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Opening Up about Post Natal Depression

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The  J O Y  –  T R I B E … is a gathering of the beautiful souls who have enriched my life through blogging and connecting. Every now and then I will share a little interview, or simply some of the ways that someone has made the world a better place.

Yvette documents her experience of severe post natal depression openly through her blog ‘She is Sacred‘ and her social media. I have so much admiration and respect for the people who choose to do this, they are shining the light that is needed by those still trapped in their darkness.

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I asked Yvette to share a little more about herself and you can find all of her online homes after her lovely interview:

Where in the world do you call home?

I live in Sydney with my son and husband.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words:

Passionate. Busy. Caffeinated.

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to document my journey with severe Post Natal Depression, the struggles with motherhood, and especially my battle with the deluded idea of “The Perfect Mother” and how it all came crashing down. I have been able to mask my life so it looked like I was happy, I have control of everything, when really it was the complete opposite, in real life and on social media.

How do you want people to feel when they read your words and stories?

My writing is quite emotive, I literally pour my soul and exactly how I feel. I hope that my readers do not feel alone, or understand what a person is going through with mental illnesses and a not so perfect life.

If you could choose any icon to become the Ambassador for your blog who would you choose and why?

Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald) for sure, she was a wife, and a mother who went through so many mental illness issues. And her writing, is so powerful, so inspiring. Her words have comforted me and inspired me over the years.

What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?

Compassion. Teach them to be kind, to be open minded, to be a good decent human being. There isn’t enough decent human beings in this world – we need more, thus beginning with our children.

How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?

I love getting pampered. Even if it means getting a manicure, or a massage. I love having that time out to unwind and forget about the busy and hectic schedules.

I also love to meditate. It has taken me ages to do get into a routine. Just 10 minutes a day every morning I meditate and I feel so much more refreshed.

Is there a charity or cause that you are currently aligned with or that you are planning to support through your work in the future?

At this stage no, I would love to support a charity permanently rather then donating here and there on certain awareness days.

What has been your greatest lesson in life so far?

There are so many lessons in life, they will throw at you in every testament. The greatest lesson for me is not to take anything for granted. Life is so short, so precious, and should ideally be fun especially in the country we live in. Don’t be selfish, try and give back, especially to those in need. There is so much destruction and sadness everyday and it is saturated on television and on the world wide web.

Yvette’s Favourites:

Treat: Dark chocolate or pepperoni pizza

Person: My husband

Colour: Gold

Word: Love

Memory: When i met my husband, we were neighbours and met on our rooftop

Magazine: Vogue

Blog: There are a few favourites for me!

Mum Humour: Hugzilla

Embracing Motherhood in all aspects: Motherhood Rising

Lifestyle: The Tig

Quote:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand,

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,

And Eternity in an hour.”

(Excerpt from Auguries of Innocence by William Blake)

Smell: Peonies and Lavender

Song: Don’t have a favourite, I have way too many favourites!

You can find Yvette in her lovely online homes here:

Blog

Facebook

Instagram

Watch this space for more of the … J O Y   T R I B E

with-joy-lisa

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