A lil omm goes a long way… literally!

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MidDrift Movement Swag… Get Yours.

Last week I was invited to a very special event. The Mid-Drift Movement was coming to DC to do some filming for a documentary they are making about motherhood and postpartum bodies. When it was my turn to speak I had NO idea what I was going to say. I just got up and started telling the story of lil omm, and something magical happened…
As I began to speak our story to share the path of why and how we started and what the state of motherhood, natural birth, and holistic options were available to mamas 9 years ago I reflected back on how isolating the prenatal and postpartum period felt.  When lil omm started there were so few resources and communities for women and families, even in this big, highly educated city.  I started LO as a way to surround myself with like-minded women and families who wanted MORE OUT OF THEIR LIVES and THEIR PRACTICES, especially as it pertained to raising children. Fast forward to last fall when I decided to close the studio- and you know what? I do not feel this way anymore! Now, Washington DC has many more options for prenatal information, classes on parenting, natural birth options and while it’s not perfect, I closed our doors feeling like women and families were more supported in this city now than they were when we opened.  I’m so proud of us!
It feels so good to know that this city has made progress- from the beautiful midwifery program at George Washington University that integrates with the OB-GYN program, to the opening of the new Maternity Center at Sibley Hospital to the increase in home births of my students. I also feel so grateful that our country is in a “mindfulness and yoga” boom right now where people everywhere can find classes online and in their local libraries and communities. These practices that I hold so dear have been able to expand a bit to reach a broader audience and while nothing is the same as the heart, soul and spirit that was our LO studio, I feel SO GOOD to know that our city (and beyond) has access to more information and quality support than ever before.
This past year I have been approached to do some really interesting projects as a way to keep the lil omm community and spirit alive: coaching new yoga & wellness teachers and professionals in their business, Skype training for Itsy Bitsy/ Mom & Me Yoga so that we can spread these amazing offerings to more locations, supporting women on the phone to start their own meditation/ yoga practice, having fun teaching how essential oils can help with our physical and emotional health, and finally creating online classes (and a virtual book club!) so that lil omm can continue to reach women who really want a community, a home to feel supported and seen and loved on this spectacular journey of life.
I left the MidDrift event just feeling so grateful for what lil omm was AND what it is becoming. Memories of students and their babies scrolled through my mind, but I really honored the fact that there was a point in time when I needed lil omm studio in order to Thrive.  I needed a physical place to put my energy and time into, and to bring my children, and to teach and share yoga. And like everything, that time has passed.  My interests have shifted. I have grown and evolved and while the core of lil omm remains the same, I’m proud of us for riding the waves, going with the flow, and being super curious about our lives as they are NOW… stepping into new offerings, programs, connections in new ways while always remembering that one of the keys to long term wellness and contentment is connection (and that can happen live, online, on the phone, with our thoughts and our memories).
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Her Strength, an opening.

I recently asked our community for some words or thoughts about their word of the year for 2016. I wanted to see how people were using their WOTY in daily life.. I want our community voices heard in our newsletters and blogs, the honest truth telling from our lives. the GOOD STUFF and the HARD STUFF- I truly believe through storytelling and sharing ourselves, we heal, we help, we hold each other.

A few years ago, I met Michelle and thought she was funny and smart and thoughtful. I have really had a chance to get to know her over the past few years and I am grateful she is in my life. She is open to learning new things, and while she ( like we all do) experiences hard things.. she is also incredibly open and honest and trying HER best to live a great life NOW… Read on. THANK YOU MICHELLE!

 It’s One or The Other by Michelle Scheumann

 Strength. I want it. At least I hope I do. Strength is my word of the year for 2016. I’m putting it out into the universe to insight internal change for my self. It’s embarrassing to admit but I lack the physical strength to live the amazingly fortunate life I’ve been gifted without paying the high price of exhaustion and or illness that often follow most my adventures, travel and endeavors. This has become much more apparent to me as I age. I do know the best way to pay tribute to the life you’ve been given is to live your best life possible. Make IT count whatever that “IT”might be. If I Sign up & I show up. Put your best foot forward. Trust me, I get it and how important it is to be and more importantly feel strong in my body. I can talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. I don’t do it. It’s not that I can’t do it. I just hate to work out. What I’ve noticed at almost 50 is I’m far less able to play the fake it ‘till I make it game. Life can wipe me out. Mentally and physically. And the cherry on top is I am well aware I already have a sensitive/ frail constitution. It’s how I’m wired.  It’s not a new revelation but I’ve slowly been realizing I’m missing out on so many things. I’m missing out on my own life. I don’t have FOMO {Fear of Missing Out]. I’m actually missing out on opportunities which present themselves that I have to decline or skip because I’m overwrought and just too tired from the last round of something I chose to do. I can always plow through but it often leaves me in a weeping heap on the hardwood floor weak and wiped out. And I’m back in recovery mode which may take days.  I am currently not the best version of myself. It feels as if  I’m watching my life on the big screen and “I’m not the leading lady of my own life” [ as stated by  Kate Winslet in the movie “The Holiday”].  I need an upgraded app. A Michelle 2.0. reboot but I don’t possess the necessary software. It can’t be purchased or negotiated or faked. It must be earned through hard work, consistency and determination. I’m going to need to work for my better version. My STRONG/ CAPABLE self. This makes me say….ICK!

     I’m not in shape. I never really have been.  Why? Because I hate to work out. I always have. Perhaps always will. It’s a conundrum of sorts as it’s like having access to medicine you know will help you but you don’t take it.  I am a pro at avoiding anything I don’t want to do. Thus far, I have been able to muddle through my life activities even though it’s at a cost. So I can listen to Jane Fonda on NPR talk about the importance of fitness in the aging process, read Thomas Jefferson’s letter to Peter Carr, & watch Diane Nyad’s Ted Talk all with the underlying message [one which I already know] of the importance of maintaining a  strong body which leads to a strong mind, resiliency, mental acuity and an overall richer life. Don’t I want a richer/stronger life for my second act at this one life? It comes down to me. I have to do the work and this is the work that must be done. A quote from a recent Liz Gilbert talk is playing over and over in my mind. “What is it you REALLY WANT? I mean REALLY, REALLY WANT? And WHAT are you willing to give up to get it?” It’s one or the other. I can’t have the thing I say I want and remain the same. I have to make the change. It’s scary to acknowledge I want something different. What if I don’t succeed?  It’s way out of my comfort zone even though I know it’s the healthier choice. Change is always hard. I look over on my bedside table and read the cover of my 2016 Desire Map planner from Danielle LaPorte that basically says the same thing as Liz Gilbert . A daily reminder….”WHAT I WILL DO TO FEEL THE WAY I WANT TO FEEL”….The message is ALL AROUND ME.  I pause. What will I do? What will I give up to achieve my goal of strength? Can I do it? More importantly, am I willing to make the change? I don’t know but I’m sure going to try. Then I hear Anais Nin in my head “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” So I imagine the risks and rewards. I’m choosing to start my strength journey because “You can’t be committed to your bullshit and to your growth. It’s one or the other.” I think I’ll try other for a while.”