Divine Mother Leah { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Let’s be Honest

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Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of August Session 1 }

{ Leah }

Let’s be Honest

“It’s been a whole new adventure. You go in thinking you know what you’re going to do and realize you’re just making it up as you go along. And then you wonder if your parents know what you were doing. They had no idea. I thought, ‘Oh, my mom knows everything…’

I wouldn’t trade this adventure for the world. It’s been wonderful.”

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“It’s hard. People say it’s hard, but you don’t realize how difficult those hard moments are. I think the hardest part for me has been coming to grips with all the changes. The changes in my life. The changes in my marriage. The changes in my body. It’s been hard for me. That’s why I wanted to do this. You have to love your body.

I feel hypocritical. I tell everyone how postpartum bodies are so magical and they did something amazing, but when it comes to my own… I hate it. But I tell myself, you can’t love everyone else’s bodies and hate your own. That’s crazy. We’re so self critical.”

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“Being a mother is a new aspect of my personality I didn’t know anything about. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to have children because I worried I would be a horrible mother. It took meeting my husband, he loves children so much and watching him made me want to be like that too. I wanted to have a family with him. I’m very glad I did because it came easier than I thought it would. Not that it’s been easy.

It changes who you think you are and I think that’s a good thing. I’ve learned things about myself that I love.

I drive safer, think more long term. It just changes how I think and operate because I want to be around when he grows up.

It changes the way you look at the world. When I read the newspaper articles, I go, oh my god, we have to change that because if that’s around when my kid grows up… It just changes the way you view the world.”

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“I think I like the person I’m becoming. I think it’s made me a better person in the end. At the beginning I was a little sad. A mourning for a part of yourself that is lost in some ways. You have moments of ‘who is this?’. But I definitely wouldn’t change anything. I much prefer the person I’ve become.

I feel like when you become a mom there’s this expectation of needing to be perfect and if you’re not mom’s beat themselves up. And I do it as well. I know that I mess up all the time and that’s ok.”

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“I saw my mother struggle for years trying to achieve this image of the perfect working mother that she could never quite achieve. Until one day she realized what she was doing to  herself  and she became very happy. It took her three children… three children and one marriage later, to figure that out.

I like to see people be more honest with themselves.”

Leah, thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing part of your story with us.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Leah participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of August Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015, by : Lotus_Lili

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