Our LA show produced by The TLC Foundation, is January 22, 2017 - a less than a week from today! Do you have your tickets yet? We are thrilled to introduce you to cast member Jude Weber!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in N.Y., but have become a true Californian for the past 26 years. Having also lived abroad and navigated several careers, I am finally living my passion as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach. As a writer, poet, and creative artist with a line of inspirational greeting cards and candles, www.Buddhaful.me, I nurture and elevate the spirit, which is what I love doing the most.
How has mental illness affected your life?
Having challenged an eating disorder for a significant portion of my life, I developed coping mechanisms and behaviors that kept me from living a fully engaged life. While on the outside my life appeared grand, on the inside I lived trapped by distorted thinking, fear & judgement. Today, I feel both fortunate and grateful that through years of perseverance and courage, I faced the limiting beliefs that kept me small and turned my painful experience into a true blessing.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I made a vow that to use my life in support of others on their healing journey. And, I wanted to give myself the gift of sharing my story openly with the understanding that vulnerability is strength. When we share our story with another, we both heal-and, healing through story is truly profound. It's easy to hide and be invisible, though standing tall in who I've become , while embracing what I was once ashamed of, is quite empowering. For me, vulnerability begets vulnerability, and when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, it allows for connecting to one another and feeling less alone in the world.
What inspires you to get or stay mentally healthy?
The deep desire to be of service to others and give back to the world. Offering hope and inspiration to others so that one can be victorious in one's own life. When we tap into our greatest potential, not despite our challenges, though because of them, we have the ability to thrive. For me, it's a tremendous joy to witness other's transformation. As Ram Dass so eloquently said, "We are all just walking each other home." My thought is, why else are we here?
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
Hope, courage, and strength to believe in the power of the human spirit and to see just how incredibly resilient we are. We all have the capability to shift our perception, starting with how we see ourselves and how we meet our circumstances. This Is My Brave feels like an invitation to live with possibility as we are extending a connection through pieces of our collective experience.