An Introduction

So I'm sitting here, hair pulled back, coffee in hand, thinking, "Alright. Here I am. I'm gonna do this." Kind of heavy thoughts on the morning of starting a blog -- which is literally something that anyone with a computer and thoughts can do -- but I don't take blogging lightly. It's something that I've tried many times, sometimes getting further than others. I've experimented with more journal-type, omg-lets-talk-about-my-life blogging, and I've tried more structured, purposeful blogging.

And even when the blogs eventually fizzled out, I repeatedly felt the pull to go back to them. To try again. To really think about it and get it right this time.

I'm here to tell you I've thought about it. A lot. I've explored my goals and questioned my motives, and I've continually refined my vision for this blog over the past month. I've got a notebook full of scrambled thoughts, written down sloppy and quick, before they left my mind. I've got plans -- big plans.

I've been inspired by so many women on the internet. Women who make me want to be creative, write, cook, drink good wine, travel, be funny, dress well. And I have true gratitude for the parts of me that those women nourish.

I realized, though, that the biggest passion of mine was neglected in my travels through the blogosphere. In college I majored in English/creative writing and Psychology. I was able to read poetry blogs and fiction book reviews and find incredible writing inspiration online. The psychology-minded part of me wasn't as lucky. There just wasn't as much out there. Yes, there are so many great blogs with mental health facts and resources and information, and personal stories of mental illness that are incredibly inspiring.

But what I was looking for was simply inspiration to live a mentally healthy life, for both individuals with mental illness and those without. Fashion blogs inspire women to find their personal style. Food blogs inspire women to try new recipes and host dinner parties. Fitness blogs inspire women to stay active and care for their bodies. I'm here to give you a mental health and wellness blog to inspire you to live an intentional life of mental wellness, every day.

With a Masters degree in Social Work and experience providing counseling, I'm educated in many therapeutic approaches. But the thing I have discovered is that living a life of mental wellness takes nurturing, and it takes effort, and it's a continual process of self-awareness and reflection. It's lifelong work. I think our minds are like our own little gardens -- with so much potential to grow and make our lives beautiful, if we care for them the right way.

I hope you'll take something meaningful from this blog. I think we can have some fun.