Hi, and welcome to SlowMama. I’m Zoe Saint-Paul. That’s Zoe, as in, rhymes with Joey. It’s the Greek word for life.
I’m a quarter Scottish, a quarter Irish, and half French, Latvian, and Russian. Something in me feels a wee bit Italian, I have a fascination with Mexico, my husband’s never met an Asian dish he doesn’t like, and our daughters were born in Africa. So we’ve pretty much got the world covered.
That said, I’m all about the local…. food, community, economy. I learned this at the knee of my agrarian-anarchist mother while growing up the eldest of a large brood near the ocean in rural Nova Scotia. Eventually, I became a city girl, and lost myself in a lot of busyness and speed. Getting involved with Slow Food and the burgeoning Slow movement brought me back to my original values.
I launched SlowMama for a few reasons:
First, the name is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I was in my 40s when I became a mom by adoption and our process took almost 4 years — so it doesn’t get much slower than that. Also, I’m very aware that moms are rarely slow… they’re always on the move and usually expert multi-taskers.
That said, I wanted to write about my efforts to live a little “slower,” and create an online community of people who desire the same. Slow living doesn’t mean going at a snail’s pace all the time, but doing each thing at the best pace and refusing to rush all the time. To “live slow” is to simplify your life and stay connected to what matters most. It’s not easy in today’s world, but I think it’s the secret to quality of life.
Slow living is about connectedness, beauty, simplicity, quality, a sense of place, sustainability, craftsmanship, tradition, and community. Applying these principles to our everyday life and decisions in such a fast-paced world requires intentionality: We can’t change anything or build new habits otherwise. This is at the foundation of much of what we talk about at SlowMama — in (hopefully) a fun, interesting, and inspiring way.
You’ll read posts here about parenting and family, adoption, food, design, crafts, travel, health, sustainability, the arts, books, spirituality, current affairs, and every day life. You’ll also find tips, reflections, advice, and information because I can’t help it — I’m a certified life coach.
By the way, you don’t need to be a mother to hang out here.
I don’t have the corner market on being a slow mama… I’m really just a wanna-be who’s learning as I go. If you’re looking for a woman who’s raising her own animals in a barn she built herself, makes all her food from scratch, birthed her babies at home, sewed her own living room curtains, knits all her kids’ winter socks, and uses lip balm she made with wax from her bee hives out back, well…you’ve come to the wrong place.
I have some fabulous contributors who enrich my site — you can read more about them here.
I love to hear from readers so feel free to contact me.
- If you want to know more, visit my FAQ page.
- If you’re interested in advertising or a partnership, contact me.
- For life coaching info, go here.
- If you’re new, here’s the SlowMama Manifesto to get you started.
Come back often!
And just in case that’s not enough, here’s a bit more info about me:
I moved to the United States from Toronto in my mid-20s for graduate school and after making my way around the country, I’m still here. I have two bachelor’s degrees — one in public relations, the other in psychology. My master’s degree is in counseling and I studied theology at the graduate level. Seven years ago I became a certified life coach through the Coaches Training Institute. I coach clients — mostly by phone — in my private practice.
My professional background includes non-profit development and consulting, fundraising, public relations, event planning, project management, radio production, and stage acting — in addition to freelance writing. I’m currently a book reviewer for Real Simple magazine and I’ve been published in places like Baltimore Eats, Urbanite, Catholic Digest, Godspy, and On Purpose Woman; as well as featured or quoted in The Washington Post, Village Voice, The Washington Times, Baltimore Magazine, Catholic News Service, SheKnows.com, and YourTango.com.
My husband and I met while working together on a short-lived radio show. I thought he was smart and funny, but not my type. He thought I was cute and kind, but a little boring. Turns out it was a perfect match and four years later we were married. We now live in a historic row house in Baltimore, Maryland. Here on the blog, I call my husband, “B.”
After 10 years of marriage, and gestating like an elephant twice over, we accepted a referral for twin four year-old girls from Ethiopia and they came home in October 2012. They are known here as “S” and “H.” Life is now insane… and pretty awesome, too.