I'm so happy you're here and taking a minute to find out more about the face behind LEARKE.
Owning a small business has been a dream of mine as far back as I can remember. As a child, when asked the common question, 'what do you want to be when you grow up?', my answer was 'a boss'. I'm certain I didn't have a grasp on what I was saying but what it meant to me was being able to live a life all my own. Being at the mercy of others was something I couldn't handle. I'm fiercely independent and have always needed the ability to choose my own destiny.
My background is eclectic, just like me! I've worked as a waitress, for small businesses, for my family, for a doctor, for an animal hospital, and finally myself. I went to Moravian College a short commute from Easton, PA. I graduated with a degree in psychology and education. I had all intention of pursing a career in counseling psychology but in my junior year, at a tipping point, I found out I suffered from severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, as well as anxiety, depression, and ADD. This halted my plans. I didn't think I could be an effective counselor when I wasn't "okay" myself.
From there, I bounced around a while longer until I had my first son and stayed home. During this time, I feel into a depression. I journaled to keep my sanity and realized I wrote a book. My memoir is a look at my life through the eyes of anxiety and all the ups and downs having OCD has taken me on. I am passionate about mental health, not only because I suffer from anxiety disorders, because there is a stigma attached to it that needs to end. It took me years to be able to share my personal challenges but now I'm an open book, literally. I want everyone who walks through my door at LEARKE to know they are welcome and are in a safe and accepting place.