I taught myself to cook through osmosis, and trial and error over the last decade plus: the only channel we got my freshman year of college was the Food Network! Since then, I've dug deeply into food justice issues, and crafted my cooking style around obvious things like ease, nutrition, and budget constraints, as well as the deeper issues of sustainability, and ethics. I eat seasonally, I eat locally, and I'm an omnivore. We're so fortunate in NYC to have access to so much local and regional food via Greenmarkets located all over the city, all days of the week! We can schedule a field trip to learn how to shop there, but I'm also happy to cook with ingredients you provide from your favorite purveyors. This service is so helpful late in your pregnancy as a way to lay in lots of nutritious food in your freezer for your postpartum period, and develop a new habit of healthy cooking, and eating. Just like all my services, the goal is to give you the tools you need to have fun feeding your family and living your life, so all cooking and meal-prep sessions are collaborative learning opportunities we undertake together. You can see my instagram, or click the 'eating omily' tag on my blog, to see some of my favorite recipes, ingredients, and cooking techniques. I hope for this service to form the cornerstone of my eventual postpartum doula practice.
Meditation works! We've got the science to prove it! When you can be present, and calm, you can have more fun! There may be no better time to delve into the benefits of a meditation practice than during pregnancy. At first, time flies by, and you find yourself worrying it'll be over before you know it, and then, time slows down: you feel restless, and anxious to meet your baby. Meditation provides you with the tools to experience the present moment, make space for joy, and find peace within discomfort or worry. The cultivating of mental space is a powerful tool for the intensity of labor, allowing you to think clearly about what is best for you and your baby, and appreciate this special life event, even in a high pressure situation. One-on-one meditation sessions will work with your personal challenges to help you access this practice with guidance and support, and afterward, you might want a customized pre-recorded guided meditation for you to use anytime.
Reiki is healing life force energy. In other traditions, it is known as chi, qi, or prana. Reiki has been a game-changer for me in my life, but it wasn't something I believed in when I first heard about it. While I definitely have a hippie-nature-girl side to my personality, I'm a fan of good old fashioned science and western medicine, too, and I definitely had my doubts about channeling energy, but I came to believe in it through my personal experiences receiving, and later giving it. If you're curious, see for yourself how it affects you! You don't have to be a spiritual kind of person to receive and benefit from reiki, and yes, getting reiki'd is fun! Being attuned to reiki at level II, I can channel this energy into your body to promote healing and health, and bring you into a state of deep relaxation, both in person, or from a distance. Chanting, crystals, the chakra system, and visualizations provide a stronger focus on your goals, directing this energy in a powerful way. Reiki isn't just great for adults, though. Your new baby can benefit from reiki to assist in adjusting to life outside the womb. Reiki can be incredibly helpful for the pet who's struggling with adjusting to life with Baby. Reiki can even be used to balance the energies in a space, a new apartment, or Baby's nursery, to assure everything is flowing ideally for your family.
Do you wish you could take bird's eye view of your life? The tarot allows you to do just that! Think of it like a Rorschach inkblot test using archetypes that have existed subconsciously in the human mind for millennia, such as the mother, the devil, the fool, and the sun. We'll consider together what challenges you're facing, and how best you can step up to them. The tarot isn't for everyone: it may clash with your home base belief system, or be a bridge too far for your grounded reality-based approach to life. It's just one tool among many to see your life from a different perspective, and use that information for your continued development. You'll have fun during our tarot sessions, and you'll leave feeling empowered to take concrete steps toward your best, and most fun, life.