What does your average day look like? Do you work full-time or from home? Are you a stay-at-home mom? Does your morning start off the same way every day? Myself, I wake up at 8:00 am and make my son breakfast. Then I sit and try to enjoy a cup of coffee. Two days of the week we rush off for daycare drop-off and I spend those days working from home. The other days of the week are filled with meetings, playdates, errands, or activities. I don’t have a daily routine and because of that I find myself lacking motivation.
Towards the end of my maternity leave (nearly a year ago now), I noticed a very real shift in my behaviour. I wasn’t motivated to do anything. I spent my days on the couch watching TV. It was a chore to even take the dogs for a walk. I felt as though I had no purpose and nothing to focus my energy on besides being a mom. I ended up hitting rock bottom. I wouldn’t say it was postpartum depression, but there has been speculation of me having a long-term form of depression, which has yet to be diagnosed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom–my son is my whole world. Although having something for myself became important.
In my first blog post “Hustle Mama” I talked about why I started Style by Deanna; as a creative outlet and to pursue my passion of design. Fast forward a few months and I am loving everything to do with my business, but I find I still get in a periods where I’m lacking motivation. I notice it when I start doing things such as: becoming unresponsive to messages, slacking on household duties, pushing everyone away, and spending countless unnecessary hours on social media.
When I met Melody for the first time I felt so inspired. It was the breath of fresh air which I had been waiting for. Her story, her brand, and the meaning behind each article she creates just blew me away. The day I met her I came across the “Have the Best Day” sweaters in her booth. I felt completely drawn to them. I could tell there was a story behind them and I wanted to represent that by sharing a little of my story as well. I asked Melody what the meaning was behind her sweaters and she replied, “It is a reminder for me that I have no control over what happens to me each day. I have all the power in the world to make it not only my best day, but my best day ever. [It is to] act as a message to others whenever I wear it as a simple, kind, and thoughtful gesture. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, and you never know who would appreciate that gentle reminder, or even needs it.”
I am pushing myself to do more, to become a better person and not allow myself to slip into a state of depression again. I am working hard to get into a better routine so I can not only be a better mama, but wifey and entrepreneur too. If you don’t already know the meaning behind an arrow, it is a symbol of direction; it can only move forwards, not backwards. We can all move forward in our lives and truly live each and every day like it’s our best day ever.
Sweaters – The Free Reign
Photography – Umbrella Tree Photography
Blog Editing – Polished Proofreading