Hello there, and welcome to my blog (even though I’m a little late on this haha)! I’m so glad you’ve decided to join me on my journey to finding happiness, and becoming physically and mentally healthier! Let me tell you a little about myself.
I grew up in a small town in middle Tennessee, I have two sisters, and I’m the glorious middle child! My parents are both teachers and I graduated from high school in 2008. I’m a gay Buddhist who loves to learn, and I currently work as a 911 Operator/Emergency dispatcher for two counties. I attended college for a few years at the University of Memphis before moving back home and changing my major from vocal music performance to psychology. I now attend part time online/night classes at Motlow State.
I’ve always struggled with depression, but it wasn’t until June 16, 2012 (after a very serious bout of depression and substance abuse) that I finally decided I needed professional help. I checked myself into a rehab facility at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital for ten days and came out a new person! Since then I have turned my life around tremendously! For the first time in a VERY long time I actually enjoy waking up every day, and even wake up early to take in as many minutes as possible during the day. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be alive and free of all substance that used to bog me down. I’ve learned to face my problems, learn from them, and help teach others not to make the same mistakes. I’ve since lost 135lbs, been promoted at work, saved SOOOO much more money, and improved so much compared to the person I was. Plus I smile…a lot! 🙂
I decided to start a blog not only as a way to journal my thoughts and feelings, but to also help others who may be suffering. I’ve learned to focus on the good things in life rather than the bad things, but I don’t ignore them completely. I wake up every day, make my bed, and typically start my day with some yoga, a light breakfast, and some coffee. I spend this time thinking of things that make me happy, and I also try to center my mind for the day to make sure I get started off on the right foot. My day may consist of many things: working, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, walking, dancing, singing, cleaning, etc. but I always do them the best I can, and I make sure I enjoy every minute. You must be an active participant in your own recovery. Let me repeat, you MUST BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN YOUR OWN RECOVERY AND MENTAL HEALTH. You cannot just sit by and expect to get better. Yes, you may be on medication (as I am; a basic depression pill), but you still have to play a lead role in getting better. Medication can only do so much, and it’s not a fix. There are still days when I struggle, but those days just remind me that there is still work that needs to be done.
Now that all that is out of the way, I look forward to having you take this journey with me! Please, feel free to ask questions, leave comments, and share my blog entries. I want to help others so if you feel that someone you know could benefit from a post or something I’ve said, I won’t mind a bit for you to share it with them. We are all brothers and sisters of the same species in this amazing universe that we live in! I’m here for you! 🙂