//Hey tribe…welcome back to a brand new season of “CREATIVE MAMA.” This series is intended to celebrate all of the mothers navigating a life that is both creative and well. It honors all aspects of motherhood/womanhood/ and the creative process. I keep meeting the most amazing women on social media and in real life and I can’t not showcase them here in this space. So read, get inspired, expand your horizon, and shine your light out into the world. Today i want you to meet Kera. She is such a beautiful soul who I instantly connected with. Her vibe is high and her ideas on life are incredibly smart and on point. Her beauty, stunning, inside and out. Enjoy!//
Owen 11, Asher 9, Elena 6, Selma 2
We have been living in our dream house for almost a year, nestled in the foothills of beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. We LOVE where we live, and feel so grateful that we have such a wonderful space and community to raise our family.
I LOVE design and am inspired by my incredibly connected community of makers and influencers here in the area. Design has taught me to appreciate the value of editing our surroundings and how to create spaces that help you live your life with more joy and abundance. I have an online shop called Interwoven where I curate artisanal home decor for the modern dweller, and I also work for the Utah Jazz (NBA) as an on-court entertainment host.
When I mentioned “editing” our surroundings above, I’ve learned that less is more. I take great care and thought about everything that comes into my personal space, and that has spilled over in other aspects of my life- whether it’s my social circles, the food I eat, and the activities I participate in. Maybe a better word to use is “intentional”. I’m learning to be intentional with my actions, and that allows for more peace in my life overall.
I’m a Taurus, so I am known to have a taste for the finer things in life. But I’m also practical, and a mother with young children, and balance is key. I like all of my spaces, including fashion, to have a curated look. I love the age we are living in where we are so globally connected and influenced by each other. Inclusivity seems to be at the forefront of people’s minds and it’s a great era to experiment and pull inspiration from everywhere. I basically aspire to project my inner goddess with my daily looks: sensual, earthy, and comfortable in any setting. Target right now has several great lines, and carries the bulk of my fast fashion purchases, but some other brands I love are: Vince, Madewell, Elizabeth Suzann to name a few. I also LOVE jewelry, and one of my favorite parts of getting ready is finishing off a great outfit with pieces I’ve collected from all over.
I take my beauty routine very seriously, mostly because I believe caring for yourself is a radical act and can become a deeply personal and sacred ritual that renews your spirit each day. I try to use naturally derived skincare, and swear by the small locally owned line: Mom’s Stuff Salve. I use their salve medicinally, and never leave home without it, and their body oil and face balms are wonderful. I try to plan my day so I have some solid time by myself to really enjoy the process… I burn some incense, play my favorite tunes, and try to practice gratitude in the shower as I wash my body. I love makeup, and hair care products, and I’m constantly editing my selections- seeking out natural, ethically sourced brands as often as I can. In the evening, a beautiful bath can be such a great way to connect with yourself and wind down after a stressful day.
Mottos to living well
I love the movie The Last Samurai… Japanese culture has always fascinated me. I love the line in the movie that says, “Life in Every Breath”. Finding joy, for me, is seeking out the patterns and the beauty- the light and the shadow in everything. Knowing that we are all connected, and learning to be intentional with our thoughts and actions allows us to find the sacred in a cup of tea, in our yoga practice, a bath, and even in that pile of laundry waiting to be folded.o
Every day is different! I like to have a general idea for what needs to be accomplished, but having children has taught me to be a lot more flexible with my expectations. I also realize how privileged I am to be able to have the option of staying at home with my kids. In terms of a daily schedule, I definitely have boundaries and hard lines of how I want my life to look, so I find that as long as I have those ideas established, I can be more graceful with how my day looks. It is a huge priority to have a clean, organized home for instance, as well as having time for myself, so actually establishing that makes planning my day a lot easier. 3 out of 4 of my kids are in school full-time so this stage of my life is a lot more manageable than when they were younger. Being flexible also means realizing that there are times and seasons for everything.
On Feeling Beautiful
I feel the most beautiful when I feel comfortable and confident enough to stand in my truth. Maintaining alignment is achieved through the broad work of self-care, and the realization that circumstances and other people and their projections have no power over me.
Favorite things right now
Mantra Music from Good Vibes Collective
Slippers, cozy sweaters and my morning coffee
My fitbit versa watch
Rope incense and self-care offerings from lesley saligoe botanicals
On balancing motherhood and creativity
Stop looking for balance… balance and justice is inevitable and is better left for Mother Nature to sort out. The best thing you can do is to go forth on the daily fearlessly and intentionally towards your joy and the joy of those around you.