EP029: Elena Lipson, goddess of self-care, on truly loving yourself

EP029: Elena Lipson, goddess of self-care, on truly loving yourself

Elena Lipson was my first ever self-love mentor. In fact, she is THE Divine Self-Care Mentor, and I credit her and my previous guest Leslie Potter, my amazing parenting coach, with helping me out of “martyr mama mode” and into grace and spaciousness.

I’ve decided to make October all about self-love and I can’t think of a better guest to kick that off. In today’s conversation Elena and I talk about mindful life choices, how Elena’s experiences with auto-immune disease led her to explore deep self-care as a path to healing, how she used the positive side of curiosity to imagine a completely different way of living, what made she and her husband choose to home-school their son, what that’s meant for her business, trusting our body and instincts and teaching our kids to do the same, and SO SO SO much more.

One of the things Elena said during our conversation that sticks with me the most is this: “One of the reasons we don’t trust our kids in their body is because we’ve forgotten how to trust ourselves in our own body. We’ve forgotten how to listen. We’re so in our heads that we don’t believe our kids, who are so connected to their own body.” So we tell them to wear sweaters when we’re cold and go to sleep when we’re tired. WEIRD, right? Remembering to listen to your body is SO important. Plus it gets us out of our kids’ business, and that’s a good thing!

Elena talks candidly about how becoming a mama led her to question many things about herself and her life and make different decisions from a place of deep-seeded trust in herself, her husband and their son. Their lives look nothing like they expected them to, and they’re so happy as a result. 

Want to get to know Elena a bit better? She’s got a beautiful podcast called Divine Self-Care Meditations and Musings, and episodes 45 – 47 are the ones Elena talks about during our conversation.

And finally, if you’d like to join The MamaFuel Sisterhood, head over here to check it out until October 14th, 2018 and if you’d like to join, you can become a member of the Founder’s Circle by clicking here for a special deal on the annual membership and here for the monthly option. And if you have any questions, just drop me a line on anne@mamafuel.me.

EP028: Heather Dawson on surprises in your genes, BIG decisions and making the most of life

EP028: Heather Dawson on surprises in your genes, BIG decisions and making the most of life

Heather Dawson is a warrior goddess whose warmth, kindness and optimism always light up even the darkest of situations. Good thing, too, because life’s thrown her some doozies…

When we were finishing university in the early 1990s, Heather lost her mum to breast cancer. In the following years she struggled through miscarriage after miscarriage (seven to be exact) before her first son was born, and another eight miscarriages before her youngest made his miraculous appearance. Yep, that’s 15 miscarriages. Enough to make anyone lose the sparkle in their eyes. But not Heather.

Not long ago, Heather found out that she carries a gene that made it very unlikely she’d live to see her boys become men unless she made some B-I-G choices. So she took action, undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstruction followed by a hysterectomy. She’s committed to watching her boys grown up and keeping on building her empire of smiles and sewing love for a long time to come. And I’m so grateful, as her friend, that she’s here.

This lady is one amazing soul. She’s navigated grief, loss and uncertainty like no one I’ve ever seen, and she’s one of the happiest, most positive people I know. Cozy up with a cup of tea and enjoy this interview.

To find out more about Heather, check out her Instagram account to see some of the exquisite creations she magics up with her sewing machine, and be inspired by her cheerful, positive outlook. She’s amazing. 

As ever, I’d love to know what you think. Head over to the Virtual Village on Facebook to chat more about the episode and if you’ve liked it, subscribe and SHARE with all the mamas you know. We could all use a spark of Heather-generated sunshine. 

EP027: Sharlene Lopez on identity, racism and otherisation in the midst of motherhood

EP027: Sharlene Lopez on identity, racism and otherisation in the midst of motherhood

We have four nationalities in our immediate family, and it often makes for interesting conversations when people ask “where are you from” because we were all born in different countries. Today’s guest has four nationalities wrapped up in her beautiful being. Earlier this month she decided to step into one of her nationalities more fully, for a month, to see how it feels.

Sharlene Lopez was born to a Scottish mother of Irish descent and an Iraqui father, adopted by a loving British family and educated in Catholic private schools. To say she’s inhabits the nexus of many influences doesn’t begin to cover it.

A few years ago she and her husband decided to leave London in search of tranquility and peace in a beautiful British village. Accustomed to being in the big city where there’s so much variety that no one is really “different,” Sharlene realised that her beautiful Middle Eastern features set her apart in her new home. She often felt conspicuous and at times a bit uneasy. That’s never been truer than right now.

Troubled by the racism she’s always seen in British society and feeling the plight of immigrants to her country, Sharlene recently decided to explore her “otherness” by, as she puts it, “trying on” one of her identities. She chose to embrace her Iraqui heritage and live for a month as an immigrant Iraqui muslim woman. She learned to wear a hijab and abaya and has been experiencing life very differently as she runs her business, parents her kids and shows up in her relationship and her community.

