This famous phrase, One for All and All for One!, from The Three Musketeers, inspired my choice for the name of my new business. Shanti Mom has been my code name for about 5 years. That came easily when I was pregnant with my one and only child and regularly practicing yoga. Shanti, in Sanskrit, the language of yoga, means peace. My goal was to be a peaceful first time mom at the age of 44. I’ve done a fairly good job of that. There have been bumps – big ones and small ones – but the journey has been interesting.
Shanti Mom for One has a two-fold meaning.
1.) Always my priority, I am the mother of one beautiful, intelligent, spirited, and open-hearted 4 year old girl named Emma Grace. She is the center of my life. I have slowly learned to balance motherhood with a business and I want to help other moms do the same – peacefully.
2.) I live my life as best as I can with the belief that we are all one under our higher spirit. I convey this often in a Hindu prayer at the conclusion of my yoga class:
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Peace. Peace. Peace.
I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.
I honor you in a place of love, light, peace, and truth.
When you are in that place in you
And I am in that place in me,
We are one.
Namaste means, I bow to you.
I speak these words to a wide range of people – all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities – but I speak it most genuinely to other moms, especially new moms. Because I am one of them, I am one with them. I have a great deal of respect for them. I want to honor and celebrate them through my talents and abilities as an Author, Artist, and Educator.
On this site, you will learn about the three components of my business and get a first hand accounting of how it all came together under one umbrella. I’ve never been the type to do just one thing, live in one place, or have just one job. My father told me something when I was just out of college, working a few part time jobs. He said, “This is really perfect for you. I picture you doing lots of different things.” He was spot on. But what I did have to do was organize it all – discover the inspiration and intention for it all – make sure that it aligns with my life and brings me joy. And I had to wait until I felt confident enough as Emma’s mother to step out of the mommy box to accomplish it. I stepped out and didn’t fall down. So here I am to tell you about it.