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The Path of Self-Discovery: Embracing Motherhood and Infertility


A shift occurs between the first negative and positive test results. Initially, you eagerly anticipate a positive outcome, but gradually begin assuming it will be negative. Amid multiple doctor visits, constant pregnancy test usage, and meticulously timed intercourse, you may have overlooked interests beyond researching pregnancy methods.

Following the moment of receiving a positive test, new fears replace the previous ones, extending throughout the subsequent months. In the midst of sleepless nights and numerous diaper changes, you may even question, "When did I last have a chance to shower?"

Nurturing Well-Being: The Foundation of Self-Discovery

With all the new changes of motherhood who has time for any semblance of a hobby? Furthermore, through all of this, you may have woken up one day and thought who am I outside of being someone's Mom and someone's partner?

Life can often take us on an unexpected journey, and as mothers, we can easily find ourselves absorbed in the beautiful chaos of caring for our loved ones. However, it's crucial to remember that nurturing our well-being and rediscovering ourselves is essential for personal growth and fulfillment.

In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of self-care and provide practical tips to help you reconnect with yourself, find balance, and embark on a journey of rediscovery. It can be easy to let guilt stand in the way, but I'm here to help you navigate the process. By incorporating these practices into your daily life, you can nurture personal growth, find balance, and reignite your sense of purpose.

Let's embrace the power of self-care and unlock the beauty of self-discovery!

Prioritizing Well-Being: A Solid Foundation

The first part of any journey of self-care starts with prioritizing your well-being. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish but necessary for your physical, emotional, and mental health. Make sleep a priority, fuel your body with nourishing foods, and engage in regular exercise to keep your energy levels high. Prioritize activities that bring you joy and relaxation. By nourishing your well-being, you create a solid foundation for self-discovery.

It is recommended to try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. While that may not always be possible with nightly disruptions try taking naps during the day to compensate for lack of sleep. It's crucial for new mothers to prioritize sleep and rest whenever possible to support their physical and mental well-being during this period of adjustment.

To fuel your body with nourishing foods, focus on whole foods and plan and prepare meals in advance whenever feasible. Opt for snacks that are rich in nutrients to provide sustained energy. Establishing a manageable routine that includes sufficient sleep, proper hygiene, and nutritious meals is key. Additionally, aim to incorporate 15-30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, which can be split into smaller increments if needed.

  • Create a manageable routine

  • Make sleep, hygiene, and proper nutrition a priority.

  • Fit in 15-30 minutes of exercise a day. (Note it can be broken up, it doesn't have to be all at the same time)

Self-Reflection and Journaling: Exploring Your Thoughts

Self-discovery is exploring your thoughts about who you were before, and who you are today. One way you can do this is through journaling. By capturing your innermost thoughts you can self-reflect and become more self-aware. Try setting aside a few moments each day to write in a journal, simply allowing your thoughts and emotions to flow freely. Doing this can help you find a sense of clarity. If free writing is not for you explore different writing prompts.

  • Find a time that works for your schedule

  • Start with a minimum of 5 mins, try to shoot for 15-30 mins a day.

  • Write whatever comes to mind, or look for journal prompts

Meditation and Mindfulness: Finding Stillness and Clarity

Another way you can do this is through meditation, similar to writing in a journal, you can simply set aside a few minutes each day to find stillness. You can do this by finding a quiet place to let go of distractions and practicing deep breathing exercises. Throughout my journey, I have enjoyed listening to Circle and Bloom, if quiet is not possible or simply not for you. In addition to Circle and Bloom, other programs like Headspace and Calm are great. Through regular meditation, you can enhance self-awareness, reduce stress, and gain clarity on your path of self-discovery. Ask yourself meaningful questions, such as "What brings me joy?" or "What are my core values?" Reflecting on your experiences and thoughts can provide clarity, promote personal growth, and guide you toward a more authentic and fulfilling life.

  • Find a quiet place

  • Start with a minimum of 5 mins, try to shoot for 15-30 mins a day.

