Who Am I? Shannon's Story

When I read Lindsey's post about Who Am I and her identity struggles after she became a mom, I wanted to have each member of our team open up a bit about who we are as individuals, parents and women.

This month, it's my turn.

As many of you know, Sweet Stella's started because I lost my identity when I became a mom in 2010. I needed something that was mine. Something that I could pour my heart and soul into and let go of the stigma that followed my postpartum depression, anxiety and rage.

Little did I know that losing my identity was exactly what I needed to really find who was hiding inside. Sometimes, it takes something really humbling, something scary to make you dig deep and get to know yourself again.

So, who am I?

I'm a woman. I'm a creator, an artist.

I'm a free spirit with a wild heart. I refuse to be told what I can't do.

I'm a mom. A mom who puts herself first, who loves to lift weights and hike, and a glass of prosecco. A mom whose kids drive her nuts from time to time, and who loves to sing them Yesterday every night at bedtime.

I am me.

Unapologetically. Authentically. Hippie heart and all.

It's taken me a very long time to get here. I've had to be broken to find myself, but I did. I found myself and I'm so happy I did.

Who are you?