Welcome - thanks for joining me on this crazy ride!

About Me:

I am a follower of Jesus and have been since I was a child.  I have been married to my wonderful and loving husband for going on 9 years, and we have three young kiddos.  I have struggled with mental illness for about 25 years (and I'm in my mid-30's...yes, it started when I was a kid) - OCD, anxiety, and depression.  You can see my expanded story in the post My Mental Health Story: A Timeline or on The OCD Stories website.

About the Blog - Mind Beautiful 89:

The purpose of this blog is to candidly share my struggles and victories with mental illness as a Christ-follower.  I want blogging to help me grow personally and to help fellow sufferers along their own journeys.  In order to accomplish this, I am blogging under the pen name "A.J. Michaels."  The only other person who knows the true identity of A.J. Michaels is my husband.  Writing under a pen name allows me to write more honestly about my mental illness than if I used my real name.  I'm not quite ready to share these thoughts with people in my every day life - maybe eventually, but not yet.

I do look forward to walking this journey together with you.

God bless,