Hello and Welcome! This blog is a true labor of love for me. Motherhood Unadorned is about motherhood naked, plain and uncensored.
I’m Cristi. I live near Seattle, WA. In February 2010, I gave birth to my 2nd child, my beautiful baby girl Ellie. Her brother Ronin was just over 2 at the time. My kids are amazing! I’ve been a stay at home mom since my son was born in 2007, and prior worked in marketing and public relations for over 12 years.
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.
I knew from years of meds, therapy and alternative treatments that distraction is an excellent tool for overcoming my own mood issues. So I embarked on a path that led me to start an Etsy business of gemstone mama necklaces. It became the creative and professional outlet I needed to distract, calm and entertain my mind. It also became a wonderful social outlet. I 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.
A Blog Inspired by Suicide
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.
I cover 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.
The core of Motherhood Unadorned is about motherhood and mental health, but that encompasses so much more than mental illness. It also focuses on self care, self image and style. All ways that we as parents can be our best selves. I also feature kids and family topics such as technology, and fun stuff like creative outlets and fashion (things that help make us feel good!)
My Thursday 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 Suicide Prevention Movement: #bluebloggers
In 2011, inspired by my friend’s death I began to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 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.
But wasn’t just about blue hair. Its been about starting and continuing a conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. Its about removing the stigmas of mental illness. Making others feel not so alone. I encourage you to join in the conversation. You are beautiful. You are loved. You are not alone. #StopSuicide
In 2013 I’ve upped the ante and for the National Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. On June 1st, I walked over 16 miles in our Nation’s Capital Washington DC with thousands of others to raise awareness for suicide prevention, and I alone raised over $3,800 for suicide prevention, I am so proud to say.
Honors/Contributing Writing (Find my complete media kit here.)
2013/2014 Media Team Chair and 2014 Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter (Follow on Twitter @AFSP_WA)
2013/2014 Member of the Warrior Mom Leadership Team, the editorial leadership team on Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog about perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders 2013. Have contributed to Postpartum Progress as a guest writer since 2011.
2013/2014 Member of the Social Fabric Blogger Community
2014 Mom Central Blogger
2013 Contributing Writer for Country Outfitter Blog.
2013 Contributing Writer for Maple & West Blog
Awarded the Mom Central Blog Grant in May 2011
I’m #withtheband! Published on Group Blog Band Back Together
2013 joined Healthy Place in their Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign. Here’s my video at Healthy Place on YouTube: “Suicide Should Not be Hushed Up.”
Please take a look around and if you have any questions or would like to share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading!!