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Mama Renewed: Amanda

This month’s Mama Renewed is Amanda, who describes herself as a mover and shaker – a lover of dancing and a soulful activist.  We supported her through new motherhood in a Mothers Unfolding group, and now as a seasoned mother with our new Mama Renew group on Vancouver Island.

About Amanda

I am mama to Cosmo-Rae, my wondrous four year old girl, and life partner to wonderful Kevin.  I’ve been working for the last decade as an organizer, advocate and facilitator in the student movement as well as involved in several social justice pursuits.  Three words to describe me are Loving, Compassionate, and Striving.

Why Mama Renew?

When my daughter was only 4 weeks old I joined a Mothers Unfolding group in Vancouver.   I was able to get some distance from my experience of complete overwhelm and learn to breathe for myself, along side my babe.  It is no surprise then, that when another major life transition occurred I immediately sought the support of Mama Renew.

I recently moved with my family from bustling East Vancouver to the beautiful Cowichan Valley.  I had a strong sense that Mama Renew would help me grow some friendships and community.  I also wanted to give one of the most precious gifts to myself;  dedicated time to explore my inner being.

New Insights

I discovered that what I have been doing for self-care since my daughter was born no longer meets my needs and desires.  When she was a baby I counted on deliciously long showers, dancing, and copious amounts of fantastic face cream each night.  The sessions gave me a chance to reflect on my core needs and doing so has  transformed my idea of self-care.   I now know that I do best when I create the time and space to go inward, feeling my core self and listening within.

I loved exploring the concepts of ‘village’ and asking for help.  These ideas are at the heart of my personal vision for the world and yet I often struggle to be intimate in community and won’t easily ask for help.

I also experienced the blessed richness that comes from women gathering with intent.  I was reminded how when women are given the chance to be real with each other, shared wisdom flows and we all become stronger for it.


I often have a hard time knowing what to let go of and what to say no to.  I’m a yes person, seeing the mighty oak in the acorn comes easily to me.  However it can get distorted just as easily.  I want to learn the power of discernment –  learning to say no to the right things.

Moving Forward

Moving from a large city to a town, leaving my beloved work and watching my child make greater steps towards her independence meant that I needed to get some insight and find renewed inspiration for the journey ahead.  Mama Renew has done that for me and I feel gratitude.

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  • Rick Juliusson February 23, 2010, 8:14 am

    Amanda, you are all oak, friend, and inspire the budding oak tree in everyone around us. Just don’t be shy to ask for a little water once in a while.

  • Amanda February 23, 2010, 8:06 pm

    I grow from the kindness and friendship you and your family have so readily given. We are lucky beyond words. I will ask for a sip, no gulp, promise! Feel like Sarah has given me many buckets full in Mama Renew.

  • Chantell Foss February 25, 2010, 4:00 pm

    Is WOW too silly to post? I hope not…

    WOW. Amanda, Sarah, the power of supporting each other simply and just being open about who we are is rocking my world, you both amaze me… WOW.

    Thanks for this, my day is now delicious.

    C xoxoxo

  • Amanda March 2, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I love Wow! Thanks Chantell you truly make days more divine for all. big ol hug and kiss, A

  • Alison Rolfe March 6, 2010, 3:42 pm

    hey there amanda!
    i just saw your beautiful face on the most recent mama renew email & though i’d send a hello…
    i hope that you and your family are settling in nicely. your girl is 4 – wow.
    we’re all good here… candra’s on the path to womanhood (!) and silas is now officially a toddler (2 in april) and screaming for independence both literally and figuratively.
    i’ll be done my RN program in august… tic… toc… tic… toc…
    and geordy and i are doing wonderfully.
    be well!

  • Amanda March 7, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Alison darlin!

    So great to hear from you! I will always remember the strength you brought to the CSU, especially by bringing Candra to meetings and actions (remember the kids at the CFS provincial general meeting?!). It is neat for me to picture Candra as a young woman. Great news about your RN – way to go! Glad to hear your family is doing great and if you find yourself in the Cowichan Valley please come stay with us or visit.

    warm hug,


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