The thought process behind the Anais ForReal brand was created with the idea that I would utilize it to talk a little trash on multiple platforms. The brand idea was in my mind for a while, but I didn’t push forward with it for a while. I created it on this day last year because I needed something to do. I needed to take up a lot of the time that had been left empty after caring for so many people, then instantly having no one to care for beyond myself. I never thought it would be a place that would contribute to my healing process by providing me with an avenue to share so much of myself.
One year ago, when I started on this journey, I was in more pain than I’d ever experienced. I was struggling, mentally, emotionally, and physically due to being my dad’s caregiver during his illness. I was reeling from the death of my dad and feeling a hard disconnect from everything that was my norm. I remember very little during this time, and I didn’t really start to come out of that fog until Fall. From May to about October, I was in a grief-induced fog. I do remember writing on this blog. It was so very cathartic for me, and it still is.
I originally didn’t even plan to write at all. However, when I decided to create this space, I’d planned to write more about generational wealth and way more finance-focused topics. I additionally planned to use video and podcasts to discuss these focus areas as well. I may circle back to that moving forward.
This space took on a life of its own after attending my first therapy session. I had no plans to write about my therapy journey because it is such a personal journey, and I am a relatively private person. I let very few people into my world in general, let alone something so very personal like this. However, I felt compelled to share it. I did so for a variety of reasons:
🔸I wanted to normalize therapy. I wanted those reading to feel as if it was just as normal as going to the doctor or dentist.
🔸I wanted those reading to see me as a regular person, working, living, and functioning but also with the need to talk to a professional when issues were beyond my scope of understanding.
🔸I got great feedback about how my journey was helping others.
🔸It was very cathartic for me. It allowed me to process my feelings about my therapy process.
🔸It allowed me to create a way to follow my healing progress.
I have since minimized my video and podcast creating because although those channels allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, I enjoy writing more than video or podcasting. If there is a demand for video or podcasts, I will most certainly start both again.
So, thank you so much for reading. I’d like to take time to give a special thanks to those that have given me positive feedback, shared, and messaged me. YOU are why I continue writing.
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