About

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. As we endeavor along the peaks and valleys of our parenting journey we share our stories, inspirations, triumphs, and defeats in a candid and open manner. This environment lends itself to vulnerability, honest communication, inspiration, and connection. We incorporate guest bloggers and spotlight families that make us smile, we use this platform for all of us to share our voice. YZM celebrates what unites us, we embrace our differences and above all, we encourage and support one another to get the most out of our parenting experience. We open our hearts and homes as we welcome each of you to our community, we look forward to connecting.

Q&A

Tell us a little bit about your journey and how you've come to arrive here

Tez: I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. I am currently living in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles with my family. I relocated here after chasing my dreams of becoming an actor. My most exciting journey has been over these past few years, I had recognized a desire to go deeper and with that I delved into many different facets of my self, landing in a really authentic and contented place. I focus on living a life as mindfully as possible and I am dedicated to raising conscious minded children and using my position to try to create positive change. I’m finally a Mother, it has been my life’s most passionate dream and has become the source of my greatest joy.

Sarah: grew up in a small farming community in Horse Cave, Kentucky.  I spent my summers working on farms, I was a dedicated member of my high school marching band, and I started performing at local theatre productions as early as 10 years old. When I was eighteen I moved to Chicago to model and do commercial work, and about a year later I booked a TV show for Fox called Quintuplets that would relocate me to Los Angeles, and forever change my career.  My most personal dream was to meet someone to share my life with and create a family.  Being a wife and mama, learning everything I can about natural parenting, has been my greatest and most rewarding life experience.

Who's in your family? Ages? Names?

Tez: Mark- husband, Bodhi Rain- son, Baby boy F (in the belly still) and Isaac- stepson plus 3 dogs Koda, Luna and Cato. My Mum Paula lives with us sporadically during the year too.

Sarah: Husband: Eric Christian Olsen, 39. Son: Wyatt Oliver Olsen, 2.9 years old. Baby Girl in the belly: name to be revealed in August. Two Dogs: an English Mastiff and a Japanese Akita

How did you choose your kids names?

Tez: I love the meaning of Bodhi- it means Enlightened one. Mark and I were discussing baby names and I told him I had always loved the name because of the gorgeous meaning, he fell in love with it immediately. Bodhi chose his middle name through a dream 3 days before he arrived. I actually had something completely different picked out! The next 2 days it poured with rain, so it felt like a sign!

My baby in the tummy also chose his middle name. His first name Mark and I have always loved (I remember loving it since I was a child) I knew I was pregnant because I dreamt of him and told me his full name. The dream was also how I knew I was having a second boy. Stay tuned for name updates!

Sarah: Wyatt: We had a very short list of names that we loved for him. He was a strong kicker during my pregnancy and we could tell he was going to be a big baby.  His cowboy name meaning brave, strong, and hardy felt like the perfect fit for him when he was born 9.8 pounds. His middle name Oliver we had both always loved.  He was soon nicknamed little bear. Baby girl: We have a name we fell in love with almost 10 years ago when Eric and I first met. More details to come.

Location?

Tez: Beachwood Canyon, CALI

Scott Creek, SOUTH OZ

Sarah: We live in the Pacific Palisades, CA

Occupation?

Tez: Mother, Actor, Director, Writer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, co owner of Your Zen Mama, owner of Your Zen Life and co owner of Conscious Babes.

Sarah: Mama to my little bear, Actor, Entrepreneur, Co founder of YOUR ZEN MAMA, food enthusiast, Writer, Dreamer, Student of Life and Travel.

What's on your manifest board?

Tez: Tons of pregnant mamas (yay! it worked!) children, farm life, various directors I want to work with, actors whose work I admire, woman who use their profile to affect positive change, charity workers, authors etc. 

