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Cancer Stories: Real Moms. Real Stories. Real Moments.

Posted by Joanne Ma on

  I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.                                              Douglas Adams I thought I had done my time with crisis 11 years ago when I had found myself in the grips of anxiety and depression. It was a journey...one that took months..years actually..to feel that we conquered that dragon. Those years were hard but I came out the other side with a deeper faith,...

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Real Moms. Real Stories. Real Moments: A Day In The Life of Joanne

Posted by Joanne Ma on

This was a particularly hard entry to write. Mostly because most of our diary entries are anonymous and if I had written this anonymously, I think I would have more to say. Even so, I truly wanted to finally share a little bit of my journey in motherhood in support of BC Women's Hospital Foundation and their efforts in raising funds for research in integrative mental health. It's not easy to talk about the overwhelming emotions that surrounds motherhood, especially when they're not positive... but I'm going to give it a shot in hopes that it can help another mama.  Just...

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Real Mothers. Real Stories. Real Moments: A Day in the Life of Jamie

Posted by Joanne Ma on

  Jamie Dunlop-Khau is a lifestyle blogger. She has three beautiful girls and the amazing thing is that they are all in different stages of their lives. One just started elementary school, while her second is in middle school, and her oldest in high school. If there was a mom that can truly appreciate every stage and developmental milestone of a girl from early childhood to a teenager... she would be it. They say it gets easier. I say... bullshit. I don't think parenting gets easier. I honestly think we've been scarred to worry for the rest of our lives....

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Real Mothers. Real Stories. Real Moments: A Day in the Life of Jen

Posted by Joanne Ma on

The journey in motherhood is different for everyone as we all walk in our paths. Although our paths are unique we often cross each other and not know it... unless we lift our heads up high enough to realize there's more of us on the map than we realize. What I mean is... we often feel like we're the only ones going through something so hard and difficult that it feels weird to talk about it. Weird because you're not too sure why you're feeling this way and may sometimes even feel ashamed of the overpowering emotions. That is, until...

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Real Mothers. Real Stories. Real Moments: A Day in the Life of Jessica

Posted by Joanne Ma on

Our first featured mama in this series is Jessica Birack. She is the successful owner and jewelry designer of Mint and Birch. With three kids under the age of 6, Jessica does all the designing, stamping, packaging, shipping, emailing, and everything in between at home so that she can be with her children while running her business. Jessica's shop can get extremely busy at times that she would have to often close up due to the overwhelming orders. One great thing about being a small business owner is that you can control the crazy. So when things get too much,...

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