START HERE - The Life You Love


"When we share our stories, what it does is it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey."

- Janine Shepherd 

The day that I realized how freaking important my story could be for others just so happens to be the same day that I learned to accept and even appreciate my mental health journey.  Several therapists and psychiatrists later, I'm finally able to understand my symptoms and how to help relieve some of those symptoms.  Of course, to see the best version of you and to really relieve yourself of unwanted symptoms, you can't just talk to someone for an hour every two weeks or take an antidepressant nightly.

You have to take care of every part of your life - mind, body, spirit, and so much more.

That's when I discovered the concept of "holistic living."  If you Google it, you'll find information about only eating whole foods, not using any store-bought cleaning products, and using alternative remedies instead of modern medicine.  While that can totally be part of holistic living, it doesn't have to be.  The most basic definition of "holistic" simply tells us that the whole works better when all of the individual parts are at their best levels of performance.  As a person, that means that I am at my best self when I take care of every aspect of my living, such as mind, body, and spirit.

To learn more about holistic living, at least the way that I define it, read these links:

How does this help you?  I share my experiences, my knowledge, and my advice so you can take what works for you, leave what doesn't work for you, and reflect on your life.  Maybe you'll read one of my posts and fall in love with a resource that I share.  That resource helps you keep up with journaling, which improves your mental health.  That's my goal: to help you find what makes you happy and what can help you life The Life You Love, even if it's in little ways.  The same can be true if you read one of my blog posts and feel that it doesn't work for you.  Ask yourself why it doesn't work for you and find out what would work for you instead.

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."

- George R. R. Martin

Let's talk about who I am so you know where my story is coming from.  I'll sprinkle in some fun facts along the way.  First and foremost, I am family.  I'm a sister, daughter, and girlfriend.  What makes my family history a little unique, though, is that I grew up as an Army brat.  Fun fact: My three younger sisters and I were all born in different states.

Second, I'm a mental health advocate and survivor.  I am a person living with Bipolar II disorder, anxiety, and ADHD.  I studied psychology and interpersonal studies as an undergraduate student.  Now, I'm working on my Masters of Social Work program and interning at an intensive outpatient clinic.  Fun fact: I went to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my undergrad.  Go heels!  

Third, I am a person with many likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and goals.  I like coffee, my dog, fall, and reading.  Fun fact: I love iced pumpkin spice lattes.  I don't like any other pumpkin-flavored drinks or foods.  I don't like due dates, kale, proofreading, or summer.  My strengths are connecting with others and bullshitting my way through any situation.  My weaknesses are following through and creating plans. My goals are to become a successful Licensed Clinical Social Worker and blogger while staying healthy, happy, and involved in my home life.

Of course, there is so much more to me than I can express, but you'll find that out through following my blog and social media accounts 😉.

Now it's your turn!  Comment below and tell me a little bit about you.  What are your goals?  Strengths?  Likes?  Tell me what kind of blog posts you'd like see from me and let me know how I can help you!

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