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What's Good y'all?! I'm excited that you took the time out to check out my little ol' blog. So let me not be rude & introduce myself...

My name is Devyn, many of my friends call me Dev, Young Dev, Little Dev, Dizzy, or Dizzybody. Lol, yes I have quite a few nicknames. I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I was born and raised in a small twin city called, Texarkana. I want to be crystal clear that I am from the TEXAS side and not the Arkansas side even though I definitely have some Arkansas ways. Growing up, I was always a little social butterfly, outspoken, and sometimes confrontational when it comes to things I am passionate about. I am the middle child on my mother's side of the family & oldest girl on my father's side, which plays a huge part in me being so independent. I graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with my BS in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In 2014, I also became a registered yoga teacher. In 2016, I graduated from University of North Texas with my MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and became a Rehabilitation Counselor. What is a rehabilitation counselor you ask? Well a rehabilitation counselor is counselor that helps individuals with mental and physical disabilities achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals through a counseling process. I am also working on my license to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Many people always ask me, 'Why did you become a yoga teacher and a counselor?'. The simple answer to that question is that I was in a dark place for a while and God placed yoga/counseling in my life to pull me out of it. The more complex answer to this is, in 2011 my father decided to take his own life and I was the person that found him deceased. That traumatic event did not only lead to my diagnoses of major depression disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder but it also made me want to take my life as well. Luckily, God said 'not today sis' and my attempt wasn't completed. God even took it a step further and told me I had more work to do. That's when I decided to become a yoga teacher and counselor to help others get out of dark places like my dad and I experienced. I'm not gone stunt, I'm still struggling with all of my mental diagnoses daily but God and my self-care routine keeps me sane. That's what I want to share this blog with y'all. I want to help others learn about wellness and self-care because I know if can make it through anyone can. 

I'm sure you noticed I mention God a lot & if you know me personally you know I do not come from a religious background, so I'm what many call a 'baby christian'. Even though I am new on this journey my faith is definitely waaaay stronger than what it has been in the past because when my dad died I honestly gave up on it for a while. Recently, though, I believe I went through some sort of spiritual awakening. I've noticed many people my age are also going through some of the same things, so I'm going to be vulnerable with y'all and share my journey so others can use my experience as a template. 

So yeah... that's really a little about me. I can't wait to share more with y'all through out this blog and I'm excited to have y'all along for this crazy ride. Comment below & let me know what you would like to see from my blog!
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