I am a stay-at-home-mom to three beautiful girls. It is because of these 3 girls that I found myself on a new journey in life after years of depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. To be a better mom, wife, and friend and to really just be a better version of me, I made the decision to taper off of my anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds, which led me down this path of authenticity and listening to that inner voice. That voice led me to an old high school acquaintance, a coffee shop, and hours of deep conversation, which led to launching our first ever podcast. That Conversation is a continuation of those conversations, discussing our past traumas, how we overcame them, and our current life struggles.
So to tell you a little more about me…
I’m ‘mostly’ from Cincinnati, Ohio. However, it’s hard for me to call it home because I’ve moved around so much throughout my life. Back in my late 20’s, I began to settle down in life, establishing a career as a marketing manager and getting married with the intention of starting a family shortly after that. However, I would never have called my life (back then) stable, fulfilling, or healthy. I was taking medication that I thought would make my life better, but all I was doing was treating the symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety, panic attacks), not realizing that not processing my past traumas was holding me back. Shortly after being married, my new life became rocky and it was at that point that I knew I needed help. I had always dreamed of getting married, having kids, being a SAHM, and the white picket fence. It became clear to me that with my emotional state, I needed to make a change, and medication alone was not cutting it. Hence, therapy.
Within the first year of therapy, I was able to put closure to parts of my past and to live an emotionally (somewhat) healthier life. But my life didn’t actually begin until I made the decision to come off my medications. I now feel like I am truly living. I feel things more deeply. I feel more alive and am genuinely happy, for the first time in my life. Life isn’t perfect, but I can certainly handle life’s blows way better (and more healthily) than ever before. My biggest accomplishment, in truth, is leading a normal life, which I am grateful for every single day.