As I sat on the plane I was on and looked out the window, I begin to reflect back. Back to a few years ago. Back to when I thought I would never be in the place I'm in today. Back to when I thought I was trapped under that concrete I was under. As I continued to enjoy the view, I begin to smile as I thought how amazing God is. He gave me the ability to not only bloom through that concrete I was under, but he allowed me to GLOW through that concrete and be the light for others.
On November 15, 2019, I sat in awe on the airplane ride, to another mental health training, at the beauty of God's creation. I sat in awe at where God had brought me from. I came from feeling like I was trapped under the concrete of mental illness to blooming and glowing through that concrete into a wife, mother of five fabulous children (my FAB five), published author of my book titled "Normal by Whose Standards," mental health advocate, mental health podcaster, mental health blogger, and a student enrolled in an online university major in Behavioral Health Science.
This brings me to why I chose to persue a degree in behavioral health:
1. So many people are uneducated and unaware of behavioral health, mental health, mental illness, and mental disorders.
2. There are just not enough resources out there for those dealing with an illness or disorder. And, many of these individuals are unaware of the resources that are out there and available. Not knowing your resources (or rights) is the same thing as not having any.
3. I want to not only let people know that they are not alone, but I also want to help them in their recovery. I want to empower these individuals.
My ultimate goal is to continue my education through my master's and doctoral degrees to become a lisenced psychologist, and owning my own practice and safe haven someday.
Although I have encountered many trials (such as with mental illness) in my life, I rest assured knowing that "ALL things work for the good of those who love God and called according to his purpose," as stated in Romans 8:28 of the Bible (NIV).