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What’s tugging on your soul today?

Darling,

Welcome to this brand new year, and all the opportunity it holds for unparalleled beauty, intimacy, seduction, outrage, intrigue, love, provocation, passion, adventure and mischief in your life.

If the concept of “New Year’s resolutions” inspires even the slightest trace of annoyance, impatience, frustration, crankiness, fear, anger, and/or overwhelm in you, I’ve got good news. Those feelings are the mothers of reinvention.

Why write yet another list that includes those same, worn-out goals you set for yourself last year when you can throw your saddle on the back of the unknown and take a ride on a once nameless longing?

Today, in honor of the New Year, I’m taking you on a tour of the Womanly Art of Reinvention.

Reinvention is a woman’s birthright.
We are cyclical beings, cycling from childhood, to womanhood, to giving birth to ourselves, inventing careers, lifestyles, families, etc. Our bodies reinvent every month, shedding the old, creating anew.
What is reinvention? It is throwing your saddle on the back of the unknown, and taking a ride on a once nameless longing.
What does that mean?
Well, we have all experienced this.
A longing will come galloping into your life. You will feel it—and hear it—rumbling in the distance, long before it arrives, coming for you. The air around you is charged. You feel more intensely alive, more emotional, and more uncomfortable. Reinvention usually begins with frustration, crankiness, impatience, fear, feeling victimized, anger, and overwhelm. That is the form your brand new baby desire takes when she tugs on your soul, to capture your attention. Just like a baby. She cries to awaken you.

How do you know it is time to reinvent?
Well, you might find yourself backed into a corner somewhere in your life. Like facing a divorce, or aging parents, the death of a beloved, or a breakup. Or maybe you feel stuck in a career you hate, or your dating life just isn’t working, you feel resigned that you will never find “the one,” or your marriage has gone flat and boring. Maybe it’s time for a whole new career. Maybe it is the time to totally reinvent your body image. Or to restore your mojo. It may also be that you are totally changing your life in a positive way—like getting married, having a baby, losing weight, moving to a new city. Women are always all about reinvention.

And what is the first step to take, after you begin to notice the yearning inside that is tugging on your soul?
Well, this is the hard part.
Something new always makes us uncomfortable. And the tendency is to want to hide. Or complain. Or blame others for our unhappiness. Or burrow more deeply into what feels familiar. Women have not really been encouraged to grab the nearest vine and take big swing.
And that is what is required, for reinvention.
The big Pleasure Revolutionary swing a woman has to take, to begin to reinvent, is to celebrate now.
You have to celebrate the way it is.
Yup.
Celebrate.
The way it is.
And—one step further on the Pleasure Revolution Highway—you have to Turn Yourself On.
Turn-on sources reinvention. It is always there, you just have to reach for it.
We have to bow at the feet of our turn-on. Rather than turning ourselves off.
Turn-on is the magic elixir that makes reinvention happen. Each of us was born to reinvent, but we can’t do it without the sacred secret called turn-on.

You know what happens when you turn on?
You tune in.
In fact, that is the only way to tune in. It is the only way to tune in to your deepest power. And if you do not turn on, you are going to turn on yourself. Because that is what every woman does. We go to “it’s my fault!” We go to self-doubt, self-hatred, and self-deprecation.
The greatest international epidemic is women turning their backs on themselves. The antidote is turn-on. It is better than a flu shot.
Do you know how to connect with the divine?
We turn on and tune in to our higher power. Historically, in a patriarchal culture, women have been taught that the most sacred part of themselves is profane. We are taught that turn-on is inappropriate. But what does profane mean? It is from the Latin profanum, which means “outside the temple.” And in a patriarchal culture, women were not welcome inside the temple. We were taught that what is most sacred is profane.
The most exquisite piece of you was ushered outside the temple. So you learned to hide your turn-on.
Which squashes your power.
Reinvention happens from turn-on, not turn-off.
When a woman chooses to live in a state of turn-on, she becomes a magnetic field to attract the exact next steps she requires. The people, places and things that will be a part of her reinvention will be drawn magnetically towards her.

So, whaddya say, sister? Ready to set the wheels of reinvention in motion with me right now? First, I want you to think of an area in your life where reinvention has been calling your name. Then, in the comments below, I want you to celebrate that precise area, exactly as it is right now. Get turned on and go all out.

And if you want to take it one step further, join me live in NYC on January 26th for my latest intro course, I know you want me. I’ll be teaching the ins and outs of the make-it-or-break-it moment every woman encounters, when she either invites into her life the next great opportunity, or slams the door on everything (and everyone) she desires.

