Women of the Web Roundup
I’m bringing a new feature to the Sassy blog called “Women of the Web”. I will be compiling some inspiring and sassy women that I have come across through blogs, articles or features that I think you may like and find inspiring yourself. I always love finding new people to read about or follow along on their journey’s through life on their blogs.
This week I believe I would be remiss if I didn’t lend my voice to the other voices of women talking about depression and raising awareness about the importance of mental health. Robin Williams had many gifts. I can’t say anything more eloquent than what has been said already, but I believe a tremendous part of his legacy will be the fact that while he created so much joy for others, yet he was in a tremendous amount of pain himself.
I have suffered from both post-partum depression and depression at other times in my life since recovering from my post-partum depression. My journey is not unique, as you will read from the other women featured in this post. At the time of my suffering, I did feel I was unique. I didn’t feel like anyone understood. And frankly, at first, I didn’t understand what it was that I was feeling. I just thought I was a bad Mom.
I’m here to tell you that if you find yourself experiencing depression, there is always always someone who understands and who is willing to share their story. I read three posts this morning that I felt were authentic, brave and courageous- yet helpful at the same time. The more we talk about it and better understand how important mental health is, the more people will feel like they aren’t unique, they are loved and supported and that help is always available.
I read Crystal Paine’s blog for money saving tips, authentic posts about being a woman, wife and Mom and I enjoy her candor and realness. Her post about her post-partum journey, and that of a woman who shared her battle with Crystal, is genuine and real. My story is not that different. It’s an example of how anyone can be moved by our authenticity to share at any time. You can read Crystal’s blog post here.
Alysa is a registered dietitian, photographer, Mom, wife and celiac. I came across her blog because of my journey through gluten free eating and celiac testing. She shares some great photos on Instagram that I find fresh and inspiring. She put together a post highlighting some quotes and other blog posts around depression. Sometimes those of us who have gone through this disease need a reminder that we aren’t selfish. You can read Alysa’s post here.
I love Emmie. She’s sassy, stylish, real and has been through so much in her life and just keeps going. I find her mind-blowing inspiring. Her Transparent Tuesday post from yesterday is extremely truthful about what it means to take medication for depression, what it means to go on this journey and why depression is nothing to be ashamed of. You can read Emmie’s post here.
I hope that this post and those that the other women have written help shine a light for you, even if you don’t see one. The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. If you need assistance finding resources, or talking to someone, reach out to your local Crisis Services Center. They can help you find the resources that you need and listen when you need it most.
One last reminder courtesy of Maria Shriver’s Facebook post yesterday: