Complete this sentence in a way that most empowers you:

I am…



Share a reason to stay alive.



What is one thing you used to see as an ‘imperfection’ that you have learned to love about yourself?



In 3 words, what does travel evoke for you?



What is one thing everyone should know about mental health?

“Resilience. As odd as that sounds, I saw it as a flaw. I used to focus so much energy on others’ actions towards me, trying so hard to predict or control what was coming at me. I say my need to rise as a sign that I had failed. Now I can see life isn’t about others’ actions but my reaction. My ability to bounce back, my resiliency, has defined my survival through not only trauma but cultivated a drive for success in all aspects of my life.” – Vanna

“Feeling things so deeply! I used to apologize for my emotions, but now I view being open about my feelings and being vulnerable as strengths. Of course I still judge myself at times because I’m human, but appreciating both joy and sorrow is incredibly important to me.” – Shana

“I’ve been told many many many times that I’m ‘too sensitive.’ Sometimes not in as many words, but I always took it hard — sort of proving their point, ironically enough. It can be hard to try to get people around me to accept that I get upset over seemingly inconsequential words or actions, and to respect my feelings as valid even if they don’t really get why I’m hurt. And it can be frustrating to be me in that situation, swinging between, ‘why am I so weak and fragile?’ and ‘why are other people so callous and cruel?’ I’ve realized though, or maybe decided, that this sensitivity is a part of me that makes me who I am, and makes me like who I am. The sensitivity flows outward as well as inward, in the form of empathy towards others, and I’m grateful to have a personality trait that encourages me to strive to be considerate and gentle with those around me.” – Lanie

“My story.”


“My illness.”

“My hair.”

“My energy.”

“Being an introvert.”

“My emotions. I’m still learning to love them, though.”

“My tummy when it’s bloated.”

“My voice.”

“My surgery scars.”

“Escape from reality.”

“Freedom, perspective, joy.”

“Inspiration, exploration, gratitude.”

“Unlimited possibilities unfolding.”

“Embracing chaos. Adventures.”



What is one self care practice that has changed
your life?

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How does stepping outside affect your mental health? Maybe your most empowering way of engaging with the outside world is by climbing a 14,000 foot peak, going on a run in nature, or taking yourself on a date to your local coffee shop. Tell us what getting outside means to you.

  • "Nature soothes me."

  • "Getting outside is by far the hardest thing and I find myself resorting to many coping mechanisms to 'improve' my time outside. I'm planning on getting a puppy to help me get out more."

  • "Going outside for me is a way to clear my head, to breathe, and to live in the moment and appreciate life."

  • "For me, getting outside is about reconnecting. With myself, with the world around me, clearing space in my mind and reminding myself that there is beauty and simplicity out there, even when I may feel clouded by anxiety or self-doubt. It is a way for me to reset. On days that I'm struggling more than others, it's certainly harder to motivate myself to step outdoors, but when I'm able to trust that it's what my body and mind need, it always creates a positive shift in me, no matter how small."