Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Reanna Spain
I am so excited to introduce you to this sweet human, Reanna Spain. Reanna is the other half of Sisterhood Soup. Sisterhood Soup strives to connect women with each other and themselves. We all know I am up for anything that empowers us, women and moms! Learn more about Reanna, her business, and some of her best parenting advice.
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’m a Des Moines native, specifically a south sider. I grew up in a quiet neighborhood, went to Lincoln High School and frequented the B&B Market.
The first in my family to graduate high school, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology + English and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications from the University of Iowa. This is where I met my husband nearly nine years ago. Since then we’ve started three businesses, had a son, and traveled to 48 U.S. states and outside of the country twice.
I’m spirited, authentic, insatiably curious, and inspired by all the moments that feel fleeting like sharing raspberries on the front lawn with my two-year-old.
What is your business, and what do you do?
Sisterhood Soup was founded as an offering for women to reconnect with their authentic voice and intuition to be more powerful and purposeful in their passions.
Alongside my business partner and beautiful friend, Jessica Nelsen, I empower women by providing them individual coaching and critical tools to allow them to create deeper relationships, resiliency, and radiance.
Why did you become a small business owner?
I became a small business owner because I feel a deep calling to heal and hold space for others. Through my life experiences, I have gained wisdom and powerful tools that I believe everyone should have access to in order to fully realize their own inherent magic.
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play indoors?
We’ve got three favorites:
1. Big Açaí in Valley Junction, the back of the store has a bags game set and hula hoops and plenty of space to run around. Plus their treats are so yummy!
2. Jordan Creek or Valley West play place! Our favorite is to sneak in around 7:30 or 8 am on the weekends and have the whole place to ourselves!
3. Hy-Vee. My son is a big fan of free bananas and race car carts.
Where is your favorite place to take your children to play outdoors?
We love to play outdoors and are always looking for new spaces. We’re lucky enough to have beautiful land around our house and a bike trail just down the gravel. When we’re not playing at home our favorites are any of the local splash pads!
Parent’s day/night out. Describe your perfect parent only day/night out in Des Moines.
Tacos, tequila, and in a hotel bed with the air blasting and a movie on before 10 pm, sleeping in until at least 8:30 am!
Alternatively, a long bike ride with a few stops for food or drinks and a visit to the Ashton Observatory (or a backyard hammock hang at our house) to stargaze!
What are some tips on juggling parenthood, working, and personal life?
Presence and time blocking.
This isn’t always easy, but I can tell right away when things have gotten off balance. Really the only way for me to juggle it all is to be totally and completely in the moment that I’m in. That means putting my phone away when I’m spending time with my family or when I’m working on a project. It also means deep breathing and not worrying about the future.
What is your number one parenting tip?
So many of the difficulties I’ve experienced in parenting (and in life) came when I resisted or pushed against something. If I can accept this moment, this child, this experience and see it for what it is rather than wishing it were different, everything feels a little more fluid. This includes the feelings I have about myself. Accepting, appreciating, going with the flow. One day at a time.