How To Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby

Has anyone else felt “off” since becoming a mom? Like your life is no longer your own? That it’s hard and different to connect with work, relationships, and yourself like you used to be able to pre-baby? Speak up ladies, I know it’s not just me. Becoming a mother is truly transformative. Meet Randi Zinn, founder of Beyond Mom and author of Going Beyond Mom: How To Activate Your Mind, Body, & Business After BabyShe speaks my language and everything that we preach at Tribe.

  • What does Beyond Mom actually mean? Beyond Mom means that we must always focus on building and embracing the woman who is alive and well inside the mom identity. When we neglect her we find ourselves unfulfilled, depleted, and uninspired. The more we give to this woman who is so many things- friend, daughter, creator, thinker and so much more, the happier human we are (and usually the better mom we are).

  • Who do you look up to as someone who embodies what Beyond Mom means and why? I’m privileged to know so many Beyond Moms so it is incredibly hard to choose! For now, I’ll choose Melinda Blau who wrote the forward of my book. She is currently also a Beyond Grandmom, but through her entire career as a writer and journalist has embodied what she calls a Family Centered Philosophy (versus a child centered philosophy). In other words if something doesn’t work for the entire family, it doesn’t fly. Everyone is taken into account and the family dynamic must work for everyone to work. She has encouraged me to think of myself as I’ve become a mother and been a champion of my work. In so many ways she is an “early” Beyond Mom.

  • What has inspired you to live a life with mindfulness and self-care at the core? Motherhood hasn’t been easy. With a mindfulness practice and regular self care, it’s easier. I observe myself happier, more present, and more productive. And frankly, I like myself better when I’ve given myself a break. I show up as the me I like and not the me who is frankly not so friendly. When you see the results, you become even more inspired to keep it going.

  • What does self-care look like to you? Self care can vary depending on the day, the schedule or the need. It can be anything from a workout class, a massage, a manicure, or my favorite, an evening out with my girlfriends. I also love to cook and when I have time to get creative, I love to nurture myself and my family with delicious healthy food.

  • What surprised you most about motherhood? The honest truth is that motherhood has shown me how angry I can get! A therapist of mine years ago used to tell me I should get angry more often (as opposed to bottling my feelings up). In a strange way, anger doesn’t come naturally to me. But enter my son? And whoa. Anger is very possible. I never thought being a mom would bring that emotion to the forefront, but I guess its good to know all my sides and know they are alive and well!

  • What has been the biggest struggle you’ve experienced since becoming a mom? Slowing down. As a very involved mom and someone who is building a business and writing a book, I have a hard time putting it all down.

  • For someone new to yoga and meditation, what advice can you give? Start slow and in ways that feel manageable so that you can succeed! Commit to twice a week of yoga not seven. And meditate for five minutes not ten. The feeling of accomplishment is key to continuing.

  • Tip to adding yoga and meditation to daily routine while also balancing motherhood, work, family, friends? In my book, Going Beyond Mom, I wrote an entire chapter called Befriending The Change! This goes for yoga and meditation. It’s simply not going to look like how it did before you had a little one, so you have to accept that! I encourage you to roll out your yoga mat with your baby/toddler and find ways of moving with them! Cultivate meditation (deep breathing, relaxed mind) while nursing, tucking your kids into bed/snuggle time, while washing dishes etc. Make the motherhood moments count.

  • If your children could learn one lesson from watching you live your life, what would it be? To follow your passion and speak from your heart. As my kids have watched me launch my business and book, I hope its what they’re learning from me.

  • A personal confession about yourself: I battle with anxiety. Life is intense, hard stuff happens, and I worry I will fail in some way at some point. But the more I practice what I preach and treat myself with all the love and care I deserve, the more I’m able to rise above the negative emotions.

Randi Zinn is the founder of Beyond Mom and Born from her own experience of motherhood, and the desire for a more connected community- Beyond Mom offers: content, podcasts, mixers, events, and retreats for forward-thinking Moms. She encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom”- one that embraces the gifts of motherhood, but expresses all that they are as individuals: creators, businesswomen, thinkers, friends, and so much more.

Randi is an ambassador for Athleta and has partnered with Comptoir Des CotonniersSoulCycleMio SkincareTOWN Real EstateThe Mother CompanyBody Conceptions and IntenSati.

Her writing has appeared in Honest Company BlogFitBumpEpoch Times and Well Rounded NY. She is a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus NY and has taught since 2008.

Randi’s first book Going Beyond Mom: How To Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby, was published on September 19, 2017.

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Alex Winkelman
Alex founded Hello My Tribe not because she was an expert on motherhood, but because she was a mom who desperately needed support and community. During those tough first months of motherhood, Alex spent day after day reading and learning about motherhood. She learned: 1. She wasn’t alone in her feelings about motherhood. 2. Everything we could have ever dreamt of existed for the baby, but there was a lack of resources for the woman/mother 3. There are many maternal health issues in our country that need attention and need to be addressed. Hello My Tribe was built upon these needs. Previous to launching Hello My Tribe in 2016, Alex was a professional and volunteer fundraiser, raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations. Alex lives in Austin, TX with her son and two rescue dogs.