Namaste Peaches, Amanda Edwards here!
Today, I’m taking up a little space on the Peachie Moms page to tell you a bit about myself, my body love and motherhood journey, and to give you a glimpse of what’s to come for us. In our book, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms, you get an intimate look at my past of disordered eating and body loathing. That was about a decade ago and I’m proud to say I’ve gone over six years without a relapse as I’ve embarked on this awesome motherhood and body love adventure.
Now, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, I’m a child and family therapist, certified yoga teacher, writer and public speaker. I finished my degree about halfway through my first pregnancy and ended up losing my job due to budget cuts just a few days after Emmaline (my oldest) was born. As a new mom, I found it impossible to find work that would, well, work with my childcare and budgetary needs so, I created my own work. I started writing a blog and did freelance writing on all sort of topics. When I became pregnant for the second time when Emma was only 9 months old, I ventured into the world of 2 under 2 needing some help, needing a book on the topic where there wasn’t one, so I wrote it.
2 Under 2: Pregnancy and Parenthood was my first Amazon best seller in the Parenting category. Through losing my job at the worst possible time, this twist of fate, turn of events, whatever you might call it, gave me a new career, a new purpose, and a reason for everything.
My writing career turned toward body love and mental wellness pretty quickly after Annabelle (my youngest) was born. I was invited to speak at many events and conferences for bloggers, mothers and the general population. In April of 2014, at the Body Love Conference, I met Jen who would later become one of my besties and my now business partner in Peachie Moms.
Part of what I love about working with Jen and our mission at Peachie Moms is that we know personally that each and every body love journey is unique. I suffered from a diagnosable eating disorder and required some pretty intense therapy to become emotionally healthy and satisfied with my body despite its socially acceptable size. My weight has been up and down over the years but I represent the medium size woman working toward and obtaining body love. Jen’s body love experience has been quite different and she speaks to her own adventure in a very different light than I do mine. And we know that every Peachie Mom out there has her own story to tell: body love, motherhood, womanhood.
Today, I am a busy mother to my 2 under 2 who have somehow become 5 and nearly 4 years old. I’m ridiculously happily married to a sports broadcaster who is no longer surprised when I return home from Peachie Moms business meetings talking about going global. I work hard as a child and family therapist serving a low-income population, but I play just as hard with weekly yoga and dance classes, tons of trips to the museum, and roller skating mother-daughter dates as often as we can.
Next up for me? I’m honored to share my knowledge of Intuitive Eating, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, and Genuine Love and Self-Care with a few select moms at our Peachie Moms Body Love for Moms Retreats coming up in May and again in June. In the meantime, I’m spending my free moments typing vigorously to meet book deadlines as The Peachie Moms Guides expand to cover topics including mental wellness, raising body positive kids, and even hot sex for moms.
Thank you so much for reading my story and sharing in this Peachie Moms adventure!
Until next time, stay sweet!
Amanda Edwards, MSC
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