Hello there friends!
Thanks for stopping by!
I’m Margot, the muse behind “in between breaths.”
A little about me … Well, I am a Stay At Home Mom currently, so I have completely forgotten who I am! Ha!
No, this is not completely true … but there is some truth to it for sure! For 20 years ( prior to becoming a SAHM), I was able to pin the title of public school Art Teacher on my identity. It was a pretty cool gig to be the nurturer of 100’s of kids’ creativity; I have to admit. The steady paycheck was a great, added bonus too. But then when my son was born with Down syndrome, which included developmental delays and other health issues, I decided to leave the security of my career to stay home with him. It became clear pretty quickly that my new role was CEO of Gabe Inc.
During my tenure in this role I have filled many journals, documenting all the twists and turns of my unexpected journey. I’ve always been a writer of my inner thoughts but rarely shared them publically. I have wanted to blog for years about my experiences being Gabe’s mom, but for some reason I always found excuses not to start like:
“There are already enough blogs in existence already! But I don’t have a new business in place yet and blogging about motherhood isn’t enough! I don’t know where I am going with all of this, or I can’t decide on a specific style.”
The list goes on … but really, I didn’t feel secure enough to write from this standpoint of in between, where I was still finding my footing in my current role. But then one day, my own ruminating literally exhausted me. A voice from within urged, “Start from now! Stop trying to cling to the past. Stop trying to predict the future. Start from now!” And so I heeded the call, stepped into the now, and wrote my very first blog entry. Boy did it feel good and freeing to simply claim where I was and show up as is!
(In my case it was in my new green cowboy boots! )
As Pema Chödrön reminds us…
“If we are willing to stand fully in our own shoes and never give up on ourselves, then we will be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others and never give up on them.”
― from : Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
Ultimately, blogging is about sharing. That’s how I see it. I have appreciated so much when others have shared openly, claiming who they are without apology. So now it is my turn to give back by joining the ranks of the other truth tellers! So often I have found comfort in hearing others’ accounts, as I recognize myself in their openly shared experiences. Other times the authentic sharing of others has served as a powerful catalyst to awaken something in me, to inspire, or to remind me of parts of myself that I had long forgotten or hidden away. My hope is that others may find some comfort, have a laugh, gain some new insights, or feel a sense of kinship when they read my posts. I invite you to hop on this authentic ride through my blog. I can’t tell you exactly where we are going, but I can promise ~ it will be real!
So why the name ~ in between breaths?
It’s an invitation to slow down enough to not only follow our breath-but to dwell and pause…in between breaths…and even purposefully retain the breath for a few moments. Why would you want to hold your breath? Well, when you are practicing somthing like pranic breathing, the intent of breath retention is to to fill your vessel, your energy body, with life force. This is such a powerful practice and one that I want to do more of because I have found it to be so cleansing and revitalizing. I have found some of my greatest moments of peace and clarity in this quiet pause in between breaths.
But lets be real… I am a mother of a child with special needs. I often forget to be present and practice self-care like pranic breathing. So there is a flip side meaning to the name. In between breaths is also a nod to how harried my life as a mom of a child with special needs can be. Trying to make it all fit, trying to squeeze in what ever I can, sometimes gasping, in between breaths. If I am holding my breath over here, it is purely bc I am stressed and forgetting to breathe! Quite unlike the mindful practice explained above!
But it’s all a part of the journey…
I look forward to hearing from you! Please fill out this contact form to reach me.