As a teen, I struggle with anxiety and depression.
At the age of 16, I met a man 5 years older than me. He showered me with love and affection. I no longer felt inferior, angry, and alone. He made me feel like the most important person on earth.
But within six months it all fell apart. I found out I was pregnant. Suddenly, I was a 16-year-old high school drop-out with a baby on the way, living on public assistance.
I was devastated. I truly believed I had no future, that I was doomed to live a miserable life. How could I ever fix the mistakes I had made?
But something transformed inside me the day my son was born. I knew it was now up to me to break this cycle of self-destructive thoughts in order to give my son a good life.
So I threw myself into self-help, healing, and mindset work. I learned that all the judgments I felt from others were really judgments I held against myself. That all of my anxiety and fears were based on thoughts that I had the power to change.
I realized that the only person standing in my way of my happiness and success was me. I was the only person who could get myself on the right track and create the life I wanted. This realization changed my life.