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Great tips from my very special guest blogger and speaker Michelle Patterson
I was living the “good life” — happily married, owned a thriving business, and had a great support system of family and friends. However, I found myself divorced and fighting to keep my business afloat. I entered a dark period in my life, filled with depression that made me withdraw from the very people who would have been able to help me the most. I gave up on basic self-care, let alone pampering myself, as things continued to get worse for me.
I had to give up my downtown office space and work from home. I isolated myself from the outside world. I was living in a sad, lonely world that I had created to shield myself and numb my pain. I went from a happy, fulfilling life to one full of darkness and despair.
One day as I was leaving the bank parking lot, something inside of me sparked the change that I so desperately needed. Just as quickly as I had decided to let life defeat me, I decided that it was time to get back to who I was truly meant to be. At that moment, I realized that I knew better, so it was time to do better. From that moment on, I broke away from my self-imposed punishment and renewed my passion for business, personal relationships, and other life goals. I found myself again that day.
It was then that my “overnight success story” truly evolved. Most people don’t know my struggles and assume that my rise from a humble childhood to owning a thriving business that is constantly reaching new heights came easily. They have no idea that I beat depression and won a fierce battle against myself to pave the way for my triumphant comeback. When people look at my life today, they see the victory but not the wounds.
I find that it’s important for me to be transparent about that fact that I’ve experienced depression so that others can avoid some of the painful paths I’ve walked as part of my journey. I am far from perfect, but I’m still succeeding.
As I share my story and some of the ways that I got through my depression, I hope to inspire others to do the same. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and there is much to look forward to on the other side of this struggle. I always look forward to presenting my workshops on beating depression and giving someone that boost they need to take action that will clear the path for their personal success stories. I am grateful to be able to channel my pain and lead attendees to find their power!
Let me hear from you.
You don't drown by falling in water. You drown by staying in water.- Anonymous
This excerpt is taken from Michelle Patterson's Beating Depression seminar. I encourage you click here to register for Michelle's Beating Depression seminar on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 noon eastern standard time at the Comfort Suites in Manheim, PA. The seminar is also available by live streaming.