I’m Bailey, a writer from sunny California. I also like to dabble in music, massage therapy, and teaching English. And yes—I’m still trying to find the common denominator in those things.
As an INFJ and Enneagram Type 2, I’m a deep feeler. This means I can experience both joy and despair in a single afternoon. I’m slowly learning to accept this, and one of the ways I try to harness emotions for good is through the expression of emotionally honest writing.
In college, I acquired certain health problems (digestive + muscular + hormonal) that started doing a number on my mental health. Pretty soon, I hit a season of depression that Christians like to call the dark night of the soul. There were a few other bumps in the road that caused me to press into Jesus deeply; and although he didn’t say yes to all my passionate prayers, he walked alongside me and taught me how to be brave on this “long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson puts it. These slow dances through the complexities of mental health have rooted my faith and friendships in ways that skimming by on the surface never could. So, I’m grateful. Currently, I’m working with a local functional medicine doctor to untangle the mysterious web of symptoms going on inside. For the first time in my life, I’m optimistic and hopeful.
More than even finding complete healing, my heart’s desire is to encourage others who have hit a wall in their physical, emotional, or spiritual health journeys and are a little soul-weary. As a writer, I hope to tell stories without turning away from the truth that hurts, but pressing into it in order to heal and flourish.
Have a lovely day, friends!