(I might also add its with a pinch of relief as well…)
Last week a long held dream of mine FINALLY came to fruition. I saw my very own lovingly crafted words in print. In a glossy magazine no less!
Back in August last year, at the exact time that Gisele “I-might-be-beautiful-but-not-very-tactful” Bundchen opened her big bloody mouth to fire poison arrows at the non-breastfeeding fraternity, I vowed I would be silent no more. Sure, I blogged about it, but it didn’t seem enough. It lit a blazing fire of indignation within me that I felt could only be quelled if I shared my own personal story in a parenting magazine; to state the case of those of us she seemed to think should be imprisoned for not adhering her narrow minded principles. Impulsively, I fired off a round of emails to various Editors, begging to have my say on this controversial subject.
And one blessedly said YES!
The upmarket LittleONE Baby parenting bible were, thankfully, happy for me to contribute my own heartfelt tale of breastfeeding trouble. It was no easy feat to be so open about my struggle, and part of you feels like it exposes you as a target for more condemnation. But at the crux of it is the fact it is MY story, and by sharing it I may have also helped someone else in a similar situation to feel much less guilty, and much more empowered to make the correct decision for their sanity, and their baby’s health.
A new chapter has begun in my world, as a result of this media milestone. I want carry with me always this sense of pride, of passion of finally seeing my name, my story, not only imprinted within the pages of this beautiful parenting magazine, but now also forever embossed in my mind. Of the wonderful, heart-warming and overwhelmingly supportive reaction of my family and friends… Of finally feeling like I have done something worthwhile, for bolstering my courage to continue down this much longed for path.
Fear has been killing me softly for far too many years. The confidence to put my self at the mercy of the publishing Gods has too long held me back. But with one story successfully in black and white for the world to see, I feel the self-imposed shackles of diminished faith in myself lessening. Onward and upward, with vigour and determination I must go, to tackle the next project of seeing again my name in print. It is, after all, as the great Laurie Oakes recently prophesised, much like a drug, this journalism caper. Now if you will excuse me, I’ll be off trying to line up my next fix…
Congratulations, thats fantastic! A great achievement to see your article published.
Oh WOW! Congrats. That is fantastic!
It looks like a beautiful photo and I’m sure it was a great article. Good on you for having the courage to voice your thoughts on it all. So many of us struggle in silence and it is so good to hear that it’s ok and that it happens to others. Nothing beats seeing your name in print. And in a glossy magazine? Heaven! Congratulations x
A Dose of Dannie says
OMG! wow awesome hun 🙂 yay!!
that is so fabulous to achieve that you go girl xxxxxx
Romina Garcia says
Congratulations!! You must be so very very proud 🙂
Well done x
Congratulations! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! I’m going to buy the latest issue and check it out!
Ms Styling You says
That’s awesome, Donna! Stoked on you getting published AND the subject matter. As you know I have three kids and each time my body did not cooperate with the breastfeeding caper. I had all the help and support I could muster – and the willingness and desire but all three babies at different points failed to put on weight. Does it make me feel guilty? No. I know I did the very best I could. My body – and I now know it was my thyroid – that let me down. Are my kids happy and healthy? You bet.
Diminishing Lucy says
Oh well done. Well done! Congratulations Donna. xx
Oh, big congrats! I know how incredible that feels! Can’t wait to see your next article!! hehe!!
Happy FYBF (ah, Saturday!) 😉
Glowless @ Where's My Glow says
HURRAH! That’s brilliant, Donna! Congratulations!
Will you sign a copy for me???
Fox in the City says
Congrats Donna that is spectacular news! What a proud moment for you . . . thanks for sharing.
Megan Blandford says
Seeing your name in print is addictive, isn’t it!
Well done Donna, will have to track a copy down. Good for you for following your dream, sticking up for other women and reaching out to tell both sides of the story. xxx