Finding Joy

Finding Joy

I was in a really bad place in my life for quite a few years. I had some traumatic things in my family life happen all at once and I slowly fell apart. I started becoming this person I did not even recognize anymore. Gone was the carefree, happy, positive lover of life. In her place was a depressed, stressed out, negative thinking, anxiety-ridden girl. 

It was a strange place to be because I was always upbeat and happy. But sometimes life throws you some stuff that you just don't know how to handle and all hell breaks loose. I was in a downward spiral and I did not know how to get out. I cried daily. My mind would not stop thinking about all the bad in my life. I did not know how to control the anxiety and it started overtaking my life

Fast forward about 9 years. Yes, seriously, I let myself stay in that place for 9 whole years. I was totally at a breaking point. My thoughts were that I truly believed that I would never be happy again. That idea terrified me. I had not experience happiness in 9 years. Sure I was happy at times, but it was superficial at best. It was short-lived and then the anxiety and depression would creep back in.

That fear of never experiencing true happiness again fueled me. I knew I did not want to live the life I had been living. I had to get that joy back. And it was hard. Depression and anxiety become your comfort zone. Its what you know and your brain is used to thinking like that  I had to think of how I could get back to a good place, to find me again.

I decided to start what I called my "Journey of Change". I took baby steps daily to try to find the real Kristi that was hiding under this cloak of darkness. Each day, I made myself find something to appreciate. It could be a bunny in the yard or a beautiful flower I saw in bloom. It was small stuff, seriously. But these small, seemingly inconsequential things gave me joy, for just a moment, but pure joy. Some days, these small things were the only good part of my day. I was still in a very unhappy place but I still trudged on, making myself find one moment of joy daily.

Then, after the small joy moments became habit, I started to focus on one thing about myself that I wanted to change. I decided to start with letting go of my fear of not being perfect, of not being enough. I made myself stop fretting over everything not being just so. I was so afraid of judgment and not measuring up to other's standards that I was a mess most of the time. This kind of change does not happen overnight. In fact, this perfection thing took me a year to get a hold of and it still sometimes goes through my mind. I just know how to cage that thought now.

The whole point of all of this is that I took daily steps over a long period of time to find the me that had been hidden since I was around 20. She is back and I could not be more happy than I am now. I am not afraid to be my goofy, silly, heart on my sleeve self.  This is who I am and I am really sad that I thought for so long that I wasn't good enough to be me.

This is only part of my story and I am sure I will share more at another time. This is why I wanted to inspire and empower other women to not be afraid to be themselves.And if you have lost your way, I hope I give you hope that there is a way back to you. 

Take the time to care for yourself and let your inner beauty shine.


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Working on finding myself again right now to!Just seems to be taking longer then I thought!But some day(maybe)I just know this is what I am not gonna be the rest of my days!I will be happy again and be the women I was intended to be again

Jennifefr Crow

I can so relate to this in more ways than one. my period of darkness had lasted longer and still not totally gone. can we say 18 plus years

Deborah Walker

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