Yoga and Mimosas for Mamas

Once a month, I will do something I’ve been dreaming about for almost four years. I will open my back patio to mamas who want to do yoga. I will provide a baby sitter. And I will serve mimosas.

These are photos from my very first one. Thank you to Becca and Sonya for joining me. Even little Adelaide came along and sweetly slept in her stroller while mama relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.

This is important to me. This is part of my mission as Shanti Mom. To provide free yoga to moms in a beautiful space with child care, if needed. They need this. I know they need this. I need this.

The next one is December 7th at 9:30 am.

 

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Be Thankful Anyway

Be Thankful Anyway…

If I’m going to listen to anyone, it ought to be Mother Theresa. This day could find me feeling really sorry for myself.

My daughter is sick. She’s been sick for over a month now. A few days after we took her to the doctor, she actually got worse. She’ll be going back to the doctor tomorrow.

My husband is recovering from a back spasm. He literally couldn’t move Monday morning and was in bed for two days. He’s up and about now, but certainly not back to normal.

My in-laws can’t come here for Thanksgiving because my daughter is sick. My father in law is recovering from pneumonia and of course, his health can’t be compromised.

I am completely exhausted after having been on duty 24/7 since Monday morning. It’s what a mother does. It doesn’t matter to me what we do today. In fact, I think that turkey in the fridge should go to a homeless shelter.

This can be just like any other day, in my opinion. Any other day, I would be thankful anyway. And I am reminded of Mother Theresa’s suggestions.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

 

Jingling All the Way Back Into My Studio

Happy to be jingling all the way back into my Oh BaBee! Originals studio to make these unique Christmas cards. Joy to the world!

Really Crafty Link Party

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Thank you to Keeping It Real for inviting me to the 43rd Real Crafty Link Party. I created these Christmas cards this week for anyone way ahead of the game, ready to buy unique cards to go with their gifts. They are made with card stock, up-cycled fabric, straws, ribbon, embellishments, and pom-poms. Each has its own whimsical theme. They come with a large envelope and a protective wrap. Sold through Oh BaBee! Originals on this website. $7 each. Joy to the world!

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Disappointments Outnumbered by Smiles

Disappointments Outnumbered by Smiles…

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My big book launch day (which wasn’t) included quite a few disappointments, but an infinitely larger number of feel good moments. My friends and family gathered and celebrated my accomplishment in a beautiful way! I already have 17 pre-orders for when by book is finally produced. That day will be soon and I will be shouting it from the rooftops! In So Many Words will be available in paperback and as an Ebook on Amazon and on this site. Stay tuned. You will be the first to know.

Visit my other site, Creative Blog Mom, for my post about dealing with disappointment: Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men.

Here are a few preliminary photos from the party which make me smile from ear to ear!

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One for All and All for One

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

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.