Tell me about your mindfulness journey. When did you start focusing on mindset? Why?
To be honest, my mindfulness journey began years ago, but I was a little younger so I didn’t put it to use 100% of the time. I started fully focusing on my mindset when I had my first child.
How did you begin implementing these tools into your life?
I began implementing my tools for mindfulness in simple ways. For example, I started writing about things in my daily journey. I would literally write about things I noticed or things that bothered me. Writing, researching, and self-teaching through experiences are my favorite ways to keep my mindset stable.
What are your daily mindfulness rituals now?
Aside from writing, I try to use my alone time as a way to meditate and keep my mind at ease. My alone time usually occurs during shower time or while the kiddies are asleep. I use that time to reflect and self- reflect on the essentials of life and motherhood.
How has your mindfulness practice changed after becoming a mother?
My mindfulness practice hasn’t changed, because I didn’t really have a legitimate mindfulness practice until I became a mother.
How has mindfulness affected your parenting?
Mindfulness has affected my parenting in great ways. My daughter was my firstborn, so once she was born I immediately began to watch what I say and do. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to set the best example possible. Now that I’m a mother of two being mindful has taught me the art of patience and calm reactions. These reasons are what led me to write my first mini E-book about essential life topics that mothers should be mindful of.
What have you learned about yourself throughout this journey?
Throughout my mindfulness journey, I have learned so much. I’ve become aware of so many things, even by thinking of certain things on my own. My patience is at an all-time high. I never knew I’d be able to leave a hectic day from teaching and return home filled with love and tolerance. I’ve also regained the level of self-discipline that I once had in undergrad. Last, but not least, I’ve learned that in the midst of loving my babies, I must never neglect the love I have for myself.
What advice would you give to any mother who thinks she’s too busy to put any energy towards mindfulness?
I would tell her this, mindfulness is going to be one of your strongest powers in this wonderful, motherhood journey. It will not only help you discover ways to be the best mother that you can, but it’ll also help you to be the best version of yourself.