When I first had the idea for the Strength in Mothers Retreat and workshop, I was telling someone else who is in this business about it.
I was filling her in on all my plans and how life-changing the retreat would be, and I noticed she was watching me with sort of a “concerned” look. I asked her what she was thinking.
“Do you really think anyone will come? Moms are notorious for not investing in themselves.”
I gave her the side eye – I’m a mom, she’s not – and said “Of course they will.” But I’ll admit, her comment got to me.
After all, I wouldn’t have to write emails like the series I sent out this week about how to begin feeling human again if we lived in a culture where moms felt like it was ok to invest time, money, and resources into their own happiness, fulfillment, health, and wellbeing. I don’t ever have to preach these things to dads.
But yet, it was my most popular email and social media series to date, and that’s because so many moms relate to feeling pulled so thin that they cannot breathe.
And the money they ARE spending on themselves is usually a panicked attempt to “fix” what they believe is broken: their bodies. They’ve been shamed and targeted by a disgusting diet industry that preys on the insecurities they face with their post-baby bodies.
So believe me, I’ve laid in bed at night staring at the ceiling anxiously wondering “what mom is going to do this?”