My name is Jennifer Magnano aka The Barefoot Preacher and I’m speaking life into families (wild rides) and faith journeys through musings, meditations, desert meetups, and doula support.
Do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Mother Teresa. I remember watching her funeral on television and listening to reporters speak of her legacy with such reverence and awe. This woman loved so deeply! And she radically changed the lives of hundreds – if not thousands – of children, and I’m guessing lots of women and men, around the world.
Like Mother Teresa, I never imagined having kids. I just wanted to pour into them. But life had better plans. I met my husband while finishing my B.A. in Healthcare Management, and found myself thinking about what having a family might look like.
My transition into motherhood proved two things – ONE, I had not imagined its complexities very well, and TWO, I am definitely no Mother Teresa. But, I do have the heart to be as much like her as humanly possible.
My mission in life is to love well; and to teach others to do the same.
And after two complicated pregnancies, an early and critically ill baby, postpartum depression and anxiety (which made so much sense given the wildness we experienced!) and a special needs child, it is still my mission in life.
In giving birth to my babes, I found myself. The woman God created me to be. I left what I thought to be my dream job, and dove head and heart into supporting families.
Today, I get to love others well in every space of my life.
Since 2010, I have worked relentlessly to see them… you… me… us… thrive – first running grant-funded family yoga programming; and then continuing on to work with families experiencing premature birth, birth loss, and birth defect. Today, I write, blog, and create oodles of content and community opportunities to serve real motherhood (mothers and their others). And I work as an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula – reinforcing your innate wiring to mother your babies well in an East Meets West approach: promoting longevity & bonding, building complete health, and truly honoring this sacred period of time.
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