Laney Crowell is a leading beauty and wellness editor with the intention to redefine the definition of beauty means. She founded The Moment, a beautiful platform curating and promoting beauty, wellness, clean products, glowy food, and feeling good from the inside out. As a mother friendly company, we're endlessly inspired by other mothers who juggle motherhood and creative conscious companies,
She shared with us her insights on motherhood, tips on creating that work/life balance, and how to be kind to yourself in your postpartum journey.
1. What has been your biggest challenge as a mother?
Time. I think it's almost impossible to find time to do everything you want to do without sacrificing sleep (which is a non negotiable for me). I'm always struggling to keep up with work, get a workout in, and find time to meditate. Before having a baby, those were my priorities so they happened.
2. How do you create or maintain balance in your life?
I pick little moments throughout the day where I can center myself. I don't have time to do my pre-baby 2 hour long workout and 20 minute meditation and 30 minutes of writing that I used today. I'm lucky if I get 5 minutes. So I've developed little tiny ways to center myself. I light a candle or palo santo every morning and set an intention, I close my eyes and sit on the floor of my shower and meditate for 2 or 3 minutes (sometimes I'll add a couple drops of essential oil in the shower too), and as I fall asleep I list all of the things I'm grateful for until I fall asleep.
3. How has becoming a mother altered your daily routine?
My day now revolves around Isabella, which is totally different from before when it used to revolve around me! I sneak in work when she's napping or after she's gone to sleep for the night. Soon I'll start working outside of the house so I can focus better, but for now I need to be around her to breastfeed. I feel really lucky that my team at The Moment has been very understanding and has worked with me through this transition. I can't imagine it's been easy on them. Before I had Isabella we would see each other every day, now it's a lot easier for us to work remotely. But if I've learned one thing from having a baby, chance comes quickly and easily if you're open to it. When I'm in synch with the universe everything transitions smoothly and easily.
4. Any tips to entrepreneurial/working moms starting on their postpartum journey?
Be kind to yourself and accept your new reality. Be kind to yourself if you aren't able to be as productive as before, or as on top of things. I say to myself daily, "Soon you'll able to have all the time in the world to work and you'll miss having a baby, so enjoy these moments." It brings me to a place of gratitude and acceptance. When you accept that you're life has changed, it's much easier to become focused on adapting and changing. Rather than living in a place of stress and lack, which isn't good for anyone.
5. What is your favorite aspect of parenthood?
I mean, I love all of it. My baby is quite little so I don't think I've actually had the chance to parent. I guess I would have to say, I've really loved how when you have a baby (especially a girl) it makes you look at yourself really closely, in a way you've never done before. It makes me softer and it's also lead me to take responsibility for things
I've been avoiding. Parenthood is a mirror. You see yourself clearer than you ever have before which is such a gift!
Laney wears the Calder Earrings