My name is Leah Peterson. I tell stories; yours, mine, and everyone’s. Most of them are true. (Looking for the Media Kit? Here you go.)
The focus of my life has expanded over the past few years to encompass health and wellness with a particular focus supporting queer folk as well as promoting sex and body positivity. I am a certified Holistic Health Coach and Reiki Master. I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder in early 2011, among other things, and as my life came to a halt in many ways I realized I had to make some drastic changes.
Since the age of four, I’d been diagnosed with dozens of mental and physical illnesses (MPD/DID, Bipolar, Depression, Hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Adrenal Fatigue and many more! Grab your bingo card!) and as I looked back on that life, while I was happy to be alive, I couldn’t find many weeks, months and definitely no years of happy health.
I spent the next 18 months researching every holistic modality I could find in an attempt to help my body heal. What I discovered was that layering holistic modalities helped the healing go faster and stick when other methods failed. When my lupus was declared officially in remission, I knew I was on to something. It will always be a journey, but now, it’s a fun and happy one.
My body weight still fluctuates with the inflammation in my body and I’m sometimes in more pain than others. I’ve learned to go with the flow and not look at illness as being a failing. In my quest for physical wellness, I educated myself on how our brains and bodies work together and I now understand the very clear connection and the conversation that needs to happen between the two for not only healthy bodily function but for good mental health.
So much of what I experienced growing up came from not being accepted for the queer and gender-fluid person I am, which in turn caused lots of mental and physical issues. As a mentor, I promote radical self-care and acceptance of self using what I’ve learned from my own lived experience and from the clients I’ve worked with over the past fifteen years. I help others do fearless introspective work while loving and supporting them through the process.
Diablo Cody read my memoir, Not Otherwise Specified, and asked me to be a consultant for Showtime’s United States of Tara, seasons 1-3. You can see some press from that here. I’ve built my fair share of websites. I spend a good chunk of my time writing and shooting photos. I sometimes paint and design jewelry.
Enough about all that. Let’s pretend it’s our first date and tell each other about our hobbies, ok? I’ll go first. I love paper and art and yarn as much as I love Photoshop and HTML/CSS. I love really bad movies. Like, really bad. (Can’t wait to see this one!)
I’m old in www internet years (online journaling since 1998 and blogging since 2002) and now I’m an actual, for real, happy grandma! I love shooting photos and art and organizing office supplies by color and type. That’s enough about me. Now, you go.