I’d like to introduce to you, Amy Taylor-Kabbaz.
I met Amy through the divine Jo Ryan of Babybliss, at a workshop for professionals in the birth and parenting world. Amy and I quickly sniffed each other out- I had that sense of ‘I need to know more about her’. I cornered her as she sat breastfeeding her gorgeous chubby baby on the couch (it’s true, I chose then so she couldn’t escape me) and I have to say, I fell in love with Amy’s story and the work she is doing with mums.
In her previous life Amy worked in radio, and as many mums do, after having a baby she went through a huge transition of self and identity. I witness this transition often with the women I work with- they try to find their way back to who they were, but who they were has changed… their priorities, their body, their relationships- both with those around them and with themselves.
Amy has been through a huge journey of discovery, and the jewel that she unearthed on that journey was the importance of self-care. Mothers are inherent givers. And yes, that is their job, BUT it is not their job alone, and they cannot give day after day, year after year, from an empty cup.
Through her Facebook page Seek Act Love and her brand new sparkly website, Happy Mama, Amy is on a mission to help other mums reconnect with their sense of self, and their own needs. She helps women relish in their adventure of motherhood- encouraging them to be mindful and present in the most glorious of times, as well as the downright crappy (because we all know those are part of the ride, right?).
Amy and I are looking forward ways we can work together in the near future to help pregnant women and new mamas on their journey- but the obvious start to us joining forces was for me to do the photographs for her new website. I got to spend an afternoon with Amy and her three scrumptious littles, both at home, and soaking up the end of day magic by the ocean.
Mamas… do yourselves a favour. Let Amy help you look after yourself again. A long hot bath and a pedicure may be the start of it… complete fulfillment in your day to day may well be the outcome… as well as finding the new, spectacularly gorgeous you.
“because you don’t have to put yourself on hold while raising a family.” Amy Taylor-Kabbaz