From a young age I struggled with depression and a sense of grief, which made me feel isolated from people around me. I didn’t yet have the words or understanding to convey what I was going through and ask for help, so instead I coped with these feelings through books and video games. I became very passionate about both activities, which allowed me an escape from my depression at the time.

When I went to college I discovered drugs and alcohol; these substances gave me a way to find the oblivion I so desired. When I was drunk or high I was able (at times) to forget my depression… but this was just a temporary fix. Once the substance wore off I was back where I started, only with a hangover on top of it. I continued in this manner for years until… the running away from my feelings stopped working.

One day (after a long night of drinking) I hit a breaking point. I was deeply unhappy, and distracting myself with substances wasn’t effective anymore. It was then that I began taking the steps to live a sober life and figure out how to heal.

A key part of my journey was found in books that pertained to healing. I applied my childhood love of reading as I devoured books about processing depression, recovery, and living my purpose.

I read anything that gave me an edge in healing. My drive for knowledge led me to take classes and seminars to better understand myself. In these classes I met people that introduced me to others that further helped me on my way, including practitioners and teachers. My journey seemed to lead organically to what I needed at the moment, and only got better with time.  

Melissa was one of the people I met on my path to self-awareness. One day I ran into her at a coffee shop and she told me about Seekers Collective; it piqued my interest. It falls in line with what I’ve been doing for years: a website that compiles lists of books, podcasts and practitioners, all geared toward self-awareness and healing. I told her I’d love to help and here I am! I enjoy sharing what has helped me figure out my life and I’m excited to help other people find what they need to heal.

To learn more about our team, read our stories: Raluca | Melissa | KatalynSheri | Alex.