I’ve shared parts of my story through #MomEsteem here in the past, however, I deleted them after reading this from Brené Brown:
“Our stories are not meant for everyone. Hearing them is a privilege, and we should always ask ourselves this before we share: “Who has earned the right to hear my story?” If we have one or two people in our lives who can sit with us and hold space for our shame stories, and love us for our strengths and struggles, we are incredibly lucky.”
I am incredibly blessed, as I have a strong circle of friends who do just that for me.
However, I know there is enormous power within our stories to help connect us, bring us up and help us, as Glennon Melton Doyle from Momastery says, “Do the Next Right Thing”.
So, we are starting something new here at EverythingMom. We want to share your #MomEsteem stories. Help your fellow moms see that they are not alone, we all struggle, sometimes.
- Battle anxiety or depression
- Secretly wonder if you are drinking too much
- Can’t get a handle on your spending
- Feel stuck in your marriage
- Feel like you are horrible mom (you’re not, by the way.)
- Hide for hours online
- Harbour a fear of success
- Fear the leap you know you want to take
- Trap yourself in your perfectionism
- Head to the fridge to find comfort
- Would rather not put in the effort
- Constantly worry what people think
- Fight the feelings of unworthiness
Maybe you are trying everything you can to beat your battle, but just keep hitting that same. damn. wall.
Or maybe you have ground out a nice path in and out of the swamp and have a little extra compassion, encouragement and tips for your fellow mamas. We’ll be serving up inspiring, soulful stories from those who’ve been there and how they found their way out.
Regardless of where you are, there is someone who needs to hear your story. But here’s the thing: all stories will remain anonymous. Because as Brené says, “If we share our shame story with the wrong person, they can easily become one more piece of flying debris in an already dangerous storm.”
We want this space to be your safe harbour, not another wave pulling you under.
If you would like to share your story, please fill in the following form. Only our editors (Michelle + Carrie Anne) will know your identity from the email you use to contact us and it will be held in the strictest confidence.
Thank you for helping us support each other.