It’s #FeatureFriday and this week I’m so excited to introduce you all the Meredith.
I met Meredith through Hot Mommas Hip Hop and fell in LOVE with her energy and enthusiasm. I’ll let you read her post, but this woman has gone through so major shit in her life and has found a way to work through it and rise to the top.
I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did, and be sure to reach out to her with any questions or comments you might have!
My name is Merideth, and I’m a mom to 2.5 (almost 3) year old wild child Lennon and step mom to Avery age 15 and Mackenzie age 18. I’m super blessed to have bonus babies and enjoy a blended family for the last 7.5 years! Oh and I’m almost 40!!🤪
I most recently closed my business of running a dance studio for 15 years and am shifting into a new career as a makeup artist and blogger. I have a passion project entitled “Kaleighs Cause” that’s a youth empowerment foundation connecting young women to extra curricular activities to help promote positive self esteem. And currently helping women have fun, and feel sexy teaching “Hot Mommas Hip Hop” with Royally Fit! As you can see my interests lye in helping women feel their best!!! Mind, booty and makeup.
Motherhood is everything and more than I thought it would be, in the best and worst ways. Yes it’s magical but also exhausting and isolating. And step motherhood is even more difficult to navigate as there’s not much advice or support for that community…. thanks to @jamiescrimgeour
for her platform! Motherhood has forced me to deal with my mental health and body dysmorphia issues and allowed me the space to give myself grace. After being diagnosed with PTSD from childhood trauma and recovering from serious body dysmorphia I know the importance of self care and that includes mental health.
Seek help if you feel like you’re struggling, as I can assure you you’re not alone. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my family. I continue to see a psychiatrist and my dr for regular mental health checkups and I take a daily med to keep me from having severe episodes. I’m no longer ashamed and am proud of the work I’ve done!
Some quick tips and tricks that have helped me:
- breathe… no for real take a deep breath or maybe 10 when you feel overwhelmed
- check in with yourself- do you need a break? Or 10 mins alone?
- take care of you first, you’re no good to anyone else if your cup is empty
- ask for help- others don’t know if you don’t ask!! Open the dialogue
- 10 minutes of stretching, walking, journaling, working out, meditation
- find things that make you feel instantly happy- for me that’s dancing
- shake it off… as Taylor would say!
Thank you so much to Lisa for having me as a part of this community, feel free to connect with me if any of this sounds like you too!