The Way of the Soul Mama

The path to fulfillment is paved from within

By Sarah Elizabeth Colburn 


No matter what stage of life a woman is going through (whether she is a young adult, mom-to-be, active mama, or seasoned mom), when she reflects on the journey of motherhood, a plethora of thoughts and emotions run through her head and heart. Excitement. Enthusiasm. Fear. Doubt.

  • Will I know how to care for this little human?
  • Am I going to completely lose touch with myself and my own needs?
  • Do I put my dreams and career on the back burner so I can best meet the needs of my children?
  • What does it mean to be a “good mom”?

Rising up of the Soul Mama

There is a controversial and growing group of women all around the world who have been emerging from mainstream motherhood in the last few generations. These women, who we’ll call Soul Mamas, have evolved and grown through trial and error, celebration and loss. Soul Mamas have a knowing in their bones and intuition in their bellies about the importance of self-love—especially when in the position of caring for others.

They put themselves first in order to care for their little ones from their highest level of consciousness. They take a moment to get centered before making lunches and tending to others’ needs. They set aside time for meditation/prayer and exercise, and focus on their own goals in life, even during the precious early years of their little ones’ lives.

What About the Babes?

They don’t cast their children’s needs aside, far from it. Soul Mamas are readily adaptable and know how to flex their priorities in order to spend quality time with their children AND take care of themselves and do their work in the world. Soul Mamas recognize that when their own needs aren’t taken care of (which are no one else’s responsibility to fulfill except for their own), they are irritable and much less than their best. Soul Mamas live an artful life; they remember that every child and every woman has different needs, and they don’t conform to society’s expectations of them and their families just to satisfy the collective ego.


Misconceptions Surrounding Soul Mamas

Many men and women alive today don’t quite understand Soul Mamas right away, and may even think of them as selfish and self-serving, two adjectives that have a negative connotation in Western culture. These people who have doubts about the importance of caring for and accepting ourselves, especially our faults and shadows, have a hard time grasping the absolute cruciality of self-love. Because they may not be aware of how to love themselves, when they see Soul Mamas putting themselves first and following their own dreams with their children by their side or maybe even in the background, they confuse this healthy dynamic with self-centeredness.

Once Empowered, There’s No Stopping Her

The truth is, when a Soul Mama has practiced and mastered the art of loving and caring for herself in the world, she is capable of serving not only her own little ones and partners, but she now can become a leader and a mentor to many others as well. She is is full from the inside out, so she has multitudes more to give than a woman who seeks fulfillment from her partner, her children, her social circles, or her career.

Bringing Ourselves to Wholeness & Lighting the Flame

The children and partners of Soul Mamas have a distinct advantage as well.

Some women spend their lives telling their children how to act, when children really learn by watching how adults live their own lives. Joseph Chilton Pierce says, “In order to raise intelligent, loving children, we must first bring to wholeness the models they are following.” The children of Soul Mamas grow up learning how to think critically and for themselves. They become inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, loving partners and parents, compassionate environmental stewards, and secure co-creators in a world so desperately in need of conscious leaders. The children of Soul Mamas know that they will be loved and accepted no matter who they are or what choices they make. They will have an awareness of the importance of loving themselves first and believing in the beauty of their dreams.

The partners or friends of Soul Mamas learn how to stand on their own and take responsibility for their own happiness in order to be more effective and influential actors in their own lives. Once her flame is lit, it can be spread to many others without dimming her own light.

So How to Be A Soul Mama?

  • Check out your competing commitments, and see if there are any contradictions that put a damper on your own happiness and the wellbeing of your children. Then, strategically begin to organize what you are ready to let go of and what you want to move into.
  • Remember, your own well-being and that of your children are intricately tied; the children of happy mothers are happy.  
  • Unapologetically make time for yourself and your own mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.
  • Feed yourself Philosophie Superfoods and other soul strengthening nutrition.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, pure water.
  • Find a way to do the work you feel called to do in the world and contribute to the household, while remaining true to yourself.
  • Connect with other empowered women who believe in the importance of self-care and create a conscious community of support around you.
  • Distance yourself from those who judge, criticize, and believe in only one right way to do things.


