When my son came into the world, little did I know that my life would never be the same. I remember holding him and crying, feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. But when I laid him down to sleep, I wondered what would become of me.
I alienated myself even more from the already small universe I had created here after moving from the Dominican Republic and self sabotage became very comforting. Gathering the strength to attend a support group of new mothers in my local church, I then understood that I was suffering from Postpartum Depression.
I had a new sense of purpose for myself: the opportunity to connect to others through my art. This is how the Chica Movement came to be and I am now committed to giving back to organizations that help and empower women to live better lives, like Enchanted Makeovers. It’s mission is to transform shelters for women and children into environments that inspire psychological and behavioral changes.
A haven is created where women and children rebuilding their lives are reminded everyday they hold the ”golden ticket” to transforming their dreams into reality. I was able to see myself in this message and am hoping that through the women we’ll feature in this column you too will find the beauty in giving and how to can be an agent of change in someone else’s life.
To learn more about Enchanted makeovers visit www.enchantedmakeovers.org