Well, hello YOU!
I am Rachael. Welcome to my little space on the web, Stories for Strength.
So who the hell am I, anyway?
You know it sounds like I’m taking myself a little seriously with a title like Stories for Strength, doesn’t it?
I started to hyperventilate about that aspect of it recently, like I have now put this pressure on myself to create the most empowering place on the web. Whoops.
I hope this is an inspiring and empowering place for those that need that, particularly in the infertility and VBAC worlds but really, there’s going to be a lot of what I post that just isn’t going to be OMG CHANGE YOUR LIFE inspiring. I’m going to leave that to Glennon Doyle (she is ahhhh-maaaaaay-zing) who basically vomits inspiration. #loveher
So this is a blog and I’m going to write about lots of random stuff. I’m going to write about running and writing and my snotty kids and how much I love parenting and hate parenting and the fact that I need to drink more wine.
In a nutshell this is nothing more than a place to be me and share the trials and tribulations of my life.
I swear a fair bit and I talk a lot of shit but I like to think I also have something of value to offer a reader or two out there in the world. And if it’s only two of you, then that’s totally OK too (but please please let there be more than 2, seriously).
So why the ‘Stories for Strength’ part then?
Confession time: this is not my first rodeo when it comes to blogging. I have previously been a “mummy blogger” (which is essentially any woman who has kids and blogs about them in any way whatsoever). I then went on to create a secret blog which turned into a blog about my journey with secondary infertility.
What I found in both these spaces was that the blog limited and confined me in the end as it became a specific place for those experiences in my life. So before I set up this space I spent a long time thinking about what I want to achieve with with it. I came up with this:
- I want a space I can grow with through all phases of my life. Life is just one big story really with a series of mini stories as chapters and I want to be able to share them all and not be limited by experiences that don’t fit the “concept” of my blog, so this is where I landed on the “Story” part.
- The reason I share my stories is all about Strength: I want to empower and help others through my experience as knowledge is what gives us courage and strength. On top of that sharing these stories is cathartic and actually gives me strength. So that is the “strength” part of this baby.
The Infertility and VBAC stuff
You may have noticed that my menu contains Infertility and VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) categories.
My journey through the wilds of secondary infertility and my VBAC are two of the most major experiences of my life and I wouldn’t have been able to get through either of them without the strength and knowledge that others were kind enough to share with me.
I feel extremely compelled to give back to these two communities that virtually carried me through such challenging times. They empowered me and gave me the the knowledge to fight for the best care at all times.
I truly believe that people can be served by more knowledge and content on these two topics. I am no expert and can speak only of my own experiences but it may be that one thing I share here is that secret thing you need to unlock the mystery of your journey and give you the strength to continue. So this is why I do it.
My overall goal is to create a library on these topics, including research where it is available, for those digging about online for information. So look out for those posts if this is where you are at and keep coming back to the blog as I will slowly be populating them more and more over time.I did chronicle my VBAC Birth Story and my entire Infertility Journey over at my old blog The Secret Life of Emily Maine so if you want the blow by blow then that is the place to go.
I have even bigger dreams for this area of my blog but that is part of the long term vision. I’m going to get this little project off and running first and then we will revisit it at a later date. I hope you will still be with me when that little baby can be announced and launched as it is VERY exciting.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave me a comment on the blog when you read. I love love love the comments and will reply to everyone because I’m desperate for you to engage and LOVE MY BLOG.
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So catch you in the comments section then, eh?