You love your children more than anything in the world.
You are committed to being the best mother you can be.
But being a mother has turned out to be the most difficult job you’ve ever had.
Motherhood is stressing you out.
You’re feeling lost in it all.
Maybe you’ve turned into a hot head Mom.
Maybe you feel like an event planning machine programmed by/ for little people.
Either way, you are not feeling fulfilled or responding from a place of calm or joy.
A lot of the time you don’t recognize yourself.
And you don’t like that person you don’t recognize!
Motherhood doesn’t need to feel this way.
My name is Alexandra Hughes.
I am Mama to three strong-personality kids and wife to an ever-travelling husband.
I am founder of calmjoyfulmom.com, and an accredited and experienced life coach who is passionate about helping other mothers find calm and joy in the daily chaos of their messy, stressy motherhood journeys.
I am also a recovering type-A control freak. Aiming for perfection, ticking the boxes and getting stressed-out when things don’t go right was my way. I suffered from shoulditis and perfectionism just like you do.
Being the joyful, relaxed, go-with-the-flow Mama did not come naturally to me.
It’s taken me nearly one decade to find my own way to calm, joyful mothering.
And while I have had loads of fun testing out all my calmjoyfulmom coaching tips, tools and strategies personally, I want to save you the time, trials and tribulations.
This is my corner on the internet where I share my stressy, messy life experiences as a Mom who strives towards calm and joyful living.
To get to know me and my work, dive into my blog where you’ll always find my heart on my sleeve – and a few tricks of the trade to help you find joy in the chaos.
Or, if you are feeling overwhelmed and want to get off that hamster wheel, then join my free Clear Mind | Present Mama Challenge.
Love having you here!
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Being a mother herself, Alex understands what moms need — support, understanding, someone to acknowledge their hard work and someone to give them tools they can use to grow and evolve as mothers, women, partners and people.Vanessa, mother of 2 and Marketing Director
(Alex) has an ability to guide her clients in a positive, fun-filled, and passionate way that makes speaking with her a delight. She helped me design a daily intention that I still use to get my head on straight in the mornings.Lori, mother of 2 and founder of mindful return & Director, Hospital & GME Payment Policies, AAMC
Based on trust and connection, (Alex) challenged me to clarify my thoughts and define my actions to become more balanced, and to experience freedom and flexibility around being a mom, wife, and woman…Sandra, mother of 2 and Life Coach
Working with Alex made me believe in myself, in my capacity and determination and most importantly on my own goodness.Silvia, mother of 2 and Development Economist
(Working with Alex) has been a powerful process.The sessions have been emotional, joyful and monumentally uplifting and empowering.Mags, mother of 3 and Designer & Artistic Genius
Alex very skilfully helps me to bring clarity to my own plans and thought processes, enabling me to let go of habits that are not necessary.”Leonie,