Find your purpose.
“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.” This is one of my all-time favorite quotes by the amazing Dolly Parton. She lives this. She is who she is, unapologetically, and I love her for that. This woman is an inspiration to so many, and she is living life with purpose.
During my life, I have always known that I wanted to do great things, but I have never taken great action. I have always tried to work as hard as possible, and I figured the rest would just eventually fall into place. Essentially, I have been working my life away, waiting for greatness to fall into my lap.
Then, like a wrecking ball, my daughter came into my life and completely changed my outlook. Nothing is ever going to fall into your lap just because you work hard. You have to get mighty focused on what you want to achieve, and develop a plan to get there. Focus is critical here. You have to figure out what truly brings your heart to life. Once you find that, you can begin to build your life around your true purpose.
After suffering from severe postpartum anxiety, I came to the realization that there is a significant unmet need in our society when it comes to maternal mental health. Moms are struggling, and they feel alone. Even worse, they can be scared or ashamed to talk about what they are experiencing. There is no reason for this, so I became a voice to let mamas know that they are not alone. There are many other women embarking on this journey with me, and I salute each and every one of you.
Go for it, mama.
Once you are able to figure out the true purpose in your life, you need to become a force of nature to achieve it. If this is truly your purpose, your passion will be there. As mamas, we are a force, and we are fierce.
When I am talking or writing about maternal mental health, my fire burns deep, y’all. I will stop at nothing to help new moms that are struggling postpartum. Without a doubt, I believe in the core of my soul that God put me on this earth to do this. I know in my heart that he put me through this experience postpartum so that I could share it and help other women.
When you find your truth, you’ve got to go all in. Dig in deep. Tap into your inner (insert whatever gives you strength and courage), because you’re going to need it. This world is hard. Life isn’t a picnic, but the hard times aren’t so hard when you believe in what you are doing.
It’s not a competition.
At the end of the day, the rat race isn’t a race at all, and there is no finish line. We are all in this together, and, as women, we need to love and support each other no matter what. It’s not a competition. When you are living life with purpose, you want others to succeed as much as you want to succeed yourself.
We HAVE to stop all the comparison BS. No one has it all figured out, and we are all just trying to get by. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who has the bigger house or a nicer car. It doesn’t matter who looks like they just left the salon and who looks like they just had a run-in with Michael Myers. None of the BS matters. At all.
So cheers to your dreams, girl. Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars (or whatever that saying is). You are amazing, and you WILL achieve great things.