I am a 23-year-old body positive activist, mental health advocate and blogger located in New Jersey.
I probably love dogs more than I love you. I mean, come on, these three floofs are just the cutest!
My heart has been set on becoming an art therapist since I was 15 years old. I have always wanted to help other struggling with mental illness by showing them how to express themselves through a creative and safe outlet. I’m not sure where life will take me but even if I don’t go down that career path, I hope I always get opportunities to share my story and inspire people.
When I was 15, and entered residential treatment (at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia) for the first time, I discovered art therapy. Making art, though I’m certainly not the most talented at it, has been an incredible and useful outlet for me in recovery. I appreciate people who seemingly effortlessly turn a blank canvas into the most breathtaking piece of art — that takes major skill and talent. I also appreciate people, like myself, who don’t have much training or skill, but still find solace in expressing their innermost feelings by putting a pen to paper, or paint to a canvas.
Overall, I write about my struggles to process and heal. And I share my words with the world in hopes to help others see they are never alone.
I hope you find a spark of hope, and maybe even motivation to document your own story or support others who do, in the communities I have cultivated online.
This world (and even the internet) can be such a scary place. Bad, awful, and unfair things happen constantly, and oftentimes we search for reasons why. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why am I always dealt such bad cards? Why don’t people understand me? Why are there bad people? Why aren’t people more kind and compassionate? Why is there so much terror and heartbreak and pain that just seem so endless? While asking questions is certainly a sign of intelligence and growth, I’m here to tell you that you don’t always need to focus so intently on the why.
I’ve found that focusing on negativity and what isn’t going right never makes me feel better and always keeps me stuck. We don’t always need to spend all our time on the why. I think the real question is, “How will I rise above all of this pain so I can ultimately heal myself, as well as contribute to healing this world we live in?”.