I am a vibrant data analyst by day, and dedicated mental health, wellness, and lifestyle blogger at night.
People ask why I blog about mental health and wellness. Well, my focus on mental health and wellness is due to being diagnosed with depression in 2018. While I have struggled with depression since I was a teen, I did not seek help until I was a grad student at the edge of my mental cliff.
I have tried everything I could think of to deal with my mental and physical health. I have tried fad diets that left me hungry, various workout programs that left me broke, and meditation apps that made me overthink. Mind you, I have been dealing with these issues since I was a teen. The more I failed and the older I got, my self-worth decreased drastically, leading to deeper depression and losing control of my binge eating.
After a year of therapy and learning about acceptance, I am finally in a place in my life where I am happy. At least on most days, anyway. Some days are easier than others, but I have learned that my depression and anxiety are not flaws, and my weight does not define who I am as a person.
Outside my mental illnesses and weight,
- I am pretty blessed to be surrounded by a caring, supporting family and friends. I am also lucky to be married to the love of my life, who has sat with me through the darkest of times.
- I am currently living in Austin, TX, and I love living here. The only flaws, in my opinion, is the traffic and the hot summers.
- I got my undergrad and grad degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Yes, that means I root for the Texas Longhorns when football season rolls around.
- Diets do not work for me. I don’t particularly appreciate being restricted to what food I can and cannot eat. I try to eat balanced, healthy meals every day, but I will not refuse pizza and tacos. Its a struggle, but I am trying to live that food balance.
- I love to travel, but I get terrible anxiety flying. I started my blog after a trip to Los Angeles, CA in 2017.
I created Memories & Words as an outlet to share my good and bad days, and allow my stories to be a resource for others dealing with similar issues. When I got diagnosed, I didn’t know anyone my age with depression and felt alone. I want you to realize that you are not alone and that I will be there every step of the way.
CERTIFICATES: I took a few Coursera courses to help broaden my knowledge. A few other courses are currently being taken, but this list will feature the classes that I have successfully passed.
- Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health by The University of Sydney
- Psychological First Aid by Johns Hopkins University
If you are interested in taking any classes from Coursera, I highly recommend it! You can get 50 percent off a course or the first month of a Specialization subscription.
REMEMBER: I am NOT a mental or physical health professional. Everything I share in my blog or social media comes from my personal experiences or research.