Follow Your Bliss

This journey into Soul Mamahood will look different for every woman and can be entered at any stage. And, as a wise friend gently reminded me as I wrote this article, the dance between self-love and service to others is a delicate balance.

We want to care for our children, pour love over our spouses and friends, help others in the ways that we are called. But if we are compassionately serving others without loving ourselves, this gift can become a thorn, and we end up depleted. Whether a child is still a little nugget in your belly, a thought in your mind, a vivacious 3 year old, a burgeoning teenager, or a grown adult, the best place to start is here and now.

Joseph Campbell wrote one of the simplest and most powerful statements that has been uttered, “Follow your Bliss.” Follow your bliss because that is why you are here. Follow your bliss because it is the pathway to a rewarding and meaningful life. And last but not least, follow your bliss so you can show our children and loved ones how to follow theirs.

We’d love to hear how you embrace the way of the Soul Mama. Share your stories and thoughts on Twitter and be sure to tag #myphilosophie!  


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Sophie’s 6 Tips on Starting Up Your Own Company

More than anything, I LOVE supporting people in making their mark on the world. And I know that we’re best at sharing our incredible gifts + talents when we’re full of energy, which is why I created Philosophie. Today, I’m sharing six tips I’ve learned while building my company that I hope will help all of you incredible entrepreneurs in our Philosophie Tribe!

1 When inspiration strikes or you have that “a-ha!” moment, take it and RUN WITH IT.

Philosophie began with me simply wishing that I could have an amazing blend of superfoods and proteins together in one, convenient jar. I didn’t want to run out of camu camu or another individual ingredient and then feel like my smoothie wasn’t complete, so I went all over LA searching for high quality, fair-trade, organic superfoods and began packing them into mason jars and little bags. Hoping to share the magic of superfoods with others, I then started giving the blends to friends and family and making everyone workout and nutrition guides.

One day, I was in the sea in Tel Aviv with my husband, Adi, and he turned to me and said, “You should really grow what you’re doing and share it with more people, make it a company.” And since that day, Philosophie has blossomed into something much bigger than I had ever imagined. Our products have helped everyone from George Clooney to my own dad and are continuing to help so many more people discover wellness and feel as vibrant + alive as they can.

2) There’s no need to get overwhelmed at the thought of creating your own business–break everything down into BABY STEPS.

Once I got home from Israel, I started simple. What did I want to call my company? After I created the name “The Philosophie,” I got the domain for my website. Then I ordered business cards. From there, I created free events on so I could make treats in my kitchen and introduce superfoods to new people.

While some days, it may seem like you have 500 things you need to do all at once, simply take a deep breath, find a notepad, and write down the top 3 things you want to tackle that day or week. Baby steps every day lead to miles over time.

3) Stay authentic to your vision and mission.

Build a dream team and support system that lights you up with energy. Work with brands and people that align with your overall vision. Co-create magic with others who have the same values and principles as you. Don't say yes to everything. The moment you don’t love something, stop to think about how you can either pivot or let go.

5) Slow and steady wins the race.

I never brought in an investor, which made it really hard to build quickly, so I often feel like the tortoise of the tortoise and the hare. However, moving slower helps me also do things with greater intention, so that everything I do is right for Philosophie and right for me. It’s definitely been a blessing in disguise! 

3) Create a gratitude journal to track your wins, whether it’s talking to a new person about your company or making your first sale!

Having your own business can definitely feel frustrating or like a constant uphill battle, but when you carve out 5 minutes to reflect on what’s going right and what you HAVE accomplished, you’ll see how far you’ve come and also how limitless your potential truly is!

6) Balance your personal life and your business.

This is SO important. To avoid burn-out, you must find and draw boundaries. You have to actively plan out personal time. Take out your calendar and choose time that is for self-care and time for friends and family. Weekends are sacred, and I usually don't work on them at all if i can avoid it. I work when my kids are at school and then be really present in the afternoon and evenings until they go to sleep–then I go back to work or spending time with my hubby! You’ll always be more productive and more successful when you feel well-rested, fully nourished, and full of love.


