In today’s episode I am grateful to introduce you to master calligrapher, designer, seamstress, and foodie Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org as she opens up about something she has never shared in a public forum, her struggle with postpartum depression. She shares her story of how the negative comments of others during her pregnancy led her down a path to zero confidence as a mother even before the birth of her daughter and how she struggled for two years to feel that bond with her after she was born. Melissa describes the downward spirals of depression she experienced and expands on a multitude of things that has helped her to combat them to feel herself again. She also shares about her special needs son and how she had to accept that his deficiencies were not the result of her parenting skills. She emotionally shares a story of rescue that she experienced with him at a very difficult time which confirmed her belief in the need for a community of support and of God. Listen and be to create priorities in your life that will help you maintain or regain your mental health.
Want to know if this episode it for you? This episode is perfect for anyone who has suffered or is suffering from Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression or anxiety or has struggled with bonding with their children. This is also perfect for anyone with a child who has special needs. This episode is also fitting for a mom who struggles with putting her needs as a priority.
What is this episode about? In this episode you will learn about:
Melissaesplin.com “I Still Love You”
Melissa’s Instagram @melissapher
Melissa’s Instagram @calligraphyorg
Melissa’s crib entry on Design*Sponge
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I look forward to this podcast every Tuesday morning. I am thankful for those who share. We all have such different interests and stories yet there are things we all can relate to.
I am so happy to hear that Shelise!! Yes, it is beautiful how those LifeBeats connect us all. Thank you so much for being so supportive!!