Health

A Lot Can Happen in a Year

 No such time as spare time
No such thing as free time
No such thing as down time
All you got is life time
Go
 - Henry Rollins

"It's beginning."

These are words I've heard over and over the last couple weeks from friends, family and mother lovers as LMH landed in the hands of women and men around the globe.

When I look back at the last 365 days, they've been absolutely transformative and I didn't know what to expect. The outcomes have been incredible; and the feelings felt have been big and tender, vulnerable and real. 

In all honesty, I can say 2015 was a WILD ride. Srsly. Wild.

It was one of the biggest years on my personal record, even though I'll never compare it to the mentally and emotionally exhausting years after my dad died and a love of my life died. And, I can't compare it to the years of being a midwife and the hard, and easy births I was part of. Those are different stories. 

This year was wild and big, because I felt how much I give a massive sh*t about improving maternal health outcomes from an "on the ground" perspective and nurturing the growth of this community. This year was wild and big, and hard, because I learned a lot about asking and receiving help. This year was big, because finally, I feel like I am doing exactly what I was born to do in this lifetime and I'm really comfortable in my skin.

Alongside all the hard work it takes to do the work I love, and the constant hustle - I won't stop, can't stop, because this community is it. Improving maternal health is it. Building and expanding this business for you and future generations - it's everything. 

In 2013-14, I knew what was possible - in my head. I didn't know how to execute fully. It took time, and research, to listen to myself deep enough to hear how I was going to help. 

My mom was worried about my future. Sometimes people said I should consider quitting. But I knew in my heart I wouldn't stop. I'd make it work.

On Dec 20th, 2014, I sat on a plane bound for Colorado to spend the holidays with my family and read an intense amount of research on maternal health and postpartum mental health...and that's when I got "the download" on LMH.

From there, I started taking action. Daily action. And, LMH was conceived.

Highlights of 2015:

  • With the help of a rad editing and peer-review team scattered across the country, we wrote LMH.
  • With the help of this incredible rockstar community, LMH was born on Kickstarter. This was the light of my year. You are.
  • The funding of LMH on Kickstarter re-wired my heart, reminded me "love goes a long way," and helped prepare my soul for the next three months. The next decade.
  • After Kickstarter, the wild ride started with publishing deals, conversations with potential investors and broker firms, pushing myself to re-develop the business model and plan for growth strategically, sustainably, and wisely. I said, "Yes, please," and also learned when to say no. Everyday was a new adventure and I was learning to navigate new waters - it was hard. 
  • I stopped working with women one-on-one in October.
  • In November, I realized I couldn't be an army of one CEO. With the help of an stellar design and developer team, legal team, and a lot of support from smart family and friends I've taken big leaps, and landed in a pretty sweet spot.
  • We've pitched LMH to six innovative institutions that provide maternity care (aka hospitals & birth centers) and they love it. LMH is three months old.
  • We re-established our mission, visions and values in preparation for our growth, which felt incredibly grounding; and helped me envision what we will accomplish in 2016.
  • We went global. WHAT!?
  • We shipped LMH on time. Phew!
  • You thanked us, kept us in the loop, asked your questions, and told us to keep going. We delivered and we will keep delivering. Pinky swear.

This is what's in store for 2016:

  • As we re-established our MVV's, watched LMH place herself in the right hands, we felt the inevitable and impending growth. In 2016, we will make some important (and crucial) hires.
  • We will partner with projects that are fun, and the right fit for our family and community.
  • Our mission changed from solely focusing on postpartum health, to providing tools for women from childbirth to post-menopause.  We will do this through online and mobile apps, beautifully designed self-care tools (like LMH) as we strive to protect and preserve the wellbeing of strong mother's, healthy families and connected communities. Basically, we're getting down to business and there will be a lot of dirty handwork.
  • We will push out LMH #2, on restoring your core and pelvic floor, and expand the LMH model.
  • You'll see more content, and not just from me, from experts that span the gamut - body, mind, heart and soul. Experts who speak real talk and want to help improve women's health.  
  • There will be more opportunities to meet up, all over the country (and fingers crossed the world) with speaking engagements, workshops and retreats. It's really important to our growth that we show up, in person, to meet and engage with you more regularly. 

