As I have mentioned in my three part series on depression (read more here), I used the help of healers, therapists, prayer, friends and a lot of self-love and care. I crawled out of my sadness by choosing to go for that run or hike with friends. I went back to school for nutrition to follow my love for wellness and build the business I spent years dreaming about. Loving what I do and working with people I have a great respect for has helped me find purpose after spending years chasing a paycheck for work I was not passionate about. Between going back to school and building Radiate with Kate, I also spent time educating myself on healthy healing. See when I experienced depression as a freshman in college, I went to a doctor who prescribed sleeping medications, antidepressants and lots of refills. I paused and reevaluated how I wanted my life to look like and feel like. I educated myself on self-growth and plopped down in bookstores, workshops and lectures to better myself and more importantly heal my future self. I enrolled in a positive psychology course at Stanford which introduced me to different forms of visualization and meditation. The assignments were personal questions and journaling which re-ignited a spark to write. I so badly wanted to stay well in a time of great sadness and so I stayed on top of my healing process even when I felt "okay".