Sharing the storms I face
and the storms I chase.
As wild as it sounds, storm chasing is a form of mindfulness for me. It has helped me through my healing journey with mental illness.
In recovery from my eating disorder, I am on a mission to normalize the conversation around mental health. This oftentimes leads me to college campuses, where I incorporate my storm chasing stories into my mental health talks. I've seen first-hand how taking about nature's storms actually breaks through the stigma of our mental storms and allows others, especially men, to hold genuine conversations on a once taboo topic.
For many years, I chased storms while trying to run from my own. Having lived with an eating disorder, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD I’ve seen and felt the damage a mental storm can cause. Advanced forecasting and warning systems have saved countless lives from the destruction of nature’s storm. I believe storytelling and peer support can have the same effect when it comes to the mental storms many of us face at some point in our lives but we must break the stigma. That's why I share my story!
I am actively involved with several organizations that share my mission to raise awareness and help others. I am proud to serve in the following capacities: