thewhitepicketfenceproject thewhitepicketfenceproject

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The White Picket Fence Project  Ladies, Mothers of all ages who are out to find themselves, once again. Please dm me if you would like to join the WPFP - Christine Clifford. Vic,AU

"Hi, I’m Lisa. I'm a mum to two beautiful children (a 4yo son and an 8mo daughter), and wife to an amazing husband of 11 years. We all go into parenthood knowing that life will change - that there’ll be less time and more responsibilities - but I don't think I quite understood just how all-consuming motherhood would be until we brought our son home from the hospital. All of a sudden, the life of order and predictability, and the safe and comfortable identity that I'd spent the past 33 years developing, were completely thrown out the window. The anxiety that I'd quietly battled on and off throughout my life came to the fore in the form of self-doubt, negative thoughts, and so many different kinds of worries. I struggled to adjust to the new routine, and to not being able to achieve many of the things I could so easily do before. Despite raising a happy and very much loved baby, my sense of self-worth decreased. I missed being the one in control of my own body, I missed having time to myself to think, and I missed being able to talk to and get support from my friends at work. Eventually I came to realise that my struggle to maintain my old sense of self in my new life was causing me a great deal of stress, and I needed to let parts of it go.
As these last few years have gone by, and my children have grown, so too have I. I've had to overcome my social anxiety to meet new people and to become more confident and more assertive. I've rediscovered my imagination and creativity and am now beginning to channel them into my new craft hobbies. And I've come to realise that I'm a lot stronger and a lot more capable than I ever knew I was before I had kids. Now that I'm beginning to get a little more time to myself, I'm hoping to invest some of it back into my mental, physical, and spiritual health, so that I can better deal with the adventures of motherhood and caring for our little family"
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“Hi, Im Jo. As a single mum bringing up twin boys with absolutely no support I have never felt so isolated, lonely and challenged....but also proud and strong!
I kept trying to give 100% in EVERY aspect of my life but kept feeling like I wasn’t winning at any of it! I crashed and ended up with depression, anxiety and physically sick. I kept getting challenges and blockages thrown at me and always thinking ‘C’mon!! Why me!! I can’t take anymore!!!’ But I did, I still do and keep getting through everything!
Without challenges there is no growth. I am strong and resilient now that I have stepped up and stopped playing ‘the victim’.
I walked my sons in to their first day of prep a few weeks ago and burst in to tears - at the realisation that I’d done it.....I was killing it!! I’ve brought up 2 amazing little boys and in the last 2 years completed a tough mudder and CrossFit games, recovered from surgery and rediscovered running and passed on my love of the beach, hiking and anything active and outdoors to my children!
Doing it on my own is bloody tough but it no longer means ‘poor me’ it means ‘look at me and what the fuck I can do!!!!!!!’ 💪 “
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I had my children very close together, my daughters are Irish twins, and then I had my son 18 months later, so there is only 2.5 years between the three. Obviously I knew this would present some specific challenges, but I was surprised at how quickly I lost my identity and at how isolated I felt. I felt like I was ‘only’ a mother, and I introduced myself as such. I had no sense of identity beyond that which my children provided.
I am a wife, a teacher, a daughter, a friend, but these things all faded away surprisingly fast.
I’ve recently taken an interest in photography and have been inspired to capture moments of my children, but still didn’t consider documenting myself in their lives through pictures. I’m in embarrassingly few photos from the girls first several years of life.
I promised myself I would be more present in the pictures, and this created new challenges for me trying to capture photos of myself with the kids. Having to think creatively about that only enhanced my interest in everything about photography, so I signed up to do some real study, and enrolled in a photography course. I felt like having some time for myself and reminding myself that I had an identity that was seperate from my kids would be good for me, but it’s been more liberating than I would have expected. I can’t wait to see what I can learn, but I feel that having some balance back in my life, even in a small way, will make me happier and I’ll be a better, more positive person for my family as well.
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I love my little family and am so proud of the men my boys have become. It’s been one hell of a journey. Over the past 6 years, we’ve weathered my husbands kidney failure and transplant ,ongoing health issues, my diagnosis of anauto immune disease, losses in our family, both of people and individuals identity, loss of my loved job of 25+ years and my change of roles. I have been blessed with the most adorable grandchildren and they are who ground me, who gave me strength when facing a career change, who love me unconditionally and who accept me for who I am. No expectations, complete honesty, the best hugs and the most divine giggles. I still grieve for many things, my mum, friends who have walked away, my self confidence, carefree days, but I’m trying everyday to remember life is good and I’m blessed, with a family and a close circle of friends around me who support me everyday. I have been thrilled to meet a whole new group of people over the last 18 months who accept me as they see me. To me these friendships are worth more than money or gold! There are two women in my life who encourage me to shoot for the stars, and I take courage from them, for they have faced their own challenges. PK and KL, I am honored to have you in my life. ❤️ Today, I will try to remember to take time for myself and not feel guilty and not apologize!
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“Hello, my name is Priscilla.
I’m a 42 yr old mum of two gorgeous and daggy boys. I’m very lucky to be married to my best friend and have a fabulous bond with my parents. Without them all I wouldn’t be the strong and level person I am today. It’s not been an easy time though. I have been battling depression and chronic anxiety for more years than I care to remember and have fibromyalgia as well. My days are broken into small manageable lots just to try and get through each day. You never know how you will wake up and what challenges you will be faced with.
However, I’m still an immensely positive person and try to see the good side of everything and everyone. I adore my little family, my animals and like nothing more than to immerse myself in nature and gardening. I am really enjoying making and selling glass beads along with my other art work. I love to cook and listen to music. Small achievements are huge for me and I am still learning not to be so hard on myself. Sometimes i feel like I'm drowning and I don’t have enough left to keep my head above water. But I remind myself that everything passes. Go with the lows for a short time, rest and rise again. I’ve made it through worse and I’m still here.”
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“I’m Katrina, and over the past 12 months I’ve been on a journey to find myself and to get healthier mentally and physically. After we had our daughter, (she’s 3 now!) I went downhill pretty fast. I was on my way to losing the weight I had put on during my pregnancy, and then my Nana unexpectedly passed away. My whole world crumbled, I gave no shits about myself or my health and was barely functioning. All I can describe it as was being on autopilot. I was a shell of my former self. I ate crap, I was too emotionally fucked to take care of myself as I put all my effort into taking care of my kids and had nothing left in me. Then one by one, our three kids were diagnosed with Autism, so my time was spent taking them all the therapy appointments and assessments. It took a lot of courage to start my journey and start caring about myself. But here I am 12 months later and feeling so much better. My mental health still has a long way to go but I am much better than last year, and I’m always working on my physical health. I am loving the gym and challenging myself every day and learning who I am as a person, instead of purely a mother. We all have identities, and we need to find them again. 👊🏻” .
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“Hi, I’m Ruth.
I have two kids, 15 & 11yo.
It took me four years of trying & IVF to become a mother. When I finally brought my first child home it just felt right. The birth of my second child completed my family.
Sadly, things haven’t worked out as I’d hoped. Divorce and family violence have rocked our world.
I’ve done all I can to give my kids a haven, a safe place to call home.
It’s only recently that I’ve realised that I need that too. A place and time for me to recharge & just ‘be’. Crochet is my meditation. Everything else fades to white noise. I love taking a ball of yarn and creating something new.
Being available as Mum has consumed me through a tough time but today’s a new start. I’m committed to getting to know me again. I’m looking forward to it.”
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“My name is Amanda, I’m a loving Wife and mum to 3 children aged 9, 5 and 4! My life is a crazy piece of fun and family times! My drive and passion is making others happy! Im so happy with myself at the moment (took a while to get there and lots of self care along the way!) As mums we forget who we are along the way! So sometimes we just need to re remind ourselves why and what created this happy family life to start with! And for me that was getting my hair done and dressing nicely because before children/husbands it’s what I did and loved!! So why stop it now because I don’t do the same line of work! I’m proud to say I’m a stay at home mum, and there’s nothing wrong with that because who I want to be at the moment.. life is what we make it! This Friday me a stay at home mum has been invited to Sydney to speak on behalf of people involved with the NDIS and how I can make it work easier! My passion in life is giving and it’s something I will always do big or small.”
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The White Picket Fence Project Notice Board for updates/information
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The notice board has been created so there is a place for updates. I’d prefer not to add detailed information to ladies posts as I want every post to solely be about that lady. If there is any new information to share I will make a brief note advising the notice board has been updated.

