One thing I love about my job (ha ha….it’s too much fun to call a job!) is getting to connect with amazing and wonderful women like the lady featured in today’s interview. Her name is Heather Ash and she’s the owner and creator of Happiness Mama. I love love love what she does because I truly believe that the world needs happy mamas cause a happy mama equals happy kids, husband and family!
So let’s here what Heather has to say!
Hi Heather! Can you tell me a little bit about Happiness Mama?
Sure! Happiness Mama is my blog, where I write about intentionally creating a happier life. My readers are mamas who want to be the best mothers they can be, while also nurturing themselves and making their happiness a priority. That also helps everyone in the family be happier and sets a great example for their children to take good care of themselves, too. It’s a win-win situation. I also enjoy writing about mindfulness,self care,creativity, habits, and productivity.
Happiness Mama is also the online home of my coaching practice. As a Mama Bliss Coach, I support mindful mamas in three main ways. I help them refocus on their happiness and strengthen the four pillars of mama bliss, which are self care,creativity, values, and simplicity. I also work with creative moms to find clarity around their desires and next steps, create a workable plan,and take action to make their dreams and goals a reality. And I also enjoy working with clients to enhance their time management skills and live more intentionally they can make the most of the precious time they have.
What is your background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in French and a Masters in Education. I was a high school ESL/English teacher for almost 9 years. Becoming a mother was a transformation experience form in so many ways. I love mothering my two daughters, and I’ve experienced being a stay-at-home-mom, a work outside the home mom, and working part-time from home on my own business, which is what I do now.
What inspired you to create Happiness Mama?
My life changed when I became a mother. I really wanted to stay home with my children in the early years,and I realized I needed a flexible working situation. I thought about what I really wanted to do, and I considered options that involved working from home. I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through writing,so I started reading and learning about blogging when my second daughter was a newborn.
I have a heart for other women, especially mamas, and I want to share what I’m learning and what I know so I can help others. After much reflection and exploration, I decided to focus on helping other mothers be happier. I’ve always loved reading and learning about personal growth and well being,and I also enjoy supporting and helping moms in various ways, so it’s perfect for me.
When browsing your site, I really love how you’ve blended happiness and mama. Moms in this day and age sure do need more happiness. Can you comment on that?
Yes, I feel like there are several factors at work here. Women in our culture are often isolated and have to make Herculean efforts to spend time with their extended family or friends. Families often live far apart, and friends may be across town, but even that can feel hard when you have a baby or young child. So real connection can be a challenge.
Second, women love their children so much, and since babies take so much of our time and energy, it’s easy to become almost completely focused on their well being. That’s normal, but mamas also need to make sure their own needs are being met. And like everything, it often takes practice to learn how to manage life well with children.
In some ways having subsequent children can be easier than having the first, because you know what to expect to some degree, and you’ve already made the huge transition of going from just being you, to having another human being to be responsible for. I know what it’s like to be completely immersed in taking care of my children, and I know what it’s like to be the primary caregiver for my children.
But I also know that I’m happier when I take time for myself and make sure my needs are being met, and I want that for other mothers, too. It’s definitely a balancing act, and it’s usually not balanced.
Also, often the women are still the primary caregivers, whether they’re staying at home or working outside the home. That’s another challenge.
And another factor is the busy age we live in. Kids are often involved in extracurricular activities, so many screens vy for our attention, and we’re surrounded by so much stuff that it’s hard to slow down and just BE,to just be still and enjoy simple moments. But it’s so important. And it is possible!
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is a mother who is smart, internet savvy, and loves to read and learn. She may be feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed out, wanting to find herself again after being so completely immersed in caring for her children.
She is a mindful mama, meaning one who deeply cares about being the best mother she can be, with strongly held beliefs about the parent she wants to be, but she also realizes she needs to make her own happiness a priority, for her own sake and that of her family.
With her children getting a little bit older, she has a little more time for herself, and she is exploring options for her next steps.
She is creative… Perhaps she likes to write or journal, or do photography or art. Or all of the above!…although she hasn’t done as much as she would like since she had kids.
She would like some help with deciding what she really wants to do next in life, and could also use some support in both time management and getting her needs for self care and creative play met.
She would like more stillness in her life, more simplicity, and wants to make sure she is living into her values every day.
She enjoys setting goals and has dreams that she wants to explore more, and help with figuring out a road map to make those dreams come true.
What do you hope your clients get from working with you?
I want them to go from wherever they are now, to being empowered with the knowledge, skills, and support to create their happiest lives. I want them to have the joy of knowing they are truly living into their values. Want them to feel peace and joy.
What is your favorite or best client story?
I love when my clients tell me about the real results they’re getting from our work together. One of my clients is the mother of a toddler, and she balances her time between being a stay-at-home-mom, working part-time as a professor, and freelance writing. In her “spare time” she loves to write her own stories, essays, and poems. Recently she shared that working with me has helped her bring order to her creative process and plans. That made me feel great!
I also love when my clients go from feeling stressed to at peace. I often create customized guided meditations for my clients, and they really enjoy those. Guided meditation has been a new experience for many of them, and I love to hear their response afterwards. They say things like, “Wow! I feel great!” And that makes me happy.
How can my readers find you?
Do you have anything else you’d like to add and share with my readers?
For mamas who would like to try meditation, I created a free How to Meditate: Quick Guide . One of my passions is helping mamas learn to give themselves the self care they need to thrive, and one of the most beneficial forms of self care is meditation. Even just five minutes a day can help you feel more calm, clear, and in tune with your true self.
At the moment I’m excited to offer totally free, no sales mini coaching sessions to give mamas a taste of what coaching with me is like. Interested mamas can learn more here.