This event already happened. Check out The Experience.

If you’d like to wield your reinvention wand on behalf of another woman’s next iteration, please share this post.

With so much love and pleasure,
Mama Gena

P.S. Have you seen my new video series, Someone Who Loves You? It’s my best yet. Check it out if you’re a mischief-maker like myself and want to make another woman’s day with the click of a button. There’s a special twist that will have you smiling for five days straight…

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  • SG Sherrie Huckelberry January 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

    2013 !!!! I get excited and all wet every time I say this out loud ! Something inside of me rises to a pitch of glee and genuine excitement just saying 2013 . I feel like a cosmic warrior cheerleader Goddess . So my next step of reinvention is to work at the Nia HQ in Portland Oregon as the Palace Massage Therapist and body worker , and to create a sacred space for this sacred community. I will myself to embrace what is today . To walk this day with presence , and to open my mind , heart , arms to all that is happening now . I trust that all events in my life are prepare me to YES , YES , YES .

  • Pam January 4, 2013, 7:56 am

    I’m finally ready to turn on to a full and beautiful and vibrant and joyful ME. I’ve given too much power to the effects of a bad marriage that ended years ago but continued to haunt and hurt me. It is time to shift away from that and toward the light and energy that is ME. I have so much going for me, and now I’m ready to take it all to the next level. To live vibrantly and be ALIVE. I’m excited to jump onto the revolution along side my SG friend Catherine. Can’t wait for the Mastery class to begin … in fact, it really already has for me! Yay!!

  • Lisa Y Goddess January 3, 2013, 3:06 pm

    A break-up with a very nice man who is not for me is what’s tugging at me and wants to be celebrated. We’ve had our tough times and may still have one or two ahead of us as the split takes place, but we will both be so much happier for being true to ourselves in the long run. I am also moving house and settling into a new job. LOTS of change lately with more to come because I am listening to who I really am, not whom others want me to be, and that means reinvention all around! THANK YOU FOR THIS REVOLUTION! Let’s keep it feeling good! xoxoxoxo

  • SG Tahera January 3, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I am turned on by the fact that I had the most wondefful year in 2012. I can feel the power of a deep and sensual turn on for 2013. I just wanna put myself in the line of all kinds of fire and rise to the top like a smoking flame.

  • Angie January 3, 2013, 9:31 am

    Angry, irritated, slightly hard edge…all words people have used recently about me. “Are you depressed? Maybe you need some meds.” NO! I need to figure out what this thing inside me. It’s yelling my name everyday. It’s frustrating!
    So, this year my goal is different. I’m not going to figure out a new job (although I need one). I’m not going to diet (although I need to figure out a healthier relationship with food and my body)
    This year my goal is to plug into the Divine. The Spirit that lives in each of us. That small voice of hope and promise. Everyday I will try to listen to the voice pushing me toward this new thing. I will do what I know to do, stay active and motivated and stay plugged in and turned onto the Universal Power attempting to surge and bubble to the top. Wish me luck.

  • wendycats January 3, 2013, 1:31 am

    What do you mean, precisely, by “turn on? If there’s “something” trying to be born (or “reinvent itself) here (and given the massive quota of misery around here and what you’ve described, there may be — which would be quite a relief, as “frustration, crankiness, impatience, fear, feeling victimized, anger, and overwhelm” does not BEGIN to describe it) I’d sure like to know how, exactly, to flip that switch. Until I figure it out (or someone tells me), I’m just going to hibernate until I rot.

    not-a-goddess – that’s fer shure!

  • little jo January 2, 2013, 7:56 pm

    Happy New-Year to Mama who set me free to fly and all my S.G. and their inspiring posts: I know I’m not alone anymore <3

  • Jophiel January 2, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Reinvention has been calling my name in the area of my relationship!

    So, he is very charming – and sincerely so. He finds me – or so he has Always said, the most beautiful, the prettiest, the hottest and sexiest. He adores me, fell in love with me when he first saw me 15 years ago and has been making it known most ever since. I find that endearing. He makes me Laugh so much being so goofy and ridiculous. He is a clown and just makes me smile and laugh and lightens up my time. He always shows me that he loves me and i trust his love. He has the sweetest eyes. He appreciates things about me, others don’t seem to see. That, I think means the most. <3
    Thanks, Mama G.. and sister G's the world over…!

