About Us

journey to bravery family pictureHello! Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about us!

Everyone on this good earth struggles with different things from time to time. Having a positive outlook on life might be difficult for some people, especially when they have anxiety, depression, or very high stress. Your struggles may range from making a simple phone call, to wanting an organized home, to enjoying time with loved ones again.

With anxiety and depression, or any curve balls life throws at us, that can be a real challenge.  But we can do it! And we would love to help you!

 Our Hope

Our hope is to provide inspiring stories and solutions for anyone who needs to be uplifted. We want you to be able to get out of bed every day, help your family, learn something new, and most importantly, grow. As we continue to learn new things every day, we hope to share what we have learned with you. This is our way of teaching others the power of positive thinking and applying life lessons to everyday challenges.

Our Story

Our family’s journey through this life has come equipped with the challenge of anxiety and depression. Within this blog, we will openly discuss Rick’s and Chandra’s challenges of anxiety and depression. However, we will be using fake (fun made up) names for our children and their faces will not be shown until they are 18.  Anxiety and depression do not care who we are. It doesn’t care that we are a mother, a father, or a six-year-old girl. It doesn’t care that we have plans to go to school, work, or enjoy our time at an amusement park. Chandra has experienced anxiety attacks for absolutely no reason at all. She’ll just be making dinner and all of a sudden, she can’t breathe because she’s hyperventilating. She’ll refuse to go to a dinner party with several friends because she can’t stop crying due to her social anxiety.

We have had to dress our daughter as though she were a toddler to literally push her out the door to go to school. Our daughter has spent several recess minutes in class because she can’t take tests at school because she’s so nervous. She has constant stomach aches. Not because she has allergies or a gluten intolerance, believe me, we’ve had her tested. We’ve missed out on so many fun family activities because we can’t get our daughter to try new things.

We can’t have a dog, or any pet for that matter because Rick’s anxiety was in high gear when we tried that. He couldn’t sleep and stressed about the dog 24-7.

Our Plan

We want to share our journey with you. We have learned some incredibly valuable life lessons and have been able to pull through our anxiety, depression, and very high stress and be able to live full lives. Our lives are not perfect and we still have so much to learn. This blog has brought our family closer together. We are able to understand each other better while also having our readers in mind.


Chandra Journey to BraveryHello! My name is Chandra. I learn something new every day and I want to share what I’ve learned with you. But, more importantly, I want to help people who have anxiety and/or depression be able to cope with their everyday struggles. It may range from making a phone call, to want to have an organized home.

With anxiety and depression, that can be a real challenge.  But we can do it!

My Story

I have a few things that I latch onto that keep me going in life. One of my very favorite talents is singing. I love to sing. I discovered that during my darkest times, I stopped singing. I used to sing when I was happy or just to express my feelings and after thinking about the last time I sang, it occurred to me that I hadn’t sung in quite some time.  Even my husband and kids told me that they noticed I don’t sing anymore. So, I try to make it a point to sing when I’m happy and encourage my family to sing with me.

Interestingly, I also enjoy rollerblading, mountain biking, jogging, exercising, playing with my kids, and reading when I make the time. Some may say that rollerblading is a little silly, but I have enjoyed doing it since I was a teenager. I used to roller-blade across several towns just for the fun of it.

In my own little family of six, half of us suffer from some form of anxiety and depression. Some days are hard and other days are very hard. However, I have learned some incredible lessons over the years about what we as a family are going through. Some of these lessons are simply what I have taken away from an experience that will help me grow, and others are lessons that are helping us cope with our disease.

I’m unsure of when or why my anxiety and depression started. It seemed to have slowly manifested itself into what it is today. I do know that most of it stemmed from my parent’s divorce when I was 9 years old, then a series of unfortunate events. I’ve been through several therapists, counselors, tried medications, etc.

My Career

I have been in the dental industry since I was 18 years old. I started out as a dental assistant and was so happy for many years. My favorite part was helping patients and building relationships with them. Sitting next to a patient and listening to their life story was so enjoyable. In May 2010, I was in a car accident and I broke my right wrist. In case you’re wondering, I am right handed. After a surgery and occupational therapy, unfortunately, my career as a dental assistant came to a close. So, I started the very long process of going back to college to get a degree in Health Information Technology at Weber State University. (The only reason it was long is that I couldn’t go to school full time).

During the time I was in school, I transitioned from Dental Assistant into several different positions in the dental offices that I was employed. I also found myself to be a dental assisting instructor at Ogden Weber Tech College and absolutely loved it.

Then, I found a stay at home job with eAssist Dental Solutions. I finally found my niche. I felt so at home with this job! I was able to apply my dental management knowledge and continue to pursue my degree at the same time. I received my credentials as an RHIT and was promoted to a Regional Manager during my employment of about 3 years. Unfortunately, my anxiety and depression came to an ugly head and I was in a very, very dark place. With the support of my husband, we decided it was time to stop working for the time being to take care of my mental health.


Rick is still working on his bio. Chandra will pester him until it is done. 🙂

The Musician

boy playing piano

Hello! I am The Musician. I love playing the piano and learning new songs. I also love to read and play with my brothers and sister. I don’t have anxiety and depression, but I’m trying to understand it. I ask a lot of questions about it because I want to help my family get through it.

I enjoy middle school, even though it’s a lot different than elementary school. My favorite subjects are reading and social studies. I really like Harry Potter and anything to do with magic. I want to be a neurosurgeon when I grow up. One of my dreams is to have a dog.

The Artistthe artist

Hello everybody! I am The Artist. I love to draw and paint! I have a lot of anxiety. I worry about my mom, my dad, and school. Sometimes I worry about food. I also worry about going to new places.

My favorite songs are “Hellfire” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. They’re both dark and mysterious songs.

I used to hate school, but now I love it. I love it because all my friends are there and I learn much more than I used to. 3rd Grade was my favorite grade because the two teachers that I had were so nice to me and they really tried to help me with my anxiety.

I love my brothers and I really love playing with The Adventurer. The Adventurer is so creative and his imagination goes wild a lot. I love The Snuggler because he snuggles a lot with me and when he can’t say something, he just jibber-jabbers.

The Adventurerthe adventurer

This is The Adventurer. He has been full of life and energy since he was very tiny. He’s passionate and full of compassion. He loves everyone and is very friendly. He says hello to everyone we pass and genuinely wants to get to know someone. Everyone who comes over to our home, he greets warmly…most of the time with a big hug! He always has a smile on his face and is happy to see everyone.

The Snuggler

Boy snuggling with blanket sucking thumbThis is The Snuggler. This boy absolutely loves his blankies. Only 3 to be exact. He must have those blankies or no blankies at all. He loves to snuggle with his big brothers and sister. He’s very passionate about getting his way. He stands up for what he believes in. Meaning, it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, he will fight for his way. He’s very happy and fun to be around. We enjoy him being a part of his family.


DISCLAIMER: Neither Rick nor Chandra are a doctor, counselor, therapist, or psychologist. We certainly don’t know everything about mental illnesses; We only know what has helped us and our family. Everything you will see on this site is real life experiences and tried and true methods.

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