My name is Samantha and I am the wife to my amazing husband and the mother to my beautiful baby girls, Avery Jean (3) and Grace (1) and our Golden Retriever Murphy (6). We have also added five hens to our family; Dolly, Fancy, Hei Hei, Moana and Spotty. If you can’t tell our three year old was really into the movie Moana at the time!
I decided to start Lovely Jean blog because I have, and still am, struggling with issues that I know so many women deal with like self body shaming, anxiety and depression, OCD and most recently Postpartum Depression (both pregnancies).
It took me a long time to realize that my mental health issues were just like that of someone who struggles with diabetes or any other physical illness and to fully accept that meant to fully accept and love myself.
I have seen firsthand the negative stigma that comes along with mental health issues and I am tired of it. I have dealt with these diseases for the majority of my life and I want to open the dialogue to women out there and share anything I can to help someone struggling. It doesn’t always have to be so heavy and you don’t have to fight alone. So my hopes for this blog are this; To educate, bring awareness and also share what helps me day in and day out. Some posts will be messy and deep and others will be light, airy and full of sunshine.
This blog is cathartic for me as well so I will be blogging about anything that I feel like 🙂 and hopefully you can all take something away from this safe space.
I look forward to sharing with all of you and remember, show some gratitude to the woman in the mirror – she is your best friend!
Lovely Jean Co