Mental health is a journey. Not a destination. Along the way I set goals, places in my mind and in my life that I want to visit. I want to visit the ability to be vulnerable with my romantic partners. I want to visit that moment when I find a reason to get out of bed today even though I have so many reasons not to. There is no guide for me, that’s why I fill the way with vision boards and affirming Instagram accounts and I let my blinds up when I wake up to let the light in. That’s why I pray and keep friends who don’t want the drama. That’s why I cover my room in color and wear all black! For me, it’s not about forgetting the darkness, but being strong enough to choose to lift myself out of it everyday.
Katherine Elizabeth Jackson, aka Abstrkt, is a Long Beach to Oakland to Atlanta-based writer, creator and manager of the lifestyle and adventure website, Abstrkt Femme. When she is not creating content for her website she is performing as a Afro-cultural dancer, working in the holistic health field as a Reiki Master practitioner, or documenting her life experiences through photography and writing. She uses her experiences as a multifaceted artist and healer to view the lessons of life from many angles, which she then shares on Abstrkt Femme and in her book, Alive In Everything.