“I believe that everything happens for a reason. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had to stop doing everything and started paying closer attention to my body. I have always liked people, specially looking in their eyes and considered my self to be a happy smiley person, but deep down I internalised a lot, I wasn’t willing to be open or vocal about my feelings as I am today. My body thought me a lot through my experience with breast cancer. I have learnt how not to worry and control so much, how to be more accepting and open to trust myself and others. As a result, I can appreciate and enjoy what is really important for me. Connecting to my body and people has become my daily ritual policy and I feel more alive and happier than ever before.”
“Last year, I knew completely where my life was going. I was going to finish Uni and become a high school science teacher. I found out quite quickly that classroom teaching wasn’t quite for me, and after trying out a few other professions that didn’t inspire me, I felt very lost and completely confused for the first time. I had no idea what the future held for me, and I was very scared. I started applying for jobs and got offered a full time position in retail. This means I had to move out of home as the job was not close. I was scared but I took a leap of faith and took the job. I moved out. I committed completely to this new life overnight. And I’m so glad I did it. I am feeling happier, and even though I am not sure what my future holds, I have now come to peace with the fact that I will figure out soon, and in the meantime I just have to enjoy the ride.”
“Having lived with mental health issues / major depression and PTSD for most of my life and dealing with mental, verbal, sexual and physical abuse. I was certainly in a place where i was not making great choices and feeling deeply mistrustful of the world.
At the lowest point in my life I began asking why things were the way their were and questioning my patterns. After a series of events I began to meet with the right people that were able to support me in learning how to connect back to myself through a commitment to learn how to love my self again. It has allowed me to let go of the victim mentality and to begin to take responsibility for my choices, which has helped to heal my depression and empowered me to move forward and re-claim my mental health state and not allow depression to own me.
It has been like driving a car from point A to point B and the bumps and pot holes in the road have been the lessons, which i have learnt to embrace and given me the clarity to see them as an opportunity to heal. I have travelled a long way and can look back and appreciate how far I have come from those days when self love wasn’t even programmed into my GPS.”