Alicia Morrow says creating the right community is important because its important to feel safe.
Alicia Morrow is building a community by sharing one overcoming story at a time. “I decided in my spare time that I wanted to create an online community focused on sharing stories of overcomings, and it started with invisible disabilities,” said the 26-year-old.
“But it quickly grew to different mental health addictions, leaving an abusive relationship, death. Like things that people don't talk about, and it quickly evolves into a community.”
Morrow is Cree from Papaschase Cree Nation but was born and raised in Regina. She spent some time in foster care and advocates that people have to create their own family. And to surround themselves with people with their best interest at heart.
Morrow is now surrounded by her partner, two dogs and her plants.
“I think something I wish someone told me, was loving yourself comes from within, and not trying to look for it with from anybody or from anything,” said Morrow.
She’s been on a path of self love for awhile and it started with being kinder to herself. Morrow was disheartened at first that her four year degree took her six years to complete but therapy helped her see it wasn’t a race. That with hard work and determination goals could get accomplished in their own time.
And another major turning point for her was a car accident.
“I didn't really understand that truly, and so the car accident brought the best part of my life out, but it was a really hard transition to get through it. Because without this car accident, I wouldn't have started the comeback,” said Morrow.
She was limited physically because of her injuries and struggled to make connections outside of her home. And she turned her struggle into a positive outlet by creating a social media community where she shares peoples trimpuhs, celebrating other people's stories of accoplishments.
Morrow says she has a responsibility to share those stories with care and vulnerability. She hopes those stories empower other people to chase their dreams.
“Really invest yourself in what you want to do, and so if you want to start a lash business, start a lash business. I think what gives me the most motivation is knowing that nothing is off the table,” said Morrow.
Morrow has completed her degree in Indigenous Studies and hopes to dedicate more time on The Comeback Society. She hopes more people try to accomphlish their goals.
“If there's something that you ever thought that you wanted to do, now is the time to try it because the worst that can happen is it just doesn't work out. But you're always going to wonder what is that going to be like if you didn't try,” said Morrow.
Thanks to Oscar Baker III for writing this article.
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