For the My Motherhood series, we ask different women the same series questions about mindfulness and motherhood to see what works for other women, but also to show how even though we may be different, we are all in this together.
Today I'm really excited to be featuring Mecoh Dixon on our My Motherhood blog. Mecoh is the woman behind an amazing blog that's for the free-spirited, modern, mindful women called Lionheart Mamas. Keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram!
What does your perfect day look like?
My perfect day starts early, alone, over a cup of coffee and podcast while my family sleeps.
In the summer, you can find me in the early hours on the deck enjoying fresh air.
When my family wakes, breakfast is a must and you can find my daughter on the counter helping prepare it.
I would fill our day with some travel, exercise and creativity. We are always out and about exploring local neighbourhoods, road tripping or backpacking internationally. We love adventure and meeting new people.
My husband Kevin and I both played college level sports (football and basketball), so we need to be moving. Creatively, we paint, write and read.
As a family we’re trying our best to journey towards a lifestyle that is slow and simple. One day we’d like to be in a tiny house living abroad. That’d be the perfect day.
Do you have any daily rituals you use to center yourself?
Yes, my quiet time in the morning is essential to my self-care practice and allows me to center myself for the day, week, and season. Whether I find myself listening to a podcast, out for a walk, or practicing yoga, this time helps me align my energy and intentions. I also use the time to write affirmations and express gratitude –a daily journaling practice.
As a mother, I spend a significant amount of time nurturing and caring for others with my mind, body and soul. If I fail to stay centered and aware of my emotions and energy, I can be left depleted grasping for quiet and space. It is vital that I show up for myself through nurturing my creative and free spirit it allows me to be the best version of me for myself and family.
How do you make time for the different facets of your life?
Each day, with life’s ebbs and flows, I am learning what balance means to me, it changes with each season. I am a mother, a wife, I work full time, I am an aspiring entrepreneur, a traveler, a creative and a wannabe blogger. It would all be easy if I was one-dimensional. However, my priority is me, my marriage and my little family of three (plus puppy). In order to protect our magic, I’ve learnt to set boundaries and become okay with saying no. I have had to let go of people, commitments, and expectations that didn’t leave me feeling enriched and full of light. I find self-care time before my family wakes and after they’ve gone to bed. Creativity and exercise is easier when my family is involved. After work, I decompress and disconnect from work to be present with my family from 5-8:30pm when my daughter goes down. I don’t have it all figured out, but that’s the beauty of life. Some days are coffee fueled, while others require naps.
Do you have any special family rituals?
Yes, each day on our commute to daycare Xaria and I recite affirmations or power words. The statements include; I am kind and friendly, I love myself, I make a difference, I am smart and powerful. Also, Sundays are the one day we try our very best to stay disconnected from our phones. Lastly, evenings are always dedicated to us, even if one of us has a game we are all on the sidelines supporting one another.
What is the best advice you have ever given or received about motherhood?
The best motherhood advice I’ve ever received and give is to let it go and practice grace. Let go of the expectations of perfection. Let go of comparison. Let go of the negative self-talk. Let go of the mistakes. Each day we have an opportunity to live a life that ignites our spirit, to fuel our heart with love, and nourish our minds with grace and that’s exactly what we should be doing.
What is your favourite part of motherhood?
There is so much I love about motherhood; watching her sleep in my arms, her hugs after daycare, co-sleeping, “mama” in the morning, nursing, baby wearing/hip slinging, and brushing her hair. My favourite part of motherhood is learning alongside my daughter. As she grows into her personality I am learning how to connect, teach, discipline, and speak to her. She teaches me something every day about myself, life, and motherhood. Consistently she inspires me to view the world with an open heart. It’s beautiful to watch her explore lifes simple joys. Additionally, the motherhood community – online and offline, has claimed a powerful space in my life. The sisterhood that I found connecting with other women is irreplaceable and I’ve been called to share, build and cultivate it through Lionheart Mamas.