Mom is not my real name.
Welcome and hello! I'm Diana and I’m so excited you are here!
After I had my first 2 kids, I fell into a depression and I started to have anxiety. Most people don't know that about me. I've been more open about it in the past year about it and I will share stories in my podcast and on this website. I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for a long time.
I remember when my two oldest were little and just feeling like the world was caving in on me. I felt like I couldn't get anything done, and feeling like I didn’t know what to do with my life.
I got some help, I was on medicine for a little while, I went to a doctor about it. I had counseling. She totally understood where I was coming from and what I was talking about. A couple of years later I got off the medicine, but I still deal with depression and anxiety on occasion.
I feel like I'm finally, 20 years later coming out of it.
I'm really really excited about life again. I've started things like this podcast which I'm really humbled to do. I feel like that this is a calling that it is from God to help other women with struggles like I have had.
Mamas Living Happy is a place for busy moms like me, who trying to balance life. Oh my gosh, there are so many balls in the air it's not even funny.
A little more about me:
I’m just an average American mom in the craziness of #momlife.
I’m not an expert and I don't claim I'm perfect, in fact, I’m far from perfect.
Because I'm not an expert, I'm going to interview other moms in my podcast. And, I'll be learning right along with you.
I've been a mom for 21 years. My oldest is 21, and my youngest is 11.
I’m the mom of four amazing kids, who keep me busy.
We live in the suburbs.
I'm married to James - my first kiss and best friend since high school.
I love meeting new friends.
I'm a loyal Harry Potter fan.
I am genuine.
I love traveling around the world, especially on service missions.
I'm devoted to my faith.
I have anxiety and depression, but I work to find joy and happiness in life.
Lastly, I am a recovering food addict. I’m very open about my addiction and the miracles I have seen in recovery.
I feel like that ever since my first son was born, that I have been a mom.
I get called Mom, like 7 billion times a day. Right? Don't you feel that way sometimes as a mom? Oh my gosh, I totally feel like that.
I've been on a journey of self-discovery, remembering who Diana is and finding me again. This podcast is a huge part of that.
As I tried to decide the name of my first episode, I decided on "Mom Is Not My Real Name." Because, like I said I get called Mom so many times a day.
My name is Diana, it is not Mom.
Honestly, to be called mom is a badge of courage that we should wear proudly. I love having this badge, but I'm also trying to figure out who I am. And most days I feel like I don't have it together. Being a mom is really really hard, and it's really really enjoyable.
As a mom living with depression and anxiety every day, I know that life can get tough. And some days, I have just felt really really lonely. There have been days when I have been too weak to stand. so I have done the only thing that I could do and that is kneel.
I'm so grateful for a God in heaven who is there for me… Everyday. I am so grateful for that God who will help each one of us in our trials.
Don’t get me wrong, I have amazing friends and an amazing husband. Friends who will come running if I need them.
live a joyful life.
I hope to be able to share these things with you. The things I've learned, and the things I've learned from other moms.
I know that you have a million things today and I’m grateful you took the time to spend here on my wesbsite. I truly hope you will nuggets of wisdom that can help you in your life.
Embrace your messy beautiful life and enjoy every minute of it.
I hope you have a good day and remember:
Mom is not your real name either.