This is the picture that started it all. I posted it on Instagram on November 21, 2013 using the hashtag #IChooseBeauty on my fitness account, FatFighterTV. I did it as a winter challenge to myself and to anyone out there who needed a boost during the cold, dark days of the season.
I committed to posting a picture of something beautiful I saw each day. I did this to help myself get through what is the hardest time of the year for me, and to ease my struggle with depression. Instagram and my #IChooseBeauty hashtag helped me to keep all the pictures in one place. I also did a few updates on my website, FatFighterTV.com.
My journey started after my therapist told me about Positive Pschology research that finds people who notice and appreciate beauty are more likely to find joy and meaning in everyday life. I decided to give it a shot – I was desperate to feel better.