When my kids were little, I used to envy the freedom that moms with older kids had. They could just go out anytime without worrying about babysitters, meals, rides, or guilt. Oh to be so free! But now that I’m in that position, I envy the moms with little ones.
Maybe I just have a jealously problem.
But it feels bittersweet reflecting on those simpler days that were so full of hugs and precious moments. Although we celebrate our kids going out into the world and building their own wonderful lives, it’s a transitional time for moms in every way – emotionally, mentally, physically, and even logistically.
It’s transitional for sure, but we can also make it transformational.
Lighter mommy duties usually correspond with fewer hormones that make you want to coddle everyone and everything at the expense of your own needs, as Dr Christiane Northrup explains so well in The Wisdom of Menopause. This is a time when you can rediscover yourself, your passions, and commit more than ever before to your life’s mission. That is certainly what I’m doing with my work in nutrition, wellness, and yoga and it’s so fulfilling!
If your body feels the effects of long term neglect, know that the body has an amazing ability to heal and repair when supplied with nourishment and a healing environment. It’s time to feed and care for yourself with the tender loving care you gave everyone else.
If you feel that now is the time, I invite you to join our Spring Cleanse that begins gently today (no food changes the first week so no worries or stress)! If you’re a mom, or have a mom, please enjoy 10% off with promo code WELOVEMOMS. Register here. (Cleanse graduates enjoy their usual discount. If you don’t have the grad code, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it right over.)
Shout out to my Mom
I think the reason I’m so committed to nutrition and health is because of the example my own mom set as we were growing up. We loved it when she prepared salad bars for dinner with blueberry tofu parfaits for dessert. She was into natural health, and had great success with some of Adele Davis’ vitamin regimens. We weren’t always thrilled with her healthy ways, especially when we couldn’t eat sweetened cereal or chew gum. One time I was so desperate to try gum, I actually chewed a piece off of the sidewalk that my neighbor spit out. (Unfortunately, that is not an April Fool’s joke.) She also ran and danced, and even now in her 70’s, is planning to go out rollerblading. Thank you Mom for setting me on this path – you’re my inspiration!
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Image credits: Susanne Ollmann