That's the gist. 

As we make these changes, I will keep you in the loop. It's exciting and my focus in unwavering on building a strong foundation to help women for generations to come.

Finally, tomorrow is my 40th birthday. Recapping the last year and setting stride into the next year feels just about right. My wish, my one wish, is that more women get solid and loving beginnings into motherhood over the next 10 years.

Thanks for riding with me on the tail end of my 30's. I hope in some small way I've helped you, because you've changed my life. For the better and brighter.

As the Kings of Leon say, "You've got to shine before you blow them away." Let's blow them away Mother Lovers, in this next decade. I am ready.

I love you with all my heart!
XO,
R

 

"In Need of Grounding."

"Every age has its turn, every branch of the tree has to learn. Learn to grow, find it's way. Make the best of this short little stay...take your time, build a home, build a place where we can all belong"
- José González

Last week, I received an email from a mom and the subject line read, "In need of grounding and woo woo websites." Two of my favorite words! She was looking for some insight on seasonal shifts and how to help our bodies adapt, as well as our souls. The beautiful part was when she said, "I'm trying to change my life to something better, one that I truly want while I work full time and have less and less time for myself." We are all, and I love this!  

My first contact with "the woo-woo" was when I was 19. We had a rocky family moment and I lost my shit. More or less. I was a driven, pre-med student with my eyes set on med school straight out of college, residency done by 29 and family started. When it all broke loose, I started to look for things that helped me understand the depth of life. Something bigger than myself that would help me heal. 

I explored the new age phenomena in books and experiences. Yoga and meditation were two early practices that helped me pull the pieces back together again, and some therapy.

Even though I didn't go to med school, I pursued my intense interest in studying the origins of medicine, and how we heal as I continued throughout my college days. Ultimately, I graduated with a minor in holistic health and alternative medicine from a hippy school in Arizona. My major, education.

In order to dive into this question of grounding, connection with the earth, and seasonal changes I'm going to do a little series for the next couple weeks.

Each week, I'll add some websites to the posts that I go to regularly for insight, grounding, and connection.

The first go-to for me is something a teacher reminded me of recently, as life has been clipping by with opportunities and experiences that I never dreamed of experiencing. Sometimes, I've been completely overwhelmed an run down and this simple activity brought me back to center.

I have a teacher I've worked with for 10 years, she's taught and guided me through some incredibly hard years and beautiful ones too. The bright/messy years. Recently we talked and she said, "You have so many things coming at you all at once. Make sure you get outside, work in the garden, get your hands in the earth, go for a run, just be out and moving. It'll keep you grounded."

When I start feeling overwhelmed, outside I go. Sometimes I just sit or lay on the ground, and breathe. Other times I work in the garden, go for a run, do something in the yard or walk around, but also I take the time to stop, look up and absorb the energy (yep, woo-woo) that is the sunlight coming through the trees as they change colors or the wind rustling through the trees. 

Not rocket science, or even something you don't know, but if I had to be reminded I bet it helps you to have the reminder too. So many of us right now busy ourselves and it gets too hard to stop, and give ourselves time to just be. 

Try it this week if you feel frazzled. Take yourself outside and ground down. 

Regular go-to-woo-woo websites:
Chani Nicholas (astrology) 
Georgia Nicols (like having your grandmother tell you about the stars; she's awesome!)
Vidya Living (ayurveda, yoga, coolness factor on high, love Claire and what she offers)
The Local Rose (Shiva Rose's blog + follow her IG, she's lovely)

Do you have any simple grounding techniques you love? Let us know in the comments below. 

More on this topic next week! Until then, shine on and have a beautiful week.

Big Love!
XO, Rebecca