Hi! My name is Carly!
My greatest wish is to provide health and mental wellness to those seeking more happiness in their lives. I believe that in talking about the hard things that no one wants to talk about, that is where we find happiness and success.
I have learned that despite difficult life circumstances, it takes perseverance and positivity to create a life that brings you joy.
Early on in life I learned to live with kindness and optimism despite the struggles that I faced. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life starting in elementary school. Emotional eating was a demon I battled for many years. I’ve currently lost over 140 lbs and kept it off for over 3 years. Losing the weight was so much more about my mental health than the diet I chose, it was about taking care of me.
I’ve been a NICU nurse for 17 years and treasure my time caring for tiny humans. I help babies, less than one pound, enter into this world and fight for their lives. I’ve cared for babies as they finished their time on earth and moved on to heaven, supporting families in the intense grief that comes from losing a child. These moments have been some of the most tender and sacred experiences of my life.
I’m a wife and mother. Together with my husband, we are raising 3 amazing kids. Our children have all struggled with anxiety and depression to some degree or another. The hardest night of my life was admitting my then 14 year old into a psychiatric unit after a suicide attempt. We’ve been through 4 hospital admissions, including a 2 month residential treatment program, and 25 shock-therapy treatments. Watching my child go through something so difficult that many adults lose hope, was excruciating to my heart.
I’ve found my life’s passion in raising awareness and showing support to those with a mental illness or those supporting a loved through a mental health challenge. I want to end the stigma of mental illness and allow my children to know that they are not broken.
Join me as we work together to become Happy on Purpose!