Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Jessica Nelsen
We are shining the spotlight on local mom, Jessica Nelsen. Jessica is the co-founder of Sisterhood Soup. The mission behind Sisterhood Soup is something that all women should know about. Learn more about Sisterhood Soup, Jessica’s Des Moines favorites and more below.
Give us a little background of your family and personal life! How many kids do you have? Have you lived in Des Moines all your life?
I have spent most of my life around the Des Moines area. I met my husband through nonprofit work and he came with an amazing daughter, now my stepdaughter who is 13. We tried to get pregnant for a couple of years but it was not happening for us. Once we did get pregnant the first time, I ended up having premature rupture of the membranes and losing Edith at almost 22 weeks. Once we were able to try again, I got pregnant on the first try with our son Edwin who is now 10 months old!
What is your business, and what do you do?
I am co-owner of Sisterhood Soup with my good friend Reanna Spain. Our mission is to empower women in our community to discover their own inherent magic, and we do this through individual coaching, professional speaking and powerful seminars. The truth is through the noise of daily life, we become disconnected from our internal voice and intuition. This disconnect leads to an abundance of stress, overwhelm and discomfort. Sisterhood Soup is an invitation to tap back into our authentic selves and really find out what it is that lights us up!
Why did you become a small business owner?
Sisterhood Soup became a reality because Reanna and I are both passionate about helping women tell their individual stories and discover what lights them up. After my pregnancy loss, I leaned hard on the friends in my life that showed up for me. The friends that looked me in the eye and helped me process. Those moments shaped me and I believe that all women deserve that kind of deep support and unconditional love. We all have magic inside of us and sometimes the weight of the world tries to dim that light. We are here to help women refocus and remember that they already have the tools that they need. You are already enough.
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play indoors?
Now that Edwin is a little older, we are just starting to explore what our city has to offer for indoor activities. It’s like the clouds part and all of a sudden your tiny baby is fun and lets you do stuff! haha. We are really enjoying just being anywhere with him and recently had a great playdate at Smashpark!
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play outdoors?
We love strolling on the Greenbelt trail near our house and stopping at the Greenbelt Park to swing. My son is also a big animal lover, so the Raccoon River Dog Park is always a hit. Jasper Winery on Thursday nights is also a ton of fun for the whole family!
Parent’s day/night out. Describe your perfect parent only day/night out in Des Moines.
My husband and I are big live music fans so our perfect night out would consist of dinner at Simon’s (so good) and then catching some live music at Wooly’s or Gas Lamp.
What are some tips on juggling parenthood, working, and personal life?
My biggest tip would be to give yourself grace. Balance is a myth. You just do the best you can and try not to lose yourself in the process.
What is your number one parenting tip?
Be present. When you start to feel overwhelmed or frustrated take a step away and focus on those sweet baby toes and tiny baby socks all over your house. Parenting is TOUGH but its also the most incredible, transformational thing I have ever done. One day at a time!