Beyond Mom Raquel Nowak is a certified holistic nutritionist, prenatal health coach and founder of Bump2Beyond Wellness. Her company is an evidence-based program that empowers and supports women at the preconception, prenatal and postpartum stages. She knows intimately the difference good health can make to the prenatal and postnatal period. Raquel is passionate about empowering other women to make informed decisions on their journey from bump to beyond. She lives in NYC with her hubby and two amazing daughters and enjoys lots of outdoor activities, traveling, yoga, meditation and scrumptious whole foods. Raquel shares with us why she loves the art of tea preparation, her most treasured relationship and more.
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
Motherhood has empowered me in a way I hadn’t anticipated. There is so much truth in the saying that in giving birth to our children, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves. I decided to rise to the challenge and reinvent myself, taking the skills and interests I had before motherhood and applying them in a new way as an entrepreneur.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
My time management skills have definitely improved. It always feels as if there is less time to get things done, so as a parent you are forced to make the best of the time you have. Oh, and patience! I’ve certainly learned to be more patient.
Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
I love collaborations and am currently working with another female wellness entrepreneur to expand the offerings at Bump2Beyond Wellness.
What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
Definitely my relationship with my mother. She passed away a few months ago, unfortunately, but our relationship helped define who I am as a mother and as a woman. I saw her drive, compassion and sacrifice for our family as everything I want to provide for my own. I also relied on her advice and our daily talks for support and motivation.
Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing? If so, please share…
I am living my ‘Beyond’ dream. I get to design and organize my life in a way that allows me to do things that I enjoy and to live authentically and fully. Most importantly, I get an abundance of family time!
My goal is to expand Bump2Beyond Wellness in a way that will empower other women because by doing so families are empowered and by empowering families you empower communities; then we can bring about change.
What wellness activity can you not live without?
Power Yoga! It has given me a way to rebalance my life. I love that it keeps my mind, body and soul active.
What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
A few years ago, I discovered the art of tea preparation and now at the end of each day my husband and I enjoy a good pot. It’s a mindful practice that forces me to relax and find something in the day to be grateful for.
How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’?
I enjoy dressing up for client meetings or events since at the home office I usually just focus on comfort. I aim for effortlessly chic styles that me feel confident but still comfortable.
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
Marmar Mediterranean Great atmosphere and food. Very pleasant owner and staff.
Be Yoga and Dance A community of really warm people and great instructors.