About Me

personal development fulfillment happiness kristina bentle

From Breakdown
to Breakthrough

WIDOWED AT 24, SUICIDE ATTEMPT SURVIVOR, CHILDHOOD ABUSE, TO BEING DIAGNOSED WITH RARE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION

The real journey to my truth started with a knock on the door. It was 2008, and my world would never be the same again. When I opened the door, it was a police officer informing me “there’s been an accident.” My fiancé was driving my jeep and had been thrown from the vehicle. Consequently, he was airlifted to the hospital.

The blur of those days and even years after that led me to question my life, beliefs, and my self-worth. You see, two years before losing my fiancé, I lost my best friend in a car accident. As a result, I began to question if life was even worth living…

This is my story.

I hope it inspires you to recognize your own strength and opportunity.

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I was around 12 years, I remember sitting in the guidance counselors office again crying my eyes out. I couldn’t even fathom an end of the emotional pain I was experiencing. 

Years of emotional neglect, manipulation, gaslighting, bullying, and physical abuse (it wasn’t out of the question that I’d be spanked any time I didn’t follow directions to a T), took its toll very early. 

I was diagnosed with major reoccurring depression and severe social anxiety at the age of 16.

When I graduated high school, I was desperate to get away from home. Yet, the cruel irony is that I was raised in a co-dependent household meaning I didn’t know how to cope alone.

Every time I returned home, I felt like a failure. I bounced from job to job as my depression ruled my life. 

Things continued to get worse. In 2006, my best friend passed away in a car accident while driving back to college. She was months away from graduating from Ball State University. Then in 2008, my fiancé (who helped me grieve the loss of my best friend) was in a car accident, after being on life support for two days he died on 4th of July.

My life spiraled. I was admitted to the psychiatric hospital after a failed suicide attempt.

This is when I began to finally see how I could improve my life.

Through years of therapy, reading self-help books, professional training, and attending seminars for personal growth I began to heal deep trauma wounds.

Finally, I was able to experience more happiness. The more confident I became, the more success I experienced.

I was experiencing more of life, yet I started to feel a different sense on discontent. The anxiety increased as I kept pushing my dreams aside. 

For years, I couldn’t hold down a job and here I was climbing the corporate ladder, I experienced career success, and I was living the American dream. I had the house, car, family, and career… but there was still something missing inside of me.

I craved more in life but felt that I was supposed to be happy with what I had. I had survived incredible pain and tragedy yet I was still not happy. Deep down, I was yearning to connect with my purpose and contribute to the world in a bigger way… Finally, it all began to click.

I found the freedom and creativity I craved. I found my purpose and most importantly I found my true self.

living my
dream life

I’ve travelled the country full-time, started my own purpose driven business and lived in Maui, Hawaii. I have started to live a more holistic lifestyle to heal my body inside and out. And I’ve found the strength to cut out toxic (and abusive) family members to truly embrace my self worth.

A Year of Adventure
Around the World

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4 facts about me

Chronic Pain Warrior

I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 26, Fibromyalgia at 32, Chronic fatigue syndrome at 33, Hashimoto’s Disease at 36, Functional Neurological Disease at 38. I’ve spent most of my life learning to cope with pain. I am an ambulatory wheel-chair user.

Wonderlust

I’ve been to 35/50 states and I even lived in Hawaii for 6 months. Traveling is a way to experience the world outside of my own perception. I love seeing new cultures and embracing new thoughts, ideas, and wisdom from around the world.

Toxic Free Living

After a life-long struggle with my health and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I’ve turned to a holistic lifestyle which has made a radical impact.

INFJ

I love learning about archetypes. They are incredibly helpful in understanding how we react to the world around us. I am an INFJ, the rarest of the Myers Briggs, MBTI personalities.