I was born a “not enough” person. I’m not sure where it all began but my parents would recount stories of my utter distress in kindergarten when I didn’t earn a gold star from the teacher. In high school, they repeatedly told me to fail something so that I could learn that my world would not end when I did. I was a born Type A – highly motivated, always striving, and never getting to enough.
“Hope is a seed.”
I found these words in one of my favorite gardening catalogues because gardening is the ultimate metaphor for life. Every seed embodies the very essence of hope. Hope for the first sign of those little green seedlings poking through the dark soil. Hope for the budding on growing plants reaching for the sun. Hope for a beautiful, healthy harvest of color and richness.
Tell us about your family: We are a family of 5. I have 3 girls aged 11, 6, and 19 months. My husband and I are high school sweethearts rekindled and have been married for 7.5 yrs. We have a greyhound lab mix named Roxy. I’ve been co-leading actively for about a year and change although I was searching for a colead for quite a while. How long have you been a co-leader of HMN? I have been a co-leader for the Atlanta, GA Chapter since February of 2018. What brought you to HMN? I came across HMN through doing Facebook searches for holistic-minded “crunchy mom” Facebook groups in the Atlanta area when I was living in Virginia planning to […]
We wanted to share a timely and poignant message, and reminder, from HMN’s founder, Nancy Peplinsky:
The mayhem of 2020 has brought so many of us to breaking points. We swing from mood to mood, from one extreme to the other, fighting to find a middle ground and a small piece of sanity in the chaos. We stand with or against, in a very delineated world in a country where battle lines are drawn every day culturally, politically, economically, and emotionally.
We wanted to pass along some simple, doable ideas on how to incorporate care, support, and nurturing for ourselves into our already busy, and sometimes chaotic, lives. Although some of these are specific to mothers, most apply to anyone looking for some attainable self-nurturing. If you only do one thing today, take a minute to breathe deeply and sit still.
Everyone needs to feel accepted. Sometimes that’s hard when you’re not necessarily a “mainstream” kind of person. Maybe you are totally into homeopathic remedies and avoid traditional medicine. Or maybe you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or you just find yourself “outside the lines“ somewhere in your life. Finding your people becomes paramount to your feelings of being included, and to your well-being.
Jennifer Letzer is 36 years old and has 3 children, ages 8, 6 and 3. Her husband Devin is Irish, and their children’s names are Irish – Ruairi (pronounced Rory), Saoirse (Sor-sha) and Ciaran (Keer-an). When Saoirse started preschool, she was frustrated that people couldn’t pronounce her name, but Jennifer told her to give it time, and eventually it would work out. Jennifer was a newspaper reporter in California before becoming a mom. She is currently a labor and post-partum doula and Lactation Educator working towards certification through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators, and Lactation Educators. Her plan had been to go back to reporting, but, she said, […]
“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” Henry Ward Beecher
Dr. Keith Tidball believes part of the reason that going outside is such a good fit for the current situation is because connection to nature fulfills a deep evolutionary need. “We spent thousands and thousands of years among the rest of nature, that’s how we were designed,” he says. “It’s only in the last couple hundred years that we’ve become separate from it. But we’re compelled to affiliate with nature, which comes to the fore with urgency in times of crisis, because we associate nature with the healing aspects of hope and optimism.”
Kathy Zamora, 41, is mom to a 3-year-old son, and wife to David. She has been a member of the Essex County, New Jersey chapter of HMN for 3 years. Kathy says, “I didn’t have a particular “Ahha! This is the place!” experience with HMN. Instead, it has been a gradual series of small confirming events, conversations – connections – that affirm my belonging. Imagine an ice cube fresh from the deep freeze; hardened, a bit cold. Then it is put into a sun-warmed lake, and it melts and rejoins with the larger body. That has been my experience with HMN. Joining, participating, serving, connecting – for me HMN has been and continues to be the feeling of coming home.
Let me introduce you to Morgan Dart. She is a 29-year-old mother of 2 who she shares with her husband and is a volunteer co-leader of the Fox Valley HMN local community in Wisconsin. “HMN was something I needed in my life, because I was in the middle of nowhere, and I didn’t have any local friends. And being on the holistic spectrum limited my friends even further. It was super important for me, if for no other reason, to talk to other people who were “crunchy” in a face-to-face setting.”