Sarah: SO many things!! Travel, food, travel! There are so many countries and cities I want visit, with cultures and foods I am dying to explore. I would love to one day own a home in Italy or France to immerse our children in another culture. Directors I love, actors I admire. I want to own a successful business that gives back in some way, and provides something clean and healthy that we need. (this is in motion more details to come) Lots of little bears running around. Companies, women, mamas, and papas that are striving for positive change in our world, and putting that in motion.

Tell us some of your most loved ways to spend the day with your clan?

Tez: Poolside, hubby, kids plus other close friends and their families, great organic yummy food, music on, kids laughing, deep connected conversations and then finishing the night with family Mariokart and pizza.

Sarah: Driving to Malibu for Mexican food. Farmers market mornings, going to concerts, Coffee in our backyard, cooking with wyatt, going on adventures, spending time at our mountain home in WY.

What are some silly/fun things that the kids do or say?

Tez: Bodhi calls my left boob “the kind one” and my right one “the soft one”. We also play kitties all the time where we pretend to live in a kitty house and crawl around on the floor doing kitty things, it usually ends with him licking me and us bursting in to fits of laughter. He makes me laugh so hard all the time and also want to cry with his sweetness. The way he holds my face in his hands and tells me he loves me is so darling. 

Sarah: Wyatt makes me laugh a thousand times a day. When he was ten months old he started calling my boobs “mama’s nay nays” I breastfed him until he was 2. It still makes me laugh when I hear him say it.

Saying goodnight to the house is part of our “going to bed” routine.  I love what he has chosen to name certain things.

Blender: “smoothie station”

Sink: “washing hands maker”

coffee machine: “Mamas morning coffee”

When you were a teenager what did you dream of? Do things look different?

Tez: I dreamt of all of this, but probably on a smaller more local scale. I’m so lucky, I really believe that I manifested so many of these experiences.

Sarah: When I was a little girl I had a recurring day dream that one day, “Jonathan Taylor Thomas” (I was a huge fan of the TV show HOME IMPROVEMENT) Would show up to my tiny home in Kentucky and whisk me away for, I’m not even sure what, cause I really just imagined the part where he would show up in the stretch limo and I would walk out mouth dropped in shock and he would flick his hair back and open the door and I would jump in the limo and stick my head out the top and wave goodbye to all the cows on the drive.

Yes I would say things look a little different than that story.  Everything I ever wanted in life, in a man, in a family, in a career has gone above and beyond what I think I was even capable of imagining as a child.

What are some things you really believe in?

Tez: Manifesting for one, that you can reach any goal possible with the right frame of mind, that you can heal so much of your present state but delving in to your past and recreating new ways of relating to childhood experiences. That just the state of pure presence can help you instantaneously find contentment. 

Sarah: Santa Claus, Im still holding on to that magic. I believe in love, in positive thinking, the importance of friendship. As a child I developed a deep connection to God and spirituality.

Where do your passions lie?

Tez: Raising my kids first and foremost, it’s my favorite thing in the world. Conscious living, being mindful to all I encounter. I’m such a deep seeker, I love learning more and going deeper within my relationship to self as well as my connections with everyone I interact with. Growing and learning is a huge passion for me. Acting, creating through writing and directing, authentic friendships. Wellness, spirituality, birthing, all things parenting, scrap booking, charity, animals, writing lists, Mariokart, true crime stories among much more! 

Sarah: In being a loving and attentive Mom, a wife, a friend that my girlfriends can depend on. I am passionate about informed birth, the beauty of knowledge that can help change and empower women and families to make choices based on hope instead of fear. Making organic healthy foods for my family, and living a healthy active life. Also….. Coffee and Chocolate.

Has your relationship with your other half changed since having kids?

Tez: Yes it’s grown more patient, loving and understanding. I feel everything with him on a deeper level because my heart has expanded so vibrantly. We spend much less time one on one though which is the downside and something we are trying to actively figure out. 

