I grew up in Buffalo Grove, a bustling village in Lake Country, Illinois that we call the North Shore of Chicago.
It was a competitive culture and being a suburb, it felt like all eyes were on me, at all times.
Fitting in and keeping up with the top tier of my class was my highest priority.
I was a born and bred over achiever, priding myself on being really smart and super athletic, and even graduated from college a year early to get a head start on my career.
In those early years of my life I experienced multiple breakdowns around my performance in school, my appearance and how I felt in my body. I remember often thinking:
“Why am I doing this to myself, isn’t my mental health and happiness more important?”
Rather than tuning into that inner wisdom, I kept on going in this way for a very long time until…