Good morning, friends!
I originally wanted this blog to be for the “young ambitious woman,” but I realized that I am not exactly full of wisdom on that subject. I am only at the beginning of pursuing my greatest ambitions, so I don’t have much to say.
I, however, am well-versed in mental health and wellness. In fact, it is because that I am an ambitious person that mental health is an extremely pertinent issue. If you have read my writing before, you know that I have Bipolar II. I often struggle with anxiety, mood swings, and the occasional manic-depressive episode. These symptoms have proved to be major road bumps in my journey toward “success.”
I have been hospitalized three times, taken medical leave from college twice, and admitted to a residential treatment center once. I have spent thousands of dollars in medications, therapists, and psychiatrists. I have lost relationships. I have contemplated suicide. I have hurt my GPA. I’ve done it all.
And yet, I have also accomplished a great deal. I graduated from a great college. I have worked on several campaigns. I am a strong and accomplished fundraiser. I ran an entire program as an intern at a nonprofit. I wrote a senior thesis. I hosted a deliberative forum.
What I am trying to say is that despite severe symptoms of mental illness, I have still experienced success and achievement. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work. And it was done in the most ungraceful way possible. But it was still done. I will accomplish much greater than this, too.
If you are a person living with mental illness and you also have great ambition, then this blog is for you. Join me in my journey of self-love, self-care, and reaching for the stars. Because you deserve it.
I’ll try to write at least once a week. I really struggle with judging my own writing. As my friends and I used to grumble during the late nights of college: “Words on a page. Just get words on the page.” Not everything I’m going to write will be relevant for all people. Hell, it might only be relevant to one person. If it can help at least that one person feel less alone, then I’ve done my job.