A lil omm goes a long way… literally!

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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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so beautiful

last week, I was gifted an incredible piece of art that will forever be in my memory as one of the most beautiful, touching and meaningful moments in my life. 
we gathered as a lilomm teaching community & Michelle Cohen ( a teacher and friend) gifted me with the most incredible book of notes, pictures & quotes from the past 5 years at lil omm yoga. 

I cannot begin to express to everyone who wrote to me how special this is. I am blow away….overwhelmed with love… and truly delighted to have so many special memories and people I care about all in one place.  thank you to all who wrote and to all who have come through our doors. 

I love the work I do- and you can see why.  I promised teachers and students that I would post pictures of some of the pages…. thank you for this gift, it has given me so much joy- so much to remember….here is to many more… 

                                                     

would you believe?

tonight something happened for the first time in my life.

I was given an award for a bness group I’m in. BNESS?  Really? I NEVER would have thought.. who knew?

I’m beyond touched&grateful.

In fact, so much so that I cant really remember what its for…  After the founder of the group & one of my mentors, Frederique, called out my name- my mind went blank & I forgot why I was even getting it. I know it had something to do with connecting  with group members, collaborating, sharing and supporting- which I think is kinda what I’m here on this earth to do.

So for me, it’s not really about business it’s about being who I am. Authentically living & acting in a way that supports my own life, growth and path. I LOVE to share, help, teach work with others and promote things I  believe in.

So, getting an award was pretty cool. I mean, I was ALWAYS last when we ran  the mile in school, on JV sports for too many years, 2nd chair in Oboe CT Orchestra, and generally an average kiddo and adult. Which was okay with me.

But getting the award was so meaningful to me b/c  heres the thing.

I LOVE this group. I have met  smart, dedicated women working tirelessly to do amazing things with their bness, to grow to learn and support one another .I have gained SO much from them. I am excited for our monthly  meetings& time together – inspiring! I always leave with a lifted hearted and a big smile. Ideas, questions and that deep feeling of connection. It fills my heart! I get so much out of HER Corner. 

Last year, I was in a rough spot for lil omm. I did not know what I wanted to do with it- where to take it- how to grow it and who I needed to help. I just was in unknown territory. I said to my hubby “I need a women’s bness group to help me. I want to be accountable and share ideas.. what should I do??”

Not even a week later, Fred postes on the Glover Park listserve ” Women’s bness group starting in Glover Park! This is for ladies who want to grow and have support and share ideas and be held accountable” WOWOW!  I called and emailed her with JOY- Enthusiastic YES! YES!

And the rest is history.. .new friends and colleagues, smiles, ideas, highs and lows, balancing time, family, money & priorities .  In it together.

More than I dreamed it would be.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brene Brown

so tonight Im grateful for all the gifts this group has given me.

Im grateful for Fred & her team and mostly the other members who suppport& advise.- HER CORNER

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I got this beautiful GlassyBaby called BREATHE. how perfect.
thank you for this gift. a treasure.

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