I like to think of life like a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. Sometimes we safely turn the page into the familiar, other days, we catapult ourselves 70 pages ahead into the unknown.
We don’t always know why we make the decision we make. Regardless of this, what awaits us on the next page is an opportunity to learn about life and ourselves. Slowly as we learn, the journey feels a little smoother, even like we have a map of where to go next.
From where I sit now, I can say everything in my life makes sense. All those places I thought I was supposed to go (and did), were not dead ends, but more so an opportunity to learn about myself.
My early 20’s were spent so lost–I needed a search and rescue team to find me. I abandoned myself, trying to find love and acceptance I had searched for my entire life.
The journey took me down a dark road, where I met my darkness and got to know her quite well. I was a girl that wanted love. And if I had to eat less, party more, change my look, or move across the world, I was willing to do it.
The only way to cope with this self-abandonment was an addiction to distraction.
I believe addiction is unhealed trauma. We hurt so profoundly; we cannot handle being with ourselves… so we escape.
The problem with this journey is; eventually, we MUST face our decisions. When I was 26-years old, I was forced to face myself. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
I dedicated the next ten years to my healing. I stopped choosing adventures and skipping pages, and started going inward and truly healing myself.
I learnt a crucial lesson during this time. Life is not a book someone else wrote for you. Life is an empty canvas, and you are the artist.
The journey is not to discover yourself; the mission is to create yourself.
So, who do you want to be?
And what do you do every day to get there?
My name is Adrienne. I am a mother, a writer, and a wellness advocate.
I am on a mission to uncover everything there is to know about three things:
Self-awareness, self-expression, and taking your power back.
I believe that these are crucial components to living your best life. I know in my life, each one of these pieces has unlocked a door for me. On the other side of that door has been my version of contentment, abundance, authenticity, and unconditional love.
One thing I know for sure is when we are well, the world is a better place. And as a mother, you can imagine that I want this world, and the people in it, to be the best they can be.