I arrived here in new parenthood via a very unexpected route.
In 2012 I was happily mid-career as an academic development specialist and professional coach, and was enjoying life as a newly wed, nesting in our condo in Calgary, and travelling the world. Things shifted rapidly when I returned from backpacking around Thailand in 2012.
I was thrown into the first of two important roles; cancer caregiver for my mum dying of cancer *and* mother-to-be of my first child!
As I tried to wrap my head around what lay ahead of me in 2012, I had many talks with special people in the hospice – those ending their lives, those continuing their lives and a few special little souls who were early in their lives (and bought sparkles of joy to the quiet, sacred hallways of hospice.)
As one door to my heart was closing, another one was opening, In 2013, when I face-timed my Mum from ultrasound so she could name my daughter, I decided right then and there,
that I would seize life, make motherhood an amazing journey, and continue with my bucket list I had kept since my teenage years. It became my “Great Maternity Leave Bucketlist” as I added new items that I was excited to do with my baby.
It became SO MUCH MORE than checking off a bucket list.
I had no idea that over the next 5 years, I was going to be cracked wide open – my heart, my soul, my body, my thinking – my very way of seeing and processing the world was going to be completely turned on its axis, especially with professional coach training and certification.
While simultaneously adjusting to parenthood,
I embarked on a deep journey of personal development and self-growth which in turn led to the incredible elevation of my life, my identity, and accelerated me down the path to deep peace and fulfillment.
I came into mat leave determined to fight the fear, anxiety, and negativity that is so predominant in society’s conversations and parenthood.
You don’t have to be fearful, anxious, lost, disconnected from your own identity.
None of that!
You have a choice, and I have the tools for you.
In my writing I tell personal stories but also weave in the tools that I use with my coaching clients as a professional coach. I’ve worked with hundreds of clients from professional athletes, to startup founders, to entrepreneur and yes-you guessed it – new parents.
I hope this wide-ranging blog inspires you to go out and live life, and continue cultivating yourself and how you are. This isn’t a parenting blog. It’s a YOU blog – I focus on your mindset and personal development, we just all happen to have young kids.
My deepest desire for you, is that you are able to ignore the noisy outside world, yelling at you and telling you what to do, how to be.
That you embark on your own journey with the knowledge that you are about to enjoy an amazing period of personal growth and self-development, and everything you’ve ever needed is already inside of you.
Elevated parents = elevated kids and families.
I’m here to help you and inspire you on that side of things.
And if you are on maternity or parental leave? Welll….
I want your parental leave to be the most transformational year ever.
Experience the depths of your own inner world and undertake the journey of deep growth.
Your children have arrived as your best teachers. They are your partners and greatest supporters as you live into who you are becoming, instead of just thinking about it.
I’m here to remind you, that even though you are still you in these foggy days of parenthood, you can indeed elevate every aspect of your life, starting today.
Join me in this journey. I’m so glad you are here