I wasn’t quite sure if this word actually existed for if it was a word simply placed in my heart so I did what we all do when we don’t know the answer.


I googled it.

Turns out it’s not really a thing. That seems to happen a lot in my life — I have a memory that didn’t really happen or I remember a song that doesn’t seem to quite exist. I feel like you should know this going into things, I’m a bit of a dreamer and often times my dreams and reality bleed together so effortlessly that I confuse the two.


I didn’t really need to look up the meaning of heartstrong though– it’s already a part of my DNA. To me, being heartstrong is honoring the beliefs, hopes, dreams, convictions, and truths in your heart. For them to be your compass.  When you are heartstrong you are living your best life because you are allowing your life to move in the direction in which it’s intended to. We all have a gauge internally that tells us if what we are doing (or not doing) is in alignment with who we are and who we want to be.


I have been a mama for almost 8 years, and while becoming a mama has been in my heart for as long as I can remember, I never expected it to overshadow all the other parts of me that existed before my beautiful children did. Prior to children, there were so many other parts of my life that fulfilled me. My spirituality, my creativity, and adventurer’s spirit that simply wanted to see everything.

Here is the thing: I know, that I know, that I know, that I know :

I do not have to give one part of myself to have the other.

I don’t know if it happened slowly or all at once, but somewhere between 8 years ago and now, I stopped writing, stopped photographing, stopped traveling, and stopped dreaming in the most ridiculous and intoxicating way. I stopped being heartstrong.




This part of the blog is to explore my re-discovery of the woman I know I am, and can be.  I hope you will tag along.




P.S. Share with me in the comments if you are a mama and can relate to changing in ways you didn’t expect!

11 thoughts on “Heartstrong. It’s a thing. I promise.”

  1. I think one of the beauties of language is its ability to evolve for what we need it. Heartstrong is a great word. I myself created one, Snuggleosophy to describe my parenting philosophy. What’s important is what it means to you and your application of it.

  2. I love the word Snuggleosophy! What a great term to coin your parenting style! Can’t wait to check out your blog 🙂

  3. Oh I definitely changed! My life revolves around all things regarding my child. Sure, I enjoy it. It’s like a hobby lol. But I am getting back to myself after two years finally and it feels nice to put effort into my appearance and doing things I want to do. Now if I could just get a good book to read!

  4. Congrats on getting back to yourself! I truly believe it will only make us better parents! I had a recent book reccomendation: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  5. Beautiful post, Ive only held the title of momma for five months now but it has definitely affected my love of the arts; reading, cinema, etc! After reading this post I want to make myself more aware of myself pre-momma and not let myself slip away.

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