~Be kind; always, & be approachable.~
When I moved to the UK, seventeen years ago, to be with the love of my life, I was terrified. I had just come out of this crazy, war-torn, fragile country and almost literally peeled myself out of my parents arms when it was time to go. I cried for the first six months, after every phone call.
I think because I was so homesick, perhaps I didn’t give off very positive vibes at times.
I had had this wonderful career as a translator, trotting across Europe and partying and kissing many frogs; suddenly I was living in the UK, with this wonderful man whom I loved so much, but no job. I eventually got a job in this wonderful country pub, I worked for this lovely family who were really kind to me. I remember one day, I was sweeping the kitchen floor and these big fat tears were falling into the dust. I was sweeping floors instead of flying away on a holiday. But you make sacrifices for the greater good. I was not ashamed of my first job in the UK. It was just such a stark contrast to my previous life. I wish there were people there to help me integrate better, as an expat. When I had my babies, I wish more people were more open to chatting about parental struggles. I had PND with both of my boys and no family near me. The problem was that we didn’t have this wonderful parental support & community that we have now, on Instagram and Facebook. You lot have definitely made me less lonely and reading all your stories has helped me realise that I truly wasn’t the only one experiencing PND and crazy things we go through as parents. I want to help. If you are a lonely parent, a struggling breastfeeding mother, an expat feeling homesick, a refugee, or if you are feeling low & depressed, please get in touch. I REALLY, really want to help. I live in Salisbury, UK. If you would like to meet up for a coffee in our local Starbucks for a chat and a cake, please feel free to get in touch. Or if you just want to message me, please do. I am here for you. Vesna. #parents #love #momlife #dadlife #mumlife #mom #dad #mum #pnd #breastfeeding #wellness #kindness #empathy #expatlife #inspire #positivevibes #compassion #mindfulness #refugees