#OwnItCampaignI wanted to share my story…

I am through the other side of Post Natal Depression. For a long time I always had in the back of my mind, “I WISH I’d been happier… bonded with my baby … I’d done this differently”… but you know what? No more wishing, I’ve moved to accepting. Accepting that PND is just another aspect of my journey to becoming a Mum. Accepting that I am who I am. There’s no point looking back and having regrets. What has happened has made me a better person and I’m volunteering for organisations that help new Mums out. I’m getting to work from home doing what I love (www.facebook.com/bemyguestnz!) with my wee dude, who I now love so, SO much. I have gotten into a Mums & Bubs fitness group with an amazing group of inspirational women, so real and funny… and the endorphins have helped me immensely. While I’ve gotten into shape as a byproduct of this… it’s the mental side of it that has been the biggest transformation.  I’m Amanda, I have PND, and I #ownit

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The #OwnIt Campaign shares encouraging stories of people who are ‘owning’ their stories.  It can be body-image related, personal-history related, or any personal struggle you have ‘owned’ and gained confidence from that action.  You can read more about the campaign by clicking here.  Use the hashtags #OwnItCampaign and #OwnIt to be featured or email ownitcampaign@gmail.com. **NOTE** It’s important you use the #ownitcampaign hashtag so we can search through that hashtag later to see your story.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown