Guest Star: Kimberly of All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something

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 Today’s Guest Star rocks my blogging world in so many ways. She’s funny, tells the best stories about her husband and her son Chunky, is brutally honest about her battle with postpartum depression and her stupid gallblader. The beautiful and awesome Kimberly of All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something (she also wins for the longest blog name ever which I LOVE), helps so many with her encouraging words about fighting the beast that is PPD.

Kimberly also loves me the most awesome comments, and who could not love that?

I’m so proud to know her as a blogger, writer and friend. Thank you for being here today, Kim. Love your face.

1. When and why did you start blogging?

 Shortly after my son was born, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. The illness created fiercely intense emotions that would sit in the pit of my stomach rotting away my soul. I needed an outlet so I began to write in a journal. On paper, my raw emotions escaped freely. It was extremely therapeutic.

During this time, I had been following an amazing blog by Katherine Stone called Postpartum Progress. Her words of hope and encouragement were like speckles of light in the dark pit I had fallen into. I craved those speckles every day.

One day my husband said, “Kimberly, you can do this too. You can help people with your story. Instead of writing in a journal, blog.”

So that’s what I did. I started my blog just shortly after my 1 year anniversary of my diagnosis, October of 2009.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

Hands down, the community.

Bloggers, complete strangers, stretched out their hands to me during the most difficult times of my life. They held be up when I was too weak. They encouraged me to fight. They prayed. They made me smile.

And they have never let me go.

I will be enternally grateful of those people.

My dear sweet friends.

Sometimes when we blog, we tend to think that our words don’t make a difference; that what we have to say is unimportant. But I assure you that your words have immense power to reach out to people in ways you never thought you could.

3. Any bloggers who inspire you on a regular basis?

This one is so hard since I follow so many amazing writers.

Katherine Stone from Postpartum Progress was the first blog I ever read. She’s a rockstar to me. She’s the strong voice fighting behind so many women who suffer this horrific illness. She is one of the most amazing people I know.

Galit Breen from These Little Waves makes me swoon with her words. I don’t know how she does it, but every single one of her posts sweep me off of my feet. Her writing is brilliant.

Katie Sluiter from Sluiter Nation. Oh my sweets. She is just awesome. She writes from her heart and I love that about her.

The Empress at Good Day, Regular People. Need I say more? She is the most genuine person I know, right from her head to the tips of her toes. She writes from that sweet spot in her heart which I admire immensly. And one thing I love about her is that she is extremely supportive of every single one of us who dares to enter the blog world. She rocks my socks.

For the funny I turn to Absolutely Narcissism, Funny Or Snot, Momma Kiss, and The Flying Chalupa. You are guarenteed to piss your pants when you read these blogs.

4. Is there a post you regret NOT publishing?

I am extremely transparent. If I write it, I publish it, or it sits forever in the draft folders where it dies because I never ever go and look at them. I should though.

5. What do you love most about being a Mom?

Learning.

It’s amazing what a little mind can teach you. Love. Discovery. Pleasure in the simplest things. What truly matters in life. That poop comes in all shapes, consitencies, and colours. That food is an acceptable piece of art on the walls. That words such as “truck” sound so much funnier coming out of a toddler’s mouth. 

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?

Not going to lie here.Nap time.I love my kid but I also love eating junk food without having him ask me for a piece or seven and being able to pee or poop in private.A close second would be bedtime.We read books and snuggle.What’s not to love about that?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Hawaii.

Words can’t describe how amazing Hawaii is. I left a piece of my heart there on our honeymoon…

…and my virginity.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Ice cream.

This also applies to “What would you make out with every single day?” and “What do you love more than your husband?” and “What would you sell your child for?”.

9. Favorite season and why.
Contrary to popular belief, this Canadian loves summer. I know it’s sacriligious since Canadians are famous for iggloos and curling and hockey, but I can’t stand the cold.

And yes America, when I become old and wrinkly, I will be flocking with the rest of the “snow birds” to Florida where I will grace you with my sagging ass on your beach.

10. One word to describe you.

Ridiculous.

11. Explain the Chuck Norris obsession. Please. 🙂

2 words:

Beard hair.

I am one of 5 siblings.

We had one T.V.

Chuck Norris was on a show called Walker, Texas Ranger which aired on Saturdays.

We either watched it with my Mom or we were forced to play with each other.

We chose Chuck.

He’s awesome.

