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June – You Are Not Alone

June – You Are Not Alone

Motherhood came at me like a giant wall of loneliness.

I felt isolated, afraid and like so many of my feelings needed to stay locked inside of me. They seemed far too negative for what was supposed to be a joyous occasion. I closed myself off and shut down.

But then, in my loneliness I found some other mothers.

As I spent time with these women, as we pushed past the pleasantries and into the real, I began to open back up. They fundamentally changed parenthood for me. The hard stuff became funny. The reality was not impossible. Nothing was wrong with me—parenthood was just hard and comes fully loaded with both love and buyer’s remorse.

Those women and their stories are the reason Mamalode exists. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to be a part of a group of friends like mine—where the stories just might save us. Where truth and tears and laughter bind us together so we know we are not alone.

Love to all of you,

Elke

 

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Elke Govertsen

Elke Govertsen is the Founder and Editor of Mamalode. She has been featured in Real Simple, Where Women Create, 406 Woman, Ad Tech, and Entrepreneur. She speaks on a variety of topics, from social media to overcoming poverty. She also leads the Learn As You Go lecture series for small businesses and is passionate about economic development in Montana. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities. Of the many things she has learned by doing Mamalode is her ability to work with absolute chaos/kids/mess just might be the best.
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