I'm a writer, x-ray technologist, and mental health advocate living on a ranch in Canada with my husband and dogs.
Miriam Verheyden has been a lumberjack, church organist, veggie washer and bookseller. She is now an x-ray technologist who writes about life, love, mental health and becoming brave.
During her downtime Miriam is most likely found either in her hammock reading a book, or kayaking across one of the many beautiful lakes of BC.
A few people have made the mistake of telling her that she looks like Dakota Johnson, and she likes to bring up that fact in casual conversation whenever possible.
She grew up in Germany and dropped out of college at age 23 to move to Canada to be with her much-older, father-of-4, not-quite-divorced-yet lover. It's a great story with a happy ending, so she wrote her first book Let's Pretend This is Normal about it.
Her second book Quit the Hustle explores our society's unhealthy obsession with the hustle, and the danger of a culture that continually wants us to feel as if we are not good enough.
Miriam believes that being true to yourself is your superpower, and she writes stories about how owning your truth will set you free.
Miriam tried for most of her life to hide her mental illness. She hoped that if she pretended it didn't exist nobody else would notice it either. Spoiler: that plan backfired spectacularly.
Unexplainable rage attacks, persistent intrusive thoughts and a recurring overwhelming despair are difficult to hide. In a desperate attempt to numb the pain and cheer herself up she reached for what society endorses as the ultimate relaxer: wine. It was supposed to transform her from a chronic worrier with low self-esteem into a carefree, confident person.
That didn't happen.
Alcohol made her mental health significantly worse, increasing her anxiety and causing severe self-loathing. Instead of solving her low mood, it contributed to it.
Everything is Broken and Completely Fine takes you into the flawed brain of someone who's living with anxiety, depression, and PMDD.
Set in the unprecedented times of a pandemic, natural disasters and life's unavoidable ups and downs, this book explores what happens when denial turns into acceptance, grey area drinking transforms into sobriety, and one woman finds herself where she's never been before – at peace.