Let's Start with Now
I write and share some heavy material regarding my past with addiction and depression, but I want others to know that I made it through to the other side and that life is fantastic. I think I can do that best by sharing the now.
What Does a Snapshot of my Life Look Like?
Well, I’m married to my best friend, and we have three beautiful children together. I’m a practicing Buddhist and teach meditation classes. During the day, I hold down a full-time job where I work with the top natural and organic brands in the food industry. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism (more on that later).
More importantly, I’ve been clean for many years, and even though I do suffer from the occasional bout of depression, it’s nowhere near as dangerous as it was during my teens and twenties. Now, I’m able to give my mental health more attention. I have tools I use to cope with the nasty beast when it decides to show up.
When it comes to pharmaceutical drugs, I’m also clean. I haven’t taken a medication to treat my depression in over fifteen years. At one point in my illness, I was on a few different anti-depressants and anti-psychotic pills, but I weaned myself off.
Creativity has been a reoccurring theme throughout my life and through my illness. I played and recorded music, drew pictures and painted, and I wrote – a lot.
Writing, for me, is a safe way to express the emotions that arise while living with depression. Plus, it’s a positive way to share my story with others.
I started writing back when I was ten. My father worked at a bindery and would bring home blank books that I would immediately fill with stories of castles and knights, dragons and wizards – lots of magical stuff. Throughout the years I would always travel with a blank book, filling the pages.
My Story With Depression
You can read some of my favorite stories regarding my history with depression here:
Back to Life, Back to Reality – click here to read
Checking In and Check Out – click here to read
I Just Want to Help
It is my wish to help others through dark times, and I believe I can do that by sharing my story. So, I took all that I learned while studying Buddhism, journalism and the lessons from my past to create new content. I hope that you enjoy it and find some value in the stories I share.
Along with the blog, I also send out a weekly newsletter called Sharing Hope. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.
Thanks so much for taking time to be here, it truly means the world to me,