Nine years ago right now, I was preparing to launch the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network. The group has met monthly since January 2009, hosting dozens of terrific speakers on topics relevant to health and wellness, parenting and natural living. This coming January, as the chapter celebrates its ninth anniversary, the group will convene a discussion reflecting on its past and envisioning its future.
Being mindful doesn’t mean you always have good days. It means when things are rough, you remember to breathe because you’ve practiced it. And when tears come, you don’t judge them. You just be with your feelings in the moment, notice your thoughts, tell yourself you are not the same as them, and call on wisdom you’ve read or heard or cultivated on your yoga mat. This can still look messy, don’t get me wrong. But as long as there is openness to believing there is something to be gained, even from pain, there is possibility. Even though I got there late, I found inspiration at the Achieving Optimal Health Conference.
Imagine a local family resource guide with over 500 listings of practitioners, wellness centers, yoga studios, parenting resources, nature spots and more to explore in Metro DC plus opportunities for self-care and a roundup of health & eco-friendly events and activities. It’s here – for free! – right here on this site!
The Mindful Healthy Life eBook Guide to Holistic Family Living is expanding and finalizing additions and revisions for its third edition to be released later this fall.
With its many fitness studios and holistic-minded businesses and organizations, Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is a natural place to host a day of events and activities that support health and wellness. On Saturday, June 24, the Del Ray Business Association will put on Well Ray, a day of free classes, demos, and talks with ample opportunities to meet vendors from the community and learn how to be healthy and well. Read More
Spring is always full of great events. This May, join me at events where other women and I will be sharing our experiences as mothers, healers and creative individuals. Read More
Pleasance Silicki and Alexandra Hughes are moms on a mission to help other moms find joy, take care of themselves, and learn to be present even in challenging situations. At the end of October, they will be taking their show on the road for a unique weekend of self-care at their Moms UP! Retreat in beautiful Meadowkirk, Virginia at Meadowkirk Manor. Read More
Mindful Healthy Life was thrilled to be a part of MommyCon DC 2016 at the DC Convention Center on July 23. With more than a thousand attendees and more than 50 awesome exhibitors, it was an amazing and inspiring day full of workshops, discussions and terrific shopping with brands and businesses moms can feel great about!
MommyCon is a conference for natural-minded moms that supports breastfeeding, babywearing and other holistic choices for healthy families.
I was so excited to learn that DC-area moms would be able to enjoy this event on August 22 when MommyCon comes to the DC Convention Center for a full day of fun and education, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mindful Healthy Life is pleased to offer this glimpse behind the scenes for newcomers, including an exclusive Q&A with the organizers to help you plan for Saturday.
Last week was World Breastfeeding Week, and August is National Breastfeeding Month. My family and I celebrated by attending a local Big Latch On Event. The Big Latch (or BLO) on is an event that takes place on the first days of World Breastfeeding Week where moms go to latch their babies at the same time to be counted in a world-wide total. The goal each year is to host enough breastfeeding moms to break the previous record. Tallies for this year have exceeded 9,000. In Northern Virginia alone, there were at least three BLO events. In DC, the month will close out with the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington‘s annual Breastival. Read More