  • ImperaTriX January 2, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I SOOOOOOOO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR APPEARANCES ON THE TYRA BANKS SHOW, THE MILLIONNAIRE MATCHMAKER, ELLEN DEGENERES, CONAN, AT LEAST 10 more times, JAY LENO, AND ESPECIALLY THE LAUNCHING OF YOUR REALITY SHOW ON BRAVO – REGENA: QUEEN OF PLEASURE!

    ESPECIALLY SINCE US HOLLYWOOD DIVAS GET TO HAVE YOU HERE!

    YOU KNOW WE WANT YA!

  • RedChilli January 2, 2013, 6:57 am

    A very happy and rapturous New Year! Oh YES! I want to reinvent my professional self. I celebrate this new beginning of standing full front in being a healer. I celebrate that it scares me, I celebrate my knowledge and my talent to accompany people in their life where ever they are and want to go, where they want support and be safe for what they are. I celebrate my uncertainty to make my living out of this. I celebrate the joy I feel to offer my healing and to receive in return. I celebrate my willingness to this big change in my life and to any reinvention of me and others. I am full of gratitude for this life and for the arts and this community of goddesses. Without the boot camp experience, Miami and all the wonderful Goddesses I would still sit frightened somewhere in my inner corner. So I celebrate my wise and scaring step of reaching for the SWA and doing Mastery this year!

  • Smackey January 2, 2013, 12:27 am

    I have been following Mama Gena for just under a year now and have always meandered along reading bits and pieces as I go. I made the decision to spend more time with Mama Gena and her gals. This recent post got me thinking. I like to embrace the body my mother gave me ~ but in recent years I have not cherished it enough and it now resembles someone else. I vow to “Turn Me On” and take myself back from myself! I know the more I love me the more others do too ~ So why waste time not loving ones self? When there is so much love to be had! On and up to wondrous things. Thanks Mama and all the strong and amazing women out there for the recent kick I have needed and the kicks I may need down the track.
    XXX

  • Jen R January 1, 2013, 9:11 pm

    Happy New Year! Thanks so much for this post. I love the line:
    “You feel more intensely alive, more emotional, and more uncomfortable. Reinvention usually begins with frustration, crankiness, impatience, fear, feeling victimized, anger, and overwhelm.”
    This is EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling lately as I am desiring another healthy baby, less work to enjoy my husband, my son, and myself. And I’ve been so confused by it too because I was feeling so good recently. But, you hit the nail on the head for me! Thank you! Also, thanks to you and your inspiring words of wisdom I’ve been loving my job lately and accepting me where I am…physically and emotionally.
    For 2013, I desire another healthy baby, continued good health for my son, husband, and myself, lots of free time and family time, a job that is less stressful, a role in life that motivates women and others to feel as good as I do (through nutrition, meditation, MUCHNESS, and good old fashion girl time).
    Happy New Year!

  • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:25 pm

    Awww. This is all so wonderful and powerful and juicy. Thank you Mama Gena for the great instruction! Happy, Happy New Year to you.

    My area of reinvention appears to revolve around my horses. They are beautiful and so fuzzy in their bearskin thick winter coats. I love that they get me out in the early morning cold for feeding and cleaning every single morning and out under toe dark night skys for that final tucking in every night. I love hugging them and rubbing noses and watching them bed down for a heavy sleep during the high pressure ridges that precede our big winter storms.
    All that said I am finding no passion for riding or showing or training them. That all appears to be a part of my past. I am grateful for all those years of doing all of the above yet find none of it calling to me now. And I wonder, what do they want to do? Otis is bored. He seems to want more time with my lab Rowdy. I wonder if I can find more ways for them to interact?
    Luisa, she wants to be free: free to not ever have to see or hear or smell or in anyway deal with people ever again. I wish I could give her that. I can’t. What can I give her? What can we do for each other?
    Being as iit is winter I am going to immerse myself in dreaming and imagining and just generally letting the long nights of winter stir my darkness for better possible solutions than I at this moment can even imagine.
    Thank you Regina for all of your incredible hard work and passion.
    Fondly,
    SG Deb

  • Asha T'nae January 1, 2013, 5:44 pm

    mama gena,
    like so many of the women above, i too have been yearning for an incredibly vivacious shift in almost every aspect of my life! a complete overturn is what i’m after–career, attitude, body image–ALL OF IT. i am fearful, temperamental, curious, and thirsting to be quelled with the adventure the lies ahead! thanks for your amazing inspiration!

