Lauren Elizabeth has found the whimsical side of motherhood and it's finn-tastic—even when reality means fantasy.
It's not always easy being a stay-at-home mom. And sometimes it's not all that rewarding or fun, either. There were definitely days when my kids were little that I daydreamed about doing pretty much anything else. Like becoming a trapeze artist. Or a sky dancer. Or a mermaid. But while my magical visions never did turn into reality, Lauren Elizabeth's did.
Lauren is the brainchild—or as she calls herself, the Stay at Home Mermaid—behind Hello Whimzy, a lifestyle blog that's all about indulging the fun side of parenting. Just check out some of the amazing things she's posted on her Instagram.
Where my multitaskin' mermaid mamas at?! Happy hump day! Hang in there. It's almost the weekend. I got a cold Diet Coke and some chocolate covered coconut almonds that's gonna get me through the day. What's saving your bacon today?
A post shared by Lauren Elizabeth ✨FINfluencer (@hellowhimzy) on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:52am PDT
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So fun, right?
Lauren writes on her website that her goal with the posts is to encourage readers to find happiness and joy for their families and for themselves by indulging in their whimsical side, no matter how silly it may seem.
"Whether it's performing as a professional mermaid, (seriously!) planning parties, crafting, or finding activities for the little ones, it is my hope you will find things here that make you fly," she explains. "What is life without a little Whimzy?"
Amen! Of course, even't mermaids aren't immune to the trials and tribulations of parenting, and Lauren admitted in a recent blog post that she's no stranger to feelings of inadequacy, failure and sadness.
*Edit* I loved this topic so much I wrote a blog post on it. Link in profile. • Buckle up folks. It's about to get real up in here. These last few days have been tough. Like really tough. To a point where I just feel like I'm drowning. I'm no stranger to these feelings of inadequacy, failure or sadness. In fact, I've been medicated for it for a while now. It's not fun and I venture to guess a lot of other ladies struggle with this too. I wanted to share a few things I've learned to help pull me out of the slumps. 1. Talk to someone about it. Whether it's a doctor, a friend or family member (or me!) talking about your feelings helps you know you aren't alone. There's strength in numbers and I find it easier to serve other people who are feeling down and in return, I feel better as well. Win win! 2. Find something to laugh about. I love to laugh. I liiiiive for it. Just being able to really belly laugh a few times a day lifts my spirits immensely. Turn on a tv comedy you like and listen to it in the background as you get stuff done, or listen to a funny podcast (I like The Moth and Myths and Legends) 3. Change up your appearance. A lot of times I feel like a slob and not my best self. I find if I get up, do my make up and hair I feel better. And when that isn't enough I do something semi drastic, like get bangs, try out a new bright lipstick or even put a little (washable) color in my hair. Or I go drastic... I've chop my hair- or dyed it pink. Haha. Something to make me feel like, "whoa, I look goooood"- it makes me FEEL good too. 4. Dance it out. Sometimes just blasting the Disney music or today's top 10 songs and shakin my groove thing relieves stress and helps me chill out a little more. Plus the kids like it and everyone is all smiles. It's a great way to reset the day. • I honestly could go one about this topic so I will be turning this into a blog post soon. *Edit* The post is up! Link in profile. But I want to know what you're struggling with and what things YOU have found to pull from the doldrums? There's no reason we have to do this on our own!
A post shared by Lauren Elizabeth ✨FINfluencer (@hellowhimzy) on Jun 28, 2017 at 12:32pm PDT
"For years I've been depressed and had various forms of anxiety," she explained. "You wouldn't really know it from the things I post, but it's true. Being a stay at home mom, (or mermaid) I find my life is devoted to my three little munchkins. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want it ANY other way. But sometimes I find it hard when so much of my time and energy is put towards serving them and finding ways to take care of myself is kind of on the back burner."
So relatable! We all have those days, don't we? Lauren then goes on to share a few things she's learned to help pull her out of what she calls "the slumps"—things like finding something to laugh about, talking to someone, learning something new, and getting help if you need it.
"Being a mom is hard. Being a woman is hard. Being a mermaid is hard," she explained. "Life is just... hard. But isn't it nice to know that you aren't tackling it alone?"
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She's right. None of us have to struggle alone. The good news is that depression can be treated, and getting help is the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones. If you think you may be depressed, see your doctor. And if you need help right away, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).