{Nourish.Breathe.Thrive} Mother’s Day Gratitude + Brownie Recipe

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection.” ~Buddha

As a mom, I understand how natural and joyful it feels to shower my child with love but, sadly, it can also feel very natural to put other peoples needs before my own. Being a mother is the most rewarding part of my day and I am truly grateful for my wonderful son but that does not mean that motherhood is easy or stress-free! It is the hardest job I have and in order to succeed at being a good mom I know I must first love and care for myself.

Over the past year and a half, as I struggle to manage my health, my family and my business I have definitely learned the importance of prioritizing my needs. I know, first hand, that when I am not well everything and everyone seems to suffer the consequences. We have to advocate for our physical and mental health and overall wellness so that we can be the best version of ourselves. When I take the time to care for myself I always feel more grounded and present even if I am not feeling my best.

This Mother’s day make time for YOU! Find a quiet area where you can breathe and truly relax. Maybe you take the time to right down your personal goals and intentions and use the day as a stepping stone toward your goal of loving yourself!

 Here are a few ways you can practice self-love any and every day!

{Nourish} Cook and/or Eat something you love and savor each bite.  Sure you can woof down a cookie or a piece of cake but it is a far more full experience if you slow down and allow yourself to truly enjoy it. Luxuriate over every bite…the flavor…the texture. You may find that a few bites of your favorite food, when eaten mindfully, are far more satisfying that say, cleaning your plate!

Healthy Bites: One of my guilty pleasures is an owey-gooey brownie and considering I am avoiding gluten until my belly is feeling better this recipe from Life Made Simple is the perfectly decadent Mother’s Day treat!

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{Breathe}

  • Cleanse and calm your mind using your breath. It is pretty amazing to think that you have all the tools you need to truly calm yourself. Considering the chaos that goes hand in hand with parenting—the simple act of finding a quite space and engaging in your breath can be life changing!
  • Treat yourself.  Do something you love without judgement! Maybe you love massages or hikes in the woods. It can even be as simple as a lunch with a friend or quiet time and a book.
  • Call your mom.  Perfect for mothers day!  Research has shown that the sound of your mothers voice may release the stress causing hormone Oxycontin.  I realize that this may not be the case for everyone so, instead, reach out to someone you love that you have not had time to connect with in a while!
  • Dedicate Your Yoga Practice…to YOURSELF. Flow through your favorite poses and an intention that celebrates you. You can use this principle in other aspects of your life (say a run or time spent doing something that nourishes you) as well even if yoga isn’t your thing.  Keep your focus on self love and the beauty of your strength and grace.

{Thrive}

It is important to take time to reflect and let go of that voice in your head that can lead to insecurities and self-doubt.  Take some time to write down all of your positive attributes–you know–the stuff that make you amazing (because you are!!). It may feel hard at first but go with it and don’t be shy about telling your nay-saying self to bug off!

I attended a seminar a few years back and one of the exercises that really spoke to me was a self-affirmation I use often. Give this a try!

Sit in a quite place and take a few cleansing breaths. Place your hand on your heart and start rubbing your chest, gently, like your mother would if you were sick or needed love. The soft, calming feeling of gently rubbing your chest is profound in itself! Add to that this simple mantra:

“I deeply love and accept myself”

Repeat this over and over until you feel calm and well, in love…with you!

Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy YOUR day. Snuggle your little ones! Have fun and smile often!

With love and respect,

Katie

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