Leah PetersonMy name is Leah Peterson. I tell stories; yours, mine, and everyone’s. Most of them are true.

The focus of my life has expanded over the past few years to encompass health and wellness. I am a certified Holistic Health Coach and Reiki Master. I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder in early 2011, among other things, and as my life came to a halt in many ways I realized I had to make some drastic changes.

Since the age of four, I’d been diagnosed with dozens of mental and physical illnesses (MPD/DID, Bipolar, Depression, Hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Adrenal Fatigue and many more! Grab your bingo card!) and as I looked back on that life, while I was happy to be alive, I couldn’t find many weeks, months and definitely no years of happy health.

I spent the next 18 months researching every holistic modality I could find in an attempt to help my body heal. What I discovered was that layering holistic modalities helped the healing go faster and stick when other methods failed. When my lupus was declared officially in remission, I knew I was on to something. It will always be a journey, but now it’s a fun and happy one.

My body weight still fluctuates with the inflammation in my body and I’m sometimes in more pain than others. I’ve learned to go with the flow and not look at illness as being a failing.

My brain has never felt so clear and functioned so well. In my quest for physical wellness, I educated myself on how our brains and bodies work together and I now understand the very clear connection and the conversation that needs to happen between the two for not only healthy bodily function but for good mental health.

You can find my book, Heal Something Good, on Lulu and Amazon. Or you can read it all for free here.

Previously, I was a consultant for Showtime’s United States of Tara, seasons 1-3. You can see some press from that here. I’ve built my fair share of websites. I spend a good chunk of my time writing and shooting photos. I sometimes paint and design jewelry.

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and (very occasionally) Pinterest. I published two issues of Creative Humans Magazine. (There might be more issues in the future.)

Enough about all that. Let’s pretend it’s our first date and tell each other about our hobbies, ok? I’ll go first. I love paper and art and yarn as much as I love Photoshop and HTML/CSS. I love really bad movies. Like, really bad. (Can’t wait to see this one!)

I’m old in www internet years (online journaling since 1998 and blogging since 2002) and now I’m an actual, for real, happy grandma! I love shooting photos and art and organizing office supplies by color and type. That’s enough about me. Now, you go.