Meet our next FREDA Girl, founder of WMN Space and modern-day renaissance woman, Paula Mallis. Paula juggles running WMN Space, being a doula, and a mom all while currently pregnant. From postpartum to meditation, WMN Space is a place where women can gather and have a supportive group to discuss all things related to being a woman. In short, it is pretty magical. Paula originally came to Los Angeles to pursue her modeling career, but her career path changed when she was going through her first pregnancy. It created a shift in her life journey and prompted her to want to explore womanhood. Paula Mallis is the embodiment of a FREDA girl, leading by example and dedicating her life’s work to supporting women and help them grow. If you are ever in L.A. be sure to check out the latest WMN’s Space circle session, but for now read on about Paula’s spiritual journey and get an inside look at WMN Space below.
You’re originally from North Carolina, what led you to Los Angeles? How did you get to where you are?
I moved from NC to LA in 2000. I was 19 years old. At that time in my life I was running away from home as my brother had just passed away. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going but LA was calling. I would be writing a book to share my entire journey from 19 years old until now. My spiritual journey of going within to find out who I was and my purpose on this planet began to shift during my pregnancy and giving birth to my daughter Madeleine. The transition from Maiden to Mother was an opportunity to experience a version of myself I had never known before. After the birth of Madeleine and birthing a new version of myself there was no turning back. What a gift.
We love that there is now a space for women to gather in support of each other. Tell us about your inspiration for WMN SPACE. Was there a particular moment or series of events that led you to it?
I had been leading circles and gathering women in my home for over the past 4 years. After one evening of cramming 50 women in my living room, I got the inspiration to find a way to create a space out into the world where all women could experience the work and sacred space I was holding at home, a space that would be accessible to all women. Everything started to align towards the manifestation of WMN SPACE after that night.
What characteristics do you most admire in other creative women?
Fearlessness, Authenticity, Individuality, Expression of One’s True Self
You are pregnant with your second child, congratulations! How has this pregnancy been different? Is there anything that you are intentionally doing differently this time compared to last time?
My first pregnancy was such a huge part of transitioning into what my life is today. This second pregnancy so far has been an opportunity to connect to who I have transformed into and sharing that energy with this babe growing inside of me. Babies bring so much learning and opportunity for growth. I am so excited to see what our baby boy has in store for us.
Do you have any rituals or practices that help to keep you grounded during challenging times?
I have a lot of different rituals I partake in to support my well being. The one that supports me the most during challenging times is PAUSING. Taking the time for myself, finding the stillness within to listen for the next inspired action to take in support of the solution to the challenge I may be experiencing or what’s causing me upset.
Words to live by?
Trust the Process