Sarah: 10 years together, communication has been so important for us. I think I am a better communicator now as a wife and mother.  I remember looking at my husband in the wee hours of the morning after my son was born, thanking God for such a loving supportive husband who I could tell already loved our son more than he could have ever imagined. I admire him, learn from him, and and so grateful for such a strong partner.

What are some of your favorite life lessons you've grown to love? (even if learning them at the time was hard)

Tez: That I’m enough just the way I am. That states of comparison are detrimental, that when I can tap in to all of my quirks, uniqueness and individuality that it’s these things that make me shine. I was always running away from that which made me different. Embracing all aspects of self and leaning in to who I really was brought me all that I had always wanted. It was a really hard process learning that

Sarah: That I don’t have to be perfect.  I grew up a “preachers kid” and felt the pressure to present something that was impossible to uphold. That its ok to fail.  That life is short, and its not worth stressing about all the little things along the way.  To stand up for myself, and fight for the things that are important to me.

 

What do you wish you could've told yourself when you were a teenager?

Tez: All of the above and I sometimes wish I could tell sweet lost 16 year old me that I’m going to be more than okay AND I’m even going to get to be in movies! Haha 

Sarah: I guess this is in line with my life lessons. I would have told myself to relax, be a kid, stop trying to grow up. Focus on meaningful relationships, you don’t need everyone to like you. Don’t worry about not having boobs right now you don’t need them, and one day when you have a kid your boobs fill with milk and they will look awesome.

What do you find most challenging about being somebody's parent?

Tez: The biggest challenge is that there is no break at all. You’re always someone’s parent, so that intense love, the worry, that dedication, the time spent, the thoughts whirling around, the hoping and praying that they’ll be okay, feel okay, will be happy, is always prevalent. But in all that confronting and complex stuff the fact that we should be so lucky to love and care for someone like that is the greatest gift and blessing in the world. 

Sarah: I think at first it was finding balance between taking care of this little guy that fully depends on me, and also taking care of myself.  I would give 110 percent to Wyatt and ignore things in my body that needed help.  This year has been a big learning curve for me, finding that balance, taking care of myself, so I can be an even better caretaker for my babies.

What do you want your kids to learn about the world?

Tez: That its so so expansive and colorful and that there is always more to learn and be humbled by. I want him to want to explore it, be challenged by it and ask questions. I hope he grows up to understand its complexity and that there are so many vital things we need to do to preserve it. I hope he understands unity and that he learns to live in this world with an open and brave heart and mind, that he meets all with love and compassion first and that he can recognize how divinely blessed he is to have been born in to a family that have the means to nurture him in the way children need.

Sarah: I want them to have some perspective that I had as a child; Growing your own food, having family dinners, taking care of animals and learning responsibility.  I also want them to see how large the world is, how much there is to explore, how important it is to take care of our planet, and our bodies to ensure a better life for our future. I want them to feel love, be open to love, and share that love with others.

What are 4 things you can't live without as a parent?

Tez:

Kids podcasts for car rides- Storynory is a favorite.

My boobs! 

King sized bed for all that co-sleeping.

Red wine. 

Sarah: 

Hand sanitizer

Toy airplanes

Wine

Google (this list is miles longer).

Teresa Palmer splits her time between the Hollywood Hills and Adelaide, South Australia with her husband Mark and their kids, 2 yr old son Bodhi and new baby boy in the belly. She also has an 8 year old step son, Isaac. Teresa is an actor, director, writer, philanthropist and owner of Your Zen Life. She is passionate about raising conscious minded children and using her platform to “Be The Change.”

Sarah Wright Olsen lives in Los Angeles with her husband Eric Christian Olsen, little bear Wyatt, new baby girl due in August, and their two dogs. Sarah is an actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an overindulgent connoisseur of Mexican food in search of the perfect guacamole. She is passionate about being a wife and mama, finding beauty in the small things, bringing positivity and humor into the world, and the constant quest for knowledge that leads to growth and change.
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