Lizzie Bermudez, Founder LizzieB TV
Until a few years ago, I was a busy TV news anchor and reporter in San Francisco. Now, I’m a full-time mom to two little girls and wife to an incredibly patient man. I had always planned to continue working in the TV news industry while raising my family because I’ve always been a person who thrived off of work. The stress, the adrenaline, the deadlines, the chaos I loved it all. For me, working made me a better person, and in turn, a better mom.
But somewhere between having my first daughter and going back to work, I got postpartum depression. And boy, did it send me into a tailspin. My excitement and joy for being a working mom was quickly replaced with a deep, dark and heavy sadness that I just couldn’t shake. I thought quitting my job and focusing on my family would help me snap out of it. But I was wrong. Only after therapy and a lot of emotional support did I finally get back on track.
About this time is when I started working as a freelance parenting and family reporter. I really wanted to foster an open and honest dialogue between real momsto talk about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of motherhood without fear of being judged. I started with myself and just kept rolling from there.
Those first inspirations have led me to my newest venture, lizziebtv.com, a video blog site that comes straight from the heart. It’s the place I get to share my real mom insights, while still enjoying the satisfaction that comes from working. It’s the best of both my worlds.
What is your top tip for balancing it all?
I’ve learned that I just can’t say yes to everyone like I used to. I had to develop a firm grasp of my boundaries and my limits, which has saved my sanity. Also, I have to make time to do something with my girlfriends and be my old self.
How has motherhood impacted your success?
That is an interesting question. Nothing in my life or career has ever been easy. I have had to work very hard. I think, as a mother, a lot of my success is still ahead of me. Going through postpartum depression was an essential component to my success now and in the future.
What is your best mommy moment?
I am extremely proud of my commitment to seek out at least one moment in every day where I thoroughly enjoy being a mother. My daily bliss comes from sitting down on the floor to play with my daughters and I have been able to make that a priority.