*Are you happy at the moment?
I am content – I am getting better after a 2 1/2 year battle with postpartum depression.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
If I could say anything to my sixteen year old self I would say, you never know what life is going to throw at you, but it’s always best to face it head on and let others help you. Don’t hide away, if you want good things in life you have to fight through the dark times.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The most important thing I’ve learned this year is that no matter how dark and at an end things may seem, there’s always some light in the dark to guide you back out.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I’d really love to see my blog, www.mummyitsok.wordpress.com become a popular blog for those who suffer with postpartum depression. Where people can come and find hope in their journey, and share their own personal stories. On a personal level I’d love to get a good night’s sleep, fingers crossed the toddler starts to sleep better!
*What’s your secret to happiness?
My secret to happiness is to keep your loved ones close and cherish every moment you have with them. Do what makes you and your family happy and don’t worry about anyone else.
*What is the one ritual or practice that keeps you grounded?
Changing toddler nappies – yep that keeps you grounded in reality alright!
*What’s your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is not seeking help for my postpartum depression until my little one was 18months old. If I had I feel I may have already finished my journey and not lost so much time enjoying my little one.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I am teaching my little man to enjoy his life and try out new things. It doesn’t matter if you decide you don’t like it or aren’t very good – at least you tried and gave it ago.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I guess I would have to say my snoring – my husband always complains about the noise!
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud that I am a survivor of postpartum depression. That I fought it and won, so that I can be me again. It’s great to not feel lost anymore.
*When were you happiest?
The happiest moment in my life was the day I held my son and felt that rush of love for him that I should have always felt – but was robbed of by the postpartum depression. I’ll never forget that feeling of love – I can’t describe it – I guess that’s what a mother’s love is – endless.
*Which 10 words best describe you?
Loving, Mother, Caring, Helpful, Hard-Working, Truthful, Opinionated, Loyal, Fighter, Sore-Loser
Julie Seeney is a mother of one who has suffered with postpartum depression. She is the creator of #pndstar on Twitter Fridays at 7.30pm (London UK Time). You can follow her on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. You can also check out her blog at mummyitsok.com.