Inspiring mum – Courtney

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Courtney – 32,

Andrew – 30,

Kingston – 5,

Cassius – 1. 

I am blessed to share a beautiful life with my best friend and husband Andrew and our 2 amazing boys Kingston and Cassius. There is never a dull moment in our house. My Mom and younger brother live with us as well, so it is a very fun, and high energy home where a lot of laughing and loving happen. My husband is always joking around, and teasing us, I am in the kitchen a lot, there is a lot of playing and if you come over you will be forced to play a sport of some kind. I could not imagine doing life with anyone but my cherished tribe of wild things. 

Location?

Kitchener, ON Canada

Occupation?

I am a Sales Manager at Vega. We are a fast growing, dynamic Canadian company that manufactures plant-based supplements and empowers the world to thrive. I am so lucky to do something that I truly love and enjoy. I work with the best and brightest people imaginable. I am constantly learning and growing and being inspired by my team and our customers.

5 favourite things/items?

  1. My Essential Oils, or potions as Andrew calls them.
  2.  My “Mama” ring, a gift from my husband after the birth of Cassius.
  3. Clarisonic Cleansing Brush – my sleep deprived, dull skin saviour.
  4. Vitamix Blender – that apparatus is life changing and worth every cent.
  5. Vega One Nutritional Shake – my entire family starts our day with a nutrient packed smoothie. Fast, easy, nutritious.
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What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about my family and Motherhood. My family is at the centre of everything I do. I am rich and full because of them and I feel my greatest purpose is to give them a strong foundation of love and support and to create these wonderful human beings that are so alive and so present in the world, and that live a meaningful, wonder filled life.  I am passionate about learning, growing and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. I am constantly searching for knowledge, I love to explore new ideas, hear others stories, and connect with people that love life and appreciate all of our capabilities as human beings. I am passionate about yoga, health and wellness and natural medicine. I’m also quite obsessed with good food, coffee and wine.

Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime?

Yoga and Meditation. As an achiever, and someone that is been constantly “busy” my entire life, finding yoga and meditation 6 years ago has really helped to centre me and teach me the value of being present.  I also love reading in a super hot bath to unwind. It’s a rare occurrence these days, but I try to fit it in because it really calms me. Singing and dancing bring me a lot of happiness, so I try and do those as much as possible too.

How would you describe your family?

My family is energetic, fun loving, a little wild, extremely cuddly, loving, and affectionate. We all sleep together when possible, we love being close to each other. There is no such thing as personal space in our home. We love adventure, sports, being outside, eating. We are all people – people that enjoy entertaining others and being entertained. Although, we do enjoy some peace and quiet every now and then too. We all adore the beach, and living in Canada, we don’t get a ton of opportunity to enjoy it, so we get there whenever we can.

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How did becoming a mother change you?

I really feel like I came alive when I became a mother. It awakened a whole other part of me that I never knew existed. I had an entirely new appreciation for life, and for mothers. Everything is richer, more intense, more raw, more emotional. I was always someone who felt things deeply, but once I had children that was amplified tenfold. I value the little things in life so much more because of my children and I have a different definition of success and happiness now.

What’s the best part about being a mother?

The best part about being a Mother is that the pure joy your children bring to your life and the relationship you share with them is unlike anything in the world. No material possession, no amount of money, no job, no award, no place, absolutely nothing compares to the joy in my heart when the children Andrew and I created and brought into the world, were placed on my chest. Their kisses, their “I love you Mama’s”, their eyes staring into yours for reassurance and comfort. It’s pure and utter magic. It’s unbelievable really.

Naming your children is always so difficult (or maybe it was just me!) Was it easy to pick your child’s name and why did choose it?

Our first son Kingston was an easy choice. Andrew and I both loved the name and were very drawn to it from the beginning. We didn’t even consider anything else. It suits him – it’s a strong name and he rules our universe. With our second, we didn’t find out the sex of the baby and we had a harder time choosing a boy name because it had to follow Kingston, and couldn’t be too basic or traditional. We went back and forth with a few names and settled on Cassius Winter after we brought him home from the birth centre. Cassius like Cassius Clay. Winter because he was born in the middle of a very intense Winter and it was a stormy day. We usually refer to them as King and Cash.

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Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how?

Style has always been important to me.  From a young age, I always liked to express myself through fashion and it’s something I enjoy. When I look good, I feel good. I’ve learned the importance of having comfortable, timeless pieces in addition to some fun items that are on trend to mix in. Plus good shoes. The shoes make the outfit…always!  I am a very visual person and so this is something I try to maintain despite being busier and not having as much time to be as put together as I’d like to be.

Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you?

How all consuming it is. I mean, I knew it would consume most of my time, but it consumes my entire heart, my mind, my body, my soul. The love is just so deep and infinite. Also, how productive and high functioning I can be as a walking and talking, sleep deprived Zombie really surprised me.

Favourite thing to do as a family?

We love to be out and on some type of adventure together, or being cozy at home, playing some kind of game or sport, listening to music, dancing, laughing, eating.

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What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far?

The most memorable moment in motherhood has been witnessing the bond between my children. They are ridiculously in love with each other and so affectionate. It makes my heart so happy to watch their relationship form and grow. I pray they always remain this close, and although I’m sure they will have their moments of discontent with one another, I hope they always come back together and stay the best of friends.

What are some baby essentials every new mother needs?

My Solly Baby wrap was something I treasured and used all day, every day. I loved having my baby close, being able to nurse, and still get things done around the house, play with Kingston etc. The Ergo is also used frequently for us, it’s so much easier to pack than a stroller and again, I like having them so close to us. The Nose Frida was a godsend when Cassius had a brutal cold. I love Muslin blankets for everything, they are multipurpose. Our exercise ball was in heavy rotation for Cassius – he preferred bouncing over rocking. Homeopathic teething and cold medicine when needed and essential oils!

What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear?

I like to support small business when possible. We adore Wild Little Comfies, The LB Brand, Kid + Kind, Zara and H & M.

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What is the one thing you want to teach your children?

I want them to always be good to themselves and good to others. I want to teach them love and compassion. I want them to be emotionally intelligent people. I want to teach them to be true to themselves and to follow their passions. I want them to appreciate all of their blessings and to be grateful and gracious human beings. I want them to know themselves and to be authentic. I want them to know how much they are loved and cherished.

Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be?

My advice is to follow your intuition. Trust your gut. Women have been doing this since the beginning of time, prior to there being any guidebooks, websites, blogs, TV shows, on how to be the best Mother. You know what’s best for you and your baby and your family. While I highly recommend midwives, wearing your baby, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, breastfeeding when possible, I know that may not work for every Mother or family, so you have to do what works best for you. Know that each stage, while it may feel like an eternity, passes quickly, so try to be present and enjoy the NOW. You will never get those moments back. Forget the past, don’t worry about the future, do what feels right in your heart at that moment. Savour it all. Not just the milestones, but those simple, precious, everyday moments. Those are what you will ache for one day.

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