Oh hello there!
My name is Keisha Forrest and welcome to the Beautiful Train Wreck that is my life. I am the owner and creator of BTW, a mental health and addictions blog geared towards natural coping mechanisms as an alternative to prescription medication.
Mental health is one of my many passions and my life often feels like a juggling act! Writer by day, dancer by night (if there’s grimey Hip-Hop playing you’ll involuntarily get stuck watching me twerk). Sorry, not sorry.
I often feel like I’m trapped in some sort of 80’s + 90’s time warp (that’s just my inner 90’s baby expressing her childhood nostalgia and calling it fashion). I am obsessed with old school music, specifically The Smiths, Rod Stewart, and Third Eye Blind.
It took me 10 years before gaining the courage to move to the west coast and finally setting my little pisces soul free! If I seem to have gone MIA, there’s a 99% chance I’m hiding out on a beach somewhere sipping on a london fog.
Truth be told, I love animals more than humans. Which is why instead of having skin babies, I’ve opted for two of the cutest chihuahuas you will ever meet! My life revolves around my boys Boo and Tino, and that’s never going to change (just ask my ex girlfriend).
Creativity fuels my life and my relationships! I love collaborating with my fellow artists, modelling, taking photos, expanding on wacky ideas and bringing them to life in the most visually appealing fashion. Throw in some crystals and a little bit of magic and you’ll have officially stolen the key to my heart.
When I’m not training at my local gym or out for a run, you can catch me whipping up some sort of paleo dish large enough to feed a family of 5 (I secretly hate how time consuming cooking can be and refuse to do it more than once a week).
I don’t like to take life too seriously. My ride or dies will confirm that behind closed doors, I’m a major goofball! Between my silly faces, various accents, and ridiculous one liners, I LOVE making other people laugh. Life’s too short not to laugh so hard that you feel like you’ve gotten a full blown ab workout. You’re welcome.
But my life hasn’t always been this way. I’ve spent the majority of my adolescence and young adult life a total train wreck…
At 13 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1, Generalized Anxiety, and OCD. I ended up turning to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self medicate and my life began spiralling even more out of control! I lost jobs, burned bridges, and attempted to end my life on more than one occasion. I was hospitalized, put on harmful medication, and even had my fair share of arrests.
Jumping from one toxic and abusive relationship to the next, I was desperately searching for someone to love and accept me. Not realizing at the time that I didn’t love or accept myself.
It wasn’t until I caused a car accident in 2017 (while under the influence) that I finally realized something had to change. And that something was me.
May 19th, 2020 I celebrated 1 year of sobriety. My recovery process has been messy, and at times extremely overwhelming. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Had I not hit rock bottom and decided to change my lifestyle, I might have never experienced how beautiful and fulfilling life can truly be. I would have remained stuck, numbing my traumas with a bottle of gin and feeling completely powerless over my life circumstances.
Life is a choice.
I finally found my voice and Beautiful Train Wreck was born.
Beautiful Train Wreck focuses on natural coping mechanisms for those suffering negative side effects of prescription medication to treat mental illness. My strategy involves a combination of diet, rest, exercise, communication, and self awareness. The goal is to provide a safe place for individuals diagnosed with bipolar, anxiety, depression, and OCD and ensure they have access to natural resources and emotional support.
By sharing my personal experiences, coping skills, and lifestyle changes, I aim to empower others struggling with their mental health and inspire them to take control of their illness and ultimately their lives.
The truth is, things haven’t always been pleasant or even remotely glamourous. But I have made it my life’s mission to change the way our society views mental health and the way in which mental illnesses are treated in our modern world.
Your mental illness does not define you. It does not make you any less of a person. And it doesn’t have to prevent you from chasing your dreams and living your truth!
xoxo – Keisha