Life just isn’t ideal for us sisters these days…
We’re trying to do it all while simultaneously making it look like everything’s totally under control. We’re like ducks: on the surface everything is calm and serene, but under the water our feet are paddling and paddling.
We are striving to be everything to everyone in their lives, and the truth is that it’s just not possible.
There’s a reason we’re constantly exhausted and suffer from illnesses at a higher rate than any other group. We are literally killing ourselves to be Superwoman.
Society is full of dangers, and we rightfully worry whenever our loved ones leave the house. Society is not a nurturing place. Danger lurks, and this knowledge creates extra stress for women of color. This stress leads to mental, emotional, and physical illness.
Creating Health for Yourself
The voice of fear is repetitive and relentless. It nags and nags, telling you that your dread is actual reality. It drains your strength, and steals joy from your relationships and your life in general.
How can you relax when the worst seems inevitable?
This voice tells you that you are unworthy, that there’s something wrong with you, that your dreams will never come true, and that the people you love will be taken from you.
Whether it’s anxiety or depression dominating your thoughts, it’s time to switch to a new narrator!
The time has come for you to hear a different story, one that fills you with faith in yourself and hope for your life.
Together we will identify all the thoughts that are disempowering. We’ll clear out the negative self-judgments. We will cultivate peace and stability, even in the midst of external storms.
Practicing mindfulness, self-care, self-love, and compassion are the foundations of living a vibrant, fulfilling life.
You will experience life differently once you are no longer at the mercy of painful memories and illusive imaginings.
Mindful living allows you to cultivate internal spaciousness, which will help you respond to events instead of just reacting to them. You will be able to face unpleasant experiences with a calm detachment while remaining grounded and confident.
Through mindfulness, you will be able to hear your intuition. Indecisiveness and uncertainty will be a thing of the past. You will finally be able to experience the joy of work/life balance.
Alongside your ability to be fully present in the moment, one of the greatest results of mindful-based living is that your relationships will improve. Others will experience the authentic you and you will be fully present for them. You will love and be loved for who you truly are.
Who is the person behind Mindful Living with Ana Maria?
After overcoming post-partum depression in 2003, I knew I had to help other women face similar challenges. During that time, I felt severely isolated and unsupported. I realized that I never wanted a woman or mother to go through what I was dealing with on her own.
I decided that my life’s purpose was to open a holistic healing center for women (with a special focus on mothers of children under 18). Blue Bayou is still in its infancy but big things are coming! I am creating a safe space where women can receive support with their health, wellness, and parenting challenges. It is my purpose and an honor to serve.
I spent most of the years after grad school providing life coaching for women seeking to improve their lives. I found that the mental and psychological aspects of health and wellness were the most neglected, even though they were the most important. As the mind goes, so goes the body.
While life coaching was fulfilling for me, I wanted to serve women in a deeper way. I wanted to work with women interested in committing to long-term personal growth and healing.
I had been to therapists as a teen and young adult, and I had longed to feel more of a connection with them. I would have appreciated knowing that they had walked at least a few steps in my shoes. I wished there would have been a little more connection on a woman-to-woman level.
What I enjoyed most about coaching was the freedom to share the ways I’ve overcome certain challenges in my life. I have brought this openness and self-disclosure into my therapy practice. I am open about who I am and ask you to be open with me in return.
Therapy is my passion. I’m thankful that I’ve found work that is both fulfilling and meaningful. I love helping people change their lives—and as we all know—when you heal a woman, you heal a nation.
My daughter and I relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Pearland, Texas in the summer of 2017. I’m so excited to begin this new chapter in my life and look forward to having you be a part of it.
What about my credentials, education, and training?
I have a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA.
My mindfulness background and training is diverse. I have had my own mindfulness practice for over a decade. I completed a yearlong certification program at Mindful Schools. I also created a mindfulness program at an elementary school in Brooklyn, which I ran for three years, and have taught mindfulness classes online for the last four years.
Currently I offer health and wellness coaching groups and online programs while also providing individual and group therapy for depression and anxiety using MBCT and MBSR techniques.