Game Changer Interview: Jaime Niedzwiecki

Game Changer Interview: Jaime Niedzwiecki

Name of Your Business

True North Consulting & Education Services.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

It’s truly my passion to help others through all facets of my work.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Everyone really, I teach art to both children and adults, I create relationships with children and families through consults and I look to support families in all questions or struggles they may have with their child and/or their family as a whole.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I provide a safe place to create inner healing through art, no matter what the age, I help educate others so they are more informed of what may be going on on a developmental standpoint and I also create peices to aide in individuals’ further healing wether it be a weighted blanket, eye pillow or bracelet.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Oh that’s a tough one, I have many. I guess a big one would be my mom. She’s always been my number one supporter throughout many stages of my life. She had the courage to go back to school later on in her life, even when it didn’t seem like our family could manage it, I guess it made me think that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

My bed? Hah I love the ocean or just the sound of the waves, so really anywhere where it’s silent in nature.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Cuddles with my 8 yr old son, chakra clearing and a massage.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Through art of course, sketching, writing/brainstorming.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

I’m not much of a reader, but I just started “You are amazing” by Sonia & Sabrina croquette-Tully. A guide for trusting your vibes and reclaiming your magic. We are all learning right?

Favorite Movie and Why?

“Eat, pray love” because whenever I need some inspiration that’s my go to. Kind of helps me center myself. But normally any movie that has a meaning behind it or has a puzzle or hidden meaning to figure out at the end.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

I am safe, grounded and I look within for all answers. I harness my personal power, I am enough! I can do this!

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I’ve been through some trauma in my life even in the midst of my pregnancy with my son. I made it through and somewhat stronger as a mother because of it and I continued to do the very best for my son as a single mom. So the process of receiving my beautiful boy into this world, who is so very strong himself, I’m pretty darn proud of that and of him as well.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Not sure, I’m definitely still learning though and I’m sure there’s a lot more ahead of me but I know that since I keep trying at various things, it pays off.

Advice to Younger Self?

Slow down and appreciate things more.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I go above and beyond for most things, once I put my mind to something, I never quit and I care a lot for others.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Look inward and trust your gut. When I first heard about SheBreathes, I loved the idea of a comfortable, peaceful and safe environment with women supporting each other. Who would not want to be a part of that? I felt like a sisterhood to me and my gut told me to run to it.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I look forward to making positive connections with a wonderful group of women and embrace what the future holds for us all.

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Miscarriage and Loss Remembered

Miscarriage and Loss Remembered

November 2, 2018 marks the 17th year anniversary of the morning I lost my twin boys, Enzo & Maxx, as a result of their pre-mature birth. For reasons, still unknown today, I went into labor 20 weeks into my pregnancy. That was a very dark day.  With my husband by my side, we tragically suffered 18 hours of labor knowing our boy’s lungs were not well formed enough to breathe on their own. We had already had 3 previous miscarriages 14-16 weeks into our pregnancies but this time we had flown thru the first trimester with flying colors and all signs pointed to parenthood. We sat in stillness that morning reflecting on the fact that the nursery at home was waiting in anticipation… with its’ John Lennon IMAGINE inspired theme designed with hope for our future together. Sadly, our boys would not be returning home from the hospital with us that day and our hearts were broken.

Miscarriage is defined as an unsuccessful outcome of something planned; failure, nonfulfillment, mismanagement.

Let’s be real.  Miscarriage is a word that makes people shudder.  It implies that something was “mis-managed” and leaves any woman who suffered this devastating loss, feeling shame and self-loathing. Questions and uncertainty ring in her mind about what she could or should have done differently.

In the days that followed, I was left empty, void, and forever wounded. I couldn’t understand what I had done wrong. I did what most do when faced with tragedy. I grieved. I suffered a deluge of ridiculous responses like “things happen for a reason” and “it’s God’s will” and “you can try again” all the while stifling my impulse to scream at the top of my lungs with a battle cry.  I wept when I held other people’s babies and avoided any interactions with mothers-to-be. I dug deep.  I carried on.  It was not easy.

The following June, my husband and I traveled to Moscow, Russia to adopt our beautiful miracle of a daughter, who is truly the light of our lives. In the months and years to come, I dove back into my work, focused on being the best, most attentive helicopter Mom I could be, and directed my energy to the support and healing of others so I could eventually heal myself. Becoming a family through adoption was the best choice I ever made and I don’t regret one minute of that decision. My daughter is now 17 and maturing into one rock solid human.  I am proud of her every day. But the fact remains that one child does not replace another.

I have known many beautiful warrior women over the years who lost a child before it was born and suffered in silence. I want to raise awareness that the emptiness never leaves your heart. Women don’t only lose a baby when they deliver prematurely or “miscarry” – – they often lose their self-esteem and struggle to return to intimacy with their partner/spouse. Women who suffer miscarriage or loss during birth feel isolated, alone, and afraid to talk about their experience because it carries with it so much shame.

I choose to share my story, all these years later, because women are rising up, now more than ever before, and speaking their truth. We the female need to bond together to heal the planet one woman at a time. Let’s change the conversation and more importantly the stigma that surrounds “miscarriage” and honor all the mothers who have lost their children before they had the opportunity to watch them grow.

I am deeply blessed in that I was able to take our losses and turn them into love by becoming a mother to my daughter and later creating a sacred space for women to gather and lift one another up in healing. Rise up sisters and love on another. For it is your light that will turn the tide and create a more peaceful world in honor of Mother Earth.

Jennifer Gulbrand is a self-proclaimed Warrior Goddess and creator of SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, Mass., where all women are invited to breathe in balance, be inspired, and feel supported.