Wild Women: Kaitlin Y

I can’t wait for you to meet this inspirational woman! Kaitlin is a working mama, she’s on a health and weight-loss journey and is super sweet and supportive. She has been through a lot in life and comes out stronger every time. Read our interview below to learn more about her.

Follow Kaitlin on Instagram here. 
Photo Credit for the following professional photos goes to: Paige Olson Photography and Woods Photography.

You’re a mama and step mama. What’s the best thing about having kids?
The best thing is watching them grow and learn and become strong independent little people. Also watching just how much unconditional love they have for everyone and everything and the innocence they have I wish they could keep forever.

What advice would you give to new moms or women wanting to have a family?
Trust your gut, accept the help even if you think you don’t need it because you will and it really does take a village to raise them. Remember we all make mistakes and when we know better we do better.

What’s your biggest wish for your kids?
To know they can achieve and be anything they want and that I will always support them, that they will be the new voice in the world.

What have you struggled with in life? What has it taught you?
My biggest struggle has always been my mental health, I had a lot of childhood trauma and it ran my life when I was younger. I made bad decisions and spent time in treatment and I don’t sugar coat that at all because those struggles have gotten me to where I am today even if I’m not exactly where I want to be I accept my journey! It unfortunately taught me that you can’t always trust people, even those closest to you- even when you’re a very young child and that’s a hard thing to accept too.

Where do you live? What’s the best part about it? The worst?
I live in Medicine Hat which is about 2.5hrs south east of Calgary. It’s not too big and not too small and a not horrible place to raise kids. I think the worst thing is probably that it’s stuck in the past for so many things even when people don’t think it is.

What are you afraid to do?
As much as I have more confidence than I used to I still am so insecure and hate being stared at so anything in public I fear. I’m also afraid to let people down too.

What’s the best thing that’s happened this week?
I finally got my ass in gear and started working out again, I’ve struggled a lot in the past few months since my Nana died.

What’s something on your bucket list?
To travel Europe for a month or two, no kids and no set plans just traveling by the seat of my pants.

What would you tell teenage you, if you could?
Slow down, don’t rush life. Remember your worth and don’t let people walk all over you. I’d also tell myself that taking care of yourself in every way should always be a priority.

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned so far?
That grief is an unforgiving menacing bitch. Losing my grandma has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to learn to maneuver.

Do you have any regrets?
I regret the choices I made during the time my grandma got sick/passed away. I almost ruined my relationship and yet we are in a better place than we have ever been but I wish we had gotten there without my shitty choices.

What’s the name of the current chapter of your life?
The journey to self health, awareness and acceptance.

What gets you fired up?
I’m passionate about so many things, as someone who works in the medical field I find it hard with some things I see because I care way to much and wish it wasn’t such a political industry centred around money in so many ways. Women’s rights and treatment of women is also a topic that gets me fired up reeeal fast.

What are you most proud of yourself for?
Graduating college with honours with three kids, surviving as long as I have after losing my Nana and trying to sort not only my mental health but physical health out for the first time truly.

What makes you feel alive?
Knowing how much my kids love and cherish me, knowing I have such a great purpose on this earth even on days I don’t feel like it.

What personality traits do you value the most in others?
Honesty, compassion and humour.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you headed in that direction?
I’d love to be a nurse, I do love being in the rehab field and being a part of people healing but I’ve always had a passion for nursing.

What’s your ultimate goal, personally and professionally?
Personally I want to be in the best physical shape I can and lose the weight I want/get the excess skin removed and professionally I want to get a permanent position in my field at the hospital and then go back to college for nursing once my kids are older.

Anything else you want to add?
I’m so bloody blessed to know so many great women who empower, support and love each other. I couldn’t ask for better people in my life even if they’re only through a computer screen.
















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