Hello and Welcome! This blog is a true labor of love for me. Motherhood Unadorned is about motherhood naked, plain and uncensored.
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I’m not gonna lie, becoming a mom has had a lot of ups and downs. Particularly because I’ve had mental illness for most of my life, and the challenges and hormones related to pregnancy and kids DO NOT help me out in the mood department. After Ellie’s birth I had a pretty strong episode of PPD that felt quite like a mid-life crisis, or shall I say Mama Crisis. Even for those moms without mental illness, becoming a mom can be very challenging.
I discovered that as a mom, finding creative and professional outlets helped distract, calm and entertain my mind. Being in the work world again helped me find a wonderful social outlet as well. Social media is a beautiful thing. I have met so many wonderful mamas AND women who are also running households and small businesses themselves.
I became very passionate about working with other mom businesses to promote and encourage each other. But more than that, I realized that I’m part of a very big community of moms who have a TON of very specific and very personal issues, challenges and successes that we live and breathe every day.
The core of Motherhood Unadorned is about motherhood and mental health, but that encompasses so much more than mental illness. Motherhood Unadorned has evolved into a family lifestyle blog. I focus on self care, self image and style, as well as family tech and entertainment, travel and creative outlets. Diet and physical health. These are all of the ways that we as parents can be our best selves and actually enjoy this challenging life of motherhood.
My guest series “I’m Not a Bad Mom Because…” allows us as parents to talk about things for which others may typically judge us, but that we know actually make us good parents. (Please let me know if you’d like to submit your story!) Guest writers are providing their own personal stories about topics for which they are experts in their own right, and are passionate about themselves.
A Blog Inspired by Suicide that has Grown into So Much More.
On Christmas 2010, a dear friend of mine (a mom of a teenager) died by suicide, and it truly affected me in many deep and lasting ways. That event absolutely inspired me to start this blog, in her honor and for so many who are lost way too soon to mental illness and suicide.
Over the years I have covered topics including suicide, PPD, bipolar, depression and other mental illness, issues that are extremely taboo in our society but are SO important to keep talking about, especially for me.
I have also been active in fundraising for the cause of suicide prevention. In 2011, inspired by my friend’s death I began to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In May 2011 I did my first local walk. The next big walk in Seattle October 2011. In September, I said that if I raised $1,500 for suicide prevention, I would dye my hair blue. In the process, many bloggers around the country put their own heads on the line as and we became the #bluebloggers on Twitter. My Team raised over $2,400 and we got our blue hair to make a statement that we are none of us alone.
In 2013 I’ve upped the ante and for AFSP’s National Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in our Nation’s Capital Washington DC and in 2014, AFSP’s National Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. I’ve raised more than $8,000 during the past 4 years for suicide prevention.
In 2014, I joined the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and am currently Vice Chair of the Washington State Chapter. And I’m on the Editorial Leadership Team for Postpartum Progress, the world’s largest resource for perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Reaching out to those struggling is such an important aspect of the work I do.
Please feel free to look around. I’ve linked some of my most popular posts in the right sidebar.
If you have any questions or would like to share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading!!