What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
In 2016, after battling with chronic undiagnosed mental health issues and a cancer scare, I had a nervous breakdown that drove me to the doctor's office. That was when I received a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression. Once I received the diagnosis I started a blog called Real Girls F.A.R.T. (Fearless, Authentic, Rescuer, Trailblazer) wanting to point to the stigma surrounding mental health conversations much like the taboo around the word ”fart”. I wanted women to be okay with showing their vulnerabilities and be comfortable shedding perfectionism. The blog was therapy for me as well as the desire to help others through their mental health journey. From the blog, we became a social media platform as well as a for-profit that hosts empowerment sessions for women and girls in the community. Continuing to write the blog I started turning my story into a book called Be Free, Be You which was released in June of 2019.
What message do you promote?
I promote the message of self-discovery, self-love, and authenticity. I want every woman to be free, to take the time to take care of herself enough to discover who she truly is, and show up as that person.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I serve my community by being an example of someone who is doing their best to live in their truth, use my voice, and help others fond their voices.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
Truthfully, I’m still overcoming my struggles. I don’t think anyone ever arrives in a place where they aren’t struggling in some way. Having a mental health challenge can be situational or it can be biochemical. I have had both instances and the bio-physiological part I need consistent treatment for so every day I work very hard to overcome those challenges. I think that’s the relatable part of my message because I’m in the thick of it with my followers.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
A lot of people would think it’s the followers and engagement on social, the crowds of people that gather to hear me speak, or the book sales but that isn’t what sets me on fire. What makes me happiest about what I do is the women that message me on social or email me or even pull me to the side after I finish speaking to tell me I gave them hope and courage to speak up. The women that tell me that they were contemplating suicide or drugs and decided not to because they realize that they have the power to choose to get help. Or the young girl who says they want to be a mental health advocate or therapist because of what I’m doing. That is the greatest feeling in the world.
How do you SHOW UP?
I show up by being consistent and persistent even when it’s hard. I show up by being authentic and honest about my story on a regular basis. I show up with empathy and compassion to all of my followers.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Be true to who you are and your message. Be leary of comparison because comparison will rob you of all of the joy that can come from launching your business.
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