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Natalie Bailey  Birth Doula | Yoga Instructor | Baby Sign Teacher | Explorer | Gardener | Minimalist | Mom of two

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My #mondaymantra
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Is today "Gah, Mondays! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ" or is it "Welcome Monday - let's do this! πŸ’πŸ»"? Ever think about the fact that your day is already laid out for you by the attitude with which you approach it? If you wake up each Monday and have the first attitude, it's likely all you will see are those occurrences and experiences that match your outlook. And the same goes for the second attitude - you will see opportunities and instances in which you can grow and evolve.
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The good (and maybe bad) news is you are in full control of how today plays out presently and in your memory. It is your responsibility to create and cultivate a life that brings you joy on ALL days! πŸ™πŸΌ
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What shifts will you make TODAY to create a Monday that is marvelous?

These are my 3 children. My oldest, on the far left, turns 36 today! 😊 What a lucky mama I am to call these ragamuffins my tribe πŸ™πŸΌ Happy Birthday to my soulmate and incredible life partner πŸ‘«πŸ’πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ I love you JJ! πŸ’—

🍁WELCOME FALL πŸ‚
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The seasons have always had a tremendous impact on my life, mostly the fall and winter cycles. These are times for slowing down, family & friends, food and connection - ALL of which I, unfortunately, do not make regular time for. I love the beginning of fall because I can quite literally feel the Earth slow down and permission is then granted for me to do the same. Today our planet, homestead, and provider will receive equal parts light and dark... oh how the struggle is real to find that same balance in our own lives!
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What is your favorite part about the Autumn season?

Dear heavens - all the feels with this one 😍
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Labor can be luscious, sensual, and intimate. Following some of the same actions that conceived your little one during birth releases an abundance of oxytocin, your body's natural remedy to help handle those birth waves. Plus, there is nothing quite like coming together with your partner as both of your lives take such a grand transition.
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Here's to the upcoming weekend! πŸ’—
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Photo by @milkandhannah πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

🌿Essential Doula Tool πŸƒ
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Peppermint oil is a pregnant and laboring mamas best pal. She'll hold your hair while you *almost* throw up and keep your tummy at bay, either in the first or third trimester (hopefully not all of pregnancy) as well as during the glorious transition space in labor. She is invigorating and exciting yet comforting and soothing. Ingesting oils is never highly recommended for pregnant mamas but rather rubbing the oil on those spaces that are in need or even simply placing drops behind the ears so varying wafts of fragrance can offer comfort and support.
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However, she quickly becomes a distant friend during Postpartum as she will dry up your milk supply rather quickly. A native European, peppermint oil is actually a hybrid of watermint and spearmint, and has been found in the pyramids of Egypt and was used as a form of currency... I'm wishing this was still true with the abundance I have in my garden!
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I use her essence on wash clothes and paper towels for mamas to quickly inhale in times of rest during birth waves. I use it as a calming agent for father through the offering of gum to ground and effectively use any anxious energy. And I use her to entice my taste buds through infused mint, basil, and strawberry water... thirsty yet?
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What's your favorite natural element to use as a mama or doula?

πŸŒ‘ New Moon Blessings πŸŒ‘
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A new moon in Virgo is a powerful force. Effecting our digestive organs, the temporary reign of the Virgin brings to light those aspects of our lives that we either digest improperly on a daily basis (self-talk, self-perception, self-imposed expectations) or that we get stuck in and cannot find flow (toxic relationships, unfulfilling careers, financial constraints).
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This zodiac sign is one of perfectionism, exacting, and attention to detail. But often, allowing these characteristics to take hold can fester obsessions, compulsions, and distance from the basis of reality.
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If you find yourself hung up on the little things at the start of this Moon cycle, take time to reflect on the root of this action - likely it is based out of fear of something.
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Change is hard, especially under the Virgo energy. But it is necessary for growth and has the potential to take us out of the dark caverns of our mind in which we can be trapped.
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May you each truly blossom in our world πŸ™πŸΌ

My #mondaymantra...
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I feel as if ever since I started my own business, I have been racing to get it "done." Everything organized, legal, and legit... my perfectionist brain in a happy state.
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But I recently have realized that I'm still trying to operate at the capacity I used to before I had my kids - where in one day I could smash a lengthy to-do list and be sitting with a glass of wine in my hand by 6p with a massive "fuck yea" smile on my face. But these days are different.
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Minor projects take days, weeks even, and I have resorted to very early mornings when my creativity is at it's peak (and my babies are still sleeping) to do my best work.
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It has taken more than just a mental shift but a heart shift as well. A long sad farewell to my previous lifestyle and work ethic and a warm embrace to this forced, slower pace.
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Life is truly abundant and so is the time we are given IF it is used to connect, commune, and love one another - progress and accomplishment are human concepts and will never fill the hearts of those you love when this lifetime is over for you.
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Today, I slow down.

Heading in to the weekend like βœŒπŸΌπŸ‘£
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What are your plans for relaxation this weekend?
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Photo by @joncarrollphotography .
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#tbt to yesterday when I led my first Baby Sign Language course!! My backyard hosted 14 mamas (plus daddies & nannies) and 14 little ones with whom I had the pleasure of meeting, singing , and signing! It was the first of my 4 week course for September and it felt AMAZING to be back in the seat of instructor. With many doubts leading up to the start of this course, I feel accomplished & beyond excited for what is to come!
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What has been YOUR win for this week??

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Revolutions around the sun
Years of growth & transformation
Cycles of birthdays, summers, music festivals, and adventures
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Jai, you have changed my entire life, quite literally. I never knew I could love someone as much as I love you - my heart grew ten times the day you were born. You have taught me the true meaning of loving life and all it's elements. You have broken me down as only a great teacher does and have been there to build me back up in to a better person and mother.
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Today is your celebration and my reflection πŸ™πŸΌ
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Happy birthday my Jaibug! πŸŽ‰

This week is a BIG one!
β€’ First day of a new school year for Jai
β€’ First day starting our new school collective group, Barefoot Roots
β€’ Jai's birthday is TOMORROW!
β€’ I start my Baby Sign Language courses tomorrow with FULL classes
β€’ Luna turns 18 months old
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Luckily this doula is off call for the next month so I get to focus on these two monkeys, the reason I work so hard each moment of each day. I am focusing on honoring these amazing transitions in our lives and focusing on "what now" and not "what if".
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#jstarchallenge

🌿 TRANSITIONS πŸƒ
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Tremendously tumultuous (I love a good alliteration!), transitions tend to take us off balance... although, let's be honest - when do we ever feel completely balanced?
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What makes transitions so hard is the space between. The "what ifs" begin to creep in and the fear of losing control takes over.
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Simply a delightful place to be in, huh?
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But as we know from the gift of time, it is during these transitions in life between chapters that the REAL work of life is done. We face ourselves, our situation, our outlook and we either regress or progress. It's all about perspective, support, and will!
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Happy Monday! #mondaymantra

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