For as long as I can remember, I've been a perfectionist. Even when I was young, this caused a lot of stress for me.
During my sophomore year of high school, my parents divorced. This transition had a huge impact on me. Around this time, I also became much more serious about dance. The body image issues that I had had from a young age became worse and I obsessed over it and really started to hate myself. I began to develop anxiety, and my life was becoming increasingly overwhelming. Between school, dance, and family issues, I didn't know how to handle anything.
When I started college last year, it was another difficult transition. Living away from home was a big change and learning how to manage on my own has been hard for me. Thinking about the future is very scary and figuring out how to afford living in NYC is also stressful. I'm studying Human Biology, so my courseload is very challenging.
This summer, my anxiety was at an all time high. I was being extremely hard on myself and it was becoming too much to handle. I decided that once school began again I would get professional help. I also started my second Instagram account, @leenahlovesherself. I found an awesome community of supportive people, and it's a great place for me to share my life with others! I recently started Dialectical Behavior Therapy and I'm looking forward to the progress I'll make with my wonderful therapist. Through my struggles I've learned that I want to devote my life to helping others who have similar issues because we are all SO worth it.
I am Colleen, a Brave Babe. I love and accept myself.