Kristen is one of the first women I met when i first moved to Canada 5+ years ago and only recently has our friendship become more solidify. in the last year we have both been blessed with bright, radiant sweet girls, Sawyer Luna and Soleil Emerald Ray (the Moon and the Sun).
After having Soleil, Kristen gifted us a wonderful, practical and lifesaver of a gift... a Field Work Co. Diaper Mat (that I take everywhere and every new mom must have) and a little headpiece with Soleil's name on it AND a sweet note that really touched my heart. We have been spending our summer together with our girls, bonding, dreaming and collaborating. Here is a link to our latest collaboration, inspiration came when in search of a much needed diaper bag.
Her is some musings behind the remarkable, kind and talented mama.
What is your morning ritual to cultivate clarity and grace?
Morning Ritual: a cup of coffee, drank in the sun, having a conversation with my daughter. It grounds me, reminds me who I am, why I am doing this, what is important to me. It's my intention to add daily yoga practice to this routine, check in with me to see how that goes! :)
On raising a mini Artist, in what ways do you see yourself in your daughter Sawyer Luna, now that she is almost 2 years old and developing her own constitution?
My mini creative soul, she loves the sun and the water. She recharges from nature, her entire being comes alive. That love and need is something our family shares, and I see so clearly in me and Luna. Her big eyes and heart take in the life around her and I can see her learning, and it effecting who she will be one day.
Did you ever envision yourself living a life as a mom-entrepreneur?
No. Never. It was never something I dreamed of for myself, but it is now something I can't imagine my life without. I always pictured myself going back to work, only having one child, and being career oriented. Luna changed all that. Now I want a life where I can nurture my tribe. I envision a life where I can be her anchor, her constant, and hopefully her inspiration, especially in these growing years. I see a life where creativity, work and family all blend fluidly together.
What is the true essence behind“Field Work Co” and how did it come to be?
Isaac, my husband. He is a creative at heart. He came home with a sewing machine, and canvas, determined to make himself a tool roll for his motorcycle trips to the mountains, and then he grew from there. When Sawyer was born he started Fieldwork as a passion project turned business to provide for our family, and when Sawyer was around 5 months old I was feeling creatively restless. I needed something to feed that part of me, and I began creating items I needed in my daily life. Now, Fieldwork has become not only my job, but shared goal our family has. I am grateful to Isaac daily for pursuing this and pushing me to get out of my comfort zone.
As A New Mom, where do you draw new inspiration from?
From Luna, who makes me view life a different way. From my husband, who's dreamer soul is always present in our relationship. From other women, who have pursued a life of their own design.
What is the latest “Leap of Faith” that you had to make, where your heart was ready but your mind was not there yet?
Just becoming a part of Fieldwork in general, I was honestly so intimidated by the thought of creating something with my own hands and then putting it out there for the world to see. My soul knew I needed something creative, but my brain was so nervous. Could I do it, would people like it? Would I hate it and the time it takes from Sawyer? Would I resent it or not be good at it? All that doubt flows through your brain, but Isaac encouraged me, and then I just jumped in with 2 feet and have been loving every new creative step since. I honestly think I am just finding my creative niche and flow.
How do you stay connected and in the creative flow with baby in tow?
In the creative flow with Sawyer, it can honestly be challenging. There are time where I am working and she is getting upset, and I have to refocus my priorities. I stop what I am making, kneel down and look at those big blue eyes, and ask her what she needs. Usually it's to get outside, go for a walk or a picnic, which honestly recharges me. So it may take longer to complete any task, she keeps my mind and heart healthy.
What makes you feel most Graceful and Victorious (what are your momma self care must do's)?
Momma self care: taking time throughout the week to have a tea or coffee and walk, or sit and enjoy the sun. Take time for myself and allow Isaac some quality time with Sawyer.
Doing Yoga or something active, like swimming or tennis with Luna, it always recharges me, and her, and makes us feel connected and grateful.
Any fun family summer adventures lined up?
Weekly Adventures to the Lake, Regular trips to the Mountains, basically as much time as possible outside.
What are your rituals in regards to the New Moon and Full Moon phases (if any)?
Honestly! Not too many. I grew up obsessed with the night sky and the energy it brings, I would sleep under the moon as often as I can, even now. The Full Moon in particular is fascinating to me, whenever there is one fully visible in the sky I try to take a walk, and meditate. It's power is intense and it always brings me back to the creator. It's an intention of mine to be more aware of the moon.
What is your current Mantra, Prayer or Affirmation that you pull up for support? (when you feel lack, depleted or low)
Prayer: I praise God for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Gods works are wonderful, I know that full well.
If I can believe that about my daughter wholeheartedly, without reservation. Then it must be true of me. So even at my lowest, I was created wonderfully and powerfully.
What was the greatest advice given to you leading up to becoming a new mom?
That the one thing that will make the most difference long term in Sawyer's life is the time and love poured into her. It won't matter if for a meal we had fast food or If she didn't nap enough that day. It will matter that she felt loved and supported, that her mom took time every day and focused on her and loved her unconditionally.
List one thing, place, or experience you are really excited about for 2017-18 and one thing, place or experience you are grateful for in 2016?
2017/18: I am excited to grow my business, and in that grow in my creative and mindful self. To launch our website officially, and curate a lineup of goods I am passionate about.
Also, a trip a Bali w My ;) hopefully. (<-just for you )
2016: Sawyer Luna Haines came earthside at the beginning of 2016. She rocked my world, turned it upside down, changed me soul deep and I couldn't be more thankful for her and the experience of motherhood.
Such beauty and inspiration pouring out of this beauty. If you are attending the Bloom Festival in Edmonton this year you will have an opportunity to experience the craftsmanship and artistry of this mama and her hubby in the boho bazaar in October. To get your tickets visit this link.