Shiny. Happy. Human.Sep 21, 2016
Gervase Kolmos, delivered her first child at East Cooper Medical Center
“Babies cry forever,” says 3-year-old Aria Kolmos. “I sure used to think they would,” says her mother. Aria is a big sister to 4-week-old Maya and the daughter of Gervase Kolmos. Gervase is a mother, a Transformational Motherhood Coach and the founder of Shiny. Happy. Human., a movement of support and resources for moms who feel lost, isolated and overwhelmed.
“Life before my kids was very conventional. I was just climbing the corporate ladder the way I thought you were supposed to,” says Gervase. “I would hop on the hamster wheel and hustle but I always felt like I was coming up short.” In 2013, Gervase gave birth to Aria at East Cooper Medical Center. “Motherhood was a totally transformational event in my life that made the daily grind unsustainable,” she says. Four months after giving birth the first time, Gervase was diagnosed with postpartum depression. “The ups and downs of the postpartum period made me realize I needed to evaluate my job and lifestyle,” she says.
Shortly after, Gervase quit her job and began the search for a career that would feed her soul and help her become the role model she felt she needed to be for her daughter. She attended a writing workshop and happened to sit next to a life coach who inspired her to go into a similar career. “I found myself sharing my experiences of motherhood repeatedly. I wanted to write about the hard human moments I was experiencing during this time that I knew other women must be experiencing silently,” she says. “My coaching focus shifted, and my mission became to find women who were holding on to unreasonable beliefs about their roles as mothers and help them unravel these beliefs to create lives that reflected real life and not just the photo shop finish on social media.”
Her second child arrived a month ago and this time around is a totally different experience. “With my second child, I know what to expect and I know the hard times will pass.” Gervase says that postpartum was one of the hardest and best things she has ever had to deal with. “It was so challenging but now that I’m on the other side, it’s one of the most rewarding battles I’ve overcome,” she says. “I want to help other women through the postpartum period. Women need to know that we’re not doing anything wrong just because it’s hard, and we’re not bad moms for having a bad day.”
As a Transformational Motherhood Coach, Gervase is creating a sisterhood for moms built on honesty, transparency and mental and emotional wellness. “I’m in charge of my identity now and I want to be a model of a joyful life for my daughters,” she says. “Raising tiny humans is hard, but being human doesn’t have to be.”
For more information about Gervase Kolmos and Master Your #MomLife online program visit http://shinyhappyhuman.com/. Or become a member of the Mommy Soul Tribe Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MommySoulTribe/.