I have SO much to say but I don’t know where to begin. So - I will start off by introducing myself.
My name is Michelle Carbonneau and I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Calgary, Alberta at the age of 12. I am 110% obsessed with my dogs - they are truly the lights in my life. Even when they chew my mom's furniture (yes, I live with my parents again, that's normal at 25 yes?). I’ve always been in love with makeup and hair and finally at 25 years old I am in the process of turning that passion into a career. I spent the last seven years working in the oil and gas industry and while I learned a lot, it was not for me and I never felt fulfilled. I felt stuck for a long time and losing my job turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Since being laid off in 2015, I have worked a couple of odd jobs that were not very good circumstances for me mentally, but I believe there is something meaningful that comes from every situation - good or bad. I hadn't always chosen to look at life this way, but since believing this is has helped me in coping with the cards I have been dealt.
Since my late teens, I have been faced with a variety of mental health issues. You may think - well obviously, who hasn’t? Your late teens and early 20’s are a difficult time! Yes. They are. For everyone. But since experiencing my very first panic attack my life would be forever changed. I will dive into more details in my coming posts! Being diagnosed with panic disorder, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) or any form of mental illness can be very isolating and I am here to tell you no matter the diagnosis, you are not alone and now that you are here, please find comfort in knowing you never will be. "1 in 5 Canadians lives with a mental illness, but 5 in 5 have mental health". Now, if I do my math correctly - 100% of us have mental health. This space is inclusive to anyone and everyone who may have that chemical imbalance in their brains, as well as those going through a tough time and having issues coping. Mental health has become such a huge part of my life, so I have decided to create this blog with the intention of raising awareness, providing my insight and doing everything in my power to end the stigma.
Thank you so much for being here!