When these mamas agreed to do a Heymama interview with us we couldn’t believe it! Not only are we HUGE fans of their website, but we friggin LOVE their movies. Teresa Palmer (you will know her from movies like Warm Bodies and Take me Home Tonight) and her bestie Sarah Wright Olsen (Marry Me) run the most amazing parenting blog, Your Zen Mama, and in between movie sets, babies and the blog, they still found time to chat to us!
Your Zen Mama is an all encompassing space to build a community of parents and caregivers discussing the comedy, beauty and complexity of pregnancy and parenthood. It is a collaborative effort between Mamas Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen. Here they share their stories, inspirations, triumphs and defeats in a candid and open manner.
∇ HOW DID YOU AND SARAH MEET?
TERESA: We met through a mutual friend at lunch at Urth cafe in West Hollywood around 2010. We immediately hit it off and talked all about our desire to have children and how excited we were to become Mums! We stayed in touch and then really reconnected and became close when Sarah was 5 months pregnant with Wyatt. Little did I know I would fall pregnant the following month with Bodhi and we enjoyed navigating through our first pregnancies together. We even attended each other’s births.
SARAH: Teresa and I met through a mutual friend. We instantly connected and talked about nothing but babies even though neither of us were pregnant. We both had a strong desire to be mamas. We stayed close and then when I became pregnant with my first child I invited Teresa over to surprise her and tell her. She later found out she was pregnant as well. And so our baby fest began. We attended each others births went on vacations together and are now working on our dream project.
∇ WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN FORCES TO CREATE THE PLATFORM THAT IS YZM?
TERESA: When our children were babies we discussed the idea of creating a positive parenting community which would provide an environment for parents to connect, inspire, share stories, ask questions and have the space to be vulnerable and real with each other. A celebration of all types of parents and the journey we are on. It seemed like a natural fit to partner up in this capacity and we went from there.
SARAH: When Teresa and I were pregnant and then new mommies, we were brainstorming ideas that we had about growing a positive parenting community for families, caregivers, doulas etc. We wanted to create an online village for people to write, express, explore, ask questions and feel inspired. We also wanted to write and be open about our own personal journeys during our pregnancies and as new mamas navigating a very different world.