Hey Yes God Family,
I hope you are doing well and finding joy and gratitude in your present moment.
In all transparency, my emotions have been in flux.
Actually let me be real. The first week home I started crying because my husband didn’t hear me ask him to bring something downstairs. As a matter of fact I found myself sobbing profusely several times a day.
The 4th trimester is likely one of the most vulnerable times in a woman’s life. Pregnancy itself is an extremely emotional experience where many hormonal changes are occurring that have a physical, mental and emotional effect. It’s normal to feel down, sad, upset, overwhelmed and anxious. A grieving process often happens since you are no longer pregnant. When it goes past two weeks it could be an indication of a postpartum “mood disorder” often referred to as postpartum depression. I am SO happy and grateful I am coming out of it (hence you’re receiving this email)
It’s such a conundrum because you’re experiencing all of this immediately following bringing life into the world, which is a triumphant experience which brings great joy.
Emotions are not linear and you can be joyous and in pain at the same time.
I know that what I’m describing aren’t just symptoms of postpartum either, some of us struggle with
- Hormonal imbalances that can seem downright paralyzing
- Circumstances that seem hopeless
- Spaces in life that cripple us with fear and depression
- External circumstances that feel as if we’re drowning in despair
I want to invite you to join me in intentionally releasing whatever we may have been holding onto that’s not serving us. On 12/30/2020 at 9:30 PM EST, I am going to be hosting (and doing) the Postpartum 2020 – Virtual Steam SessionWe are going to be setting intentions for 2021 as we reflect on the good we can take from 2020.
2020 was a year that none of us expected for various reasons. It brought about a “new normal” and demanded that we let go of the reality we once knew. In some ways that was a beautiful and rewarding process, in others we had to surrender and face truths that may have been excruciating.
From seemingly menial events, to life changing ones. It’s important to honor and appreciate the present moment while still digging, searching and sometimes even fighting to find something to be grateful for.
Undoubtedly we have all had to practice the art of surrender. Much like giving birth and being in the postpartum phase of pregnancy, it’s so important to lean into God and the faith that “this too shall pass”.
I love you all and I pray that you use this Sunday to prepare for this upcoming week while also making space for rest and rejuvenation.
I hope to see you soon,
With So Much Love,