Hey there! I'm Leah. Lover of Jesus. Wife to my handsome hubby, Mark. And Mama to three incredible boys. Yep, three boys. I'm a dreamer and a business owner and I love the thrill of getting my creativity on. Oh yeah, and I'm also a recovering over-achiever and perfectionist. Ouch. It’s tough to admit but it’s the honest truth. 
 
For a long time I was able to juggle these tendencies without issue.  But in 2014 I entered a season of life that turned my world upside down. My second son, Mason was born and I was instantly in love but also unprepared for the whirlwind of emotions that would follow.  A newborn baby, a toddler, a husband with a demanding travel schedule, and a house literally falling apart (sinkhole) left me a mess. Add a dash of crazy postpartum hormones and I was a complete wreck. I experienced the maddening effects of being completely unable to control my emotions. The things I used to handle with ease became absolutely crippling. On top of that, for the first time in my life I was forced to accept that I simply could not do it all. You can only imagine what a troubling revelation that was to the perfectionist overachiever in me. It was a tough year. 
 

I'm happy to report that through my faith, the amazing support of friends and family, and a heck of a lot of research, counseling, and the occasional retail therapy, I found healing - though it's really more of an ongoing process than a final destination. 

Through my journey I've discovered the maddening difficulty of finding help. It made me want to do something about it! Maternal anxiety and depression are the single most common complications of childbirth yet they are not commonly screened for or treated. One in nine women report major postpartum depression yet common sense tells us there are far more that are suffering and never seek help. 

I am passionate about erasing the stigma of mental health issues. I want people to understand it doesn't always look the way you would think. Sometimes the most "put together" mama is dying on the inside. And most importantly, I want to create awareness and connect moms with the tools and resources to find true healing. 

Kaiya Designs is the perfect avenue to do just that! I was introduced to Marcy and her beautiful clothing collection during my year of healing. Her clothes made me feel good. They were a welcome alternative to the new mom uniform of yoga pants and oversized t-shirts. They were beautiful and they were EASY. So it's only fitting they would be the vehicle for me to give back and pay it forward. Each time you purchase through my movement you are making an impact on the heart, soul, and mind of a mom - a difference that will last for generations. 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message 

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