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Raise It! This is Module #8 of the Mojo Mama Recharge Course. Click the link in Bio. 👇
Starts Jan. 22nd.

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Inspired by my friends @carynlarissa and @traceyspencer to share #thisisme
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I'm Jess, conscious mama to baby Luna (almost 6 months), holistic born-again health nut, reformed caffeine and stress addict and currently deeply immersed on this messy journey to self love. I’m a yoga and mindfulness teacher and essential oils educator and I especially love working with women and mamas.
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For a lot of years I was the strong, independent fast paced women. I had fooled myself into thinking I loved myself, but a few years ago I realised my self worth was tied to my ability to achieve. This meant I always had to “be the best” and I pushed myself to succeed, ignored self care and gained success at the price of my health and happiness. .
One day, as I sat around and looked at everything I had but still didn’t feel ‘happy, content or worthy’ and dealing with adrenal fatigue and chronic digestive issues, I knew shit had to change. I’d tricked myself and the world into believing I ‘had it all together’, but on the inside I stressed about my weight and appearance, always felt restless and needing to ‘do more, own more, earn more, be seen more’, constantly judged myself against others “I’m smarter, oh she’s prettier” and never felt like I ‘fit’ in with other women. It was fricken exhausting as I felt like I could never just relax and be ‘me’. .
Two and a half years ago I made a radical change and left a career which drained me and put a call into the universe, I surrendered and asked for help. I asked to find my people (more women, who accepted and loved me and felt the same way), I asked for a career with purpose and meaning, which I was so desperately seeking to fill my soul; and I asked for my wounds to be healed. .
Fast forward to now, I’m still working on my ‘shit’ but I’m a lot more down the path then before. I know the voice of my ‘mean girl’ and the voice of self love, and that love one, well, she’s getting louder. .
I am AMAZED at how well I treat my body now, and since having a baby, I have a newfound respect and honour for my body, and all womens body. WE ARE FUCKING INCREDIBLE and don’t you forget it. (Continued in comments)

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Memory making ❄️⛄️. (Can you spot that 8mo. Belly?! Barely made it back up from that pose 😂)

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Right before this picture he said "go inside and make me hot chocolate, woman!". 🎶Walk that walk baby.🎶
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Anyone else miss the snow just a little bit?
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It's been a tiring but beautiful two+ years being a Mom. I can't tell you how refreshing it was to get a @stitchfix gift certificate from my husband for Christmas.
It was life-changing. I'm a terrible shopper and usually regret more than half my purchases. It was so beautiful to get something handpicked from an expert. Michelle, my stylist, included a personalized note and suggested five outfits to go with the five pieces she coder for me. All the pieces were unexpected, something I wouldn't get myself. That's exactly the point of having someone else shop for you. I fell in love with every single one. That weekend, Nate took me out for some time for the two of us and did a photoshoot. In this picture I'm wearing a beautiful Royal Project blouse and a super soft forest green Honeypunch cardigan.

Check out more photos and a blog post on my site.

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Swimming in the rain. Jacob says it’s raining tacos 🌮? Desperately clinging to my sanity ... Another 2 weeks with my kids they don’t go back to school till the 7th of Feb!! How are all you mamas handling it?

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Sometimes putting on a little mascara and a sparkly headband is all you need to feel ready to conquer the day 👌🏻💛 #eatcakeforbreakfast

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Baby bear officially out grew the infant carrier. He's growing so fast you guys. Bryce and I were watching him dance in the kitchen today, and we held each other because we both wanted to cry thinking about how fast this year has gone. Behind the exhaustion, the chaos, the laughter the worry, the playing... behind all of it are parents just trying to hold and let go at the same time. It's the strangest feeling. A constant limbo of letting them go and grow, and desperately wishing for more time. Trying to soak it all in while staying sane in the whirl wind of it all.
Loving you is easy little O, please slow down a tiny bit, and if you want to nurse at night still... why the heck not, you are my last and it hurts thinking about it✨
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#candidmotherhood #nowisnow #letthembelittle #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #mama #clickinmoms #instamom #momblogger #childhoodunplugged

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My back and shoulders are taking on that familiar ache that arises from holding and nursing a newborn baby. She is so dependent on me for quite literally everything, including neck and back support for feeding.
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This dependence has a predictable way of eroding my patience, washing over me steadily, consistently, repetitively, until by the end of the week I am nothing but a depleted, smoothed over stone.
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Perhaps, though, being a worn, smooth stone is not something to begrudge. Her neediness, her attachment, her primitive senses attuned to my smell and my voice for her survival are the very things that by Friday I’m ready to pluck off like barnacles from a log but come Sunday I am longing for again. Because I need shaping. I need smoothing. For it is most certainly in the erosion of my rough exterior that God is revealing to me my weakness, my powerlessness, my absolute need for Him. So bring on Monday.
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Gerard has been getting closer to crawling every day but those chubby legs are not quite strong enough yet so I’m hoping we still have a couple of weeks before I’m chasing him around everywhere! I just love the sitting stage so much!! 🙊

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Holy moly am I grateful for these guys or what!? I honestly don’t know how anyone does life without them. Having our bodies supported in times of wellness (and not) is just everything to me. Let’s just say Amelia brought home a little more than arts and crafts from Preschool. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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My beautiful boy. You handled starting a new school so amazingly as I knew you would. Such a confident loving little guy. I hope everyone’s first day back or first ever day at school went well and finishes well. So proud of Harlem, leaving all his mates from last year to move to his new school. 💕💕💕
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#braveboy #lovesschool📚 #myfirstbaby #sogrownup

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Bedtime Mommy dgaf 🤷

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When cabin fever strikes- improvise! What do you do to keep yourself and bub entertained during the day? #nappyhair

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Island life.

