My name is Kaitlyn, I’m 23, and I’m trying to live the best life I can.

For many years, I have used words to document and try to make sense of my experiences with mental illnesses. I write about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and dermatillomania. However, today these words are less about resisting the idea of becoming better and more about healing and creating life beyond mental illness.

With Being Alive was created as a space to share, to heal, and to grow. It documents my recovery journey, helps me to work on becoming brave, and tackling the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

My best friend is by my side, my husband, and together we have lots of dreams. I am so thankful to be experiencing life with him.

We live in a little group of islands called New Zealand, where Christmas means summer and where you cannot ever be far from a beach.

Our daughter is arriving in March and we are so full of love for her already. We cannot wait to meet her and to love her forever.

I have just graduated with an undergraduate environmental and geospatial science degree. At the moment I write professionally for a living, something which is both a dream and an important lesson to always value creativity in writing.

We have a beautiful pound dog called Ruby and she fills us with so much joy.

Here you will find adventures, ramblings, and a space to just be.

The URL stems from the quote ~

does anyone else have those moments where they just fall in love with being alive? like, maybe you’re in art class with soft music and you realize that this peaceful feeling is a part of life that you love and you want to just keep forever, and there are so many other parts of life too that are so wonderful and maybe existing isn’t so bad after all

(by aloeplantt on tumblr).


Thanks for sticking with me this far!