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Meet Christina Furnival

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Furnival.

Christina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For over a decade I have worked in the mental health field, providing therapy and therapeutic services to all ages in outpatient clinics, hospital programs, and domestic violence centers, as well as teaching parenting classes and providing one-on-one customized behavioral support to children and their families.

When I became a mom, I decided to stay home with my children, utilizing my professional skills with them! With my experience and background, I expected motherhood to come naturally to me, but the reality is that I have found motherhood super challenging. Those early days were especially rough as I suffered from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.

Now, I am a few years into life as a Mom with my three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, and I am in a much better place. Calling upon both my roles as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and as a Mama, I provide support and resources for mothers around the world with my motherhood and lifestyle blog Real Life Mama.

Has it been a smooth road?
Becoming a mom has been quite different than I expected, and my ability to parent the way I thought I would has been a challenge.The sheer overwhelm of early parenthood knocked me down, but then you throw in postpartum depression and anxiety, a baby who doesn’t sleep unless they are held, insufficient breast milk supply, and delayed postpartum hemorrhage, and it’s safe to say my experience felt at times cataclysmic.

I am not unique in this though as many, many mamas that I have spoken with had circumstances that led them to also feel like motherhood was not as advertised. Both my children are now toddlers, which means I am out of the newborn stage, thank goodness! That was just not my jam. Toddlerhood brings with it a host of new challenges, but these are ones I feel more equipped to handle thanks to my professional experience. However, it doesn’t mean that I always react well. I often find myself being angrier and more quick to yell than I ever thought I would be. My husband and I are constantly working to reflect on ourselves and improve our approach so that we can be the best parents possible for our amazing kiddos.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Real Life Mama is a blog where we keep it real. Being a mom is beautiful and wonderful, and a whole lot of hard work, and on my blog, we address it all. We cover a variety of topics and nothing is off-limits. I start conversations about marriage, parenting, miscarriage, pregnancy, friendships, basically whatever is relevant and important. We talk about the highs and we talk about the lows. And as I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I bring in evidence-backed advice and information to provide even more depth and substance. As such, Real Life Mama is no ordinary mom blog; it’s a relatable, honest, poignant, and supportive resource for all moms. It’s a mom blog based in real life and real experiences, with a therapist’s twist!

My mission with Real Life Mama is to help moms to feel connected and supported. If just one mom comes away from Real Life Mama feeling better or that she has more tools in her toolbox, then I’ve done my job. If I can help many, many moms, that would be simply amazing. One day in the not-to-distant future I plan to begin my private practice to continue to support parents more directly, so keep your eye out! This is real life, mama, and it ain’t easy!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I am a born-and-raised San Diegan, so I am a big fan of our sunny city. I love how there are so many neighborhoods and pockets each with their own personality. I love how we are surrounded by the beauty of the beaches, mountains, and deserts. There are so many things to do and so many things to see!

I dislike that the city is getting more and more crowded, and the roads are becoming so congested. Sometimes trying to go to a city wide event requires mental preparation for how busy it will be, especially with our little ones in tow. Luckily we have a group of great friends with kiddos, so we have local playdates and don’t have to brave the crowds too often.

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Megan Burgess, Aimee Westcott and Kevin Tostado

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