remember when my friend Kristin sent me these pictures. She had come over when I was just a few days postpartum to capture the magic and she had been at the birth as well. When I saw this picture, I felt so much body shame I decided I would never share it. In that time I couldn’t see this strong powerful body that had just grown a healthy 9 lb baby boy and birthed at home, surrounded by an incredible birth team.
Why is there so much shame around the mother’s body? Or any body for that matter? Why is there an entire industry around “getting your back body before baby?”
I’m guilty of this just as much as the next person. More than once, people have said nearby me after I’ve just birthed babies in days past or weeks past, “I wonder when the body goes back to normal” like I’m not right there and can hear exactly what’s being said.
The number one question I get constantly is some variation of where do I look for homeschooling resources? I have no idea where to start, can you tell me all of your favorite links and resources? Or I’m so scared to homeschool my child because I don’t know how they’ll turn out. Or how do you start? I’m going against my entire family by deciding to keep my child out of school and I need your help.
Beauty to me means learning how to feel better in our bodies. It means healing through conditions that once held us back or currently hold us back. It means embracing our aging areas and choosing to see how it only makes us more wise and beautiful.
What does beauty mean to you? Beauty to me means the perfection of patterns in nature. It means appreciating what is right in front of us.
Beauty to me means immersion in the elements. It means deepening our connection to the earth’s many offerings. It means obsessively absorbing her beauty. It means seeing the entire system that exists here for us to play in and thrive in, all the time, all over this planet.
Yesterday I shared a post about Night Weening with Sunny, explaining that it's quite tiring to get through this stage, and opened it up for anyone to comment with their tips. This morning I went to check and see if their were any responses and basically plowed through reading everything very teary eyed. People really shared their genuine advice and some really sweet loving tips. I feel so honored that so many of you shared such beautiful messages!
I have been thinking about writing this post for quite a while! I'm excited I had an opportunity while in the flow of writing to get it out. I'm a long time user of organic clothing, sustainable products, eco and rechargeable items for over 12 years now. I've also been living off-grid on solar power for close to 6 years now. You might say I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to my gear. I've been traveling alone and with children since I was a teenager, and I've definitely refined things over the years! I like keeping things organized and accessible, there's just no time for frantically searching for things while running into a store or chasing after kids in airports.
I got all of the medicine I asked for this morning. I got stressed out, overwhelmed, lost myself, nearly flipped out, yelled at my internet speed and at my computer, cried, and then managed to get centered again. I had a feeling as I woke up this morning that I might feel that way and sure enough, it’s what I created.
Roots!! I just love this time of year. The changing colors, the crisp air, the hint of fermenting apples as you drive down the road. And it's the time to gather roots for medicine as the aerial parts start to die and the energy goes back into the roots.