Archive | March 2017

Cycles + Seasons

So today, I’m getting super vulnerable. And wondering — do you ever feel “off”, momma? And can’t pinpoint the specific reason? Or do know, the reason but don’t know what to do about it? Me too. Can I talk to you about it?

Last week was super challenging for me. 10 days ago was my final day breastfeeding Will. For 2 years, we’ve shared countless moments, connecting over the nourishment my body was able to provide him. Sometimes, breastfeeding felt like a chain. Most times, it allowed me to do my favorite thing in the world – hold him, sharing love over looks, snuggles and still, soft moments. So being “done” has been both heartbreaking and freeing, definitely hard and emotional. All last week I felt off, like I was sunk down inside my usually enthusiastic body with a heaviness I couldn’t shake. Like there was an untouchable weight on my soul that nothing could soothe.

Although I knew I was inexplicably sad, it wasn’t until two things happened that I was able to offer myself the nourishment + grace I needed. Earlier in the week, I saw the moon, and it reminded me that it was the week before my period {did you know our cycles are connected to the moon’s cycles? 🌕} – it’s a naturally intuitive time built for introspection, rest and self-care. I felt like I’d been fighting my body because I was: it was asking me to slow down, feel and honor this huge change in my life. Instead, I’d been trying to “deal with it” by moving on (seriously ladies, how often and *why* do we always do this?!). But truthfully, I wasn’t ready to move on, my soul yearned to mourn this shift, this “end of a season”. Luckily, I met up with my soul sister Hilary Paris {for a business meeting turned heart-sharing sesh} and she held the space for me to speak, to cry, to allow myself to FEEL and heal. 💖

Photo Credit: Heather Brincko Photography.

Feeling leads to healing, leads to growth and love. Leads to the ability to offer grace and nourishment, which ultimately allows me to harness my feminine power. Having the knowledge of understanding my cycle {and thus the unique needs of my body}, along with honoring and truly *feeling* this changing “season” of my life allowed me to find my flow again. And so, I’m continually learning that it’s listening + honoring, not pushing through that ultimately brings me peace, joy + ease. Provided through an understanding of and connection to my body.

I’ve spent the last four years dedicated to honoring my uniquely feminine qualities, abilities and purpose. The knowledge I’ve gained in this journey has allowed me to not just survive, but thrive during both the hardest and best times of my life – being a #ladyboss before Will, during pregnancy, postpartum and as a #mompreneur. All these “seasons” brought with them new challenges + joys, highs and lots of lows. What allowed me to harness my power in all these seasons was the ability to read my body’s signals and know what she needed. Which just so happens to always be what *I* need in order to move closer to love, fulfillment and purpose. What we all need. More listening, less bossing our body around {cause it’s she that knows best}.

I want that for you too, sister. To give you all my tools, tricks + knowledge about harnessing your own feminine power so that you can better love yourself and feel more at home in and in tune with your body. On the daily, no matter the “season”. It’s why I do the work I do and why it’s my mission to empower busy women and moms to love up their body towards a full {SOULfull} and purpose-driven life through grace + nourishment (versus pushing + self-loathing}. Because it turns out that as your love grows (for your life, for yourself, your spirit), your body intuitively sheds the emotional + physical weight holding you back from a life & body you’re excited about. Which allows you to feel more inspired, more at home, more able to give love and shine your light to the world.

If you desire freedom, joy and ease, an inner vibrancy and energy that weathers all seasons + cycles {both of life and in your feminine body}, I invite you to join me for two very special events – my RISE workshop and NourishYOU Retreat – created to empower and nourish every inch of you – body, mind and spirit {see details below}. If you can’t make these events, then I invite you to join my tribe to get inspiration, delicious recipes, support and love to your inbox weekly along with tools, tips + tricks to macks-imize the life and body you were given {click here to get MO(re)}.. One big thing I’m learning in this life is that there’s no substitute for sisterhood and having a strong tribe of inspiring + empowering women around you with whom you can be real, heard, seen or understood. I have an amazingly supportive husband who also holds space for me and loves me deeply. Personally though, there are just some things no one but a woman (and momma) can understand or empathize with – this particular season of breastfeeding included. And for me, it’s been connecting with other women – in books, online and in-person that’s really helped crack my heart wide-open to fully feeling all the feels again. I want to hold that space for you too, sister. ❤

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RISE: Harness Your Feminine Power by Tuning In To Your Cycle

In this workshop, you’ll learn how tuning in to the natural rhythms of your cycle will help boost your confidence, ease and energy while reducing stress and PMS symptoms (moodiness, cravings, pain, bloating, the general feeling of being “off”)! You’ll leave the workshop feeling empowered with knowledge, tools + tricks to harness your feminine power to maximize your life, efforts and flow! This information changed my life, my periods and my ability to *always* feel good in my body.

The event begins with Whitney’s 30 minute vigorous barre class to awaken + strengthen the body followed by yin yoga with Hilary to nourish + open. Whitney will then lead an active discussion sharing the tools to boost your vibrance, strengthen your intuition and harness your full power + potential as a woman (whether you experience PMS or not!). Most importantly, this knowledge will empower you towards greater acceptance and love of your amazing body.

WHEN: Saturday, March 18th
WHERE: Limber Yoga in West Seattle
COST: $40 pre-registration, $45 day-of drop-in {pay here:https://www.paypal.me/whitneymack}
REGISTER by RSVP’ing to the event HERE.

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NourishYou Retreat with myself + soul sister Hilary Paris
April 21-23rd at Na-Mu Lodge in Leavenworth, WA 

Do you feel nourished? Right now, in this moment? Body, mind, heart and soul? Do you desire to feel nourished, rejuvenated or refreshed from the inside-out?

Nourished in BODY with food that energizes + lightens, combined with movement that supports and makes your body buzz? Nourished in MIND with rich discussion and topics that expand your perspective, your life and creativity? Nourished in 💗 and SOUL through meaningful connection, supportive relationships + belly laughs, by surrounding yourself in natural beauty 🗻 and the space to feel, be heard and seen?

If you’re desiring these sources of nourishment {plus tools to manifest this on the daily}, if you’re craving more freedom, joy and fulfillment in your life, I invite to retreat to Leavenworth, WA with myself and Hilary Paris on April 21-23 at Na-Mu Lodge. The weekend was carefully crafted for the modern woman {YOU} to replenish mind, body and soul. Delicious food {cooked by me!}, energizing and restorative movement, meaningful discussions and endless love + support await you.

Are you in?! Email me: whitney@macksmo.com to snag your spot {there’s only a few left!}. Get all the details on this incredible weekend experience HERE.

 

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