The expectations put on us as women and as mothers as immense. Now, many new mothers experience a state of confusion, not knowing what this life change means for them.
You may ask yourself:
Who will I become in this new role?
What is important to me now?
And how can I be the mother I want to be, constrained by the expectations of others?
Authenticity is hard won, and it's a concept that is very important to define. It means being real: true to your innermost self. It means discovering what's important to you—and sticking by those principles and attributes.
Discovering authenticity requires clarity, and that's something that Paula Mallis, founder of WMN Space strives to create for women in all walks of life. Trained as a doula, with extensive training is spiritual psychology, she works to help women to heal their bodies and minds, while finding their way towards a life they feel is authentic.
Today, Paula shares five tips that helped her discover what she feels is an authentic life, for her. They are simple steps, and may indeed help you find the clarity you're searching for.
Pause for some meditation
Finding pause in your day can allow the to-do lists and expectations fall away, leaving space for coherent thought, acknowledgement of your emotional well-being and the creation of a sense of inner calm.
Paula: I can't say my meditation looks like me in lotus pose om-ing away. But what I can say is that I do believe in "pausing" throughout the day. Sometimes my meditation is in the school parking lot after dropping my daughter off as the mornings are busy to say the least. I take a moment to breathe and connect back to myself, my breath and which allows me to come back to center or neutral.
One cannot pour from an empty cup. Taking the time to replenshish your energy with a small, personal self-care ritual can act as a reminder that you count too. So much of motherhood is care-taking. Ensuring that we ourselves are also taken care of will allow us to better care for others.
Paula: I have a morning and evening skin care ritual. I use all non-toxic skin care products, applying a mask every day either morning or night, to help replenish my skin with organic, plant-based products.
Nourish yourself lovingly
Everything is affected by the foods we take into our bodies. From energy levels, to how our skin looks, to actual health—as in, avoiding diseases and illnesses—our nutritional intake can make or break our efforts to live and authentic life.
Paula: Every day I have a Moon Juice smoothie. For me this smoothie is like a daily coffee. I am totally addicted. The smoothie includes cacao, almond milk, banana, cinnamon, coconut butter, ashwagandha and blue adaptogen protein powder. YUM!
Remember what's important: family
This might seem like a no-brainer, but spending time with our kids and our partners without distractions (I'm talking to you, checking your Instagram again!), reminds us what's really important.
Paula: My intention each day when I pick up my daughter is to have as much of my work done, so I can fully be present with her. We are all guilty of texting and checking emails, multitasking as modern women and mothers trying to do it all. I know I am guilty of this but I try and be mindful of my time with Madeleine as she is growing up so fast and I just don't want to miss it over checking emails and social media for the 50,000th time that day.
Embrace a mantra for the day
Paula: I read inspired books to support my mantra or prayer for the day. My favorite go to book right now is "Change Me Prayers" by Tosha Silvera
Want more from Paula? We did too! We asked five extra questions that she was kind enough to answer.
How do you make your mornings run smoothly?
Paula: My mornings run smoothly when I get up earlier than my family and meditate instead of meditating in the sanctuary of my car.
The life hack or tip that has changed my life...
Paula: Practicing self-care and self-love first. Forgiving myself for all judgments towards myself and others.
What superpower have you discovered as a mom?
Paula: After giving birth to Madeleine I felt I was gifted superpowers. The birth was so transformative and gave me the strength that I can still reference back to in support the life opportunities that come my way.
This quote inspires me...
Paula: "Never take any wooden nickels." Grandmama Gibson (my grandmother)
To me "motherly" means...
Paula: Caring, loving, nurturing and knowing