NOVUS = NEW
VITA = LIFE
Novita means "new life" - which is exactly what I'm all about.
Birth is literally the emergence of new life
Birth is also a transformation. You are no longer the "you" you were before your baby came along. You will necessarily become something more, something greater.
Welcome to your new life.
Yo! I'm Leslie!
I'm a crunchy mama of two, walking through this parenting thing solo (for now). My kiddos are my favorite teachers - they're always reminding me that the way I show up in the world matters, and they'll be the first to let me know when I'm off course. I'm so honored they chose me.
I believe in the power of the body and mind to accomplish any goal we set out to achieve...with the right support. You can do hard things.
I'm a bit of a productivity nerd - I'm constantly listening to podcasts, reading books, and watching videos to learn more about how I can organize my life and time to fit in ALL THE THINGS.
But most importantly, I'm all about lifting others up - no matter what side of the fence you happen to be on. Inspiring others to be kind to themselves, kind to others, and do hard things truly fills my cup. If you have a goal, I'll be there cheering you on. If you're feeling yucky, I'll be there to sit with you in the yuck.
The sound of a running dishwasher is oddly soothing to me
I didn't realize until too late...
My births were really important to me
Even as a young 20-year old mom, I took this job super serious. I did all the research. Practiced the yoga. Took the classes. Read the books. But that birth did not go as planned, and it took years to heal.
My second birth was so healing...
Eight years later, I got the birth experience I had dreamed about the first time. I learned even more, prepared harder, and took control over my birth experience. It was exhilarating.
I wish I had known this was a thing...
Photos would have helped me process the trauma of my first birth. But my team was busy with keeping everyone safe in the moment, so no one took photos.
Photos would have shown the badassery I was during my second birth. I felt sooooo accomplished, empowered and amazing. But the photos her dad took got lost in his cell phone. I have nothing.
Your birth matters to me
Now I document birth stories because I know how important these memories are...and how even more valuable they are as the years go by.
Hindsight is 20/20. Don't make the same mistake I did.