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I am an advocate for expressing self-care and self-love on a regular basis. I think life just is so harsh and cruel, and whatever demons you are fighting can really get you down.
If you have read my blog before, you know that I have struggled with mental illness for my entire life, and post-partum depression after my second baby (which you can read about over here.) Knowing the loneliness and emptiness that this can bring, it meant a lot to me to work with this particular shop.
” Imagine feeling that you are a burden to your family, you resent your son, and you can’t care for your children. No matter how hard you try, you can’t understand why.
This is my story and it lasted for 3 years. Being ashamed of who I had become, I felt unworthy and alone. I hid my postpartum depression from the world because I didn’t want to have the label of being broken and weak.
I have been designing jewelry as a career since 2004. Before I became pregnant with my second son, I also owned and managed our coffee shop & wine bar as well as created refinished furniture and home décor.
The hunt to find something ugly or broken, was a passion I didn’t fully understand at the time.
Seeing it transform from unwanted to something beautiful was rewarding. It’s funny how I found myself in the same place as the furniture I was refinishing, shattered & unloved.
How does losing my identity to become a Mom not takeover my life. It did – I went through it, got REALLY lost! I found my way out through expressing these emotions into powerful, motivating, and inspirational jewelry. These pieces serve as a daily reminder that:
I am strong, able and worthy. They remind me that I am LOVED and I hope they do the same for you.
I work with many materials and have found a LOVE for resin & creating things into whatever I dream up.
Because I use such a wide variety of materials I have many different options available to you. Build your own pieces, make & take classes, a full line of jewelry, along with many one of a kind pieces.
I want my love for jewelry and my story to bring awareness to women that you are not alone. Your story is yours (embrace it) and postpartum is REAL.
You can get through it! I would love to connect with you and build a piece that expresses your story
I believe my items are different because, most of them are customizeable in some sort of way. (For example,either the quote, colour, finish, length.)
I also ink stamp and seal with resin which allows me to add colour and patterns to my items!”
I think coming home with a new baby must be one of the hardest things in the world.
Mom is running on overdrive of all different emotions, and no matter how prepared you thought you were, reality sets in, and you realise you aren`t at all ready. If I could give just one piece of advice to the younger me, and to any new Mom, it would simply be to love yourself. Practise kindness to yourself.
Indulge in self-love. You, and your body have just done an amazing thing (or, are just about to), and that is incredible!
Spend some time appreciating that. Spend some time noticing the heroic feat you have accomplished, or the one you are set to embark on.
Motherhood itself is the hardest thing in the world, but then add in how hard mothers are on themselves, and it seems like an unbearable task, but we still make it through. Mothers are absolutely incredible.
I wish I could have known then what I know now. I wish I could have known that my after-birth body was not a failure, nor was it disgusting, but rather a master-piece and beautiful, just as yours is.
Every stretch mark tells the story of your birth, and every memory tells the story of how your baby came to be.
It`s incredible how tough we are on ourselves, when we did the most amazing task in the world.
When you come home, show yourself some self-love, and do some self-care. I would suggest for the first few days to do this multiple times a day, in small doses even. You are exhausted, but your mind needs nourishment.
Simple self-love and self-care tasks for after baby:
- Leaving a sticky-note on the bathroom mirror with a little note to yourself. (Ex: You are amazing.)
- Light a few candles.
- Take a nap.
- Connect with a friend.
- Get outside.
Remember to be kind to yourself and to your body. Let yourself heal in the time that you need. Body, mind, soul and spirit. If you are feeling sad/blue, know that it`s okay. However you are feeling, is perfectly okay. Reach out, talk, and hold onto your baby tight. There isn`t anything more incredible than a mama and baby.
I think as women we hold ourselves to such high standards, but, it`s usually just not possible to live up to them.
Spend some time really seeing how incredible you are. I wish post-partum depression didn`t exist at all of course, but I also just wish that there wasn`t so much pressure on being a Mom. If you are a Mom and you are reading this, please hear me when I say, you are doing amazing. It`s okay if laundry is piling up… (mine definitely is too), or if you have no clean dishes (whoops… just me?), or anything. You are rocking this Mom thing every single day, and that is self-less and amazing.
I write about self-care often, and maybe it gets repetitive, but honestly it`s just because of how strongly I urge you to take that time.
Did you experience post-partum depression?
Love Always, N
P.S. Check out my other post-partum related post over HERE .
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