I though it would be nice if I shared a little bit about who I am. How can you determine if you should listen to any of the advice I have on living a fuller, healthier, happier life, if you know nothing about me?
I have had a very interesting, complicated and fortunate life. I am a mother (I have one beautiful son who is the pride of my life), a wife, a daughter and a sister (I’m one of six children). I have worked in many fields starting with fast food in high school, office management for the construction industry after high school, veterinary medicine during college, and laboratory analysis after college(my background is molecular biology). I even dabbled in fitness coaching and internet marketing. I was never raised in any particular religion nor did I ever attend a church until I was well into adulthood. My introduction to spirituality was something I stumbled across completely on my own. I have made a ton of mistakes (some monumental and some your average everyday stumbles). I am not a shaman, a psychic, a leader or a follower. I’ve always done my own thing but it was always with one singular purpose. I want to help people. I think everyone should have a chance to find their happiness, their bliss, their most joyful life. This is so important to me that I have reorganized my life many times over the years in order to find a way to do this. I think I have finally been lead in the right direction with this blog. At its most basic level, it is a collection of the things I have learned over my life. Tools that I hope others will find useful in their own quest to live their best lives. It’s also partly a selfish act. I am worn out by the sadness and anger that seems to permeate our world. I so enjoy being around other happy, fulfilled people that I want to flood the world with them. I want to drive the anger and sadness away as much as I can. If I can leave this world a better place than I found it, I can leave this plane of existence content.
I think that the least interesting thing about me is my bipolar disorder diagnosis. I don’t think it should define me and yet I am willing to use it to share information and hope with others dealing with a mental illness. I also hope that the information I share is helpful to those that aren’t dealing with a mental illness because I believe this information is important to anyone wanting a healthier, happier life.
I started this for two reasons: I wanted to share my story and, by sharing my story, I hoped to help end the stigma associated with a mental illness. Mental illness is really no different than physical illness. My illness is something I have to get treatment for and that I must manage on a daily basis but that is no different than getting treatment for my hypothyroidism. I want to demonstrate that this diagnosis in no way diminishes who I am as a person. My ultimate hope is that those not dealing with a chronic illness can read this and see that there is no difference between them and those dealing with mental illness. I believe education is the cure for all stigma.