about, me, you & us!
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer Birkhead.
I am Mum of two gorgeous girls.
I am a yoga instructor.
I am a graphic designer.
I am a woman, therefore I am a goddess.
I am the creator of Beautiful Blessingways. . .
. . . and I want to share the story of how that came to be and what my vision is.
When I was pregnant with my second daughter I didn't align with the idea of a baby shower. We already had everything we needed, so the idea of more gifts seemed unimportant, as did the type of games often played at baby showers. I did, however, really want to mark the occasion. I felt an even deeper connection to what it meant to be a woman and mother the second time around. I had a whole new respect and appreciation for my own mother and for all mothers - all over the world. I saw pregnancy and birth as sacred in a whole new way.
Also, we'd had a few miscarriages and found out that falling pregnant and not losing the baby early on was not going to be easy for us.
We were so lucky to have one healthy baby already but I knew I wanted another. . .
We decided to stop trying for a while.
Then I fell pregnant.
After a very nervous first 3 months, once we made it to the 'safe zone' it made my pregnancy feel like even MORE of a miracle. So, when I heard a friend describe how she had celebrated her pregnancy and prepared for the birth of her baby as a Blessingway, I was enchanted.
THIS was what I was looking for!
THIS was how I wanted to mark this special time in our life!
I had a Blessingway and it was magical. A gathering of close female friends and family, all about offering love, support and good energy. Steeped in ancient rituals and from the heart. It made so much sense.
SO WHAT IS A BLESSINGWAY?
The origin of Blessingways is as an ancient ceremony that honoured a woman's transition to motherhood.
Many people are familiar with the term Blessingway as being the English translation of the Navajo/Diné word Hózhójí. In it's simplest form it means all that is good, beautiful, harmonious, well being and the like. It is a name used for chants used in various ceremonies and rites at various stages of life, including childbirth for women. The chants are a prayer asking for divine favour and protection.
Blessingway is also the name used for the Pagan tradition that gathers friends of a pregnant woman on the full moon before her due date. In this ceremony, the women washed the pregnant friend's hair and feet with herbs, including lavender for endurance. They would create a circle and each woman would present a prayer or spiritual gift. Afterward, there would be feasting.
A modern-day adaptation has become a beautiful way to celebrate a pregnant mother and the impending birth of her child. Unlike a baby shower that has a bigger focus on the unborn baby, a Blessingway is all about celebrating the Mother, making sure she feels nurtured, supported and loved so that she moves towards the birth of her child with confidence.
I am PASSIONATE about connecting women.
I LOVE ancient rituals and learning from the wisdom of those gone before us.
I ADORE creating beautiful celebrations.
I BELIEVE that all women are goddesses and should be celebrated as such.
I KNOW that the time of the rising feminine is here.
Beautiful Blessingways is my way of being able to amplify all this 'good stuff'.
THAT IS WHERE YOU COME IN . . .
We have created a way for you to create your own magical ceremony by providing you with a box that contains elegant, carefully curated products for each ceremony and to keep beyond the celebration.
So, who do you want to celebrate?
What beautiful goddess in your life deserves to be surrounded by love and positive energy as she approaches the birth of her child? Family member or friend, this is possibly the most memorable and magical gift you could give her!
Or maybe YOU are that goddess who, like me, doesn't feel like a baby shower is for you but would LOVE this?
Take initiative and contact your tribe, your girl gang, and say "Ladies, THIS is what I want to do!"
This isn't for any particular 'type' of woman, it will either appeal to you or not and you will create your own unique version of the experience simply by being you. It may be a very spiritual but simple gathering, it may be an elegantly styled event or maybe a bit of both, there are no rules and you can't get it wrong. You create the space and the energy of the day, just know that there is a whole lot of love in that box from me to YOU, woman to woman. The mother in me sees the mother in you.
IT'S ABOUT ALL OF US . . .
This is about a coming together of women of community, joy, positive energy, strength, support, connection, ceremony, honour, simplicity, love and beauty. When women support and empower each other we ALL benefit from that positive feel-good energy created in the celebration.
As women we are magic, we always have been. We are the life creators.
It's time to blow on those magical embers and light that fire bright within us all. I have so much more that will be unfolding soon that is all about us, as women, connecting, loving and living this beautiful life. Stay tuned. . .
For now, know that you are loved.
Remember that you are magical and deserve to be celebrated, and so do your sisters.