My name is Kiranjot Kaur and I am from Vancouver, BC. I recently started a Sikh mom inspired lifestyle blog called thatsikhmama.com and it is something I have been wanting to do ever since my first child was born more than 10 years ago. I have struggled deeply with antepartum and postpartum depression and I am also using this platform to share my thoughts and experiences as well as those of others. It has turned into something of a creative outlet for myself, because up until recently I was not doing anything for my own self-care. I have realized that I need to be able to take care of myself in order to be there for the ones I love. Some people do ask me, how do you have time for a blog? I do it when I can, when I have the time, and I am not doing it under any pressure. I have many future plans for this blog, but at the point in time, I am just taking it one moment at a time and enjoying the process.
Since I started this platform last year, I have had many women reach out to me who had shared some of the same struggles I have. They have felt like they have not been able to express their feelings, or most times they feel alone. I like to use this platform not only as a space to share my own stories, but also the stories of others. Just reading the journeys of other mothers’ experiences, helps us realize that we are never alone in our feelings, no matter how alone we feel. There is always someone out there who can share your pain and struggles. Talking about those experiences openly helps us more than we know. I want to form a community of strong mothers and parents who are there to support each other rather than feel like they have to live up to the societal norms that we are constantly exposed to, especially as Sikh women.
My hope and goal is to continue to inspire and be inspired by others. I am always looking on ways to improve, grow and learn and I hope to continue doing that. I hope that others will also be inspired to find their own creative outlets in order to shine. We all have talents to share and I think it’s wonderful when we support one another in our endeavours and create a sense of community.