  • mama gena January 1, 2013, 4:44 pm

    what a rapturous array of re-invention…..i am inspired, proud, and so so grateful. thank you for all of your incredible posts.
    xo
    mg

  • Steph January 1, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I am in the gap between the work I used to do, and the calling that is waiting for me. I have bought my ticket, picked out my seat, strapped myself in, and I am waiting for the ride of my life to begin!

    I am quaking in my high-heeled boots, and the vibration is turning me on. . . !

  • Julia January 1, 2013, 3:30 pm

    I just broke up with my beautiful, Greek Adonis partner of the last two years because I finally saw clearly he would never truly be honest with me and follow through on his promises. Amidst the trash cans full of tissues in the last few weeks I have danced to “I am woman” many times, took a bath with rose petals, watched the sun set over the Pacific as I drove up and down the California coast of Big Sur, met bright-eyed older women who offered their wisdom and chocolate pudding cake, took a sulphur hot tub bath with a 22-year-old cutie who wanted to hear all about me, had hours-long conversations with my mom and dad on the phone that (finally) felt satisfying, parked my car on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, grabbed the steering wheel and screamed like bloody-murder because it felt good, and I sang little ditties to myself that have gone something like this, “Juuuuuuu-lia! my sweet Juuuu-lia! Saggapo poli, mi amor, j’taime, Juuuu-lia, i love you!”. I’m still aching but I feel I’m making the best of it. Thanks for your help, Mama. Bring it on, New Year. I’m ready to be uncoiled!

    • Jophiel January 2, 2013, 6:16 pm

      So gorgeous, you took me right there with you…. and to Big Sur.(!)…. Blesses..to you, sister Amrita.. 😉

  • Rapturous Ruth January 1, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Oh this blog spoke to me LOUD and CLEAR! So loudly I almost started crying. I am so glad I have learned to recognize the “rumblings” of change, and embrace the quaking!

    I LOVE my current job. I love the level of connection I have with my clients. I help them achieve better health. I get to be on the cutting edge of new thinking regarding disease. I love the respect I feel for my efforts of being on the cutting edge and having an alternative view to the mainstream. I go back to work tomorrow after a holiday break, and I feel recharged and READY for a new year, ready to get back into the grind. Imagine!

    This new step in my career is going to take me higher into my passion, deeper into the things that fill me. I will be lifted higher by learning new skills, getting to use my excellent ability to pay meticulous attention to small details, using my critical thinking skills in new ways so that I continue to challenge the norm. What I have now is GREAT, but it is no longer enough. I want MORE! More, more, MORE!!!!!

    I am so hungry for this new change. I am awash with desires to hurry up and accomplish the change, get it done, but at the same time I find I am actually REVELING in the change as it unfolds!!! It’s akin to watching a baby being born. And the best part is–I know I don’t have to worry that it won’t happen! I am resting easy in the knowledge that when the Divine sparks change, the Divine gives me the tools required exactly when I need them.

  • Susan Bernardo January 1, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Ohhh, yes, I’ve been feeling and hlocking myself from that tug to write, paint, dance, create, and BELIEVE in myself and the changes and achievements I made in 2012… I finished a draft of a YA novel, wrote and self-published an amazing picture about love that is already helping kids heal from grief and separation anxiety, created peaceful co-parenting with my ex, found new love … And I’m still feeling restless and unsure of myself ! I loved Chantal’s post- and I am so aware that nature takes tired, fallen leaves and with time and patience converts them into new energy and nutrients for growth. Hibernating a little is okay, it does not mean that I am incapable of expanding into my potential – it is part of the cycle. And women know a lot about cycles!

  • Penelope January 1, 2013, 2:52 pm

    My job is my area to reinvent. Do I celebrate being tired of being tired of working 50 hours a week in an office and meetings in a place where I don’t feel engaged? Yeah! Because that feeling makes it so wonderfully clear to me that it’s time to get out there to have uplifting conversations as a coach. It’s time to take some action and let my light shine as an individual! I have rebranded the whole organisation this last year. Now it’s time to rebrand me and reinvent my own mission and values and share them.
    I am a person who can truly listen in a transformative dialogue and bring clarity. I honour the one I relate to and that alone makes a difference before I even open my mouth. I am nervous. But I can do this.

    xx

    • Chantal January 1, 2013, 9:41 pm

      Go for it…I love this rebranding…it ‘ll be gorgeous !

      SG Chantal Purring Delight

  • Lara in Vancouver January 1, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Thank you, too, all my sister Goddesses, who shared their thoughts. It is good to read them and see we are all a lot alike!

    XO

    SG Lara

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:08 pm

      Dear SG Lara,
      I love your heart!!!

