Blows my mind that I moved to this city 18 years ago!! 18 years ago I rented a sunny 1 bedroom apartment with hardwood floors in Elmwood Village. I had this idea that I wanted to change the world and teach in the inner city. That gig didn't work out, but fostered my lifelong commitment to advocacy, community involvement, and doing things that make me feel good.
Driving into the city this morning for @calming_nature_doula's #brunchforbumps I realized how fucking awesome life is and the different directions it takes you in while still maintaining constant themes, if you're lucky.
Please don't miss this year's WNY Doulas Better Birth Conference THIS Sunday, April 15 from 9AM-2PM.
This year's corporate exhibitor list is incredible:
Catholic Health, Moonshine Studio of Photography, Correra Physical Therapy, The Fountain Wellness Center, Postpartum Resource Center of New York, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
If you're planning, pregnant, carrying a baby in your arms or just a birthy nerd like me you NEED to check out this year's list of exhibitors:
Stacey Austin L.Ac.
Baby's Sweet Beginnings Breastfeeding&Maternity Boutique
Birthing Center of Buffalo
Calming Nature; Doula Center
The Care Connection
The Gentle Parenting Institute
Gleason Family Chiropractic
Gypsy's Corner Photography LLC
Northeast Integrative Health
Amanda Rayburg LMT
Soma Cura Wellness Center
WNY Postpartum Connection
Please don't forget to come and say hello to me, Lindsay Conley. I'll be volunteering for The Postpartum Resource Center of NY with Tess Butera, another mom and postpartum doula passionate about perinatal mood disorders.
Grab your ticket.
9AM Buffalo Parenting Partners
Join seasoned and unseasoned partners in a casual, judgement free open discussion on parenting from the other side. Sharing stories and advice is encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be provided and free, but donations are accepted and will be used to fund future refreshment endeavors.
Feel free to give your partner a break and bring along the babies or kids.
10AM Mindful Mamas: Sacred Postpartum Support at Yoga Parkside
Postpartum Support, Sacred Space and Community for New Mothers: Hosted by Megan Callahan of Yoga Parkside with special guest teachers and presenters
Come together in sacred circle to be with other new mothers, share your stories, get support and discuss various topics related to the transition to motherhood. This circle offers mothers compassionate community in a loving and nurturing environment and includes a weekly meditation, mindfulness techniques and other self care techniques to weather the storms of this massive life adjustment. Additional topics may include baby wearing and its benefits, healthy sleep habits for mom and baby, self care for mothers, infant massage, holistic health at home, and creative ideas for sensory play with your baby. Women and their little ones welcome as soon as they feel comfortable venturing out.
When I started writing this post earlier today the first sentence I typed was, “This year really ******* sucked.” Yet as I looked back over the the past 12 months, a better story emerged; a story about doing what feels right, instead what looks right. For me this meant walking away from a few things that no longer served me or Welcome Mama. It meant waiting for the grace to forgive. It meant learning to listen, instead of projecting or hoping that others had the best of intentions. And most importantly, it meant putting one foot in front of the other when I really wanted to roll up into a ball and cry.
So here it is: My 2017 Year in Review
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.