Hello! I'm Mandy Benoit,
I am a designer, a maker, a photographer, a storyteller, and a binge TV watcher. I have been happily married to my husband for almost 12 years. We have 4 beautiful kids. Lucy is 8, Anthony is 5, Kate is 3 & Leo is 20 months. I am a very passionate introvert who needs a creative outlet every day; a rule bender who can't stick to a diet for more than 3 days; & an eternal optimist who will see good in others until she's blue in the face.
I love my family, my friends, possibilities, & anything or anyone that has character. I will always have at least one grey t-shirt in my closet, at least 3 Moleskine journals on my desk, & sharpies and Precise V5 pens in my drawer. Designing, creating, planning & empowering others gives me life.
My family, alone time to create, & the space to be myself are essential to me. I become a ball of stress when I don't make time to get perspective. Creative freedom, the ability to infuse my day with meaning & the opportunity to move forward are things I cannot live without.
MOTHERHOOD HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING & BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are -brene brown
I believe that there isn’t anything more important than creating the space for people to be themselves. I believe that when we do this people can grow, change, and become who they are meant to be. I feel we live in a culture of perfection. You’re encouraged to fit in rather than find your own way…. think like everyone else and not encouraged to listen to what’s inside of you. To me there is nothing more beautiful or interesting than someone feeling comfortable in their own skin.
I have a long history with mental illness. Which for me was a complete and total loss of connection to my life and to myself. It was a long hard journey to travel. My hardest bout of it was after having my oldest daughter. I suffered for a year and a half before I received help. I didn’t know anyone else who had experienced this, and it made me carry so much more weight. There is so much shame wrapped up in post partum depression, and that shame comes from it not being out in the light. Hiding our need for help. I feel that there is an ideal that is created somewhat by the media and somewhat by us that can prevent us from allowing us to be who we are in that moment, someone that is struggling, and that prevents us to ultimately get help.
Read more about my journey through it all on my blog. I sincerely hope my experience can help lift you up.
I BELIEVE YOU CAN FIND BEAUTY EVERY DAY IF YOU LOOK FOR IT