Hey, I’m Melanie!
I’m originally from Orange County, California. I went off to Fort Collins, Colorado to study Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University (along with studying abroad in the beautiful country of New Zealand my junior year). I graduated in May 2018 and I am currently living back at home with my parents and three dogs–Brylee, Roxy, and Auggie (pictured above).
During my junior year of college, I became chronically ill and my illnesses have drastically changed the course of my life. (You can read more about my illnesses here.) They have given me a new perspective on the world and have shifted my overall outlook on life. I am constantly learning how to live a meaningful life with my limitations, and I hope to pass on some helpful tips I’ve learned along the way. Although, I’m not one to sugarcoat my reality. I’ve been through (and am probably going to face more) dark, depressing, and downright scary times. And that just is what it is. So instead of resisting my reality, I try to just let whatever come, come, while being prepared and hopefully avoiding more severe situations.
Although my illnesses currently dictate most of what I am able to do, I love being in nature and try to get outside as often as I can. There is something so calming yet so wildly raw about the great outdoors and I hope everyone is able to experience this feeling at least once in their life in their own unique way.
I also have a passion for self-awareness and self-empowerment because we have so much more strength inside ourselves than we give ourselves credit for. Plus, in order to make the world a better place and help others, we must begin with ourselves.
I am a big proponent of finding ways to connect with others, even if we do not agree with all (or any) of their opinions or actions. Everyone deserves love, and call me crazy, but I intend to try to spread this love (in whatever form it may be) whenever and wherever I can.
I hope my blog can offer you insight into a different way of thinking; perspective is so rare and valuable in this world. I also hope that my fellow chronic illness warriors find helpful tips and camaraderie within my words. You are never alone–never have been, and never will be.
We all offer something unique to this world and I hope we can all share our perspectives, passions, and experiences in order to really feel what it is like to be human and to be alive.//