We all have those moments when we need someone to believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. For me, that was Tanya, and last night her halo was on full display.
Tanya and her two boys opened their doors for me when I was three months sober. My resume was not impressive. I walked in fresh out of university with $40,000 of student loans, no job, a lemon of a car, and a few boxes of belongings. Oh, and an extensive history of mental health challenges to top it all off.
Through Tanya’s encouragement and ongoing support, I began to achieve more than I ever dreamed possible.
In no time, I was hired to create and instruct mental health related courses at various colleges. I discovered meaningful work as a counselor and clinical case manager at an inpatient treatment center.
Purpose was found when Tanya encouraged me to share my message of hope and resilience on stages across the country. And, when I expressed an interest in writing, Tanya patiently guided me through this process.
4 best-selling books and nearly 1,000 stages later, I feel like I am only getting started.
Here’s my point…
My hope is that when you see someone’s past, you won’t go to a place of judgement.
Through support and encouragement, an individual can change. Over time, they can grow and achieve more than anyone knew possible.