Today’s update - Messages/emails have been flooding in. All women speaking of the love they have for their families (partners and children). All their stories are different, very different, ages are different, backgrounds are different yet they all share a similar feeling .. feeling lost.
It has really made me ask myself how big is this wound. How many Mothers/ladies are affected?
For every lady who raises her hand to become a face of The White Picket Fence Project, I ask, how many are reading or watching and silently saying “Wow, that’s me”. Shortly I will be posting the 1st WPFP lady. Please join me in congratulating her and all the upcoming ladies of the White Picket Fence Project . You are all going to make a difference to your life and many other women’s lives. .
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Now - I hate being in front of the camera but I decided that I could not ask other women to get in front of my camera if I could not do it myself. “My name is Christine – I am a loving wife and a loving mother of 4 children. My oldest is 10yrs and youngest is 4yrs. I lost myself many years ago. I hit my lowest early 2 years ago – I was a loving mother on the outside and an empty shell on the inside. Today I took my 1st self portrait with what brought “me” back to life. What helped me find me.”
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Welcome to the White Picket Fence Project.
This project is about the effects of motherhood. It’s about ladies, Mothers who have lost themselves during their journey called Motherhood.

I want to call out to all the Mum buns, the ladies who are so busy trying to get their family out the door that they leave no time for themselves. The Mum’s facing PND, Mum’s whos children have grown and left home, Mum’s who feel empty. The Mum’s who have lost THEMSELVES.

I want to encourage these ladies to join me on The White Picket Fence Project. I want them to search for something that is important to them, something that they enjoy or that reflects the person THEY are. No baby bottles, no nappies, lunchboxes nor scrubbing brushes. I want to talk and photograph ladies with what symbolises them as an individual. As the project grows I want other ladies to see that they are not alone with their feelings and I want all to grant themselves guilt free time to find themselves and grow as an individual. We all deserve it.
Portraits will not be retouched - Why? My inspiration for this project came from an incredible interview of two amazing photographers, @suebrycephotographer and @Platon. The interview reached my core. I shall share a few words - Platon - “Perfect is the lines. Age is as relevant as birth and youth. It’s just a different part of our journey. It’s all valuable, just different.” Let’s own our lines, let us love our lines as they all tell their very own story, stories which are about us, as individuals. .
Cost - Nil (only for you to invest this for you) .
Session times - Every Thursday morning. .
Please dm me to organise a session. .
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