In my final weeks of maternity leave I have been making sure to focus on some “me” time and schedule some really lovely days while the older kids are in dayhome. As I write this I have a sleepy 3 year old on one arm and a baby army crawling across the rug toward my… Read More First Time Mountain Biking in West Bragg Creek x How to Climb Out of a Funk.
Parenting when you are on crutches with a broken leg: Some reflections. And: IS IT POSSIBLE? A report from the trenches. So I went on a girls’ downhill mountain biking weekend in Fernie. My husband was worried about me coming home hungover and not useful. He was definitely correct on the latter. Which brings me… Read More Reflections on Parenting with a Broken Leg
Podcasts can be a new mum’s best friend. They are intellectual stimulation and a sense of connection and engagement in what can be a lonely and isolating time. Today I share the podcasts that changed my life and daily practices for the better. I discovered podcasts on my second maternity leave, and fell in love… Read More What I’ve Learnt from 200+ Hours of the Tim Ferriss and School of Greatness Podcasts
Coming into my first and second pregnancies there was one thing I was vereeeee worried about. That was the chronic back pain that I suffer from. In 2008 I was rear ended at high speed and sustained damage in my spine. I have damaged disks throughout my thoracic spine, a really nasty herniation at T7-T8… Read More Managing Back Pain with Young Children
One of my goals with The Great Maternity Leave, from the get-go, was to step into a place of total openness, transparency, and authenticity. Something I think is so badly needed in our world – and that is happening in leaps and bounds thanks to the internet 🙂 and of course, really brave people. It’s f*cking… Read More Your Mental Health On Maternity Leave: What is a Real Funk Like?
I spent the final month before returning to work alternating between mixed emotions (Excited! Sad! Scared! Happy! Yes! No!) about going back to work. I kept myself busy and constantly reminded myself to focus on the present moment and just enjoy my time with the kids. What is the point of trying to anticipate… Read More The 5 Things You Can Do to Cope with Stressful Life Events
Why you should read this: Receive far greater benefits at your next massage and shift from passive recipient to (somewhat) active participant. I talk about going beyond the surface level benefits of massage: muscle & mental relaxation and how to access deeper benefits like addressing injury and emotions. Reading time: Less than 3 minutes… Read More How to Get the Most out of Your Prenatal or Post-Partum Massage