Susan is 40% teacher, 30% blogger, and 10% contributing editor. She is also 70% chef, 65% maid, and 145% parent. And yes, she’s aware she’s writing about herself in third person and that those numbers don’t add up, but motherhood has melted her brain and stolen her youth.
She writes here on Learned Happiness about motherhood and mental illness, and began blogging as a way to open up about her struggles with anxiety and postpartum depression. She is inspired by the work of Brene Brown on vulnerability and Katherine Stone on activism, and hopes to continue to share about her life in a way that helps kick stigma’s ass and brings mothers together.
She is a mom of two girls, which seems to be a special kind of torture, given that they are at constant emotional war. Bug is 5 and Bean is 2, and both are growing up way too quickly. When not mothering, she writes for Postpartum Progress as a member of the Warrior Mom Leadership Team, and was honored to have participated in the 2010 Mother’s Day Rally for Mental Health and to have been named of the Top 10 Writers on Postpartum Depression in 2011 by Katherine Stone. She also runs her own independent music and academic instruction studio and has an Etsy shop named Crocheted Happiness, where she uses her anxiety for good by creating hats and scarves.
She survived postpartum depression and anxiety once, and kicked antenatal depression’s ass with her most recent pregnancy. Now she’s finding happiness (despite a life-long diagnosis of GAD) with the help of a great support network and the miracle of science.