Let’s skip the small talk. I want to share the real me.
I created Memories & Words as a way to find a sense of belonging in one of the darkest periods of my life. You see, in 2017, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety, while dealing with physical health issues. During that time, I was trying fad diets that left me hungry, various workout programs that left me broke, and meditation apps that made me overthink. The more I failed and the older I got, my self-worth decreased drastically, leading to deeper depression and losing control of my binge eating.
I wasn’t in a good place mentally, physically, or emotionally.
Thankfully, I took a big step and sought help. I was scared, nervous, and worried that I would be considered broken. I was wrong. After a year of therapy and learning about acceptance, I am finally in a place in my life where I am happy. At least on most days, anyway. Some days are easier than others, but I have learned that my depression and anxiety are not flaws, and my weight does not define who I am as a person.
Using what I have experienced in my life, I wanted to start the conversation that we aren’t alone, and we all belong.
My blog isn’t just about mental, emotional, or physical health. I will be sharing my day-to-day struggles, my new life in New England, some travel, and things that I have learned the hard way.
The one thing you should know is that my goal is to always try to be intentional, honest, and transparent. I will be real, raw, and unfiltered.
REMEMBER: I am NOT a mental or physical health professional. Everything I share in my blog or social media comes from my personal experiences or research.
CERTIFICATES: I took a few Coursera courses to help broaden my knowledge. A few other courses are currently being taken, but this list will feature the classes that I have successfully passed.
- Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health by The University of Sydney
- Psychological First Aid by Johns Hopkins University