  • Lara in Vancouver January 1, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Happy New Year Mama and all,

    Well, this was the perfect post, thank you. Instead of celebrating my new upcoming job and upcoming art show, I found myself wanting to cry, hide and ignore the beautiful sunny day and the best man in the world lying beside me. Thank you, Gena, for helping me realize that what I’m feeling is normal. Going to walk hand in hand with my beau in the sun and tune into GRATITUDE. And turn on to my fabulous creative self. I will sell those paintings and rock the new job!

    Will be with you in spirit this upcoming workshop. When are you coming to Vancouver, Mama???

    In love- Lara

  • SG Tamara January 1, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Love you, Mama! You’ve blessed my life in such a special way. Thank you for listening to your heart and being so bold in your pleasure mission :). I enjoy being a woman so much more and my life is WAY more fun because of what I’ve learned from you. Thank you!!

  • Lovely Rita January 1, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Outstanding post Regena! Thank you!
    I am reinventing my relationship with my body-as it is, right here, right now. Loving her, cherishing her, being kind to her. Can I get an amen??
    And my relationship with work-the thing I do Monday through Friday. I am gently walking Polly Perfect to the door, and allowing Perfectly Human Sister Goddess Lovely Rapturous Rita to take her place!
    Yeeeehawwww cowgirls, let’s ride!
    See you on the 26th!
    SG Lovely Rapturous Rita

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:07 pm

      Oh, I love this post. Thank you.

  • SG Donna aka Court MC January 1, 2013, 11:30 am

    Thank you for this brilliant contribution and kick-off to 2013! As a result I danced out of bed to Bette Middler’s I’m beautiful, and the great tunes have been flooding the day! I’m in for the Re-invention of my life and have already started.

    May this year be one where all the Sister Goddesses across the globe experience the heights of pleasure, juicyness and overall bad-assedness that take them higher than ever before!

    Namaste

    • Hil January 2, 2013, 4:07 pm

      I just put this song on, in my office, my first day back as I fight a cold. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder! Happy new year goddesses all!

  • Laurie January 1, 2013, 11:10 am

    I still am holding the magic of Miami and the creation of Sister Goddess Rockstar. The wonderment continues and I believe that Mastery will light my life even more.

    Without Boot Camp and the Womanly Arts I would still be searching for ME – now I am looking at ME and loving what I see. It shows inwardly and outwardly and I will forever be grateful for Mama Gena, the sister goddess community and for me – Sister Goddess Rockstar – for taking the BIG step into unbelievable happiness.

    • Chantal January 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

      Yeh sooo Glad to read you are still rocking the stars SG Laurie…

      You are one courageous gal to have jumped on that stage and surrendered to Mama and the SGs

      Happy New Year !!

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Way to go SG Rockstar!!!!
      I miss you!!!
      so glad we will be in Mastery together.
      happy New Year Beautiful Sister Goddess.

    • RedChilli January 2, 2013, 7:01 am

      I love t see you in New York!!!

      • Kathryn McAlister January 3, 2013, 1:17 am

        Yes Laurie, Deb and Brigit!!! See you in New York!!!! xoxo

  • Stefanie January 1, 2013, 11:02 am

    Happy New Year Sister Goddesses!
    2012 brought me to my knees as I experienced the first relationship that left me completely open, completely vulnerable and utterly exposed. Unfortunately it was not with the right person and I was able to see all the fear that I had brought to the relationship and all the ways I had self destructed and not honored ME!
    Now I am single, and have been since August, BUT its because I am not settling! I know I deserve someone that makes me happy, someone that wants to share love and intimacy and joy. And now I know, I am ALREADY fulfilled. ALREADY whole. ALREADY enough. There is not a single person in the world that will validate me except me. So I may be single but I am not lonely. I am living my dream and finding fulfillment from the inside. I celebrate ME today! And my amazing leap from despair to inner joy!

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:04 pm

      Sweet! I also need to know these things. thank you so much for your posting.

  • Brandy January 1, 2013, 10:56 am

    I am re-opening the love in 2013. The pleasure in my relationship has been transformed into a nagging irritation as our days of romance and togetherness have turned into cleaning up after man grime and listening to a musical array of bodily noises. I have a wonderfully supportive and loving man who truly wants to do what he can to inspire happiness in my life. I have simply forgotten how to ask. In our financial situation, I have put a hold on desire. In the daily acts of the mundane I have resisted letting the fun in. It is time to amp up the Sister Goddess juices that got me this amazing man in the first place and let our relationship soar to a higher level.

