Count your garden by the flowers,

Never by the leaves that fall.

Count your days by golden hours,

Don’t remember clouds at all.

Count your nights by stars not shadows,

Count your life with smiles, not tears

Count your blessings not your troubles,

Count your age by friends not years. ~Unknown.

Living with mental illness has been difficult and I could write at length about the journey. Even today, there are still challenges and flare-ups as with any illness. However, education, self-management, coping mechanisms, and the right professional support make this seemingly impossible journey become possible! Having experienced the lows, I can tell you that if you remain positive that you too will overcome all obstacles and achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. Learn to thrive despite the illness and achieve a positive work-life balance.

If you change nothing, nothing will change. ~Unknown.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but triumph over it. ~Nelson Mandela