In today’s conversation we dive into the unexpected dilemmas Sharlene has faced this month, her challenges in professional and personal settings, and whether the Western world’s thinking about oppression of Muslim women is backwards. Sharlene shares what she’s thinking about her head covering mid-way through her “identity experiment” and invites us to share her as she continues on this quest to walk a mile in her Muslim immigrant sisters’ shoes. 

It’s a fascinating conversation you won’t want to miss. Once you’ve had a chance to listen, be sure to visit our Facebook group to join in a follow-up conversation with Sharlene. I’d love to hear what you think and to see you getting involved in the conversation. 

EP026: Anna Saucier on infertility, guilt and the power of sisterhood

EP026: Anna Saucier on infertility, guilt and the power of sisterhood

You know how sometimes you meet someone and they just zoom into your heart? That’s what happened the day I met Anna Saucier with her sweet baby girl strapped to her chest. The two of them were an oasis of deliciousness in a sea of friendly but decidedly adult people.

Anna and I got talking about her bumpy journey through infertility to motherhood, the realities of being mama to two small humans under the age of three, and what exhaustion does to your brain.

Basically we were instant sisters. When Anna agreed to be my guest for today’s episode of MamaFuel: The Podcast I was delighted. Not least because I know at least one mama out there listening will be struggling or will have struggled with infertility. If that’s you, I’m sending you so much love. And hope in the form of Anna and another guest I’ll have on in a couple of weeks.

In today’s (long but juicy) episode, Anna and I talk about how to talk to couples living through infertility, the power of real talk and the importance of women being in tune with each other (spoiler alert: sisterhood is important).

If you’d like to learn more about Anna’s work, visit https://www.orchidfertility.com/

EP025: Laura Powner on courageously living from her heart (and not the “shoulds”)

EP025: Laura Powner on courageously living from her heart (and not the “shoulds”)

Laura Powner is a powerhouse. Early in her adult life she ticked all the boxes of “success” as it’s set out for so many of us. But it’s her journey to becoming the woman she is today — a woman who now listens to her body, her soul and her longings and lets THOSE guide her decisions — that is the fascinating nugget at the core of today’s conversation. 

We meander from career to motherhood, through valleys of panic, to stretching our boundaries before we land at the heart of how Laura now leads her life: from her inner knowing, from her heart, from her soul.

I was fascinated to learn how Laura lived with crippling anxiety and panic for years, having been a powerful business woman who was in control of ALL THE THINGS. How motherhood shifted her priorities and how she let her intuition in and started listening to its wisdom not only for herself, but also with her clients as they explore their money stories, learn from Laura that they can put them down any time they want (yes, it’s true and so healthy). 

The most surprising moment for me was when Laura drew a link between her anxiety (which is something I also live with) and her psychic abilities. A complete and delightful surprise. I loved her story of bravery, how she now speaks and lives 100% “out there” for all to know and love her as she is, and the changes it’s prompted in her life. 

In fact, Laura has created her ideal life by living from that place of inner knowing and following the signs along the way. I’m feeling so inspired to lean into doing that much more than I do now, and I’d love to know what inspiration you got from this episode. 

Head over to our free Facebook community here and leave Laura and I a comment so we can learn from you too!

If you’d like to listen to the SuperSoul Sunday podcast I mention in this episode, head over here to listen. 

And finally, the quote I butchered (SO badly) is “your soul is covered by a thousand veils” by Hazrat Inayat Khan, and I haven’t been able to find the source but I’ll keep digging!

EP024: One time this summer… reconnecting after a long summer break

EP024: One time this summer… reconnecting after a long summer break

Welcome to September, beauty! This summer was one of escaping to North America, pondering what “home” really means, and reconnecting with family and with my own JOY.

It was awesome. And long. Too long away from our beds. How was yours? Were you vagabonding or enjoying a staycation?

In today’s episode, recorded alongside a river, I catch you up on what’s been going on over the summer, talk about the importance of us taking time for ourselves and tell you the story of the carrot at the end of my summer. It was epic and involved more hugs than I’ve ever had in a 72-hour period, unicorns and sparkle aplenty, and carried on into my family when I got home. 

Between frog songs and crane squawks I also talk about one of the podcasts that inspire me, which you can find here, and tell you that Camp made me step forward in braveness to start something I’ve been dreaming about for YEARS (yes, really) and create a Village in your pocket. There’s nowhere to go to join, but visit the Facebook group and tell me in there if you’d like to join us, and I’ll add you to the waiting list. Telling you about it gives me butterflies, so there must be magic in there too!

Here’s the link to join our private Facebook group, and be sure to either post in there or message me that you want to learn more about the (as yet nameless) Village in your pocket!