As a US Embassy kid, I had the fortunate experience of being able to live overseas in the Middle East, Africa and Europe when I was younger. I know that experiencing all those amazing cultures have had a create impact on me in being open minded and compassionate to people who may not be exactly like me.
My husband and I have been blessed with a daughter and fraternal twin boys and although it was incredibly hard the first years of the twins lives, I was able to learn about myself and the strength I didn’t know that I had. Those darkest days of Post Partum Depression, which lingered for longer than it should and later giving me the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder after 72 hours of mania and then falling into a deep depression with suicidal thoughts ended up being an amazing blessing. I found my calling in life and that is to help those with mental illness to realize they can live an amazing and full life and OWN IT DAILY! It took some time but I decided to own my Bipolar Disorder (and General Anxiety diagnosis) and try my best to make a positive difference in this world.
I found a love for fitness as I was trying to climb out of my dark hole of depression and it has made a big impact on my physical and mental health. I love it so much that I became a big difference in my physical and mental health. I love it so much that I became a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). I trained and completed two half marathons, numerous 5k’s, a couple of 10k’s along with 3 sprint triathlons. I enjoy the challenge I have to put my mind and body through to get to the finish line of those races. I am by no means fast in any of the sports of swimming, cycling or running but my goal is to continue competing against myself and obtain my own personal bests.Fitness has not only brought about a body I am proud of with the muscles to prove it – I was the very skinny girl in high school – but the mental clarity that is brought out after a good long run or a lifting session is something I can not put into words.
My mental illness has not stopped me from feeling good about who I am but if anything, I feel blessed to have Bipolar Disorder. I will share my experiences on this website and via social media with the hope that you will find peace about your own mental illness, or really any of the curve balls or strikes that have made you the person you are today.
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