My hope is that in me sharing my thoughts with you, that it will encourage you not to give up on what you want to achieve. I want you to experience a safe haven here with the opportunity for you to make friends and connections or just enjoy reading the information and experiences from others. We all need someone to lean on from time to time; to listen to us, to give us support and show some compassion and kindness when we are having a tough time of it. Just knowing that someone understands us can make a huge difference to how we feel.
(Editors Note: A special thank you to Shauna for all her support over the last year. I wouldn't have been able to keep this site going without her encouragement. Shauna has now moved on to running her two blogs and Facebook pages so will no longer be involved with LeanOnUs so read her story here and then go check out her blog by clicking here.)
Alright, how did
I get to be a partner on a website?
Well, back over 3 years ago I was playing a game online and I met Sonya. We hit it off and exchanged yahoo addresses. After that we chatted daily, sometimes for hours on end. I found her to be a very special person and at the time I was newly separated from my now ex-husband. I really needed a friend to talk to that I could fully trust and I found that in Sonya. Anyway, we had this great friendship going and one day she tells me she met Daniel who she characterized as a really nice, caring person. They had a friendship that inspired the beginning of LeanOnUs.
As time went on I saw Sonya struggling and not getting the
help she needed but I stayed out of it; offered to help in any way
she needed… she really didn’t accept the help and I didn’t
push. Then one day she tells me she is ready to ‘throw in the
towel’ as they say. She couldn’t do all the work herself and
needed help. I told her there is no way she is going to throw
away the money spent and the effort made to this point on her dream
of this website to help others … So here I am in the fat middle
of LeanOnUs.co and loving
There has been a ton of work to be done, and obviously long hours, as she lives in the UK and I live in the USA. (8hrs time difference) Talking over yahoo... man, can that be challenging! Honestly, I had no idea how to do anything on a website so we have had some ups and downs and some very confusing times. But we are learning together and that makes our friendship stronger.
LeanOnUs is a dream, developed by Sonya and Daniel, that I fully understand and appreciate. Helping others is kind of what I do, but until now, it was just on a smaller scale. So that’s how I got here; a partner on LeanOnUs.
I have struggled with severe depression and mood issues my entire life and when I was trying to get help I found forums and chat rooms that really helped me and gave me the information I needed. I am hoping that our site can help other's in the same way; paying it forward in a sense!
We are just people who care and want to lend a hand for those daily challenges that we all deal with. Looking forward to meeting you all!
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