Many thanks to Christine for last week’s fabulous interview. I hope y’all are enjoying these as much as I am – I’m discovering things I never knew before, even in spite of reading these people’s blogs for a long time! This week we welcome Louise, from Steps into Parenthood
Who are you?
I’m Louise… A Mental Health Nurse….
Where are you from?
Southampton in the UK, although originally from a small village in the leafy county of Gloucestershire
Describe your family?
Well I live at home with my wonderful Hubby who has his own blog (http://path2fatherhood.blogspot.co.uk/
) I have two very unique brothers who mean the world to me and always make me smile and a mother who is mental but just as amazing.
Why do you blog?
I started my blog as a place to write about the journey that Hubby and I are taking to become parents through adoption as I suffer from infertility and this is the only way that we can become parents. However I currently seem to use it more to get my feelings and frustrations out, but also to celebrate all of the good things that go on in my life.
What do you like about the Ten Things of Thankful hop?
I really like the fact that it gives me the chance to really think about the good things in my life, it also helps me realise that I am very lucky and fortunate for all of the good things in my life. I also like the fact that it is giving me the chance to reach out and read other peoples blogs that I normally wouldn’t come across and so I find lots of new blogs to read and follow and meet lots of interesting people.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in life?
I think it’s probably depression. I suffered with this horrible illness throughout my teens and into my early twenties. It literally consumed my life and everything I did was literally just the bare minimum. However I have defeated this illness and now see that what I went through has helped shape me into the person I am now and I also feel it helps me in my job as a Mental Health Nurse (it’s also one of the main reasons I went into Mental Health Nursing). I now feel that life is worth living and is meant to be celebrated and lived to the full which I ensure I do as much as I can!
Which people inspire you?
The group of women who I have met on facebook in the infertility group. They have all been through very trying and difficult times and personal journeys which are enough to make you want to scream “Why??” but at the same time they are all very strong and have pulled together to make an inspiring bunch of women =)
What achievement are you working towards?
At the moment, there are a couple, one is to lose weight, and to do this in a serious fashion (thus the numerous amounts of salad-based meals I’ve been consuming recently and trips to the gym) but also both Hubby and I are working towards are adoption and becoming a family, which is our main goal at the moment =)
How would you most like to inspire others?
I don’t know… I’m not sure I’m very inspirational… I tend to just deal with situations with a level head… and that has got me to where I am now (apart from the blip above)….
Tell me something utterly frivolous about you…
I had my wedding reception on a boat… despite having a traumatic experience on a canoe right before hubby proposed to me…
Louise – I’m not sure you can just leave us hanging like that? What happened in the canoe? We’re going to need to know!….maybe with enough pestering you might do us a blog post about it!
Join up on Saturday for the gorgeous, weekend-long Ten Things of Thankful