[box-2 align=”center” ][title align=”center”]Creativity is the way I share my soul with the World – Brene Brown[/title] I was writing for years, both personally and professionally as a marketing nerd helping entrepreneurs and change makers share their message before I started studying Psychology at 30. Before that, I worked in natural therapies, so wellbeing has always been an integral part of who I am. It took me some time to realise this creative part of myself was in fact, helping me through my own personal challenges and set-backs. I’m someone that struggles with speaking and talking about my own stuff. But writing gave me an outlet to express myself. And share insights I learnt along the way. I’ve suppressed my mental health journey for half my life due to shame and the stigma that is deeply entrenched within the health system and society.  It’s my intention here to help change the narrative and create a safe space for inclusion and representation, a place for all voices, and to share different experiences so that we can learn from one another, dismantle barriers and help one another heal, collectively.[/box-2]

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I believe expressing yourself creatively through art, music, movement, writing, or anything else that lights you up and gives you purpose is an empowering way to heal,
gain clarity in difficult situations and spark inspiration, allowing others to see what’s possible..
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Later, when I started studying psychology to pursue a career in mental health, I learnt there is evidence to support this & was impressed to discover creativity can be used as a form of therapy, a way to heal.

I have learnt that when we begin to heal, it helps others to see what’s possible for them. It’s through story telling and expression that we are able to connect with one another & help each other grow through adversity and heal. 

I’m also a big advocate of therapy. After many years of yoga, natural therapies and writing, psychological therapy was the missing piece I needed to let go of the shame I had been carrying around for half my life, and finally own that part of my story I was so afraid to reveal.

When we own our story, it not only empowers others to navigate through their own journey, but it also empowers us to change and write the rest of our story ..

Everyone has a story, and everyone has the write to heal.

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My personal journey hasn’t been without It’s challenges. Writing and blogging has helped me navigate and gain clarity through some difficult and turbulent times, over the years. Although it’s taken me half my lifetime to understand and be open about my own mental health, being honest and vulnerable when I was ready has allowed me to own my story instead of letting it own me. My experiences has only fuelled my curiosity, motivating my desire to help others from a young age. Today I study Psychology, work in mental health & volunteer as a youth mentor in my local community. I live a pretty simple life with my beau. It’s the little things that bring me joy, like a dip in the ocean, a good cup of coffee or a smile from a stranger. Read my story[/box-3]

 

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