MONDAY'S MOM CRUSH: NYJA @ MOMS EPIPHANY
It's Monday, and you know what that means! I get to introduce you to an amazing mama I've been crushing on! This Monday is all about Nyja (rhymes with papaya) of Mom's Epiphany. Nyja is a 22 year old Rutgers University grad, the founder of Mom's Epiphany, a seeker of light, and one bad mamma jamma!
I had the opportunity to ask Nyja a few questions and she was everything I was crushing on and more:
1. I love how open you are about motherhood, breastfeeding, and following the path that is right for your family. It can be a vulnerable place to be in. What inspired you to open yourself up and share these parts of you?
What inspired me to open myself up was during my pregnancy there were times when I felt alone. Granted I was never lonely and I am thankful that I had support from family and friends; however I didn’t have anyone who could actually relate to what I was going through. I knew that I wasn’t the only young mother out there feeling like this so I used social media as an outlet but also a way to connect with others undergoing similar pressures of juggling motherhood and being young.
2. You also graduated recently! Congratulations! I find it so empowering to see women so driven, like yourself. How was it going to school while having your son?
Thank you, it was far from easy but definitely worth the hardship because I acquired resilience. My advisor advised me to drop out so that I could focus on being a mother, but then I thought about how powerful being a mother let alone a woman is. Women before handled their business sometimes with their babies on their back, I damn sure can finish school and receive my degree with a baby. It was hard especially because during school I was breastfeeding there literally were times when I would be in the back of class pumping. There even was a time when no one was available and class was mandatory, so N and I were both present in class that day.
Thankfully I only took night classes and online courses so when I was in class my son was with his dad and if he had to work my mom would stepped in. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to push through college without my village, there were moments when I would be up writing a paper or cramming for an exam and my baby would be up with me on the boob, I would want to break down but then I would look at his little face looking back at me and I knew what my reason and motivation was.
3. If you had to describe yourself as a mother, what would you say?
If I had to describe myself in one word it would be instinctive, just like Sway I certainly don’t have all the answers especially when it comes to parenting. Since I’ve become a mother I have adapted the ability to change and be open to growth. Motherhood has been a humbling experience and has made me become less selfish.
4. We are big advocates of self-care. What is your most treasured kid-free guilty pleasure?
A trip to the spa, there is nothing like a good rub down. After a relaxing spa trip I feel so rejuvenated, I advise every mama to go get pampered every now and then.
5. Have you ever felt judged as a mother? If so, how?
All the time, not only am I a young mother but I also am raising my son as a vegan. I am constantly asked what my age is and I’m questioned about why I would restrict my child’s dietary habits.
6. Okay, let's lighten up a bit! If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
I would bring my polaroid camera, some type of music player (I need music on a daily basis), and coconut oil (it makes any and everything better)!