Welcome to another edition of Feature Friday. I’m really excited about this week’s feature, Lauren from Mothering Honestly. I “met” her through my mom group chats and follow loops. Just recently she was extremely helpful when I was trying to set up a Telegram group and couldn’t figure it out. She went out of her way to help me, which I always find admirable and so sweet. I’m sure she was busy working on her own social media platforms and raising her 8-month-old daughter.
The main reason I am especially excited about featuring Lauren’s blog is that she makes it a point to focus on mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression. Which anyone that knows me personally or has read my blog knows that is my biggest reason for going to school and pushing myself as hard as I do. I appreciate anyone who can talk openly and honestly about the struggles of motherhood.
Anyway, enough rambling from me. Here is a little bit about Lauren in her own words;
My name is Lauren. I am a mother to Lily, who is almost 32 weeks old. I am married to a really awesome man named Joshua as well. I like to cook, craft and do DIY projects. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 10 years, and am currently being a stay at home mother to Lily.
- What made you want to start blogging?
I originally started blogging as an outlet to connect with other mothers when I was really struggling with post partum depression and anxiety. I have always wanted to write, and had a blog prior but had never really done much with it.
- What is your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
My favorite movie is called The War Room It speaks to me deeply because prayer is so incredibly important and God has been with me every single struggle I have ever had. He has never failed me.
- What did you want to do growing up and are you doing it now?
I realized in the 4th grade that I wanted to be a hairstylist. I got my license for that before I graduated high school, and I have been licensed to do that for almost 10 years. So yes, I have been doing it 🙂
My other dream was to always be a mommy. I recall playing house when I was younger and I just dreamed of having kids. That dream finally came true when we had Lily.
So, I am totally blessed that both of my dreams have totally come true!
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
Ha! I am so not the crazy type anymore. I suppose I could say that I used to drive when I was younger without a license? Does that even count?! I hope Lily doesn’t read this.
5. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I do not think so?
6. Why or why not?
Part of me is old fashioned and I don’t mind raising the kids and staying home and cooking. But I also believe in equal rights. My husband and I have a pretty awesome partnership worked out.
7. What was the best phase of your life?
There are a few.
The best time for me was moving away from home after high school and figuring out life on my own at a young age. It was also one of the hardest phases. I got to learn who I was as a person, and build my clientele and really do my life for me at that time.
Another one is the phase of my husband and I dating. We had been friends since 6th grade, and then got back together after high school and have been together since! We have had so much fun over the years and I love him so deeply!
The next of course is becoming a mother. It has taught me so much about life and myself that I never even knew existed. It has shown me a love I never knew existed.
8. What was the worst phase of your life?
I wouldn’t say it was the worst, but the hardest was probably my postpartum depression. You never know how that will affect you until you are in it, and it really made me feel like a bad mother. But, looking back, it has made me an incredible mother and taught me all of the strength I have and I know I am actually an amazing mother. It also got me blogging, which has turned into something so much for that just a “blog” for me. I have connected with so many women, and now I have friends and connections all over the country, which to me is quite incredible. I also now have so many plans for my website coming out in the future, and it is so exciting!!!