Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariesha Braley.
Mariesha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Becoming a mother was a very hard transition for me. I had left my career of 13 years and jumped right into being a stay at home mom. Between the hormones, the lack of sleep and the massive identity shift, I experienced a deep postpartum depression that lasted a little over a year. Being overwhelmed with mom life, I really struggled to remember who I was and what I had loved about my life. But then, I slowly started to reconnect with what had previously brought me joy, like writing, fashion, and makeup. And I thought starting a blog would be a wonderful fusion of that and the perfect creative outlet for me in this stage of life.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been easy, but it has been rewarding. I had to learn new skill sets like photography and all the technical aspects of what goes into creating and maintaining a website. It has required a new level of discipline and consistency that I had to fold into my already busy routine. But when I get discouraged, I consider how far I have come and then, I vision cast about where I will be in a year or five years.
Please tell us about your work.
I set out to share my love for fashion and makeup, but shortly after, I started blogging, I had two miscarriages back to back. I have been writing about grief and miscarriage support and it has really seemed to resonate with others. There has been a special kind of grace for me to be vulnerable and invite others into our grief and fertility journey. I still share about fashion and beauty, but it has been good to get deep with motherhood and fertility too.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
I love connecting with other influencers on social media. Start a little chat group with your favorite influencers and cultivate a space where you can share ideas and be free with the information that has helped you.
- Website: www.pursuingthebeautiful.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marieshabraley
@nicolenoelphotography (for the first picture with the floral backdrop)