  • Focus on your breathing, and letting your mind go

Exploring Hobbies: Reigniting Passions and Rediscovering Yourself

In motherhood, it's easy to lose sight of your interests and passions. Step out of your comfort zone and explore new hobbies that spark joy within you. Whether it's swimming, rock climbing, painting, or any other activity that piques your interest, allow yourself the freedom to try something new. You can also revisit old hobbies and interests. By reconnecting with your previous passions, you can reignite a sense of fulfillment and rediscover parts of yourself that may have been dormant.

In addition to exploring hobbies and engaging in new activities, another powerful way to nurture self-discovery is through exercising and spending time in nature. Henry David Thoreau said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Nature has a remarkable ability to nurture our souls and provide a sense of grounding. Spend time outdoors, going for a walk, starting a garden, or simply sitting by the beach. Fresh air and a little exercise can bring clarity, peace, and a renewed sense of purpose on your journey of self-discovery.

Moreover, while exploring hobbies and spending time in nature are powerful methods for self-discovery, it's equally important to recognize the transformative impact of connecting with like-minded individuals. Cultivating a supportive community of individuals who share similar interests, values, or life experiences can greatly enhance your growth journey.

  • Choose something that interests you

  • Start with a beginners mindset / set realistic goals

  • Join a community

Exercising and Nature: Finding Clarity and Peace

Remember that there is a power in connecting with like-minded individuals, finding other moms and engaging in meaningful conversations can offer new perspectives and foster personal growth. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who uplift and empower you. Seek out local or online groups of individuals who share similar interests, values, or life experiences. Engaging in meaningful conversations, sharing insights, and offering support can be a catalyst for self-discovery. Connecting with others who understand your journey of self-discovery and motherhood can provide validation, encouragement, and fresh perspectives.

  • Disconnect from technology

  • Aim for at least 15 mins

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Practice Leave No Trace

Respect and preserve the natural environment by practicing Leave No Trace principles. Take care not to disturb or damage plants and wildlife, and be mindful of litter. Leave the natural space as you found it, or even better, consider picking up any trash you come across to leave it cleaner than before. Learn more by clicking here.

Don't forget through this process that you before infertility, and you through pregnancy and to now are all versions to be celebrated. You have traveled a unique path to get here. It's okay that we have changed. We are strong, we are fighters. Some days we may feel broken still, but we are forever growing stronger. I know I am not the only one that still feels sadness around our journey. While I am overjoyed at having my daughter there are times I still mourn the child that may have been. I still mourn the painful parts of my journey and the many parts that went far from the vision I had planned. It's ok to feel that pain, as long as you are not dwelling on that pain. Be kind to yourself and allow room for self-compassion. We are in a state of constant learning, changing, and growing. Trust your instincts and make choices that align with yourself and are overall right for your family. Don't forget to define your version of motherhood, and resist the urge to compare yourself to others.

Remember, it's an ongoing process, and each day brings an opportunity for growth.

Rediscovering yourself through self-care is transformative and empowering. By dedicating time and energy to your well-being, you are not only investing in yourself but also creating a positive ripple effect that will benefit those around you. Remember, you are worthy of love, care, and personal growth. Prioritize yourself, engage in mindful practices, explore your passions, connect with supportive communities, reflect on your journey, and embrace self-reflection. Self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for personal growth. Nurture yourself, listen to your inner voice, and embark on the journey of rediscovery. Take the first step today and embrace the incredible person you are. Let go of guilt, embrace self-discovery, and unlock the transformative power of self-care.

Remember to share your self-discovery tips using the hashtag #AllAboutThatAddie and inspire others to embark on their paths of self-discovery.

Keep exploring, growing, and rediscovering the incredible person you are!

Thanks for reading,



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Hello there! I'm Angie, and I appreciate you taking the time to visit. I proudly embrace the role of being a mom to a delightful 20-month-old, while also embarking on a personal journey of self-discovery. Moving forward, I intend to delve into a wide range of topics, such as our daily routines, effective cleaning strategies, and dive deeper into our adventures with ASQ-3 Testing, helmet usage, and any other exciting aspects that arise along the way.

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