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

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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalks He has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way. Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness. He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community. His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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