The year I turned 23 I traveled to 3 different countries, moved to the city I always dreamed of, and began dating my best friend. On the surface, I was living my very best life. That year, however, I lost my grandmother; I struggled to keep up with my bills; and I suffered from the worst episodes of depression that I've ever experienced. I have always had a wrestling match with depression, but in 2017 my opponent seemed to win out. By the end of the year it got so bad that I lost my job(s), my apartment, and ultimately my relationship.
Since then, I have been trudging an uphill battle to put my life back together. Depression has always been one of the ugliest parts of me. It makes me feel weak, and unlovable, and a burden to those I love the most. Yet, I'm still here. I may lose many battles but I'm winning the war. And this: the fact that I made it to see my 25th birthday; the fact that im writing this now - THIS makes me beautiful. THIS makes me proud of who I am. I am strong, resilient, alive, and beautiful. #beautyismine
. #depression #mentalhealth #reclaimingbeauty #instastories #campaign #stillhere - 4 days ago