I am a Mahayana Buddhist living in the heartland of America. I grew up on a farm and spent a large amount of time outside and in the woods, a childhood I would not trade for anything. I am the founder of The Ardent Axiom, a platform and podcast for mental health advocacy, as well as Mahayana Buddhist teachings. I am a certified peer specialist in the behavioral health field and a professional development instructor. I also read and write about various topics including Buddhism, suicide awareness and prevention, nature, astronomy, genealogy, behavioral health and psychology, environmentalism, politics, as well as some fictional writing.