Being a mother is hard work. Being a mother battling postpartum depression is ten times harder.
Sara Oblak-Speicher, an immigrant from Slovenia, moved to New York speaking very little English and determined to create a career where she had the freedom to visit her family back "home" whenever possible.
Oh, did I mention this fun fact....... she got married in a castle, ummmm yeah, I said a CASTLE!
After trying her hand at being a Virtual Assistant, Sara quickly discovered she hated being told what to do and realized she had a much bigger gift. She launched her business coaching service and did very well.
Things were going great until the birth of her second child. Sara started suffering after her child's birth and knew something wasn't right. She had experienced depression after leaving her homeland, but this was worse.
Sara lost interest in her business, her relationships and her self esteem was plummeting.
She recalls battling feelings of
And she knew her girls were watching her, her husband was counting on her and her business was imploding.
Sara took the bold step to talk to someone about her symptoms and discovered she was experiencing postpartum depression.
Sara began making small decisions that built upon themselves. She changed her eating, gained a bit more energy and found that each new day was "easier than the day before."
Once she felt more emotionally stable, Sara realized that she was at war with herself. Her business focused mind was clashing with her mommy mind and Sara was caught in the middle. The previous take-no-prisoners mindset didn't have the same value it did prior to her motherhood.
Sara realized that instead of denying that her motherhood was a value that could co-mingle with her career, she decided to integrate the two values and began helping other mothers "Build out their businesses without sacrificing their family lives."
Here's what I loved about this interview- Sara not only left her country to live in America, she hardly knew any English and left most of her family. Despite the dramatic climate, culture and other changes, she carved out her own niche and didn't accept anything less than she and her family deserved for her sacrifices. Sara loves her family with a passion and fierceness that bleeds over into her work with other women who struggle with being a mom and a badass business owner.
If Sara's story really hits home with you, you can find her here on her website SaraOblakSpeicher.com
You can also connect with her here on her Facebook Page
Photo Cred: Foto Aki
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