After about a year of consideration, I've decided to revamp this page and my writing goals. As humans, we're constantly growing and evolving. Now and again, it's good to reintroduce you to yourself. And with the new face of this page, I'd also like to reintroduce myself to all of you.
Hello! I'm Hannah, a 29-year-old psychology student living in Wisconsin. Mental health is something that is and has always been very important to me. I try to be as open as I can comfortably be about my own mental health journey in hopes that someone along the way will find my stories beneficial.
I've enjoyed writing and sharing stories for as long as I can remember. My writing has evolved as I have, changing as my goals and dreams grow. Since returning to school, I've considered revamping this page with a focus solely on psychology. I went back and forth for quite some time. My people-pleasing tendencies (more on that later) told me not to. I felt like others wouldn't be interested. Most recently, I've been working toward finding what makes me happy and reminding myself that I don't have to do things a certain way to appease others. And so I've finally decided to just go for it!
Beyond simply sharing my experiences and journey with my own mental health, I want to share the things I'm learning in school. My goal is to explain these big, deep, difficult-to-understand concepts in easier-to-understand concepts. Does that mean that some of these things will become oversimplified? Yeah, sure! But this isn't meant to be a textbook for your studies. This is meant to be a spot to share what I'm learning and give people a taste of the information they can look into further if they find it interesting.
I will encourage everyone to reach out if there are things they don't understand, subjects they want to be covered, or things of that nature. I will do my best to cite the sources I retrieve my information from, share resources that may be pertinent to the subject matter, and useful takeaways for readers.
With that said, let me continue to introduce myself!
As I said earlier, I said that I'm a psychology student. I'm finishing my bachelor's degree in psychology and preparing to apply for a graduate program. My goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), aka a therapist. I had first thought of pursuing a career in psychology as a teenager, but I didn't feel that I would be able to handle it with my mental health struggles. Instead, I found myself working as a pharmacy technician in a hospital setting. I never planned on working in pharmacy and often thought to myself, "How did I get here?" But I wasn't unhappy with my job, so I settled in.
After nearly 10 years of working as a pharmacy technician, I finally realized that I didn't feel that I was fully living my life. I was going through the motions and objectively doing well, but I wasn't living up to my full potential. Through my 20s, I was reminded that life is unexpected and messy. It can change at any given moment. As I grieved the loss of a loved one, I realized that I didn't want to just go through the motions. I wanted to actually live my life. I wanted to take chances, chase my dreams, pursue my goals, and bring vibrance to my life.
The next thing I knew, I researched what schooling I would need to complete to become a therapist. I looked at schools that I could attend while still working since I knew there was no way that I could quit my job or drop hours. From there, I contacted schools, researched tuition assistance programs, and looked at accreditations and licensing requirements. Once I made up my mind, I dove in and haven't stopped moving forward. It's been almost a year now, and I'm coming up on the tail end of my bachelor's degree, feeling incredibly accomplished.
It's also important to know that I have my own therapist that I go to. I also have an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication that I take every day. I have my own anxiety, depression, trauma, and various mental health challenges that I work with as well. In fact, I've recently started a type of trauma therapy called brainspotting to help me release the trauma that's been stored away in my brain, waiting for a rainy day to come out and get me. No one is perfect. As they say on planes, put on your own oxygen mask first and then help those around you. This advice relates to more than just plane rides. We need to help ourselves before we can help others.
Everyone is a work in progress. Each and every person continues to evolve through their life. And everyone should continue to grow and challenge themselves along the way. I'm proud to say that as I near 30, I'm nowhere near the person I was when I turned 20. So let's continue to grow together. Let's learn together. Let's destroy these stigmas surrounding mental health together!