About


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Backwards is Better was formed as a way for me to embrace my fear of failure by celebrating it. It has became a space for me to share my struggles with mental illness and advocate for awareness and education over stigma .

As a teenager I never envisioned a future because I figured I would kill myself before I got to one.Β Spoiler alert, I didn’t kill myself, but I continued to approach each day as another obstacle. I just needed to get through it. There was a breaking point where I realized I had to start finding reasons to want to live.

I always wanted to write, but was never certain what to write about. Since adolescence I have dealt with bipolar II, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. I struggled a lot in school and eventually dropped out. I embraced the nontraditional path for a while and slipped into self destructive behavior that only fueled my mental illness. When I reached my breaking point I went back to school. I wanted the structure and the support. I wanted to learn how to be a better writer and a better human in general. I still struggle with my mental illness, but I’m so much stronger now.

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My future hope is to collaborate and interview others about their mental health, failures, and fears. (Are you interested?)