Celebrate every accomplishment

After completing my new book, The Road To Mental Wellness, I have learned to celebrate every accomplishment.

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Throughout my life, I have tried to take the lessons from each endeavour and grow as a person. Similarly, I also like to take time to “breathe in my accomplishments. Afterall, there’s nothing wrong with being proud of what you’ve achieved’ am I right?

While this is true, many of us aren’t good at giving ourselves permission to do this. Why? Well, perhaps we are afraid of the unfounded assumption that we are bragging? I know for me; this was the case for a very long time… Now, with PTSD and depression being such a prevalent force in my life; I’m going to celebrate every accomplishment, every milestone. They are, after all, rarer than they used to be.

Furthermore, if modern times have taught me anything; it’s that it all could end in any moment. Therefore, I refuse to let anyone deter me from my goals. Essentially, it all comes back to my philosophical doctrine, “Do what you gotta do to make it better.”

In other words, I do what I have passion for and ignore what people have to say. Besides, they should be off pursuing their own passions; not crapping on others…. But I digress.

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My latest success story.

Although I have been battling PTSD for a long time now, I have still managed to complete my book, The Road To Mental Wellness. In it, I chronicle my lengthy battle with mental illness, from childhood, right up until today. And despite the book originally being written to provide me with a purpose while waiting for therapy; it was published in hopes that it would help you, the reader.

With all that said, I couldn’t be happier with the end product. After three years and several rewrites later, I am very excited to unleash it to the world! Remember, celebrate every accomplishment.

I’m not going to lie, I fought with this book, I left it to collect dust and I felt a fool for committing my life in a form that the world could see it. However, now that it’s in the hands of the publisher, I am legit proud. It is an accomplishment, and I did it!

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Firstly, I have to say that authoring a book has always been on my bucket list; I was too busy being told by others that it’s no way to make a living bla, bla, bla. So, listening to the negativity, left this on my list for over two decades.

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As it turns out, the naysayers helped me put authoring a book on the back burner until the book inside of me was ready to be written. In other words, the naysayers helped me. And thanks to them, the book I wrote is so much more than words stuck between two covers.

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While they may have assisted in its creation, the team I have working with me are the true heroes in this story; My editor, Winnie Czulinski, has been an integral partner in the amazing outcome of The Road To Mental Wellness – the book; Also, Angelina Obritsch, of Average Jane Photography. She has done an amazing job on the book cover…. I love it!

Last but not least, no book could be complete without a publisher: Clairmont Publishing Serivces is my go-to. Matthew Clairmont, the owner, is an amazing guy to work with… A big thank you to you all.

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In conclusion, a dream can come true. As long as you work towards your dreams and have great people in your corner (like those mentioned above) you can accomplish wonderful things. Despite have mental illnesses that were a major hurdle in penning this book, I nonetheless need to see the end result for what it is; a dream realized. So, from now on I am going to celebrate ever accomplishment…. I think you should too.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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