Becoming a mother creates a huge change in our lives. Sometimes we’re just caught off guard, and at one point we don’t even recognize ourselves anymore…

This is exactly what happened to Erin Girouard. She went through postpartum anxiety with her first pregnancy and got pregnant during the global pandemic. In both events Erin lost herself to motherhood. Until one day she decided to take control, and that’s when she turned her life around back to the person she was.

Her story is every mom’s story. In the beauty of motherhood, a lot of  times we find ourselves giving everything we have, just because that’s what moms do. And slowly, we just lose who we are pre-motherhood.

Erin takes us on a journey of learning to find yourself. Amidst trials in motherhood, the global pandemic, and postpartum anxiety. She managed to make herself better and inspire women like her.

You don’t need to add more time in the day. There’s already enough time in the day you need to drop things in your day to create the time.-  There’s No Plan B From Your Game

In this episode:

[3:38] Erin is the Program Director of Mommy Connections, Ottawa.

[3:42] Mommy Connections is a national organization and a community of new moms that help each other with resources, connections, and programs for moms’ needs.

[5:33] Four years ago, she experienced postpartum anxiety.

[6:27] Joining the program made her realize that there are women who felt the exact same way as her. She is not alone.

[12:10] For pet lovers, after having a baby, there could also be a change of relationship with their pets.

[14:30] She talks about her struggles when she has postpartum anxiety.

[15:26] Sleep Deprivation leads to hallucination.

[16:25] During her second pregnancy, she was better prepared with a better support system.

[17:47] Then COVID happened. Nothing went according to plan.

[18:05] The postpartum was starting to creep back, triggered by the global pandemic.

[18:46] She decided to take control over her anxiety.

[20:02] In a couple of weeks she started to see positive changes in her life.

[21:39]  Becoming a mother pushed her to make some changes, including quitting drinking wine whenever she felt anxious.

[22:40] The feeling of accomplishment she felt after finishing her first workout fueled her to do it again and not quit.

[27:12] She realized that taking care of herself now will benefit her family in the future.

[34:43] Find time to workout despite a busy schedule.

[37:18] It’s difficult to commit to doing in the beginning but will eventually become easier when it becomes a habit.

[38:01] In their community of women, they get to motivate each other.

[41:22] Becoming a mom shouldn’t limit you from doing things you used to do pre-motherhood.

[43:06] Deciding to workout taught Erin that she is more than just being a mom, but realizing who she is as a person and as a result made her a better mom.

[45:01] Giving birth in the time of pandemic, inspired Erin to become a better mother. Despite the terrible things happening, she took control of her life.

[46:20] This year, new moms need more support and more connections even if it’s just virtual.

[48:16] Erin didn’t intend to create a group for women, but by sharing her story, moms were inspired and joined her. 

[49:52] She started with her personal growth reading.

[54:18] There’s No Plan B From Your Game – You don’t need to add more time in the day. There’s already enough time in the day you need to drop things in your day to create the time

About Erin

Erin is a mother of two and a businesswoman. She is also the Program Director of Mommy Connections, Ottawa. A national organization and a community of new moms that help each other with resources, connections, and programs for moms’ needs.

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