Are you thinking of starting your own company? Or are you an entrepreneur with amazing tips for others? Comment on our Facebook page and tell me what you’re working on!

Berry Melon Collagen Smoothie Recipe

If you like beautifying smoothies, you’ll love this berry melon drink featuring collagen. By adding it to my morning smoothies on a daily basis, it gives my skin a glow, combats inflammation, and is also a natural anti-ager. As a busy mama, I will take all the help I can get when trying to look and feel my best!

I’ve been a fan of Vital Proteins for quite some time and was seeing their new Beauty Water add-ins all over Insta! While I was playing around in the kitchen with a tropical Berry Bliss flavor profile, I decided to add in the Melon Mint packet, which has marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, AND probiotics. It’s essentially an elixir for gorgeous skin–and it works!

For this smoothie, I also wanted to include healthy fats by blending in our Coconut Bliss Coco Butter and this yummy Berry Almond Butter from Jem Organics. To top it all off, I added in tocos! This magical ingredient not only gives smoothies their creamy texture, but is also exceptional for your skin and connective tissue!


Gather This:


Do This:

Blitz all ingredients in a high-speed blender, pour into a beautiful glass, and top with your favorite superfoods!

Let me know what benefits you experienced by adding this anti-aging smoothie into your routine! Share your story on Facebook with #MyPhilosphie!

Berry Bliss Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

As the weather starts to warm as we move closer to summer, I start to crave super light, cool treats to top off a nourishing dinner. These raw, vegan Berry Bliss Cheesecakes made with wholesome ingredients hit the spot EVERY time.  

I love the crispy crust on pies and cakes, so I created a guilt-free version by combining raw nuts, dates, and coconut. Not only is this crust absolutely delicious, it's also full of fiber and essential minerals!

To make a vegan "cheese" filling, cashews are my go-to! Once they've been soaked for 1 hour, they can be blended into a beautiful cream that tastes delicious once whipped up with lemon juice, Cacao Bee Honey, coconut oil, vanilla, Berry Bliss, and a dash of sea salt. 

Finally, frozen berries and dates make for a divine sauce to spread on top of your cheesecake, before pilling on fresh berries + bee pollen! 

Makes: 24 slivers of a large pie (or 4 smaller pies with 6 slices)

Gather This: 

 For the Crust:

  • 2 cups raw macadamia nuts OR a blend of almonds, walnuts, and pecans
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut


For the Filling:

  • 3 cups chopped cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (or lime juice –I used limequats for this!)
  • 3/4 cup Cacao Bee Honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt (optional)


For the Berry Sauce:

  • 1 bag frozen raspberries (or blackberries/strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup dates


For the Toppings:

  • fresh berries of your choice
  • bee pollen


Do This:

1) To make the crust, process the nuts and dates in the food processor. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Press crust onto the coconut (this will prevent it from sticking).

2) To make the filling, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, gently warmed coconut oil (don't microwave it!), vanilla, sea salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.

3) Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table. Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator. The more defrosted it is, the better the taste will be!

4) To make the raspberry sauce, process raspberries and dates in a food processor until well blended. Don't use a blender for this or the raspberry seeds will become like sand ;) Spread the sauce on top of the cakes, sprinkle with more fresh berries, and enjoy!


We'd love to see your gorgeous superfood treats! Share them with us on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods!

A Day in My Shoes!

I never know what magic my day will hold. Given my ever-changing schedule, I may be sharing the power of superfoods with new friends, teaching a vinyasa yoga class, or cooking up a storm with my two boys and hubby. 


The first 30 minutes are when I meditate + stretch to start my day off on the right foot. I then step into the kitchen to whip up a nourishing smoothie filled with our Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends, nut mylk, leafy greens, and a whole lotta fruit!

I then get ready – LOVE a cute pair of overalls and YOU by Skechers shoes. They’re so versatile, comfy, and cute that I can go from home to a photo shoot to a superfood demo to a beach walk with friends!

