The Top Five Ways Being A Mama Made Me See Love Differently, With Mindy Willis-Menard.

We caught up with one of our favourite Mamas to chat about motherhood last November, and she had some amazing insights on Malas and Mama-hood. Check out our goddess gal pal Mindy Willis-Menard talking about Mama Malas and the sacred beauty of motherhood below.

After she gave birth to her precious boho bella, Mayla, we had the opportunity to ask Mindy what was so special to her about being a mother. Here is what she had to share with us.


What did I “LOVE” in my life before recently becoming a Mother?  I loved yoga, spontaneity, road trips, cooking, studying, going for long bike rides and runs, rock climbing trips, wine, going out to dinner, quiet time to meditate, and most of all getting a good night sleep.

It’s one in the afternoon but somehow it feels like 1am.  It could be sleep deprivation that has finally grabbed hold of me after 12 weeks of trying to cope broken bits of sleep here and there.  The last 3 months of my life has changed in every way possible.  Who knew?  Any mother that has been on this journey knows what I am talking about and they also know that no matter what comes up there is this undying love for their child that can not ever be fully expressed through words.

My vision of love has changed, how I see love is different after she (Mayla) came into my life.

IMG_0229Here are my top 5 ways Motherhood has made me see love differently.

  1. A smile.  I waited for a few weeks, through lots of full out ball fests for the moment that changed everything for me.  Her smile.  I have tears in my eyes as I type that because one smile from my daughter brings me to the depth of my heart and the love that I feel for her.
  2. Breastfeeding.  If I may be truthful there was really nothing natural about nursing, in fact I was very sore after the first few days.  I cried about not being able to feed her but with a lot of help from my midwife, doula and lactation specialist I managed to keep it up.  Now the fact that I am solely responsible for nurturing our baby and keeping her alive comes from a place of the deepest love for her wellbeing.
  3. Cooing.  Who knew that the innocent gurgle from our baby could blow me away.  Listening to my child learn the very first part of what will be her voice has me head over heels in love.
  4. A new love for my own Mother.  Years ago I realized I had some apologizing to do.  I was not an easy child.  Thinking about what my mom went through with my sister and I have only made me love and appreciate her even more.
  5. My Husband.  During the labour I was surrounded with love and support.  My husband has also been such an amazing supporter of me and my bright ideas since we met. Watching him with our daughter and how he supported her into the world makes me love him even more.

I’m happy to announce that Motherhood has indeed changed the way I see, feel, experience and give love back.  It has also made me realize how much I Love to sleep but that will come back one day I’m sure.  Everything I do now has a deeper meaning.  I think about how I want to be a role model for her, teach her about compassion, share what I love with her and hope that she loves it too and most of all to teach about what is most important in this world, love!  The love of friends, family, nature, animals and good food.

Mindy is a seasoned yoga instructor and health coach based in Ontario, Canada. She’s a proud Shining Shakstar Ambassador and a valued member of the Tiny Devotions community.

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