My name is Sarah Carraher. I was born and raised in Iowa, and still live amongst all the corn fields with my husband and sweet puppy. I graduated college with a degree in exercise science and currently work in the fitness industry. I enjoy helping clients reach their wellness goals, and I love to be active in my personal life. I’m currently training for my first triathlon and I’m excited for the new challenge! When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with Bipolar I. I have spent the last ten years learning how to not let a mental illness define me. I have experienced a good deal of trauma along the way, but with the support of an incredible man and the grace of a redeeming God, I now have a wonderful and stable life. I am passionate about sharing my recovery journey and advocating for others who struggle with mental illness. I now sit on the board of directors for the United States National Alliance on Mental Illness, Central Iowa chapter and help provide guidance and direction for the organization. I also volunteer in the local NAMI Wellness Center where activities are provided for people with mental illness, sharing with them my knowledge of health and fitness and how it can benefit a person’s recovery. My prayer is that my writings would be a blessing and encouragement to others who are learning to navigate the often uncertain waters of mental illness. In each article I write it is my goal to show you that hope always exists, stability is possible, and that you can live a beautiful and full life despite a mental illness. Thank you so much for stopping by.