What’s Up, Buttercup?

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The ridiculous expression makes me smile. Everytime.

 

Hi folks! I’m back and am so glad you’re here with me. šŸ™‚

A lot’s happened in the last 2 months, so let’s get caught up on some of the highlights, shall we?:

  1. TV Interview: In late April I did an interview on a local TV station to discuss my experience with antenatal depression (depression that occurs during pregnancy). I was approached to do the interview and initially thought “Hell to the no…” but after some thought, IĀ realized that it would be beneficial for others and also therapeutic for myself (plus I figured not too many people would catch the local TV interview – so pretty low-risk). If you’re interested, here’s the link to the interview: http://rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=54&sid=91 (“More” button along the right –> Keep pressingĀ red “More”Ā button until you seeĀ April 20, 2016 “Maternal Mental Health”): This then led to…
  2. Publicly Acknowledging my Depression: I didn’t quite post flyers around the neighborhood letting it be known…but I pretty much did the modern day equivalent – posting a blurb and the interview on my facebook. A bit ballsy considering it’s pretty personal, but it felt like the right thing to do at the time and it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders realizing I could embrace my experience and make it empowering instead of embarrassing. It wasn’t a popular decision with a few people, but it was the right decision for me.
  3. Post-Maternity Leave Confusion: I’ve been contemplating what to do after my maternity leave ever since I was pregnant. I’d get anxiety over what I should do, what would be the right/wrong decision and ruminate over the possibly disastrous outcomes. I told myself to chill out, enjoy my young family and to re-visit and figure things out 6 months into my mat leave (approximately halfway through). I’m now at 7 months. Nothing is certain at this moment (which could be taken as good or bad – bad that I don’t know what to expect, but good that it means there’s an opportunity for change).

So that’s what I’ve been up to.

Currently, #3 is top of mind. Continue reading