I’m finally back after a much-needed break. I didn’t want to come back without an explanation – so that’s exactly what this is about.
The biggest reason for my absence is the birth of our second child. Arya Grace Johnson came into this crazy world on May 22nd at 8:34 AM.
I’ve spent the last few months learning how to be a mother of 2 and teaching Maddix how to be a big brother. He has done an amazing job of adjusting to life with a baby sister. I am so proud of him.
I’ve also been on a challenging weight loss and fitness journey.
I felt repulsed by my body after having Arya. Nothing new there. My body has never satisfied me.
I’ve started heaps of exercise programs that I never finished, but one night in bed I realized that I could do it. So, I committed, and I’m proud to say I completed one program already. Now I’m tackling another and I’m over 25 pounds down! Of course, I plan to keep going.
Self-care is important.
I needed a mental break. Plain and simple.
I had “baby blues” after Arya was born. I felt horrendous. I couldn’t smile, I was always annoyed and I cried more often than not.
I ended up going to talk with a therapist – but it only made things worse. She told me I had moderate depression and severe anxiety. That only served to increase my anxiety.
If you’re a mom and you struggle with depression, anxiety, or both — know you’re not alone. Never hesitate to find help if you need it.
Mom life is full of chaos but equally full of love.
Being a mom is not easy. That’s the reason I decided to take the leap and focus on this site and blog. Even the shirts I’m making are to show the funny/sad/hectic/heartwarming reality of mom life.
I wanted to tell my stories to the world and get to hear some stories from you all as well. It’s nice to know you aren’t the only one struggling. We all do from time to time–let’s be real.
So I will be struggling to release a new article every 2 weeks and a new shirt design on the weeks between. That’s one new thing hitting the site every week.
Being a mom is the hardest thing I have ever done but also the best. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And I hope you’ll stick around to see how I handle juggling a business with two kids. 😭😭
So, wish me luck, ‘cause I’m gonna need it!