Today we’d like to introduce you to Sammie Prescott.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sammie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve wanted to be a writer my whole life, but it was a dream I thought was impossible. When I was in the thick of postpartum depression and an identity crisis as a new Mom, I started a blog. The blog has turned into my community, and now a book. I get to share all the great, and also really terrifying things in parenthood with a sense of humor. I have two sweet boys and an incredible husband who supports me on every journey.
My mental illness both postpartum and life long struggles pushed me to want to advocate for women, and men struggling. In 2015, I found a group of women advocating for better postpartum depression awareness. That’s where my love for helping end the stigma with mental health began. I’ve worked hard to share my story openly, even when it’s really hard. The more we talk about and know about, the less shame can over. If even one Mom or Dad feels compelled to get help when they are struggling because of my story, then my job has been done. The opportunities from my connections in the maternal mental health community have changed my life, and my spirit.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Mental illness is a monster. It really is something so many of us deal with, but because of this world we live in- we’re afraid to reach out for help. Even myself, a mental health advocate, and writer struggled with wanting/needing to get better help this last year. Sometimes, you face plant hard, but that’s how we learn. I’ve had articles completely flop, my blog tank, and more rejection emails from publishers then I can count. I’ve been hurt, I’ve done the hurting, and I’ve learned. We all make massive mistakes in this life, and when you can own it, learn from it and move on, that’s when you’re the most human.
My advice to everyone right now is something that has taken me years, and a LOT of therapy to learn, and that’s love yourself. Embrace your wild, weird, and quirky. Love with your whole being, and put your talents out there. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but YOU are the only one who has to like tea.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a blogger, author, mother, and self-proclaimed sass master. I’m an advocate for mental illness, treatment, and de-stigmatizing mental health care. I’m funny, no but really. I love sharing the sticky side of parenting that comes with so much humor, and love. I’m so proud of my collection of essays that I published in my book “Nobody F#@&ing Told Me. ‘Mess’ays from Motherhood.” It’s full of real moments from this journey that I’m on. You’ll laugh and cry with me.
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Women are not taken seriously, and if you’re a mother, you are pushed to the side. I’ve been past up on writing opportunities because I have a family. I also think we as women need to do better in supporting each other. I see so many women tearing others down for their friends doing the “same things” they’re doing. We’re all here to change the world, we have to have each other’s backs.
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