And my boyfriend.

12. You’ve written openly about postpartum depression. Any advice for moms out there who are struggling with PPD?

Believe in yourself.

Believe in your strength.

Believe in the beauty in your soul underneath all the muck this illness creates.

Believe in your worth.

Believe that you are loved immensly.

Believe in victory over this beast.

Most of all, believe in hope and hang onto it with all of your might. There is always hope. Always.

A dear friend of mine sent me this quote that I have plastered all over my house:

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

At the end of the day, when PPD has worn down to your bones, I want you to say “Today, I won.” because you did.

Keep fighting. You are worth it.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • February 21, 2012 Dr. G

    That is such amazing insight. That at the end of a day, you made it to the end of the day. Despite the swirling pit below you and the oppressive weight on top of you, you arrived at your pillow. That’s a win. I will remember this encouragement to pass on to my patients. Thanks.

    And Allison, you have THE COOLEST friends. Thanks for sharing them!

  • February 21, 2012 My Inner Chick

    “”Victory Over The Beast””

    I love that. I so love that.

    & you are a survivor, Kimberly 🙂

    You inspire me & so many other women.

    Great guest post, Mama A. XxX
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    • February 21, 2012 Kimberly

      You inspire me too sweets. And so many other women. That’s why I love the crap out of you. xoxo

  • February 21, 2012 julie gardner

    “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

    That is seriously awesome.

    And so are the rest of Kimberly’s answers.
    Love your interview, Alison.

    And Kimberly is absolutely fabulous.
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  • February 21, 2012 tracy

    Oh I loved getting to know Kimberly more. This was fabulous.And yes..learning. Everyday I learn more and more from my kids on what it means to be a mother.
    xoxo
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  • February 21, 2012 Ann

    SO very nice to meet you! What fun (and thoughtful) answers to Alison’s questions…isn’t she just grand?
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  • February 21, 2012 Kimberly

    Thank you so much Alison for allowing me to come and play here today!!!
    Means the world to me!!
    Love your face
    Xoxox
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  • February 21, 2012 Jessica

    It’s always nice to see some of my favorite bloggers together in a post. I love Kimberly’s sense of humor and honesty. Her posts always take me on “journeys” that sometimes land me in unexpected, but fabulous, destinations.

    And I love the whole learning part of being a parent, too. It definitely keeps me humble and on my toes.
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    • February 21, 2012 Kimberly

      Jessica this was such a beautiful comment. I often worry about what I blog. I’m very transparent and well…if it’s on my mind…I’m going to say it 😉

      The learning is the best. I love seeing the world again through his eyes.
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  • February 21, 2012 Julie

    Such a great interview, she seems to be really nice person. I think I’ll forward her suggestions about handling PPD to my sister, who has got the same problem.
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    • February 21, 2012 Kimberly

      I am so sorry that your sister is going through PPD. There are many resources out there for her. I do blog a lot about my journey through it but another amazing blog that is dedicated solely to PPD is Katherine’s blog http://www.postpartumprogress.com
      It’s an amazing site and community.
      Your sister will be well again. Just keep encouraging her to fight with all that she’s got.xoxo
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  • February 21, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh Kim, even your interview is perfection! You brought the funny, made me teary, and wove beard hair throughout. Genius.

    (Thank you for the mention, my sweet friend. You started my day off swooning.)

    Learning, Believe, Dig for Strength – yes, yes, and more yes.

    Loved reading this. So much.

    xo
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  • February 21, 2012 Alexandra

    I love this woman so much that I would drive 8 miles to see her…no..TEN.

    Wait.. TWENTY!!

    xo

    She is a MUST follow.

    Really, I am so dang lucky to know and love her.
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  • February 21, 2012 Lady Estrogen

    Fabulous! Love me some Kim 😉 The community is something I never expected – and was so pleasantly surprised when I found it!

    What is it about foreign places and virginity? It’s just better that way.
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  • February 21, 2012 Chrissy

    I love your gall… THAT’S why the message makes it. You have the brazen ability to simply say what needs to be said. Walk on sistah. Huge hugs. I like Alisons place here, I will be back to scribble on her walls with purple crayons that have really snazzy silver speckles in them.
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  • February 21, 2012 Pop

    And don’t forget his steel balls – what woman doesn’t love a man w/ a built-in Manzilian?