Once I drop the kids off at school, I’ll head to the gym for a HIIT workout or go for a sprint through the park, followed by a short + sweet yoga flow. From there, I’m back home to freshen up, knock out some emails, and write up a new recipe or wellness article for my blog.


For lunch, I like to really fill up with tons of nutrients so I can power through the afternoon. If I’m at home, I’ll toss up a huge salad the size of my head, with tons of fresh greens and sprouted nuts and seeds. If I am getting something on the go, I love Fala Bar in L.A. for their yummy veggie burgers. 

Afternoon’s are for creative brainstorms when I meet up my team or collaborate with wildly gifted photographers or friends, who have their own amazing companies. A lot of the times, I’m on my feet – especially if I’m doing a Facebook Live to share a new recipe, demoing how to use our superfoods, or teaching a yoga or HIIT class! Afterwards, I’ll pick up the kiddos, help them with their homework, make a wholesome snack, or do some yoga on the lawn together – they love poses like Warrior 1 and “Airplane”!


For dinner, I’ll make our family grilled salmon or a filling soup, and lots of greens and roasted veggies. Since I have such a sweet tooth, we’ll also have a heavenly dessert like vegan ice cream or chia pudding.

If there’s still a bit of light outside, we’ll go for an evening walk. Beyond fresh air and light exercise, these walks provide a space for togetherness and reflection that allow us to truly reconnect. I definitely think my family feels that freedom—we talk about moments in the day we’re grateful for and what our hopes are for the next!

What's a day like in YOUR shoes? Let me know on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!

Heart of the Week: Frank Body

On Sunday evenings before bed, I love having at-home "spa time" where I turn on relaxing music, light up a few candles, brew a cup of tea, and spend time pampering my skin. 

I just found out about this Peppermint Coffee Scrub from Frank Body, and I am IN LOVE. It smells so yummy that I want to eat it (if you add mint to this Coffee & Cacao Magic Smoothie, you'll have a delish smoothie that smells just like it!).

This scrub does a fab job at exfoliating, leaving you with oh-so-soft skin. Created with coffee beans, peppermint oil, olive oil, and aloe vera, this vegan scrub is also free of any icky parabens or PEGS. Just like going organic is important with your food, avoiding dirty ingredients is a MUST for your skincare products!

After I've exfoliated, I apply their Body Balm, a super silky balm made of coconut oil, grapeseed + almond oils, coffee arabica seed oil, and beeswax. The coffee in this balm is a super smart add. The high caffeine content gets your blood pumping, which helps tone and firm your skin. Plus, the vitamin E makes your skin feel super soft!

Once my skin is nourished + happy, I make my way to bed for some calming, restorative yoga poses that helps me drift off to dreamland. 

What are your fave skincare products for supercharging your skin? Tell me on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie!

Pastel Parfait Recipe

Whip up this pastel-hued parfait recipe for a super simple, yet beautiful treat that shines as a weekend brunch crowd-pleaser or as the perfect pairing for your bulletproof coffee and latest read in bed!

For each layer, all you need is a nourishing yogurt (regular or dairy-free, your choice!), plus Philosophie Superfoods for added nutrients and a healthy serving of plant-based protein. A few spoonfuls of raw granola provide extra fiber and will also keep you full in between the layers of yogurt–a heavenly trio of Green Dream, Berry Bliss, and Cacao Magic.

For toppings, sprinkle on shredded coconut and fresh strawberries to finish your snap-worthy parfait!

Gather This:

Green Dream Layer:


Berry Bliss Layer:


Cacao Magic Layer:



  • ½ cup raw granola of choice
  • shredded coconut
  • organic strawberries, sliced


Do This:

Stir together the ingredients for each of the layers. Start with the Green Dream layer and gently scoop it into the bottom of your favorite bowl. Then add half of the amount of raw granola, followed by the Berry Bliss layer. Add the other half of the granola and then the Cacao Magic layer. Top with the shredded coconut and sliced berries. Enjoy!

Share your superfood parfaits with me on Instagram with #PhilosophieSuperfoods!

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