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Conversations with the Inspiring Graeme Seabrook

Today we’d like to introduce you to Graeme Seabrook.

Graeme, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got pregnant and then I got sick.
Depression came for me during my first pregnancy and it never truly let go. I also had a traumatic birth, which led to PTSD and anxiety. It’s a super fun combo.

I went to therapy, I was medicated, I went to support groups and I reached out as much as I could looking for a connection. So many moms reached back. Online, in person, on the phone, by text – it was other mothers who saved my life and they did it over and over and over again. So, as I started to heal, I also began to reach back and try to help moms who were still in the darkness that was just escaping.

And all this time, I was waiting for motherhood to “click”, for it to make sense. I had wanted to be a mom my entire life and I was sure that as soon as I was healthy it would be easy, or at least, it would be less impossible.

That never happened. And I started to listen to the stories of moms who didn’t have a maternal mental illness, all the moms who I thought had it so easy. They were frustrated, guilt-ridden, and exhausted by the same things I was! That’s when it began to click for me that it isn’t that I’m weak or broken, it’s that the way we’re doing motherhood is broken.

Has it been a smooth road?
All I knew, in the beginning, was that I wanted to find a way to help moms and also help support my family. I had no idea how to do that or even what, exactly, I was going to do!

Getting my training and certification in life coaching was the easy part. Convincing mothers to spend the time and money on themselves doing something that is focused on themselves – that has been the hardest part. There was a ton of business advice out there, but very little that made sense for me and for my audience.

The biggest business lesson I learned was to look for people who shared my values, who understand my audience, and who are thriving. Don’t get caught up in how much so and so is making or how big an audience someone has and go running to them for advice.

The more clarity I have on who I am, what I believe, and how I can help – the better business is.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am certified as a life coach, but really what I do is mom moms.

I offer guidance and support for mothers tackling a range of issues from burnout and overwhelm from the mental load of motherhood to big life changes like divorce, graduation, or going back to work, and less concrete things like remembering who they are and finding their spark again.

I offer 1-1 coaching and I also run group courses a few times each year, but the majority of my work is done inside The Mom Center. TMC is a private social network just for moms. It functions a lot like Facebook or Twitter – there are a website and an app where you can post things, meet people, and get support. But it’s for moms only and it also comes with weekly prompts from me and monthly video chats with the entire community. Do you know that village everyone talks about needing? I created an online version of it and it is my very favorite place to be.

I’m also a writer and a speaker. My focus is on motherhood, mental health, and how patriarchy and capitalism are impacting modern motherhood. I love traveling and speaking to moms, I love that moment when they realize that they don’t have to judge themselves so harshly.

The Momfirmations Deck was born from my writing and speaking. There were certain phrases that I used over and over again because I deeply believe them. Those sayings became affirmations and then Momfirmations. The deck has been deliciously illustrated by my great friend Natalyn Bradshaw, and I am so proud of it!

I also launched a podcast this year because having two kids, writing, coaching, traveling, and selling the Momfirmations Deck wasn’t enough! No really, it’s because of all of these amazing moms that I know. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I am blown away by the mothers in my life. And I just wanted to share them with as many folks as I could. And honestly, a lot of my mom friends don’t live here in Colorado – they’re all over the world. So, having this podcast has been a great excuse to schedule time with them.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I’ve loved the theatre and performing since I was a tiny kid. I studied it all my life and my father never really understood it. He has a Ph.D. and he was an educator for over 50 years. To him, it was never a serious study. But I am so grateful that he supported me even though he couldn’t understand it because now I can give talks and interviews no matter how much my anxiety or depression are fighting me. I learned so much about showing up through my theatre studies and I’ve used something from them in every job I’ve ever had.

Pricing:

  • The Mom Center is $35/month or $350/year for membership

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