Fabulous Female Friday
‘FFF’ is the newest feature on City Mom. On the first and last Friday of each month, City Mom will feature a totally fab woman and celebrate all that she is.
The motivation behind FFF came from the large number of amazing women I have met since entering the blogging and Twitter community. It has also opened my eyes to the number of fantastic, strong women I was already surrounded by.
Since becoming a mom, I have gained a whole new respect for what moms do. I’m also in awe of other young women whom I respect and admire and wonder how they got to be who they are. There was most definitely a fabulous female behind those works of art.
This week’s Fabulous Female:
Kimberly from All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something-Something
Why She Was Chosen:
I haven’t known Kimberly all that long, but you don’t need to have a long history in order to feel like you’ve known her forever. First, she is a survivor of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (PPDA) just like me. If I had found Kimberly when I was at my lowest point, life would have been a lot better.
Her writing is so raw and honest. You can’t help but follow along every day. She is a strong, humorous woman who deserves all the accolades she receives.
Second, she’s Canadian …need I say more?
Third, lately she’s been climbing up a steep hill and I am in awe of her strength as she makes her way each day. She remains positive, hopeful and true to herself. She keeps on plugging away all for her sweet little son whom she affectionately refers to as “Chunky”.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a Momma to a busy toddler, a wife to a man who is involved in an intense ‘bromance’ with a hairy man named Kenny, pediatric nurse and a postpartum depression and anxiety arse kicker. I like Thai food, Chuck Norris, coffee, and long walks on the beach. All with or without wine.
I am also guilty of over sharing.
What was your motivation behind starting All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something, Something?
I started writing my blog after I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. I was desperately searching for other mom’s who have been through the same and in turn, I hoped that by writing about my experience, I could help, educate and encourage other mom’s who are struggling with the same horrific illness to keep fighting.
Describe the style of AW&NPMMGSS:
I write what I feel, what inspires me, what makes me laugh, what would embarrass my husband (kidding…maybe…), what touches my heart, what makes me cry, what would help others. Above all, there is no sugar-coating involved. I’m raw and honest.
What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod:
Firework by Katy Perry.
What’s the last book you read?
The Birth House by Ami McKay – a fantastic read by a Canadian!!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Coffee and marathon wearing of PJ’s.
What is one of your favourite things about being a Mom?
The best thing about being a Mom is the love. When I hear his feet hit the floor in the morning running to my room to wake me up. When I see his smile. When I see the look of pride on his face as he accomplishes a new milestone. When I hear his giggles. When he sneaks up behind me and hugs my leg and says “I love you”, my heart just explodes.
I never knew a heart could love someone so much.
What do you find most challenging about being a Mom?
Whew, this one is a toughy. The most challenging thing about being a mom is being a new mom with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and learning to be confident as a mom. And potty training is a close second.
What are your future aspirations?
Conquer the world obviously.
Actually, I’m not really sure, I’m just loving life right now in the moment.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start their own blog?
When you write from your soul; a place of honesty and realness, it creates an air of passion that draws people. Blogging is like sharing a piece of yourself with whoever wants to join you on the ride. Not everyone will like your blog and that’s ok. As long as your writing makes YOU feel good, proud, and happy, then that’s all that matters. Do it for you.