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i had a really hard labor and delivery experience with my first daughter. it was traumatic + it was my first true experience of being aware of my mental health. that experience catapulted me into anxiety + depression which was already very present from my previous military deployment.
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there was so much shame around this. there isn’t always a lot of acceptance and ‘me too’ in the mommy + me groups. people would ‘send love’ or let me know how they hoped it would past, or talk about the ‘friend they knew’ who was like me, but it felt like there was no one to relate to.
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during this pregnancy i came face to face with these experiences all over again. so much to grieve, so much to look at, and my goodness - so much projection from others on how i chose to deal with my experience this time. i feel it’s so important to know that even though you’re making positive changes, it doesn’t mean everyone will accept them - and the ‘other people don’t matter’ spiel doesn’t really help when you’re going through it. it helped me to know that i wasn’t alone. it helped me to talk to others about what i was experiencing. .
i prayed and prayed and visualized and my labor and delivery this time was pure magic. i couldn’t have imagined a better experience, a better birth team (my doula + husband), and a more empowering outcome.
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this taught me so much about the power of faith, the power of prayer, the power of choice. the power in me.
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it taught me about the power of showing up for myself and believing in myself. it reminded me that no matter how done you think you are with the past, there is still so much you can learn by allowing it to come up and teach you the new parts you’re ready to see and refresh you of the old all over again.
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i am learning more + more how to accept who i am. i am so proud of my growth + also so aware of how much more i have to learn.
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say it with me ::: i am learning + growing through gentleness. this softness leads me to my strength.
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x, Yasmine
  • peace is a choice. one that not everyone has said yes to for themselves. if someone is trying to pull you down from the peace you stand in, take back control. the power is ALWAYS with you.
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i learned so much about myself during this 40 week period.
i carried my daughter for exactly 40 weeks, and through all the worrying and anxiety and joys and emotions, i came through it with so much wisdom. and so much softer. and yet so much stronger.
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i learned that you can crave support, crave having people in your life, crave having people around. and at the same time you can need space, need alone time, and need freedom. it took a lot of permission giving within for me to honor this with love, gratitude, and w/our judgement.
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i learned that you don’t always have to be available. you can be ‘on-line’ in a friendship, relationship, or even a conversation. but if the energy is off, you can take yourself out in a way that feels safe. you can always put yourself back or maybe you stay removed.
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i learned to let myself be taken care of. to really let emotions come forward. cry if necessary, release if necessary, be permeable.
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i learned that while i am strong, i really require many moments of being held. and because i haven’t ever really been available for this in the past, i now really need to make an effort to communicate what i need. and that people who love me do really want to be there.
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it’s important to give ourselves the freedom to be. i learned so much about my fears around this - and others fears around this. don’t be surprised if you share with some people, they may not be able to meet you - AND THIS IS OKAY! it can feel hard, it can feel Iike a let down. but really, it’s just an opportunity for you to redirect and find someone else who can hold space. .
while carrying this life, i was given a chance to see things about myself so differently.
even if you don’t have children, what moments of your life have presented opportunities for you to see yourself in a different way and learn more about you?
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x, Yasmine
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  • feel it all...even when it’s hard. let yourself unfold. and let your body learn how to be present + naturally aware of your vibration. we’ve got this.
  • forgiveness is self love.
  • intuition > everything

"Self-love is the key to everything"

— YASMINE CHEYENNE