When my daughter Echo arrived, all of the tools I had been using to feel at peace in my body and mind flew out the door. My world shrunk. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I hardly cared about anything else, and though I didn’t actually miss that outside, kid-free world too much, I still wanted to feel good; about myself, about my parenting, about my spouse and my family. In order to do so I had to seek peace and connection, not from without—not from a good haircut, a long talk with a friend, personal beauty, flirting, a paycheck, a clean house, nor from doing anything right, (as these things were no longer available to me!)—but from somewhere else: from a place so deep and basic that I hadn’t known it existed. I hadn’t even looked for it. Now, I know this still point inside me is where everything important takes place. I find such relief in knowing this.
Mothers—working mothers, stay-at- home mothers, step-mothers, adoptive mothers, and every mother in-between—all want happy, healthy children, and successful personal, and professional lives. We also want more than that. We yearn for CONNECTION, CREATIVITY, and COMPASSION. We want these elements in our relationships with our children, spouses, friends, communities, and most importantly within our relationships with ourselves.
Carrie-Anne and I are mothers, too. We suffer from the same pressures of life—from work challenges, to quarreling siblings, to family drama. We know that it isn’t possible to press PAUSE on our lives and go soak in a bubble bath until we feel better. We need to feel better now. We need tools that work in the thick of chaos, in the reality of our lives just as they are.
Being a good mom isn’t about parroting someone else’s beliefs. It isn’t about reading a book and memorizing the correct thing to say or do. (Blessed be!) Succeeding at self-care, succeeding at parenting, succeeding at all of our relationships, happens in little micro-moments throughout the day, little triumphs of connection. This is what MOTHER is about: authentic motherhood via connection. I can’t wait to share the experience with you.
MOTHER is a place where we speak openly about the ups and downs of motherhood—the hardships and the bliss. Carrie-Anne and I are here to guide you, to share insights, stories, and techniques that build good-feeling lives this very instant. Let us host you as you find your own version of connection, creativity, and compassion because you deserve it.
On May 1, Carrie-Anne and I will begin our 3rd Annual MOTHER Course, a 4-week course where we go deep and learn a new way of doing and being. Many women have said that this course changed their lives, and many women come back to take it again, because it's so nourishing. In the course, there is daily interaction with myself and Carrie-Anne, and we hold weekly live Q&A calls for further engagement. The course is spread out over 4 weeks, and you will have access to the content for as long as you need it.
If you've ever considered joining, or if this is your first time hearing about it, come check it out over here. We hope to see you in there when we begin.
About Natalie Christensen
“PARENTING WITH EMPATHY.”
Natalie Christensen is a writer, illustrator, and mother living in Missoula, Montana. She is co-creator of Feeleez, a line of tools that support the emotional development of children. She offers life + parenting coaching and on most days can be found on the banks of the Clark Fork river with her family and her dog.