Mom's Guided Journal

How to bare the woman buried under

change, chores, and children.

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It happens.

In a heartbeat, life and YOU change. Your world is now consumed with children and

their needs. Then one day, you realize...

you're missing from your own life.

What you'll learn

How you may have changed since you became a mom, and your perception of those changes.

How undesirable changes may have impacted you and your mood.

How to assess what's important to you and achieve the sense of identity that includes you beyond your role as mom.

How to put together a meaningful and specific goal that will help you achieve the sense of identity, emotional stability, and personal joy that comes from exploring your "self" and your unmet needs.

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BONUS! Receive a goal setting printable worksheet to help keep you accountable.

Haven't been in touch with your SELF lately? Feeling lost?

I get it. I've been there. And I know how to help you feel more energizied, confident, and happier. It begins with exploring how you've changed since becoming a mom, acknowledging the areas of your life that need attention, and then creating a goal that fuses into your life exactly what you need to recover that sense of identity that's been deteriorating in the all-consuming nature of motherhood.

I know you because I was you.

I lost myself in motherhood

...then found meaningful relationships with my partner, my children, and myself.

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Hi I'm Anne, and I know how you’re feeling because I’ve been there. I've been where you are right now, but I stayed there too long, far longer than I would ever want you to stay....too long in that space of feeling like I was missing from my own life, consumed with motherhood, tired, down, and wanting to run away on my worst days. I loved my family. I loved being a mom to three adorable and sweet children. Everyone was healthy and life seemed wonderful from the outside.

But, within me was an ache, and it grew deeper and more noticeable as the weeks, months, and even years passed. Until one day when I hit bottom. It actually didn’t take much, but I had nothing left. I felt completely lost, completely out of touch with the woman I had always known myself to be. I was unfamiliar to myself in almost every way and saw that when I stopped to look in the mirror.

What happened to me?

As a mental health professional, I couldn’t ignore this phenomenon any longer and vowed to figure out what was going on, and why. Through many focus groups, interviews, personal exploration, and professional coursework, I got the answers I needed and wrote Missing In Action: How Mothers Lose, Grieve, and Retrieve Their Sense of Self (see excertps at Over the years, I combined the notes I kept of my journey and the feedback I collected from the moms I coached, and I ultimately devised a series of questions and a path moms like you could take to find their way out of the depression, anxiety, or angst they're feelings; a path leading to the fulfillment of a need that has gone unmet, unrealized, ignored, denied, neglected, or forgotten.

I'm passionate about this because I know how it feels and I KNOW things can be better than they are for you right now. I also know it starts by deciding that you are worth what it takes to get where you want to be. It starts by saying "YES, it's time." It's time to find the "me" in mommy.

There are 3 "takeaways" to this course.

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Part 1 of Mom’s Guided Journal will help you think through the many ways one can change when stepping into motherhood. We cover one kind of change at a time (with examples), giving you a chance to consider how much you’ve changed in each particular area and how you feel about that change. Then we move into the space of who you believe yourself to be now, giving you a chance to process questions related to you as a person and your life in this moment.

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Part 2 of Mom’s Guided Journal focuses on what you value, helping you appreciate who you are and what kind of things matter most to you. In short, we focus on your core values because knowing your core values helps you know where you find meaning, and ultimately where meaning might be missing from your life. Tapping into a void of needing something that’s not presently being fulfilled is a powerful awakening and an insightful piece to your journey to feel familiar to yourself and aligned with how you want to live your life.

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Part 3 is all about taking the information you’ve contributed to this journal, especially any core value you determined to be significant, and putting the pieces together in a powerful and detailed goal. This goal will be specific and targeted to meet some aspect of you that seeks personal fulfillment on a level separate and apart from your role as mom. Pursuing this goal will bring as much joy, confidence, and emotional stability as actually achieving it because it speaks to a deep and meaningful part of your ongoing life journey.

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Stop for a Second and Ask Yourself:

Has your life changed more than you thought it would since having a baby?

Do you want to feel more like yourself again?

Are you struggling with conflicting feelings in your motherhood experience?

Are you ready to process the changes and start moving in the direction you want your life to go?

Do you need guidance in asking the right questions?

If you answered YES to the questions above, it's time to take your life back and start living a life that feels right, a life that includes YOU!

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Why now?

Why waste another moment trying to understand why you're not happy in a role that you love? These are memories with your babies that you can cherish forever or they can be moments jaded with overwhelm and depression. If you feel this could be you, at all, please, do this for you. If not for you, do it for your children.


I know how much you already have on your plate. I know how many daily demands you have. I know how many people are looking for your attention. I know you rarely have time for yourself. I also know how important this is. I guarantee if you put a few minutes aside each day to work on this journal, you will start feeling better. This is the first step on the road back to you.

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About us

When we started vs. where we are now

When Laura was born, I was recovering from Leighann's traumatic birth and first few months. I didn't plan on having Laura so close to my first born, but here she was- a beautiful, bright-eyed baby. As much as I loved her, I barely had a chance to look up from the diapers to see if I recognized the woman staring back at me in the mirror. But when I did, I felt like a stranger in my own body. As the overwhelm deepened and the chores and responsibilities mounted, my third child, Daniel, was on his way making him my 3rd baby in 5 years. I felt like I was drowning but couldn’t find the voice to ask for help, feeling paralyzed by a kind of grief around losing the "old me" and the life I had known before motherhood. It took years of quiet cries alone in the bathroom for me to hit my breaking point. And years more to figure out what to do about all this.

Here we are now, over 20 years later. It started with a simple conversation about my idea to start What You Never Expect, a website and business to help this generation of moms avoid, understand or resolve issues around losing their sense of self. But, I didn't know where to start. And, technology and social media intimidated me. Laura, an executive assistant on furlough from Covid, heard my passion and started creating a website and business plan that very same day. What started as a passion project grew into a bigger commitment to educate moms on situational depression and what to do about it. With my experience and knowledge around a woman's transition to motherhood and grief as it relates to feeling like the "old me" is gone and Laura's experience and knowledge in business and marketing, we feel honored to help moms connect with that part of SELF that's essential to their mental health and wellbeing.

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