March 31


Is it safe to be vulnerable?

Yes, dear mama, it is safe to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable doesn't mean you have to share all your darkest secrets, or expose the bits you don't wish to re-live. 

Being vulnerable is owning who you are, unapologetically, truthfully, with conviction, and confidence. 

Vulnerability is courage.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” - Brené Brown

“Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives.” - Brené Brown

In fact, your vulnerability could be another's strength. 

It could even be the exact thing they need to hear. 

Healing, connecting, empowering, inspiring. 

This is what vulnerability can look like….

  • Surrender.
  • Openness.
  • Acceptance.
  • Receive.
  • Awaken.


The moment I chose to surrender everything and hand it all over to the universe, the powers that be, the either.... was a life-changing and pivotal moment in time.

Letting go of fear, anger, grief, loss of self, frustration, resentment, guilt, anxiety, negativity…

Welcoming in opportunity, new life, exploration, discovery, peace, calm, stillness, happiness, joy, excitement, LOVE...

letting go

It's no secret that motherhood broke me, I'm very open about this experience, of shattered expectations and complete loss of self.

For almost a year I was so utterly lost, pretending to be someone I was not through fear of being judged or criticized. 

I was hoping that a change would come, that something would click, and my life would go back to being just the way it was.  (Sadly, but not uncommonly, I was not enjoying my new life as a mum. I struggled to connect to my baby and ME. A smile on the outside and guilt-ridden mind on the inside...)

Let’s be real.... Going back was not an option.

I was not the woman I knew, and I was not yet the woman I am now, I was the middle bit, the squishy gooey centre of a cocoon before she becomes an almighty beautiful butterfly...

  • Until my phenomenal breakthrough, I didn't accept my path, I struggled to let in this new version of self, I desperately clung to the fantasy that I would somehow wake up and just be me again.
  • Until my breakthrough, I didn't truly realise or see that through the storm comes a clearer, brighter path.
  • Until my breakthrough, I couldn't grasp the idea that a new, better, bigger mote exciting life was waiting for me.

A calling, a purpose, an adventure!


I will never forget that day I sat, crossed legged and let everything go and opened myself up to intuition, to opportunity, to guidance. 

It’s imprinted in my mind, like a picture hanging on the wall to say.... trust in yourself. Trust in the process, explore the unknown, believe in yourself. 

You may feel that when you entered motherhood, however, you have arrived here, that you lost who you were, or at least a part of you. 

And yes, you do, but when opening yourself up to the idea of not losing who you are, but finding who you are, I promise you, something magic will happen.

awena meditating

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My story might not be your story.

But I know what it feels like to lose that sense of self when you become a mum.

But, and most importantly, I know how to rise up and show up unapologetically with an openness and wild desire to live your very best life possible and be your very best version of self.

 We all have a past. Bring those best bits with you and own who you are  


This is your time.

This is your journey.

You are not alone.

You belong.

Awena Naomie Ella

About the author

Awena Naomie Ella is mum to one tiny little firecracker and founder of Motherhood Transitions by Awena (formerly Naomie Ella – Motherhood Transitions). An Occupational Therapist, Entrepreneur, Holistic Life Coach and Well-being Mentor for Mum’s. Awena is on a personal mission to promote positive maternal mental health and wellness for all mothers. Supporting women to thrive and reconnect with who they are now so they can show up with confidence and inner power as they navigate motherhood.