I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I'm not a war veteran. I'm just a Black American. Counseling services, breathing techniques, and the power of saying "NO" has been instrumental in my emotional well-being.
I'm still learning about the environment and how we humans can help heal the damage that we caused. I recycle, I don't buy in bulk, and I'm looking to live in a country where the water is the most drinkable.
We've paid off 2 cars early, medical bills, taxes owed, and utility bills. We've tracked our expenses daily and have minimized our cable, internet, and cell phone bills. We've gone from no savings to saving one year's salary.
Obtaining my college education was an amazing accomplishment, but it is one that cost me dearly. Student loan debt is the only debt that I have. Moving to a country where a college education and technical training is free is a part of my happiness journey.
Increasing my skills has increased my options for employment opportunities here and abroad.
With the help of bariatric surgery, I have gone from 287.7 to 182.4 pounds. I've gained back 20 pounds and I'm incorporating green tea, OMAD, and jogging to have better health and fitness.
I have relationships that are fulfilling and joyful. I don't have the most friendships, I have the most meaningful.
I bought into the consumeristic culture, and after having traveled abroad to see how people live with less and learned how less things decreases stress, I began to downsize. It now takes about 2 hours to clean and organize my entire home.
Since my introduction of Michael Moore's "Sicko", I have researched and investigated countries that take the best care of its citizens. It's largely considered absurd to not only permanently leave the U.S., but to eventually relinquish my U.S. citizenship.