WHAT OTHER MOMS HAVE TO SAY
Kim was an amazing resource for me as I adapted to life as a new mom. Having twins made my experience different than expected, with some complications along the way. Kim helped me focus on me for at least an hour a week, and more through the gratitude journal writing habit I instilled during my 8 weeks with Strength Through Story. She is an excellent meditation guide and really knows how to balance a group conversation online!
In addition to the writing and meditation exercises, I found a lot of value in connecting with other moms. Especially during this time of quarantine, seeing friendly faces that support each other through our challenges was so therapeutic. I built a strong bond with other moms in the program, and I learned how to own and tell my story of being a mom.
Even after the program, I'm still reflecting on the helpful tools Kim taught us. Taking an hour each week to attend and invest in myself helped my relationship with my spouse, my attitude, and my ability to be a resilient mom. Thank you, Kim!
- Kirsten M.
Mothers have such little time to process their experiences, especially the more difficult ones. So, when I learned about Kim and the Strength Through Story effort, I gravitated towards the idea of giving myself time to reflect, write, and share with others my motherhood journey. At first, I was a bit intimidated to do so with a group of complete strangers, but I was pleased with the way that Kim fostered an environment of openness, emotional safety, and support for each person to share as little or as much a they wanted. Listening to Kim and other mamas open up about the full-breath if their motherhood experiences has helped me feel less alone in my own joys and struggles.
The meditation exercises that Kim guides us through have also helped me take a much needed moment of pause! The weekly writing assignments (which are flexible to your schedule) have helped me discover new “aha,” moments while also challenging me to see the good in areas where I may have felt complete overwhelm. That’s what Kim means about “re-writing,” our stories. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves as moms. It’s harder to believe we are enough. Overall, it’s been great to be a part of a community of mothers from across the country; especially during this pandemic. I definitely recommend this group to any mama seeking support, community, and self-reflection. Thanks, Kim for starting this group!
- Carla O.
It’s a great community of ladies encouraging each other, building up each other, and learning from everyone’s experience as a mom. Life brings its challenges already, but adding motherhood and traumatic birth experiences can be a whole other topic to talk about. Some of us have struggled with many things already during our postpartum, and we want to be advocates for ourselves and others. To be able to live, enjoy, and find joy in our “chaotic’s life”. The brain behind this AMAZING community is Kim Hawley. I’ve personally been in 2 groups sessions with her so far. I can definitely say she has knowledge, experience, and understanding of the ups and downs of being a mom and everything you can find in it. She has a desire to reach as many mommas she can to be a shoulder to cry on, a friend, or someone you can count with to advocate for you and make you feel how valuable you are as an individual and as a mom. She also brings NEW topics every session, so there’s always something new to learn and apply or something you can refresh to be reminded of it. She’s well prepared for every session and knows how to interact with big groups of mommas dealing with postpartum crisis or just moms that needs some encouraging words and community. So, yeah! More than a community we are BECOMING a tribe, a village! It really takes one to raise our children. Check out the Facebook page and the new sessions!!!
- Neysha R.