Creator Spotlight ⭐️ Lucia Myers, Mental Health Advocate
Welcome to our second Creator Spotlight! As we feature the wonderful content creators from our Hooga community, we hope you will be inspired to grow your own cozy online presence as well! Today, Lucia Myers will share her powerful life story on how she's made an impact on her community through social media, along with some wise pieces of advice for your own journey. Read on for inspiration!
Hi, Lucia! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your mission?
My name is Lucia Myers! I am a first generation Mexican-American wife, mother of two young daughters, writer, and mental health advocate. I have struggled for more than half of my life with different mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic, and now postpartum depression. Throughout my healing journey, I have learned and unlearned so much, and have received love and support by so many far and wide. This has made all the difference for me as I’ve struggled to find my purpose and self-love, so I long to help others who may be struggling with similar issues.
Growing up as a first-generation daughter in America, there were many pressures to succeed in life and not many resources and support available for how to do so. I have always been a sensitive person for as long as I can remember. My sensitivity brought me shame as it was always looked at as a weakness by others, hindering me from accepting myself. It took me 30 years to realize that sensitivity is a superpower, allowing me to carry out compassion and care. However, when I didn't know boundaries, my compassion and empathy came at the risk of my own mental health. After being in an abusive relationship in high school and witnessing traumatic events in college, my body, mind, and heart broke down and longed for true healing. One of my best friends invited me to church and it was there that I discovered the unconditional love of God. Through Jesus, ongoing therapy, and medication, I’ve finally started to feel like myself again.
Thank you for sharing your moving story! What inspired you to share your story on social media?
As I have started to grow my brand and business with intention the last three years, I’ve realized my main goal is to help people from all walks of life to live in freedom and healing, free from shame. I long to return to college to finish my studies, but in the meantime I continue to learn and practice healthy lifestyle habits that promote peace and healing for myself and for those around me. I want people to know that whatever they may be dealing with, they are not alone. I have also grown a passion for finding fashionable clothes that help me with my confidence and self-love. I am a midsize woman with an ever-changing body after having children, and have struggled with appreciating my body. Through fashion, I have learned to step out of my comfort zone and have fun in dressing up to add some color and spark to my world. I want to do the same for others!
Social media has played a huge part in my healing journey because I’ve met and spoken to friends and strangers going through the same struggles. It was on Instagram that I discovered Anh Lin
and then The Hooga Shop
, and I was immediately drawn to her because of her calming, encouraging presence. Her products and story are beautiful, inspiring, and so incredibly helpful!
There is so much freedom and confidence when you live in abundance! Can you tell us about how The Hooga Shop has impacted your life?
The social media Playroom Starter Kit
was extremely easy to use and implement on my Instagram account and my website. The colors and designs are unique, fun, and calming, and I was excited to see everything come together. I have used their IG highlight covers for all of my highlights, have used their story images/backgrounds to create aesthetically pleasing stories with quotes or questions, and have used their YouTube banner image as an image for my header on my website to welcome people. I’m also excited to use the soundtrack music on reels! Everything goes well together and makes working your business that much easier and simpler.
What is one piece of advice that you would give someone who is starting their own online presence?
When imposter syndrome hits—when you don’t feel like you know what you’re doing—do it anyway. Just start. No one starts or does things perfectly, because everyone always has to start somewhere and there is no such thing as perfection. I have quit many professions, opportunities, and hobbies, sometimes before ever really starting, because I was afraid of failing and not being good enough. I am a perfectionist at heart. If you can humble yourself enough to acknowledge that nothing is perfect and choose to do your best, you’ll find that with time you will learn more and more when it comes to the kind of business you’re going into. Receiving help from those ahead of you and alongside you will make all the difference. What you have to offer is valuable. Be patient with yourself and others and have fun with it!
Thank you so much for sharing your passions and story with us, Lucia! Check out her inspiring, healing photos and words on Instagram, website, and LTK. Stay tuned as we feature more creators within our community! If you're interested in revamping or kickstarting your own brand the way Lucia has, check out the Playroom Media Kit today!
With love and coziness,
The Hooga Shop
Hello. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I, too, am on a route of unlearning and learning anew habits. It’s comforting to read how someone overcoming trials and found themselves stronger and better today.
As a women who struggles with mental illness which keeps living in self-doubt, it was inspiring to read Lucia’s story.
I’ve learned that I have to take small steps or I’m easily overwhelmed.
Thank you to the Hooga Shop for instilling the power of faith in my everyday life.