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.