Who am I?
Hi! My name is Autumn and I live in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York with my incredible husband and two amazing sons, ages 4.5 years old and 15 months. Before my current job as a full-time mama, I was working in nonprofit marketing, and I have to say that I don’t really miss it - I love this new role! In January of 2018 I took the RIE® Foundations course in Los Angeles with a lovely group of women, where I came to know the wonderful Carolyn Paetzel. I try to stay connected to the RIE® community as much as possible by attending meetups on the east coast and going to the RIE® conference or observing RIE® classes whenever I am graced with the opportunity. I’m happy to have FORM as another outlet for learning and growing within the RIE® community.
1) What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?
I was so relieved to stumble upon a Janet Lansbury blog post on Facebook that opened my world up the Educaring® Approach. Before that I was a very insecure first-time mother and I was constantly doubting myself. But after I devoured all of the information I could about the approach, I felt the
weight of self-doubt lifted from my shoulders and replaced with the invaluable gift of self-confidence.
I connect deeply with all parts of the approach but the one that resonates with me and gives me daily joy is providing my sons with the space and time for uninterrupted play. I just love observing them and watching how they discover the world in their own unique ways.
2) What are you most grateful for?
I am grateful for my health, my family, and the place we’ve chosen as our home. I’m grateful to be able to be a full time mother and spend so much time with my boys. I am also grateful to have my mother living close by, who helps me immensely in so many ways (it takes a village!). Oh, and I’m grateful for RIE®!
3) What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?
One thing I do for myself is read the local newspaper. It helps me to feel connected to the outside community because I often get happily lost inside my little-people world.
One thing I would like to do more for myself is to read all of the books I keep buying and wanting to read. I would also love to get back into yoga and learn a new craft like woodworking or the meditative practice of fiber arts.
4) If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
“A Beautiful Adventure.”
5) What was your favorite book as a child?
There was this one book that I can vividly remember enjoying but for the life of me I cannot remember the story or the title of the book! What I loved about it was that I could read the book in one direction, flip the book over and upside down and read it backwards and it was a different story. I loved that concept so much. I really wish I could remember the book though. I’m pretty sure it had a whale in it. Maybe a cheetah, too? If you know this book I will be eternally grateful! I’ve been trying to track it down for years.
6) What teacher inspired you the most? How?
This one is easy. My kids. I never expected that they would teach me more about myself and the world just by being their authentic selves, living in the present, and loving me unconditionally. I’m inspired by them every day.
7) What 3 words best describe you?
Creative, Caring, Silly.
8) What is the best question anyone has asked you?
“How can I help?”