us” is exactly what it takes to make the hard days seem a little more bearable.
Motherhood is a crazy journey, and there are no road maps. But we don’t have to do it all by ourselves! Let me be here to help guide and support you as you navigate the challenges and struggles that all moms face. Let’s find our tribe again, and lift each other up to be the best moms we can be!