This week's #WednesdayWonderWoman is the magnificent Karen Bell, without whom I truly believe I would have had a far slower recovery time from my second labour, and who helped us use homeopathy throughout Adam's birth. She is an incredibly warm, generous and thorough practitioner, and her advice resonates with me enormously...
If you'd like to know more, get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you do?
Support women’s and children’s natural health and wellbeing with Homeopathy (a natural form of medicine that’s made from highly diluted forms of natural substances stimulating the body to heal itself). Holistic pregnancy, birth support and post- natal treatment specialist.
What about at home -what’s the situation? Kids?
I am a single mum to a 10 year old boy. Working for myself means I can be flexible in the hours I work. I get to pick and choose when I work so this has been incredibly handy for me. I still get to do school runs and be able to make school plays and class assemblies when I can.
What work did you do before you had children? How did you get into it?
I was a Bridal make-up artist and beauty therapist. I had suffered with acne for most of my life. After years of having repeated doses of antibiotics and harsh skin creams from the Dermatologist I finally turned to Homeopathy in a desperate attempt to heal. After three months of using Homeopathy my skin completely cleared up, so this triggered a fascination into holistic medicine and practices and how the mind, body, emotions and spirit are all interconnected. I used Homeopathy in childbirth and continued to use to support the health of my son, witnessing amazing results I knew this was something that I had to do.
What do you love about your job?
My work has never felt like work to me and this is precisely what I love about my job.
I consider myself so lucky to do a job that is also my absolute passion in life.
There are so many different aspects to my work that I love; supporting women through transitional phases in their life such as becoming a mum, following and pursuing a different career path, letting go of an unhealthy relationship, fertility issues to name but a few. I always feel humbled to be able to share a part of my client’s personal journey with them and use whichever skills I have to support them through; this could be with Homeopathy, guided meditation sessions or a holistic massage.
I love empowering mums with knowledge of what remedies are really useful in childbirth, post -natal recovery, babies and children’s health. I am constantly learning myself and this is what I love, it is never boring!
What drives you to keep you going on those bad days?
My mantra when I’m having a bad day is; ‘tomorrow is another day’, I know the next day will be different, by the time morning comes I will feel different and have adopted a different perspective on what has gone on.
What do you think are the biggest challenges in having a job and being a mum?
Putting too much pressure on yourself trying to be super mum and do everything yourself.
I want to be there for everything but realise I simply cannot do it all on my own. Being a single mum you have the whole responsibility on your shoulders and that is a challenge in itself. I’m continuously evolving and expanding my business and in order to do this I have to make some sacrifices so guilt always comes into play! I think this goes with being a working mum. I have an amazing and supportive family that I can always lean on so I am very lucky.
What are you most proud of (work or home?)
Achieving my Licentiate in Homeopathy. It was a challenge to complete as there was so much work to do and as I was studying this whilst trying to balance my career and being a mum. It was one of the hardest things I’ve actually done. I had to rely on friends and family for childcare. I look back and still have no idea how I managed to do it. It is something I am so proud of and a lesson I wanted to teach to my son; always follow your dreams, work hard and you will achieve your goals.
Where are you hoping your work will take you in the future?
Establish myself more in the field of Homeopathy; educate and empower people with knowledge of what other available means there are out there to support your mind, physical and emotional health. There is a lot of fear mongering towards Homeopathy which comes from lack of understanding on how and why it works. I see myself teaching people to understand how nature can be used to heal and balance themselves and how to address everyday issues such as first aid for the family, emotional and mental health in children and teenagers, women’s hormonal balance and lots more. I am currently writing a book on natural remedies to support your children’s vitality and health which covers a lot of this.
What advice would you give a brand new mother?
I see so many new mums that have just going through the transition of changing identity and figuring out who they are in the world now they are a mum. It is not always like this for every woman that has a child but I do see this as an opportunity to enter a different phase in your life as a woman in more ways than one. Change is always something to surrender to and a new baby and becoming a mother can open you up to new and hidden potential parts of you; for instance a lot of new mums start thinking about changing career or doing something that they’ve always dreamed of but have always felt too tied up in the rat race. I have witnessed lots of women use their maternity leave to not only spend the first few months with their baby but because they’ve stepped away from the nine to five routine they have begun questioning what else can I do and listening to deeper parts of themselves that want to do something entirely different or simply more creative.
My advice would be anything is possible and never be afraid to explore something you’ve always dreamed of doing, if too daunting at first then take baby steps… becoming a mother is also about entering a different phase in your life as a woman and that in itself is unique for each woman.
What do you do to look after you?
This is so vital, the work I’m in if I’m not nourishing and taking care of myself I cannot really support other people and do my job properly. For me the best gift I can myself is time. Something I am always striving for. If I can I will go for a walk in nature in the morning or 15 minutes of yoga after the school run, this sets me up for the day, grounds me and gives me some peace and clarity so I can give the best of myself to my family and clients.
A happy mum is a happy family!
Karen Bell, LSCH RHom
Homeopath and Holistic Practitioner