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He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
I consider this my life verse. It’s the one I always go to, to meditate on and remind myself that He’s got this. He > i

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Tomorrow I have a 7 year old.. umm what? I have presents still on layby... I guess I'm off to the shops shortly to pay them off wrap and organise! Will be so glad when this birthday is over.. Maddy in October cousin Nov Xmas December and jayda January... anyone say money? . .
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#fabulousfashionchildren#totsandtrends #tagyourausbabyrep #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #littleandbrave #kidsofinstagram #nothingisordinary #uniteinmotherhood #umh_kids #momswithcameras #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #dailyparenting #childofig #motherhoodrising #motherhoodthroughinstagram #pixel_kids #instamama #igcutest #bestofmom #momlife #our_everyday_moments #instadaily #instagood

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Puppy love 👧🏼🐶

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Never stop exploring the simplest beauties, my little light. You constantly remind me how they never disappoint. ✨✨🌊🌞✨✨

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I'm still very much a newbie sewer but I have so loved the journey of really learning to sew and I'm fairly certain it will be one of my life-long passions. This is sweatshirt #5 (with one still in progress) from a pattern that my boys and I have really loved from @peekaboopatternshop. The sweatshirts that I have made for my boys really seem to be their favorites which is an extra special bonus. But, I mean, a good hoodie is always my favorite 😉. Can I just sew and take pretty pictures and be a mama to small children until the end of time? Well, it doesn't quite work that way but I'll take all the advantage when/while I can. 💕
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#raisingboys #boymom #uniteinmotherhood #momtogs #momswithcameras #motherhoodrising #dearphotographer #candidchildhood #kidsforreal #photooftheday #childhoodunplugged #letthekids #letthembelittle #dailyparenting #thehappynow #lovelylittlesquares #ohheymama #documentyourdays #oregonboy #momboss #mompreneur #etsyshop #smallbusiness

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Peek a boo 👀 Cómo le encanta a Jerónimo meterse a su casita de Cars 🚗 ¿Qué tal estuvo su fin de semana? #ahoraquesoymamá

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Some of the sweetest people on the planet right there. My lifelong friend and her precious family. I want to squeeze them all. @ginaking #sarahlibbyphotography

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Gift It! Is Module #6 of the Mojo Mama Recharge Course. Click link in Bio for details! 👇
Starts Jan.22nd

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sundays with this little babe 🙌🏼 forced daddy to skip ice fishing , stay home with us + go to the park ! It was so worth it 😍 the weather, the fresh air, the laughs + running around • agh! P E R F E C T day 💙

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21/365 “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” Since Caleb is my last baby, my nursing days are numbered which makes me sad only in a way you know you won’t experience something ever again, despite its highs and lows. My babies were all small at birth, and from nearly eight weeks premature to a week late, they ranged from five pounds, five ounces to six pounds, fourteen ounces. Having shed many tears in front of lactation consultants, I fought to nurse all four (low supply, pumping through a NICU stay, mastitis, etc.) and also formula fed to ensure they properly gained. Now that I’m back to work, I know that each time we nurse could be our last as my production dwindles (despite fenugreek, Mother’s Milk tea, lactation cookies, and increased water intake). I wanted to capture this moment, freeze this memory, a common sight in our home over the past six years; plus I’ve resolved to leave my comfort zone and get in the frame once a week in 2018. I will miss our quiet time together, and we probably won’t make it to my goal of five months, but I’m thrilled that our family is now complete, and we are blessed beyond belief. If there’s one thing I’ve realized as a mother, it’s that I always feel torn about something, so why would this be any different!?

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11pm. He won't sleep. All he wants is to be worn and walked. Laundry to do, packing to sort out, kids stuff to arrange for a very early morning pick up and I'm exhausted and emotional.
But when you are a month postpartum there isn't much that takes precedent when your baby doesn't feel like sleeping. So we pace as the duties wait for a later time...which means a later bedtime despite the early wake up alarm that's been set.
Anyone else up? Are you staying up intentionally to enjoy some alone time with your own thoughts, your own tv show or uninterrupted conversation with your other half? Or do you have some tiny human stealing your sleep from your stingy eyes and sluggish brain?
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Latest blog post is all about the #reallife reasons I've stuck with our nutrition products for as long as I have.

Don't get me wrong, science will always be my first love and I LOVE all of the clinical studies and data behind behind these products and why they work. But it's all the day-to-day ways they make my life easier that make them something we'll never go without!
Link in bio 🙌☺️

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