Just a little bio about myself. I’m a Houston, TX transplant living in Chicago, IL that just graduated with my masters in nursing from Georgetown University. This blog is intended to discuss my pursuit of healing (both spiritually and from a medical standpoint). My hope is to inspire you to start your own journey down the road to happiness (and maybe learn a little about the nursing profession and medicine as a whole along the way).
A little over a year ago, I moved to Chicago with my boyfriend as he started his residency, and while he began to find his passion and start his career, I began to lose myself. The first year was the hardest for me; I had moved to a brand new city where I did not know anyone, while all of my support system stayed in Texas. This past year was one of the darkest years of my life, and I wanted nothing more than to feel like myself again. But how?
As most of those with depression know, it’s much harder to get out of a funk than just “shaking it off” or “snapping out of it”. This past summer, I made the decision to see a psychiatrist, and it made all the difference. She started a fire in me to try things I haven’t tried before. Many don’t know, but I suffer from social anxiety as well as depression. So going out and making new friends is not the easiest for me. It takes a lot.
There is a theory in nursing called the Trans-theoretical Model of Change. For those unfamiliar with this model, it assesses an individual’s readiness to act on a new healthier behavior, and provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the individual through the stages of change to Action and Maintenance. You could say I am currently in the “action” phase.
Hence the blog.