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.
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.