Four Ways to Learn from Others.

  1. Join the Slack Chat room for real-time conversation with smarties like yourself from around the world.

  2. Visit the Beautiful Voyager Forum for tips, questions, and interviews.

  3. Open a message in a bottle on the Beautiful Voyager Lighthouse Map of Overthinkers.

  4. Like the Beautiful Voyager Facebook page and see what people are reading and thinking.

Shine Your Light

Sign up for a lighthouse on the Map of Overthinkers, send a message in a bottle, and get a lighthouse emoji of your own.


My Story

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My neurologist said words I never thought I'd hear: "I know what's wrong with you."

This was at her office, in the middle of migraine talk. I had just pulled up my latest test results. I had just said I didn't understand why they were so much worse. I was working so hard to solve them. 

"You have Generalized Anxiety Disorder."

I was 39 years old. I'd been told many things about migraines, but never this. In the months that followed, I looked online for helpful information but found nothing that spoke to my physical experience of stress, overthinking, and anxiety. 

Listen to this podcast interview to hear more of my full story and learn about the background of this project. 

If you're not finding answers on Google, you've come to the right place. 


Terms

Overthinker = You think deeply about the world. A responsible researcher, you're seek answers. You've been told you "think too much." You're sensitive and empathic. Physical pain is a sign that thinking has become overthinking.  

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) =  An umbrella term used by the mental health industry for a host of underlying anxieties. If you have GAD, you might be a perfectionist who is concerned about details and wants to please others. 

The Wave =  A concept I use to describe the physiological experience of anxiety. Riding the wave is key to feeling better.


How Other People Think About It

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Before The Beautiful Voyager I really didn’t have a model. This feels good. I think I was seeing it as this elaborate dance when actually in some ways it’s pretty simple.
— GY, Journalist, San Francisco
If, like me, you deal with some form of overthinking/anxiety/stress, you need to check out The Beautiful Voyager. Meredith’s thinking and talking about what it means to experience anxiety in a way I’ve never encountered before. It’s life-changing. To quote her, it’s all about turning a super sensitivity into a super power.
— GM, Blogger & Producer, San Francisco

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I just spent time on your site because I’m trying to figure out how my 4-year-old daughter thinks. It made me happy because my previous associations with anxiety had been so negative. Now I think: ooooooh, that’s what this is. One can be all bright and beautiful things and have this and that’s OK.
— MP, Producer & Writer, Los Angeles
Meredith, honestly, you’re creating a bright light on these topics. I thank you. I hope your site gets the recognition it deserves. And I don’t necessarily mean high fives but that people hear it and relate to it and take something from it. Personal to them. Whatever way, big, small.
— NM, Marketing Manager, London
The exceptional Meredith Skrzypek Arthur has launched a great blog dedicated to lifting the stigma of anxiety. It’s called Beautiful Voyager. And she’s got a kickass tee that’s being offered for the next 7 days that will support @girlswritenow - a mentoring org helping young girls find their voices through writing.
— ML, Film Director, Los Angeles
This needs to be a book and everyone should read it.
— MR, Singer, Writer, Actress, New York