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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Alexandra Jaye Johnson Alexandra Jaye Johnson

Alexandra Jaye Johnson is a new mama and the Chief Goddess & Cofounder of en*theos. She also loves inspiring and empowering peeps to rock their most authentically awesome lives with her Rock Your Goddess Life program. [www.entheos.com]

Slowing down. Savoring and enjoying life. That’s what inspires me most these days. Recently I became a Mama Goddess and my family gives me so much love and meaning. There is something almost magical about becoming a Mother. Life changes in ways you could’ve never imagined.

Before I had my sweet baby boy, creativity was where I got most of my juice.

I still love to create, but I see the world differently now. My priorities are very different. Every day I live with the questions: What is really important and what really needs to get done? What can I let go of? How can I slow down and experience more pleasure in the mundane? What am I demonstrating right now for my child? And is this what I want to teach him?

Motherhood is fertile soil for transformation. It can be chaotic, beautiful, challenging, and inspiring. If we’re open to it, motherhood can transform life for the better. I feel like it’s a time to dig deep and let go of the things that no longer serve us. It’s a time to stop trying to do it right, be courageous, not give a crap what others think, and do it our way. To be unapologetic in expressing our authentic selves and all of our beauty, love, joy, and humanness.

Life is dynamic and we must flow with it. I try not to take it too seriously. If I find that I’m off, I breathe deeply, get out my journal and/or meditate, and reconnect to what is most important. I connect to my joy. I simplify. I take some time to be grateful for everything in my life. I breathe again. I do whatever I can to slow down and relax. When I keep it simple, do less, enjoy more, and have fun, I always feel in alignment and on purpose. It’s when I get impatient, fearful, or doubtful that meaning and pleasure seem to slip away.

We all get disconnected from time to time. It’s part of the creative process. We go for our desires, we ask deeper questions, we challenge our beliefs, and we cultivate the courage to change when needed.

Sometimes we just forget how awesome we are. No worries. Just keep coming back to your authentic self over and over and remember: This is your life to live as you choose. Live it! Be you fully with all your original flavor and style!

– Alexandra Jaye Johnson

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