My Interview with Lovely Fertility

Posted on March 21, 2014 | 0 comments
Recently I was interviewed by an amazing woman named Ashley Annis for a feature in her monthly newsletter. Ashley is a holistic fertility awareness educator and the owner of Lovely Fertility. I thought I'd share the interview here to give folks a chance to get to know me a little more intimately.

Interview with Tessa from Chickadee Apothecary

by  on March 12, 2014 in Female BodyHealthHerbsPeopleReflection,SpiritualityWellness
As much as I complain about Facebook, I am often pleasantly surprised by the beautiful connections it helps me make.  I recently “met” Tessa through my Lovely Fertility page and am so glad I did!  It’s always so encouraging for me to see women doing something they love and something that is good for the world.  Tessa is doing just that, so I wanted to share part of her story with you.  For more information about her products, visit: www.chickadeeapothecary.com
How did you get started with Chickadee Apothecary?
I’ve had an interest in alternative medicine about as far back as I can recall; however my work with Chickadee Apothecary only manifested after what I can only describe as a spiritual metamorphosis. For many years I struggled due to a lack of faith in myself and the universe. My life was generally unfulfilling, and quite honestly there was a sense of meaninglessness to my existence. I lacked confidence in my ability to change my life situation, and even more helpless when it came to addressing the tribulations of the world outside myself. Consequently, though I knew I was on the wrong track, I was paralyzed with self-doubt and unable to implement any significant changes. Despite my best efforts to maintain health through diet and exercise, my health continued to decline and I couldn’t pinpoint the cause. The problem, as it turned out, was not physical in nature. It was something much deeper- and something intangible.
In a way I owe my life to the Pacific Northwestern woods, because it was in her wild and earthy embrace that I found healing. I instinctively knew how to quiet my mind and open my heart for guidance, and without the burden of negative mind-chatter I found peace, perspective, and a path laid out before me.

I began studying herbalism intensively, and immediately knew that I had found my life’s calling. Some force much larger than myself had swept me up, and I simply let go of the reins. With a confidence I never had before, I was able to leave my job and prioritize the things that brought fulfillment to my life. It was as though my dead skin was sloughing off, and my true self had been revealed.

What’s your favorite thing about the work you do?

Being of service to others is immensely gratifying. I really can’t think of anything nobler than lending a helping hand to someone in need, and it’s a great way for us to feel that human connection we all seem to be searching for. When someone reaches out to me about an ailment it’s often a very personal experience, and we become a part of each other’s lives in a way.

Of course I’m always thrilled to receive messages from happy customers, but that’s the icing on top of the cake! Sometimes just giving a little bit of your time to listen to someone (human, plant, or animal) can be a great source of healing for them.

Do you do CA full time?  What’s it like to be a self-employed small business owner?

Sure, you could say I operate Chickadee Apothecary full time, but a more accurate description would be overtime, hahaha! I expected that owning a small business would be challenging; but had no idea I would eat, sleep and breathe it. Running your own business means becoming a Jack of all Trades. As a one woman show, I’m everything from product development to accounting and marketing. Oh, and for someone who is not exactly technologically inclined, web design and keeping up with social networking can be a challenge as well.

As my business is rapidly growing, I often work weekends, and late into the night in order to fill orders promptly without sacrificing quality. At times this can be rough, but I absolutely love what I do. There are also definite perks to being your own boss, including being able to spontaneously take the day off to go hiking! Woo-hoo!

What do you love most about being a woman?

I am able to draw tremendous power from my womb space. Though I believe that all people possess a spiritual womb regardless of their anatomy, as a biological female I am able to physically experience the sacred blood mysteries of menstruation and the ability to create and sustain life. How can a woman not feel powerful after reflecting on such a concept? We were all born of woman, flesh formed by our mother’s bodies, nourished by her blood. Moontime bleeding enables me to feel more intimately connected with the natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth: the great energy exchange.

If you had one wellness/ health/ healing tip to tell people, what would it be?

Have faith in your heart compass and allow it to guide you through life. Our minds are too easily influenced by negativity and doubt imposed by others, and this can only inhibit our personal growth. Let your heart tap into the flow of the universe and enjoy the ride!

Is there anything else you want to tell me about your beautiful, beautiful shop?

I’d love to share the reason for naming my business after the black-capped chickadee, a common and often overlooked backyard bird. These precious little creatures are not only delightful to observe, but they also have valuable lessons for those willing to listen.

For instance, a chickadee’s signature call is loud and distinct, yet cheerful and melodic. I have always been vocal about injustices of the world, and have often expressed my views in a harsh and sometimes alienating way. The chickadee has taught me to continue to speak on issues; but to do so in a way that is positive, and more importantly, in a way that will facilitate healing. Its black “cap” represents higher consciousness and reminds us to follow our intuition, which is something we are constantly told to ignore (especially as women). And finally, chickadees are small, but fearless. You don’t have to back down from an adversary because of its size. Your friends are nearby, so call on them for a lending hand. Together, we can take on those big bullies and change the world!

Want to get to understand female cycles and be more in tune with your body? Be sure to check out Ashley's site www.lovelyfertility.com and sign up for one of her fertility awareness webinars or email courses. Also, Ashley makes super cute eco-friendly reusable cloth menstrual pads which can be purchased at her Etsy shop Lovely Fertility/ Red Blood Green Earth. I have a set of these pads and I love them!
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