I started sharing more intentionally on social media around this time last year. My work as a therapist had taught me some things about anxiety, grief, loss, hope, and healing. Sharing those things felt like a tiny way I could spread hope in a time that felt hopeless. And so I wrote words and said things that I thought could be helpful and let people know they weren't alone. Because knowing that you're not alone can sometimes bring an unexpected amount of comfort.
I wish I had words to communicate all the hope I see people find in therapy. I meet with clients walking through the most difficult of circumstances and and get to witness the growth and healing that can come out of the most trying times. It never stops amazing me and I wish I knew how to bottle it up and share it with everyone I know--but those aren't my stories to tell.
For a while now I've thought about how I could share a little piece of this with you, and I'm so excited to introduce my Stories of Hope Series. For the next eight weeks I'll be sharing an interview with a different remarkable woman who has walked through a situation that was unexpected, difficult, or challenging in some way. These women are not my clients, but are ladies I've connected with in different areas of my life. They're allowing me to share their stories here, and my own hope is that their words make you feel less alone. Some of these stories will be more faith-focused and others will focus more on other positive areas, but I've chosen these ladies carefully and respect each of them tremendously.
One thing I know--we are so much better together than we are alone. I truly hope this series brings you some encouragement, inspiration, and hope of your own.
Tomorrow I'll be kicking things off with Andrea Edmonds of Wonderfully Made Clothing Company. I know so many of you will love reading her story about finding Hope in the Unknown.