Hello, my friends! It's been awhile. I know. I have been focusing hardcore on my family, my job, and my studies. I've also been putting lots of thought into a new project that I've had in the back of my head for a long time. It's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so happy to finally bring it to life.
For over twenty years, I have dealt with various mental health challenges. Due to a life-endangering experience I had as a kid, I developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that went diagnosed for two decades. I tried to manage it on my own. It didn't work well. I have had bouts with depression and high-functioning anxiety. I have been through some dark times, and although I certainly didn't enjoy them, they gave me a personal perspective on the suffering of others. Having dealt with mental illness myself, and now feeling strong and healthy, my hope is that I can use myself as a bridge to link others with mental health issues to people who haven't had such experiences. The world needs more connection. More empathy. We need to take the time to talk to each other, and try to understand where the other person is coming from. We need to listen to each other's stories.
Out of this desire, I created the Be A Finder Project. A "finder" is someone who can recognize when someone is in pain, and can reach out a hand to help them. The purpose of this project is to educate people on mental illness, mental health, and why it's important that they take the initiative to reach out to people in their lives who may be in need of greater connection and deeper empathy. I'd love for you to take a moment to check it out. I will keep adding to it over the next few months. I am also considering starting a Facebook page for us. If this is something that you would like, please leave a comment and let me know.
I'm so happy to be back here with you! I've missed this place!
I am so glad you are here! Welcome to my blog. Look around and make yourself comfortable, because this is your space, too. My name is Amy, and I am no stranger to the ups and downs of life. Join me as we search for beauty and authenticity, tell our truth, and hold space for each other in the messiness of life.