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.
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.
"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).