A postpartum love note for a friend

One of my best friends recently had a baby. In helping to plan her mother blessing – a take on a baby shower inspired by Native American traditions that instead center the mother – I asked all of her guests to write a letter that she could read postpartum, on a hard day, because hard days were sure to come.

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Women Who Inspire Me, Part 1

1422523_10201404002754700_852807890_nThe following is an interview with Stephanie Ferretti. I first connected with Stephanie through instagram, we both shared a passion for fitness and martial arts. Stephanie contacted me regarding training Muay Thai in Phuket and since then we have remained in contact.

To me, Stephanie is an incredibly inspirational woman. During the time that we have known each other, she has been kind enough to share with me snippets of her life story, and her experiences as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a competitor, a trainer and everything else in between. Stephanie’s stories inspired me, surprised me, moved me and motivated me. I’ll let her tell you the rest…

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