    Love me some Kimberly.
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  • February 21, 2012 Ally

    I love reading more about you, Kimberly. Especially that Chuck Norris obsession 🙂
    Kimberly rocks. She makes me laugh and makes me cry and makes me smile. Every time I read.
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  • February 21, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Kimberly I didn’t know you before, but you are lovely!
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  • February 21, 2012 Katie

    I love Kim like whoa. Sometimes I think she is my sista from another mista.

    She can make me laugh when I don’t want to (about her pain and mine), and she always makes me feel like putting on my ass-kicking boots when depression or anxiety has it’s stupid hold on me.

    I LOVE this girl.
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  • February 22, 2012 Mirjam

    I like seeing you two in the same place!
    I love this interview, Kimberly, I think you’re the only one who’s able to crack people up and inspire them at the same time!
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  • February 22, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love that she finds joy in learning and ice cream. Nap time is a great time of day.
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  • February 22, 2012 Susan

    How amazing is our girl Kimberly?
    Love her story. Love her strength. Love that she’s a fellow Canadian. 😉
    Great interview!
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  • February 22, 2012 Nicole

    Hawaii. Yes. Why am I not still there?

    As for beard hair…I think Dr. Sloan from Grey’s is way hotter when he’s all stubbly and beard-y.

  • February 22, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    there are people who actually lose their virginity on their honeymoon? wow…
    And thanks for having her here Alison…going to check out her site
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  • February 22, 2012 Jessica

    Kimberly is all sorts of awesome and I’m so happy to have met her in the blogging world!
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    • February 22, 2012 Kimberly

      i’m so happy to have met you too….you encourage drinking and that is always awesome in my world. ok you don’t encourage drinking but you encourage good drinking…what can I say….I have a finiky palate.
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  • February 22, 2012 Jaime

    This post summarizes every single thing I love most about you, Kim, and why you’re my favorite blogger in the whole wide world. 🙂
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  • February 22, 2012 The Drama Mama

    All this is exactly why you rock. Thank you for sharing your story and putting a voice to PPD. I wasnt until I started blogging and reading that I realized that a lot of what happened to me when I was younger was due to PPD. I wish I had known then the things I do now.
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    • February 22, 2012 Kimberly

      I am so sorry that you had to endure that in silence. I can’t imagine the pain you must have gone through. If it weren’t for the lack of bonding I had with Chunky, I’m not sure if I would have reached out for help.
      It is so important to talk about this beast so that women don’t have to go through this alone.
      xoxo
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  • February 22, 2012 katery

    i love my daughter to pieces, but naptime and bedtime are tow of my favorite times of the day too, i feel like i can breath during those times.

    • February 24, 2012 Kimberly

      All the things I can accomplish…sans kid…glorious 😉

  • February 22, 2012 Leighann

    I don’t believe for one second you were a virgin.
    Either you did it before you were married or you were a member of the mile high club.
    I know you!
    Hussy
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  • February 22, 2012 Natalie

    I love you, Kimberly. Your blog is amazing. And so is your post here.
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  • February 22, 2012 Maureen

    Great interview, Alison. Kim your tips for PPD is really awesome. I’m sure it will help so much women out there. Thanks for this!
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    • February 24, 2012 Kimberly

      PPD is something that I am very passionate about. I want t be able to help as many women as I can.
      Xoxo

  • February 22, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh, my name twin. I do love you. You are inspirational and supportive and I so wish we lived closer.
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    • February 24, 2012 Kimberly

      I so wish we did. We could dress the same. I’d even put a pillow under my shirt…or a small cat…to look preggers too.
      Did this just get weird?
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  • February 22, 2012 Leanne

    So . . . I would clearly follow you to the moon to learn (and try to understand) the Chuck Norris lust thing that you’ve got going on. And clearly . . . I get it. I mean, I just hear Paul Simon (yes . . . Paul Simon from Simon and Garfunkel) and I’m weak in the knees. (and YES, that comes from years of listening to my older sisters records on our Holly Hobby record player.) LOVE YOU, my friend! So glad to be learning more about you!

    • February 24, 2012 Kimberly

      I Puffy heart you too sweets.
      I don’t judge.
      We all have soft spots for hunky men 😉
      Xoxo
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  • February 23, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Oh that last quote about courage gave me chills. Thank YOU for fighting this battle and showing us how it’s done–Chuck Norris style.
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  • February 28, 2012 Robin

    Kim rocks. Simple as that.

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