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89: Sustainable Motherhood (with Heather Chauvin)

In this episode, Heather Chauvin shares how moms can feel their best and engage in a more sustainable version of motherhood through energy management and through setting strong, clear boundaries. In the end, it all comes down to knowing how you want to feel and how you want to show up as a mom and then structuring your life to match. A must-listen for moms!

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Heather:

“What we resist will persist and grow bigger. I’ve heard this from so many people so I cannot give credit to the source.”

“How do you want to feel and how do you want to show up in your life? How do we create a sustainable lifestyle for ourselves? Time, money, energy that’s in alignment with how we want to feel. But we are not being taught this as women. We have these stories of who we need to be and how we need to show up in the world and we start playing out the stories and go, ‘My gosh! I can’t do this!'”

“If self care fills me up and I’m a nice human being to you, and I can give more to you and I can be of service to you and more people, how is that being selfish? I think, as women, we really have to stop and think about how we are really showing up in the world and how that transpires in our every day, in our parenting, in our every day, and how we just feel, how we need to be. It must be nice and it is nice. You can have it too! We need to stop and think about where we are getting these belief systems from. Where are we actually picking up these stories? What are you telling yourself?”

“It is this illusion that we buy into, that happiness is what we can buy. But it’s really not. It’s about internal. I used to be a social worker, and I realized that people just didn’t know how. They wanted the tangible “how to.” Then you realize it’s not in alignment with what I have: ‘Wait, I have a maxed out credit card and I still feel empty.'”

“You could be 500 pounds and feel amazing inside your own skin. And that’s essentially all that matters. It does not matter what size your pants are, it’s how you feel in your body. That is what people are going after.”

Some of Heather's Favorite Things:

Routine: “5:30-6:00 before the kids… sometimes early to crossfit and eat. Physically walk slowly if not working out… fed before kids get up… all in.
Evening: 9:30-10:00 read with son, journal, look at calendar for next day, relaxing. Phone NEVER in the bedroom.”

Habit: “Journaling – when I feel inspired… like water. There is some magic. There is a huge difference between thinking about something and writing about something. Journaling is amazing!”

Best advice received: “Don’t take my advice.”

Favorite Book: “Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. Vulnerability is key.”

What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Woman?

“Take your own advice. Listen to yourself. Practice what you preach. Speak up, shift, change. It’s not about traveling to Bali. What makes me happy and vibrant is following through.”


Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly

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