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My Pregnancy Experience: First Trimester

I’ve had baby fever for quite some time, I come from a pretty large family, I’ve worked with kids most of my life, I’ve been around a lot of pregnant women, but you really have no idea about your own pregnancy until you’re actually pregnant. I mean it does make sense; pregnancy is so individualized. We are all different and unique right? No wonder you can’t be fully prepared for it. Even if you’ve had several kids, your body is different each time you get pregnant and the person growing inside you and their needs are different each time as well. First and foremost I was incredibly thankful and happy for this to happen the very moment it did. The timing was truly divine. I will say when I started my first draft of this blog it became me sharing my story of conception, so I plan on sharing that as well, but it needs it's own space. I know what a gift this little one is and I still give thanks every single day for this baby, this pregnancy and the wonderful birth experience we will h…


But First, Introductions

I think the best way to start writing is to just start, to just write. My name is Rachel Even-Flint. I VERY recently married my loving husband, Jeremy Even-Flint, and became a new step mother to Jeremy’s son Rudy.  We live in Houston, TX but it hasn’t always been that way. I am originally from a “smallish” town: Brighton, MI. Where as Jeremy and Rudy, are from Alamogordo, NM. The paths to Houston have been VERY different, but the could not have crossed at more perfect time. We both moved down here a little over five years ago, starting completely fresh; from the bottom working our way up. Jeremy left a job in law enforcement, and I came to finish my bachelors degree in Fine Arts. We both discovered ourselves as artists here, fell in love here, became a family here. This beautiful, huge and diverse city is something we will always hold close to our hearts. Fast forward five years, we just exchanged our vows!

We are definitely an outdoorsy bunch. If it's an activity that is done outside, there's a good chance we love it. One of our most favorite things to do is to go hiking. There are so many things that we love about it. Seeing and hearing the wildlife, and connecting to the earth. It really is our sanctuary. Although we love living in this HUGE (but feels very small) city of ours, we really make it a top priority to get out into the woods as much as we can. It's so vital to our well-being that we write on our calendar a hike outside of the city. Sometimes we travel over an hour, and sometimes it's only thirty minutes. One thing that I have come to realize why it is so important to me is because it's something that we do together, but there are several opportunities for us to have moments alone. With our own thoughts, clearing our mind, and connecting to the earth it is a way for us to bond as a family and as individuals. Luckily we have access to several hiking trails not only within the Houston Metropolis area, but there are a handful of national forests and wildlife preserves that are close enough for a day trip. We also really love walking around the city, random family jogs, kayaking, canoeing, camping, disc golf, tennis, swimming, boogey boarding, mushroom hunting/foraging, wildlife watching, gardening, and I'm sure several other things I can't think of, or that we have even done yet.

Before moving to Houston I practiced yoga for maybe 10 years on and off. I am so grateful to have an Aunt that studied gyrotonics, pilates, yoga and meditation and shares all over her knowledge with me. It's because of her I was introduced to this path and like most, it has changed my life. I started doing pilates when I was about 19. I was drawn to the fact that it was a fantastic workout that DID NOT involve cardio. It reminded me of my days of a ballet dancer. I was learning from one instructor and she incorporated yoga poses into her class. I needed to know more about this yoga "workout", I looked more into it and I found that I really enjoy it. There was something that prevented me to make a commitment to a yoga practice. Thinking of it now, maybe it was because there wasn't much support? It all happens as it should right? My Aunt found Kundalini yoga and once again I was interested in what my she was experiencing, and watching it have such positive influence on her life. I craved that type of change. Now I know a lot of people have had there own path with either spirituality or religion, and I am no different. I had lost my way with faith, hope, and connection. It wasn't until I practiced Kundalini yoga that I felt that again, and it had been years! That moment of connection - to my higher self, the universe, the gods/goddess - it was real and was truly magical. It wasn't until I moved to Houston that my practice became a priority. My Aunt was teaching at this cute little studio in the city and she connected me with Dana of Bayou Bliss Yoga. How privileged I was to work here! I was a part of something that was not only doing work to create a better world, but I grew so much as a individual. Moving across the country can be very difficult at times, and if it wasn't for the support I had I probably would have given up and moved back to being miserable. I cultivated a strong meditation,yoga practice, and breath practice that took me on the next part of my spiritual path.

Making the practice of connecting to my higher self, I then had to space to explore my connection to source. As a family we don't fit into a religious mold, we explore it. We love to learn about all types of religion, and especially all their rituals, songs and traditions. We believe in our hearts at the end of the day it's really all the same; we are all connected through love. Maybe because it's our heritage, or our history, but we do feel a deep connection to more earth based religions. We enjoy the Sabbats that fall into the Wheel of the Year. Celebrating the seasons is how we practice faith and gratitude. We love community and acceptance, and enjoy to gather with those who honor the same values, wherever that may be. We believe that the earth and cosmos will always provide, and that we must surrender and trust in that. There are so many ways to heal our bodies and minds that have already been discovered by our ancestors. We find that for our planet, our hearts and our bank account that we can use these healing practises to live a more healthy and open way of life.

We have the choice and the tools to live high vibrationally and in alignment with our truest purpose. That's why we have chosen to create things, and write our thoughts & experiences down to share with you all because if the whole world can live that way, we will find our planet in peace. "Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." - Dali Lama


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