Mama Moving Forward

Community support and inspiration to gather the resources we need to make progress when we feel stuck

 

Getting clear, being brave, and starting towards change together:  a fortnight of community encouragement,  resources and inspiration for stuck mamas.

30 April to 13 May 2018

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In those early days of motherhood, I put myself on hold. All my energy went into the struggle to make sense of this scary new world, the responsibility of someone else being completely reliant on me, adjusting to a whole new identity.

Beyond surviving the continuous steamroller of change, I had no idea what I wanted. All I knew was that I was so dog-tired, I'd never be able to think clearly or speak in full sentences again.

As I began to adjust to motherhood, I returned to work, more out of necessity than desire. But I still felt lost.

Mama Moving Forward  Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

And at some point in those first early years, I started to realise that ignoring my own needs wasn’t working.

It was leaving me exhausted, frustrated and sad.

I could sense that that there was something more for me. That things could be better, for all of us.

If only I could stop criticising myself and find the courage to explore what that might be...

My first big step was when I asked my in-laws to look after my son - so that I could go to my first regular yoga class.

I was so nervous about what they would think. I felt like a failure for needing time for me, for asking for help. I worried that putting my needs first was selfish and lazy and indulgent.

But I discovered that with each small new step I took for myself, it became easier. And each small shift cleared my head to see what I most wanted, what I needed to focus on next.

I made time to reconnect with my husband.

I let go of trying to be that 100% ‘perfect’ mama / wife / worker, and settled for 75% (on a good day...).

No one seemed to notice the difference - because so much of my sense of enoughness was in my own head.  I wrote about how I was feeling. I got more comfortable being vulnerable, messing up, getting up again. My husband and I went on dates. 

I started to acknowledge my strengths in spite of my failures, and finally… I began to connect with what I wanted now, in this new world, as this new version of me. 

My journey became less about trying to pick up the most important pieces of my life before children, and more about shaping these into a new life for me now.

And with that clarity, I took my first step towards creating Story of Mum.

I had no idea if it would work - if anyone else would want to join in. I had never done anything like this before, and I was scared. But looking after myself had given me strength.

And most intoxicating of all, I suspected that this new adventure might just make me feel the way that I had discovered I most wanted to feel - alive, creative, connected, joyful and free.

Mama Moving Forward  Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

So I mapped out my first steps. Scrubbed that, started again. I imagined. I enlisted help.

I fought with my inner critic every time it told me that I wasn't good enough, experienced enough, brave enough, or beautiful enough.

And simply by taking one little step after another, sometimes backwards, but mostly forward, I began to move towards my bold new goal…

And then the day came.

I launched Story of Mum.

In a beautiful light-filled gallery full of colour and stories and magic and connection. My 3 month baby girl slung over my shoulder, my toddler rampaging under tables, my mum and husband at my side, my friends and their kids running wild all around, proudly cheering us on, serving cake and giving away flowers. Celebrating mothers. So many mothers.

It was an amazing feeling. To see the evidence all around me of what I was actually capable of creating underneath all the nappies, and weeping, and sleepless self doubt.

And over the years, Story of Mum has grown to fulfil and expand me in ways I could never have imagined that day . It has been both sanctuary and creative community. I've gone on to host joyful empowering mamas’ retreats and an interactive exhibition of motherhood that travelled from Penzance to New York. Every day, I'm able to coach and support other amazing mums - I get to help them to move forward, just as I did. And it feels really good.

At each stage of my journey - from getting started, to reinventing what I had and evolving into something new, over and over again - I ask myself questions about the four areas that we will explore in this programme together.  What do you really want right now, what's the truth about why you want it, and how can you develop the self belief and resilience you need to move towards this next goal? I use my answers to make a plan, enlist support so that I don't feel alone, and I gently take myself forward, tiny step by tiny step.

It's time. You can take that first small step for you, and join us.

Together, we'll move forward.  Every other day, for a fortnight, step by little step. Supported all the way by a circle of mama cheerleaders. And tiny bottles of faith...

These questions, this support, a community of mamas, can change your life. I know.

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Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

Maybe you simply have an inkling that you want something more. A small but important change to make.

Maybe big change is chasing you (whether you're ready or not) and you know you'll have to stop and face it soon.

Maybe there's a dusty old dream you'd secretly love to revisit, or a career change you'd like to explore.

Perhaps you want to soften the way you talk to yourself, or to those you love. To find a way to look after yourself better. 

Mama Moving Forward offers the space, encouragement and community that you need to start moving forward, now. 

Mama Moving Forward is for you if:

  • You want to change something for the better. You might not know exactly what yet. And you're a little scared

...but you want to.

  • You're always doing something, but not often for yourself. You barely have time to pause, let alone think about how and where you really want to progress

...but you want to.

  • You worry that you've lost touch with who you really are, and wonder if you'll ever get your sense of self back

...but you want to.

  • You doubt your abilities. You question yourself. And sometimes you question whether the effort of trying to make a change will be worth it anyway.

...and yet, somewhere, deep down, you still want to.

  • You suspect you're the only person who hasn't 'got it all together'. You can be hard on yourself.

