My work is grounded in sharing resources & tools around the work of self-healing, spirituality, and mental health. I believe self-healing is an important part of the human experience and something that most of us weren’t taught to navigate. I write and teach about the practice of self-healing while sharing tools that can be used to evolve past our old wounds while creating a life that’s in alignment with what we want in the present & future.
My journey began in 2011, when I began dealing with severe anxiety and depression. I used to say it hit out of nowhere, but I know it was a build up of a combination of stress, lack of worthiness, lack of boundaries, draining relationships, and no idea how to release the shame & guilt I was harboring. I was a new mom, my daughter was only 1 year old at the time. My previous marriage was having significant struggles and would eventually end in divorce about a year and 1/2 later. I’d just left the U.S. Air Force as an Active Duty member and had no plan for what I was going to do next to provide for my family.
Over the next six years, I hit some very low lows. It eventually got to a point where I didn’t no what to do and no one around me knew what to do either. I didn’t grow up hearing about healing, self-love, vulnerability or any conversations about taking care of our mental health. So slowly I began cultivating a spiritual practice and worked hard to learn how to access my joy. I began reading books about shame & guilt. I started going on retreats, believing in the skills I’d always had but was too afraid to use. Learning, day by day, about the struggles of mental health & the stigmas surrounding them. I began to publicly share some of my writings & art about mental health that I’d been creating and slowly began to connect with women who were also doing their work – learning quickly that I wasn’t alone and there were a lot of women just like me. Although I’d been writing since I was 9 years old, sharing my work was something I rarely did.
I eventually sought professional help in therapy. I read books, so many books. I hired life coaches. I went on retreats specifically catered toward wellness, spirituality, mental health, & sisterhood. I really dove deep into sisterhood & connection. I studied and trained to become comfortable teaching and I’m proud to be a Women of Color in the wellness space.
I remarried, giving myself the opportunity to receive & experience partnered love again. But also, learning how to be in an equal and reciprocal relationship – something I learned I’d never experienced before.
I did all of this in addition to my self-care & wellness choices, which helped me ground, regroup, and begin to piece my life back together. I changed how I ate, began paying attention to what I put in my body. I did the best that I could to take care of myself in a way that I could in all ways.
And through all of this, I’m still learning. I still struggle, often, having a hard time getting back up. I know I’ve come so far from the girl who was so anxious & afraid she could barely leave the house. But that girl is still apart of my experience. That part of me still requires me to show up as often as I can for myself, for my daughters, and for my family.
Everyday I work to show up. To dust myself off & try again. Life can be hard. But I believe in change & choice. And the power we have in starting again & again.
Yasmine is a writer, speaker, and spiritual teacher, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She helps people create and strengthen their individual self-healing practices by teaching them the tools that empower lasting positive changes in their lives. An Air Force Veteran, Yasmine now focuses on her self-healing workshops as well as her writing – she is a published author and often shares on her Instagram. Yasmine currently resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.