Hello! I’m a 23-year-old body positive activist, mental health advocate and blogger from 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. Being creative through various mediums 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 these communities I have cultivated online.
This world (and even the internet) can be such a scary place.
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 bad things happen. 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?”.