My name is Annabel Ruffell and I am the founder of Journey for Earth, a global awareness company committed to inspiring change for humanity, the environment and animals, one choice at a time.
Over the past 2 years or so I have shared a few blog posts by parents answering the one question: What Journey are you on? Here, Deanna Dylan Scott and Nicole LaCour-Wordlaw answer this question so beautifully and honestly and openly.
Our journeys can inspire each other, create connection, empower. And I know for myself when I talk to another parent and hear about their journey – the love, the acceptance, the beauty, the ups and downs, the commitment to be better and live in the moment…it inspires me to be the best parent, best person I can be and yet also understand that none of us are perfect. We are just doing our best.
I hope in sharing these journeys it inspires you too on your journey.
Deanna Dylan Scott, Writer, Actress and dedicated mother.
Being a strong and caring mother is of great importance to me. I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is powerful and to use her power for good. I let her know that I make mistakes as all humans do but that the important part is in not repeating the same mistakes. I see myself as flawed and always gaining more insight necessary to keep growing. I want my child to know she can take great risks and make mistakes in her pursuit of a fulfilling life. I have a girlie girl and I enjoy being quite feminine myself however I have a feminist side to me as well. I will make sure that my daughter sees no limits to what she can achieve if it matters to her and she applies herself. I want her to know true independence and self reliance.
I am on a journey striving towards my potential in all areas of my life. I love to create as a writer, actress and filmmaker. The human condition is very fascinating to me and the choices we make based on our background and our desires. I love to tell stories and explore complex situations and characters. One screenplay I co-wrote called The Pamphleteer opens up the conversation about our conditioning regarding food and eating animals and also explores different people’s reactions to veganism. I like to write in a way that makes people think and question the status quo. I also wrote a book entitled One Vegan Mama. The book is my personal story and how I came to veganism. I feel that living vegan encompasses so much that I want to teach my daughter, such as living with compassion and making daily choices with thought and intention. My four year old Ever has really come into her own as a soulful little vegan child. I see in her incredible pride about it and she will tell you that we don’t eat animals, we love them. When this tiny beauty came into my life she changed my journey and gave everything I do more purpose. I know she is watching and that what I show her is more important than what I tell her.
I’ve had a lot of change and loss in my life this past year. It has been by far my most difficult and at times magical year. With incredible change and loss comes inevitable introspection and the evaluation of what is truly important. For me I want to continue to create and write and show my daughter the best of me on this journey rich with mystery and adventure. Most significantly my focus is on embracing my new love and the life we are creating together with our two amazing children.
FB-One Vegan Mama
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Nicole LaCour-Wordlaw aka Dancing Moon, Wife, Mother to 2 beautiful “Angel Bears”, Postpartum Self-Care and Women’s Sexual Wellness Coach, Birth and Postpartum Doula.
I love this question. We are all on some journey with many of us headed to the same destination. My business accountability partner and I were just sharing how our journeys may be different but our destination is the same. It was a beautifully magical, connecting, moment for us.
Now, at almost 40 years old, with amazing children ages 7 and 5, I’m not the same person I was 7 years ago, and therefore my current journey is very different from what it once was.
But what is my journey? For quite a few years, even though I was IN IT, or one might say, ON IT, I had no clue what my journey was. It was not clear to me where I was headed, who I was or what I was doing. Being in my flow felt so weird. My flow didn’t feel like it used to.
I was a professional modern dancer and movement allowed me to express every feeling I encountered. From pain and agony to high elation and exuberance. But when I was first a new mom, I felt pulled to be present for my children 100% of the time. I did not feel I was shown total, unconditional love from a human other than my husband, yet this is what I craved for myself and for my children. This is what I had to provide and still do.
Now finally, after 7 years as a mom, I’ve only recently taken the TIME to redefine who I am. I’ve taken the time to LISTEN, to BREATHE, to VISUALIZE, and to DREAM. Motherhood truly transforms us women. We are metamorphosed into something new and so magical, that there really are no words to describe it. The same is true for many men as well.
Yes, I am now a mother. I am also myself. Who is that, you might ask. It took me a while to figure it out! I created a list of affirmations of who I am. A written list that I can hold, feel, and look at. It lives on my prayer altar to serve as my constant reminder of who I AM.
So my current journey really is about living in my fullness. Living the vastness that I am. Being present in my Spirit nature and allowing my humanness to take on my purpose of demonstrating UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. This has appeared in the way I value my relationships with my family, friends and colleagues. It has also appeared as a career transition to a postpartum life coach, women’s sexual wellness coach, and birth and postpartum doula. And yes, dance is a part of it all! My life has truly come full circle. My experiences of being verbally, physically and sexually abused as a child serve as the catalyst for me to help other women who may have been in similar experiences and who struggle with self love. This is the same catalyst that drives me to pave a new road and create new patterns for my family.
So my current journey is a ride, but I’m not holding on with my eyes closed, clutching on for dear life, yelling for my mom. Instead my eyes, arms, and heart are wide open ready to give and receive the blessings that this life offers.
What Journey are YOU on?