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Go Sister Goddess!!!

  • Chantal January 1, 2013, 10:31 am

    And a Fabulous year 2013 to you, Regina and to the School of Womantly Arts

    With Love, Pleasure and much Gratitude,

    xx
    SG Chantal Purring Delight

  • Chantal January 1, 2013, 10:29 am

    Right on this Post of yours Mama.
    This first Morning of the year I am all Turned on to myself for being in a rut. Having yet still a low of energy and moral, trying to motivate myself to get off the coach and do a dance break.

    And there you are saying hey hey ! CELEBRATE right where you are. It brings tears to my eyes, to think it’s ok, it’s worth celebrating to be depressed. Hell, it’s part of the process, like night is to day, winter to summer, sleep to awake time.

    Me I always want to be on the bright side, the summer, the day time…and you remind me to CELEBRATE winter, night time, to CELEBRATE the cycle of life and reinvention.

    We do need the rain as much as the sun don’t we, Mama G ?

    Thanks so much for reminding me to CELEBRATE and approve of myself right, perfectly where I am now.

    SG Chantal Purring Delight

    • RedChilli January 2, 2013, 7:02 am

      Oh Yes! You are the most wonderful Goddess no matter what!

    • Lovely Goddess Jen January 5, 2013, 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much for this comment. It really brightened my day/week/year! I always long for the summer and forget the beauty and power that exists in our winter times.

      Thank you Mama Gena for the blog and all the SGs for the glowing examples of of beauty and light!

  • Leslie January 1, 2013, 10:29 am

    What a new year this will be. I had my right hip replaced in mid-November 2012. I am out of pain, recovering well.
    And terrified.
    My world is now wide open and I have deep agoraphobia. Burrowing in my bed feels a lot safer than taking that step outside the door.
    So, I’ll get up and make myself look fabulous for brunch. It’s a start…

  • mama gena January 1, 2013, 8:44 am

    wonderful posts, tara and marlena. come to the intro on january 26th? love to meet you in person, too. happy new year.
    xo
    mg

  • Marlena Torres January 1, 2013, 7:07 am

    My body. I’m tired of being so critical of it. I gained 50+ lbs while pregnant and had a natural childbirth in March of 2012. I’m still about 10 pounds heavier than where I’m honestly happy with my body, but I’m tired of criticizing myself for not looking perfect yet post-pregnancy. That’s NOT something I want to pass on to my daughter.

    My body is amazing. It went through 9 months of pregnancy and two days of sleeplessness due to a long early labor. My beautiful 9 month old daughter is happy, smart, and active. All fueled almost exclusively by mama’s milk! She weighs over 25 lbs. it’s amazing what women’s bodies can do.

    Thanks Mama G, waking up to this blog post excited me! Happy New Year, and I really hope to meet you in person one day soon!

    • S.G. Laura Marie January 1, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Marlena, we have many parallels this year. I too have a March 2012 baby and have been struggling with the feelings that come with extra weight that never left. As I sit here over a hot bowl of soup, I brag that I can begin to appreciate all the awesome things my body has done over the past year (creating a human and feeding her mostly on mama’s milk, potty training my oldest, taking care of my household and training my brain with Mama Gena’s course.) The time to start cherishing my body starts now! Change starts in an instant. Thank you for your inspiring post. I felt like you wrote this for me. Blessings to you and the community for the New Year!

    • Deborah Smith January 1, 2013, 6:00 pm

      hey SG Marlena,

      I am willing to bet you that when you stop nursing your beautiful baby girl that last 10 pounds will melt right off. That is how my body did with both my babes. I am willing to guess the female body holding that extra 10 pounds while nursing is some kind of prep/defense/ safeguard.

      xxx

  • tara January 1, 2013, 6:37 am

    Happy New Year Regena!
    What a great way to start 2013 reading your wise words. You continue to intrigue and inspire. I was particularly taken by the word play between “Turn On” and its essentialness and the risk of us “Turning On Ourselves” without the discipline of “Turn On.” You have taught me so much as a student of the School of Womanly Arts. I am forever grateful to have been taught to take a stand for my pleasure. One of my favorite-all-time quotes of yours is: “Pu

    • tara January 1, 2013, 6:55 am

      “Pursue pleasure as if your life depends upon it.”
      I can attest.
      It does!!!!
      Reinvention???!!!
      For me it would be further grounding and clarity…an organized Tara with greater discipline to accomplish why I am here: to share my art, creativity and joy while inspiring others to do the same.

      much love and in gratitude-
      Tara