...and yet, you're there for those you love every day. That's 'together'.

And when you take a moment to notice all that you do, there's a tiny glimmer of the truth:

You're strong, even when it doesn't feel like it.  

You can face change, because you face change every day. 

You can be there for you too.

As mothers, we're pulled in different directions. We feel responsible for the needs of so many others. And it can sometimes seem impossible to make time for our own needs and desires. 

You are not alone. It isn't impossible. Let's bring your horizons back into focus. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Mama Moving Forward  Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

This is an online programme, so you can access support wherever you are.

You’ll connect with a small and encouraging community of brave mamas in a private facebook group - because it's so much easier to move forward when we know we are not alone.

In this shared space together, over two weeks, you'll be supported by Pippa to move forward and develop your plan to take those first vital steps, with a combination of:

  • Live chats and conversation

  • Videos and facebook lives

  • Opportunities for hot-seat one to one coaching with Pippa live in the group

  • Email prompts every other day that inspire you to go deeper

In this fortnight we spend together, you’ll identify what’s holding you back (you may be surprised to know that it probably isn’t lack of time..), and where you most need to focus now.

You’ll develop a simple action plan to build the strength, resilience, and vision you need to start moving towards a clear goal.

When we finish, you'll have already taken your first few steps forward, well on your way... And the private group will stay open for a further two weeks for you to continue to support each other as you keep going.

In two weeks, everything could be looking very different. You could be feeling hopeful, inspired and ready for change - and we'd love to help you get there.

TESTIMONIALS

Words from mums about their experience of Pippa's coaching and mamas' retreats:

"Pippa is gifted at this role. Her compassion and heart are vast and admirable. I cannot thank her enough." Terrie

"Pippa’s calm and kind approach to looking at issues one step at a time came at a perfect point for me. Making that leap to confront things felt less daunting when I knew that someone like Pippa was there to guide me through it." Laura

"I feel more myself today than I did yesterday and I can't thank you enough for that... We all have our own inner struggles yet we are fearful to show our weaknesses. The ironic thing is that by sharing those weaknesses, we have all become stronger, more fulfilled women."  Kat

"Pippa is a beautiful soul who brings out the best in those she supports, and it has been a true blessing and honour to share such an immensely challenging time in my life with her." Amanda

"I am empowered, encouraged, and inspired by her, and my life is certainly better as a result of our work together. Thank you so much! " Heather  

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Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

What does 'pay what you can' mean? How do I know what to pay? 

We want this programme to be as accessible as possible, and we know how hard it can feel to invest in yourself, and put your needs first for once.

We also know that it makes a significant difference to how much value mamas get from a programme like this when they invest financially in themselves. The contribution is evidence of your commitment, and makes it more likely that you will participate fully in order to make the most of your investment.

And of course, we need to earn money so that we can continue to support other mothers as a social enterprise.

The choice is yours.

If you can't afford to contribute £2 per day (our suggested price: a total of £28) right now, we still want to support you. We know that at some point you'll be able to pay it forward by supporting other mums.

For those of you in a stronger financial position right now, who are able to pay more than £2 per day, every little bit extra helps us to subsidise these places for other mothers.

To choose your price, simply enter what you are able to pay when you click on 'add to cart' below.

Price guide: £28 (an investment of £2 per day)  

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Mama Moving Forward  Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

How much time do I need? 

Typically you'll get out of the experience what you put in - and that can be as little or as much as fits smoothly into your life right now. 

You'll receive an email with a simple prompt or question every other day - and you could answer this in two minutes, or take much longer. If you have limited time, you'll still benefit from simply working through the emailed questions.

Often, one prompt may resonate more than others, providing you with the particular focus you need right now. In that case, you might go more deeply into that question, setting the others aside for now.

We'll make some short videos to talk about specific questions that arise, host written 'chats' in the facebook group, and schedule some times for Pippa to be in the facebook group to do 'on the spot' live coaching. So if something specific comes up that you'd like to discuss, you'll be able to access some one to one support live in the group; as well as listening in as others receive live support. All of these things are optional, and will be preserved in the facebook group during the programme and for two weeks afterwards if you're unable to make them 'live'.

The intention is to help you discover what kind of input supports your process as you move forward, rather than overwhelming or distracting you. So we'll offer you resources, and you can choose which of these feel good to you in the moment. It's absolutely fine to engage with just one of these, or with all of them.

Mama Moving Forward  Two weeks of engaged community support, resources and inspiration to move towards your goals when you feel stuck, exhausted and lost…

Where does Mama Moving Forward take place?

Mama Moving Forward is an online programme, so everything takes place online.

You will receive regular emails, and videos will be available to watch online and in our private facebook group. We will host facebook lives and hot seat coaching in the private facebook group, as well as chatting there.

Our private facebook group is solely for the small group of participants of Mama Moving Forward. Comments and posts to the group can't be seen by anyone who is not a member.

We'll send you information about how to access this private space when Mama Moving Forward begins. 

To choose your price, simply enter what you are able to pay when you click on 'add to cart' below.
Price guide: £28 (an investment of £2 per day)  

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