Mental Health and Martial Arts with Melanie Gibson

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Melanie Gibson was an independent woman with a good job, multiple college degrees, and a condo in the trendy part of town. She also had a few mental illnesses, a minor substance abuse problem, and rotten relationship skills. She was a high-functioning crazy who needed a good kick in the pants, literally and metaphorically.
In early 2013, as a last desperate means to save her sanity, Melanie turned to a nearly forgotten childhood activity: the Korean martial art of taekwondo. As if the universe were listening, she discovered her West Texas childhood taekwondo instructors' Grandmaster operated a taekwondo school a few miles from her home in Fort Worth, Texas--and she decided to start her training over as a white belt.
In taekwondo, Melanie felt like she had a fresh start in more ways than one. She found an inner peace she'd never known before, a sense of community, a newfound confidence, and a positive outlook on life. The kicking and screaming she was doing in class quieted the long-term kicking and screaming in her mind. Funny and frank, Kicking and Screaming: A Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts is the story of Melanie's life-changing journey from troubled, lost soul to confident taekwondo black belt. You can find Melanie at https://littleblackbelt.com/ and on social media @melaniegibsonauthor.
To find out more about Laura and her speaking, coaching, and other hosting work visit her website at powershour.biz. You can also find Laura on twitter @thatlaurapowers, on Facebook @thatlaurapowers and on Instagram and TikTok @laurapowers44.

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