What makes you feel fulfilled? Is it your job? A hobby or skill? Being a parent? Volunteering?
After her first child was born, new mother Stephanie Miller was adjusting to what life was like after giving birth. According to Babble, Miller had majored in education with a degree in fine arts and had always loved anything creative. However, once her baby game along, it became difficult for Miller to keep up with her creative outlets, especially painting.
Between postpartum depression and the life-altering change of having an infant to care for, Miller said, "I felt a loss of identity. I couldn't paint anymore and didn't feel fulfilled like I use to."
That's when her husband took note of what was happening within his wife and stepped in. He found (and surprised) Miller with an inexpensive sewing machine. After one small mess of a project (making a stuffed animal) Miller was hooked. "Sewing helped break my postpartum and honestly made me happy," she said.
Now a mom of four young children, Miller's sewing has grown into something amazing. Unable to read sewing patterns, she watched sewing videos on YouTube to increase her knowledge and skill.
But as her husband cleaned out his closet, planning to discard his dress shirts, she had a different idea.
Miller repurposed her husband's shirts into adorable dresses and other outfits for her daughters. She started her Instagram account, @mothermakesx4, specifically so her kids could one day see a history of her creations.
"I believe it is important for kids to see their parents be passionate and follow their dreams," Miller told the HuffPost UK. "Documenting my work has helped me focus on the projects I really enjoy and start to see themes throughout my work and style. I feel like I've become more confident and learned so much and I can see my slow growth on my Instagram."
Miller doesn't have any current plans to sell her creations, noting that her kids are only little for a short time and she doesn't want to miss their childhood, or have any regrets. But a future business endeavor may come along after her children are all in school.
Miller has been able to find a creative outlet that works for her, her schedule and her kids. Now, sewing has turned into something more than a hobby — it's helped her find her sense of identity and helped to pull her out of postpartum depression.
(Please note others may not overcome postpartum depression as quickly or easily. Get the proper care you need as necessary).
What have you found that helps you feel fulfilled? If you haven't found your outlet, creative or otherwise, try something new. Learn an instrument, read books, garden, try new recipes or learn a new sport. Do something to expand your mind and increase you as a person. You (and your family) will love to see you grow and become happier.