Your struggles do not define you and you still have time to make an impact.

That is me laughing. Property of Black Dahlia Press.

I have been in quite the slump the last few weeks — it’s August 30th, 2017 today. I woke up to news that one of my favourite authors Louise Hay has left this world. She was 90 and she had a great life. But she got a late start — she didn’t start making an impact on the world until she was in her late 40’s-50’s.

I know I have time too. I am 30. I feel like I am mentally regressing. I deal with depression and anxiety on a daily basis. Sometimes it rules my life. My emotions dictate my days and I have made my peace with that. There are times when I can’t stand the thought of talking to another client. Building another website. Scheduling another consult. But I do it because I remember: this is my passion and I fought to carve my name into the world.

Being depressed doesn’t mean you cry all the time. It’s a wave of emotions, that go up and down, up and down and the wave stays with you. I like to laugh a lot too. I enjoy hanging out with my close friends. I can go days without talking to anyone and I don’t feel lonely. I cry sometimes, but only over dumb shit, or when I am frustrated, or over stupid people. I am a human but with extra emotions, I like to say. My symptoms and struggles do not define who I am.

I have more good days vs bad days. 5–6 years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to say that. All I had were bad days because of my mindset.

I have grown and I am continuously growing into the woman I am supposed to be. I am thankful that I have the self-awareness to check myself before I begin to spiral. I have a great support system around me who helps me when I feel like I can’t live another day.

The point of this entire article is — you have time. Your struggles do not define you. Do your best everyday to show up and you will see results, and you’re probably inspiring someone. If you’re having a bad month in business, chalk it up to experience and take stock of what you can do to make next month better. I do it all the time.

Life is a learning curve. Either we let it crush us or we conquer. I don’t plan on letting my symptoms fuck with my success — so why will you?