VISION for

This series exists to inspire and encourage young people to live their story.

With an aim to:

Show how our stories can impact each other and why they're important too live.
Encourage young people to reach out and choose life instead of suicide.
Spread a positive and encouraging conversation about mental health.
Show the importance of finding/creating your path to crafting your best life.

We're going to begin with my story. My name is Whitney and I am a 26 year old obese African American female living in Jacksonville, FL.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional skateboarder or a downhill longboarder.

I also wanted to surf, parkour, snowboard and climb up the tallest mountains.

I wanted to be a ninja and have all the cool dance moves, haha.

I wanted to be strong, brave, caring and free.

But I've been fat for most of my life
and I was quickly told to be realistic.

At some point, I packed away those dreams deep down somewhere in my heart. Replacing them with doubts and fears. Allowing myself to use my weight as a measure of my capabilities.

What would've happened if I had tried, anyways?

We can't go back but we do still have the choice to try.

RECAPTURING THE DREAMS I ONCE HAD

That is exactly what we're going to do. Recapture those dreams. Despite the weight and any other reason, one would think I wasn't capable of achieving those goals.

I am using myself as an experiment/example of how to craft yourself and life. Moving through my weight loss journey while learning the sports and experiences I dreamed of doing when I was young.

1. learn to longboard (learn downhill)
2. learn to surf
3. learn to scuba dive
4. learn a handstand
5. learn to dance
6. learn to fight
7. learn to free dive
8. hike a mountain
9. learn parkour basics
10. lose 180lbs

I was told and/or talked myself into believing that I couldn't do anything, on that list, until after I lost weight. But I've learned, through stories, that isn't so true.
Stories are important because they can show us something about ourselves that we didn't know.

I learned about the possibility of achieving those goals now. Possibilities are enough.