Many of you know that I was diagnosed with post-partum depression late last summer. But as I’ve delved into my past with my therapist, I’ve discovered that depression has been a part of my life much longer than I thought.
I didn’t know that depression contributed to the mood swings that made me feel unlovable. I didn’t know that depression distorted my reflection into something deeply unattractive. And I didn’t know that depression made me truly believe that I didn’t deserve anything nice.
With things finally looking up for me, I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to accept the love of friends and family. I’m ready to feel beautiful. And, at twenty-seven years old, I’m finally ready to treat myself right.
So What’s My Plan?
This year, I’m committing myself to something I’m calling Twelve Month to a Better Woman. It’s not a New Year’s Resolution, but a revolution in the way I think about myself and present myself to the world.
What are my goals?:
- Learning to take care for and take pride in my physical appearance
- Discovering myself
- Sacrificing for others in healthy ways
- Organizing my life
- Growing my relationships
- Balancing my family’s needs with my needs
- Stewarding my possessions
- Being more self-sufficient
- Getting involved in my community and world
- Discovering culture
- Learning to relax
- Giving to others
For the first time in my life, I’m going to take my self-improvement project step-by step. By committing myself to a whole year of learning to enjoy my life, I can meet measurable goals month-by-month—instead failing to change myself all at once.
Two Ways to Get Involved
My quest to be a better woman and wife isn’t just for myself. I want to share what I learn with other women—and to learn from them, too. That’s why I’m inviting you to participate.
1. I’ll be accepting guest posts on each month’s topics any time during the month. Find out more about guest submissions.
2. Join in on your own blog with our monthly link-up. Anytime during the month, link up your posts about the month’s topic. At the end of the month, I’ll host a special round up with your best suggestions.
I’m twenty-seven years old and I’m ready to be the woman, wife, and mother I want to be. Stay tuned!