I am a 28 year old female business owner who never thought I would be going back to school. I graduated in 2008, 14th in my class. Now, 11 years later, I’ve come to determine that getting my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the next step toward achieving all that I want in my career.
From the ages of 13-19, I struggled with suicidal thoughts and self mutilation. In addition to receiving therapy, I began to read books and educate myself. One of the most pivotal books I read at age 19 was Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson, PhD. The focus of this book is positive psychology. It explores 10 different forms of positivity in depth, and this has since formed the basis for what I believe to be the most helpful counteragent to negativity. I believe negativity causes a significant amount of the mental illness we see today.
More than two and a half years ago, I started live streaming on an app owned by Twitter, called Periscope
. Little did I know, that would change my entire life. I have live streamed positive content every single day since January 5, 2017. I have brought on more than 25 other positive content creators to stream on my network as well, a feat no one to my knowledge on the platform worldwide has accomplished.
My intention is to get our network live 24 hours a day, so the people in our community will always have someone to talk to and connect with. In my studies over the last 3 years, I’ve come to believe that loneliness is one of the key factors in the development of mental illness. I strongly believe this live streaming network can make a major impact in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
As our community has developed, many have come to us with a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. I am not currently equipped to help these people as much as I would like. It is my strong desire to receive my degree, and then to become a Licensed Counselor so I can treat people online.
I can’t thank you enough for taking your precious time to read my statement and consider supporting. It means everything to me and my network of 100,000+ people internationally - which grows every day.
Running a live streaming network does not come without cost, financial and otherwise. Your support would help me to pursue these goals without risking the growth of the network.
As a 28 year old, I'm over the maximum age to receive certain scholarships, and I'm trying to prevent draining too much of my savings account to pursue my education. I am pursuing grants and aid as much as possible, this is the amount I've paid out of pocket so far.
Stay tuned to my live streams to join me on this journey! @Nexjuice on all social media platforms, I go live on Periscope
7 days a week.