The journey that lead to the creation of Mamashine began when I was born. My own mother experienced postpartum depression which effected her so deeply that she despaired about how it would effect me as I grew up. My mother continued to deal with what turned into chronic depression well into my preteens.
Even though I had witnessed and experienced first hand the erosive effects of postpartum depression on families, I was not prepared when I found myself also going through postpartum depression. I started the vision of Mamashine during my first two years of motherhood as I struggled with depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and trying to find balance with the many aspects of my self and my life including the demands of needing to make an income.
As a holistic practitioner of Chinese medicine and a student of personal growth, I began my journey towards healing postpartum depression naturally. My efforts succeeded, culminating ultimately in the soon-to-be-released Natural Postpartum Depression Plan. But my journey evolved beyond my physical and mental health into learning how to address my overall sense of purpose both as a mother and as a woman.
I came to recognize that I needed to continue to pursue my own creative aspirations as a singer/songwriter and honor that it was important for my parenting that I be creatively fulfilled. I also had to figure out how to commit to my music while juggling everything else.
I embarked upon the quest to find what living my full potential meant in all aspects of my self: mother, artist, healer and woman. This led to a deep examination of the beliefs modern women have about motherhood, and what it means to be a “good” mother.
From this process within myself I saw the need to give support, permission, and inspiration to other women so they can create the lives they want and to help them navigate the challenges along the way. Mamashine embodies all that I have learned about restoring health after pregnancy, learning how to pursue ones passion, becoming a mindful and aware parent, and much more.
I am also currently working on my first EP with my band, Runaway Horse, to be released sometime in 2015. I live with my 10 year old son, husband, my mother, our cat and two dogs. I enjoy traveling, studying about health, practicing self-growth and spirituality and being in nature.
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I hope you will join me and all of us at Mamashine as we explore the wholeness of who we are.