#embraceyourAND: Taking a Leap of Faith

by Holly Ellis

For many Mormon women, when it comes to “taking a leap of faith” and pursuing educational and professional goals, the hardest part is believing that you can . . . or, that you should! As a Mormon woman, I always wanted to be a wife and mother, and I believed that these roles would bring me all of the happiness and fulfillment I needed. In addition, growing up in difficult circumstances led me believe that if I put all of my time, energy, and talents into raising my family, I would be complete as a woman. This pattern of behavior, however, left me feeling empty and incomplete. After my youngest child was born, I struggled with postpartum depression, and I knew it was time to do something to better myself. I took a leap of faith and went back to school, and in so doing, I discovered that balancing my needs with the needs of my family led to happiness, fulfillment, and an increased ability to contribute in meaningful ways. I a few months I will graduate with my master’s degree, and I was recently accepted to a clinical psychology doctoral program. When women succeed, families succeed! All it takes is a leap of faith!

I’m a full time graduate student AND counseling intern AND wife AND mother AND cookie baker.

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