I’m Alena, an Australian ethical blogger and soulful parenting advocate.
This pioneering site was founded in 2009 and arose from a drive to support mums and families to feel connected, live sustainably and parent soulfully. This is a place for learning how to to make choices that help the planet and nurture our kids into resilient and healthy future-changers.
In the early days, there weren’t many people writing about ethical living, or soulful parenting.
Back then I was working, studying, lone-parenting and just beginning to understand how to create a more meaningful life for myself and my young son.
He had been born with very low birth weight as a result of stress during pregnancy. There I was with this gorgeous little boy, my firstborn, in baby intensive care determined to breastfeed and raise him in the best way possible despite feeling so alone and unprepared. It was a steep learning curve.
When he was just three months old I left a difficult relationship even though I was heart-broken, and began to face up to 12 years of addiction and all the fallout in my life that had followed.
Between recovery and a history of abusive partners, I began putting myself back together piece by piece. It was a time of hope and deep gratitude for having survived trauma and adversity and come out of it relatively healthy and still capable of parenting my son.
At that time, I was yearning deeply for true connection within myself, with my son, and with family and friends, as I experienced matrescence (the developmental process of becoming a mother) but instead, I felt dangerously isolated.In the years that have passed since then, we have come a long way as a society in knowing how to support each other in our most vulnerable moments, but still, I believe we can always improve.
This short video introduces the ideas that underpin Soul Mamma.
Out in the Real World
Now, let’s lift the veil and see some cool things that have been happening offline.
- Expert Panelist, 2020 Australian Non Toxic Awards
- Interviewed by global marketing influencer Cara Parrish
- Founder Mums in Bath (UK) and Freshie Families (AUS)
- Meeting Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (aka Foo Fighters)
- Hapkido Instructor
- Interview: What’s Up Freshie
- Frontpage news, “Mainstream Mums: Over 40 with Two Kids” The Australian Newspaper
- Interviewed for Martial Arts Woman Podcast
- Interview “Local Legends, Soul Mamma and Me”
- Featured member, Verve Super
It’s an honour and a privilege to serve humanity in this way, and I am genuinely thrilled to have you here with me. I hope you enjoy the words, the pictures, the links, and most of all getting clear on what you love in your own family, and your own life and begin to embody your heartiest intentions.
I would absolutely love to hear from you so please do tweet me (tag @alenaturley so I see it), check us out on Instagram, or join our Facebook group so we can connect. And find out how to get your own ethical products or services featured here.
With love always,