Hi. I’m Colleen Mitchell.

I write about self-development, mental health awareness, lifestyle, and type 1 diabetes.

My goal here is to help you cut through the mental obstacles keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself so that you can live a well-organized life in both mind and matter. 

Do you ever find yourself thinking things like this?

  1. My life is so chaotic and I don’t know how to calm it down.
  2. I don’t have any useful talents like my friends and family do.
  3. I worry about what people think of my life choices so much that I’m questioning my own judgment.
  4. I know I can do more in my life but I just don’t know how to get past the mental roadblocks.
  5. (Bonus!) I have an invisible illness and avoid sharing it with others because I’m scared of what people will think, and stressed about how it affects my life.

If any of those sound like you (especially the bonus!) you’re in the right place.

Cut Through the Chaos, One Step at a Time

It doesn’t matter what kind of chaos it is.

I’m here to offer encouragement on your journey to a well-organized life and help you find value in everything you do.

I’ll be your encouragement fairy with weekly posts about topics that will help you sort through the mental clutter.

I’m here to help you build the confidence to be comfortable with the cards life dealt you.

Sometimes your deck is great, and sometimes it sucks. For those with invisible illnesses, this is especially hard to deal with. But regardless of your deck of cards, the confidence to be comfortable with it is within reach.

And I’m here to be the voice of reason in times of confusion and the listening ear when you need to vent about your struggles.

My inbox is always open. While I am not a therapist, I’m known for giving good advice and also being a willing ear to vent to if you need it.

What Else?

I consider myself a writer above all else, and I’m working on publishing my first book.

I’m also an organizational ninja, lifelong Type 1 Diabetic, and lover of puppers, despite being a cat mom. 

I built Inspired Forward early in 2017 to help me improve my own mental health right as I was losing my first “big girl” job. I have a degree in engineering, not psychology, but my experiences have helped me understand that you don’t need to be “degree’d” to know what to do when you feel anxious or depressed.

Mental health needs visibility. It needs to break free from the stigma that something is inherently wrong with someone if they have a mental illness. Nobody is perfect. Inspired Forward is about recognition and awareness. It’s about self-care. It’s about learning how to make positive changes in your life so you can transform into the best “you” there is.

There’s no failure, only the forward path.

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  • I am not a mental health professional.
  • I am not a therapist.
  • I am not your therapist.
  • If you are in crisis, call 911 or your doctor.
  • The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
  • I do not have experience with medications for mental health.
  • This blog covers strategies you can use that do not require medication to be effective. If you need medication, I will not tell you that you don’t.
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