You Are Worth Fighting For
Your Guide To Finding Mental Wellness & Self-Love
I am so excited to announce the upcoming release of my first book, You Are Worth Fighting For, and I can't wait for you to get your copy!
Have you ever felt like you were not good enough, worthy enough, or capable enough? Have you ever struggled with anxiety, depression, sadness, regret, or disappointment? If you have, you are not alone. I see you and I am here with you. I spent a lot of my life feeling the same way that you might be right now. What if I told you that even if you have struggled in the past, you are still worthy of your tomorrow? Or what if I told you that you already have the strength and the tools within and around you to create the life you want to be living? This book will help you to look within and develop mental wellness tools that will help you to begin your self-worth and self-love journey, despite any challenges you may face now or in the future
This book honors my late mother and her legacy as it is a compilation of eleven of her life lessons. With a mental health lens, I have applied a lesson from my mom to each chapter of this book to help you find your own sense of mental wellness, self-worth, and self-love. Through the tools, reflection prompts and questions provided, you will walk away not only with some new catchy phrases, but also with a renewed sense of self. You will learn tools to love and accept yourself for who you are and know that in this moment and in every moment, you are more than good enough and will always be worth fighting for.
Your Exclusive Sneak Peak Of A Few Of The Lessons You'll Learn!
Chapter One- You Are Good Enough To Go After What You Deserve
Lesson One From My Mom: “Nothing Less Than A Bath And A Half”
Chapter Five: There Is Strength In Feeling Your Feelings - It's Okay To Not Be Okay
Lesson Five From My Mom: “It’s Better To Be Pissed Off, Than To Be Pissed On”
Chapter Ten: Even When You Feel Lost, You Can Always Find Yourself Again
Lesson Ten From My Mom: “A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place”
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"Ivy's book spoke directly to my heart on many levels. Incredible book! Ivy brings her most precious memories and life lessons of her Mom to life as she opens her heart to each reader and offers encouragement and strategies for anyone who has gone through personal struggles with mental wellness. Having met Ivy's mom, and knowing the strength she provided her family while fading her own journey with pancreatic cancer, I know Ivy continues to draw from her mom each day. Thank you, Ivy, for opening your heart to others and for breaking down barriers to mental wellness. This is a book I will read over and over again."
- Janice Griffin
"Having lost our son, Kyle, to suicide when he was a 19-year old college student, our family foundation in his name (KyleCares) focuses on supporting high schools and colleges throughout New England with mental health and suicide prevention programs. When it comes to new partners, solutions, presentations, speeches, and even books that our foundation might recommend to schools or individuals, one criterion we go by when measuring the potential impact of what we’ve learned is to ask ourselves “would Kyle have benefitted from something like this”. It’s one way we judge whether to pursue partnerships further or push harder for schools to adopt a certain program we may have learned about. Your book is full of great lessons that I find myself wishing I stressed more with Kyle as his parent, or messages I know would have helped him had he read your book or heard you speak in person. I can only wonder if he would still be with us if he had the opportunity to be part of an Active Minds Chapter, or hear a Young Adult Speaker, or read your book. To me, that is the biggest compliment I can give you, so thank you for putting your thoughts and lessons into a book others can learn from. You should be proud of what you’ve produced."
-Jim Johnson, President & Co-Founder of KyleCares
"Ivy does a beautiful job sharing her personal struggles with mental health in today's society, as well as sharing her mother's courageous story, reflecting on the lessons her mother instilled in her and helping others incorporate those lessons, along with Ivy's personal experience and education in the mental health industry, within our own lives. From being able to claim your worth ("nothing less than a bath and a half"), to self-work ("don't be sorry, be conscious"), Ivy's tools and resources in this book, along with her mother's legacy, helps you feel seen, heard and valued, no matter what your current circumstances look like. "You Are Worth Fighting For" is an amazing and comforting read for anyone feeling lost, for anyone needing support and for anyone who needs to know they are not alone."
"What an important, beautiful book. I loved how Ivy incorporated all of her mom's wonderful life lessons, and offered ways for readers to acknowledge where they need support and get the help they deserve. This is a must-read for anyone who wonders if they should take a closer look at their mental health, learn from someone who has had her own struggles, and apply each chapter to a part of their lives."
-Rachael Steil, author of Running in Silence: My Drive for Perfection and the Eating Disorder That Fed It, high school cross country and track coach, and Running in Silence 501(c)3 founder
"You Are Worth Fighting For comes at a time when there is a spotlight on mental illness (especially in the athletic community), and an emphasis is placed on removing the stigma of seeking treatment. Ms. Watts is very transparent and shares her own struggles with the hope that her suffering does not have to be experienced by others. She talks of the importance of looking past the public persona of the "perfect person" to seeing the real person who could be dealing with crippling anxiety, depression or other issues, often brought on by a negative sense of self-worth.
Ms. Watts shares the painful story of her mother's courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, her positive outlook regardless of the situation, and how her "sayings" motivated her to write her first book. It is truly inspiring how she incorporated those quotes into each chapter and related how you can use each quote to improve your self-love and self-worth.
I especially liked the questions that she suggested that you ask yourself - questions that make you think about how you think about yourself. And how she suggested that you challenge yourself is excellent. Ms. Watts provides you with some tools to utilize to help you reach your goal of improved self-love and self-worth. I highly recommend reading this book because coming from someone who has been there, she definitely knows what she is talking about."
- Shirley Gipson
"I loved Ivy's book! Whether you have a “unique” mental health issue this book will help you. It has a lot of fantastic sayings & quotes. What i love the most is that she wrote “unique” because none of us asked to have anxiety, depression. This book will help you have a different perspective on life and will make you have a good cry. We all have been through chaotic times in life and it’s okay to feel sad, mad, angry, etc., but most important we have today / tomorrow to start a life we want to live! I hope this book helps everyone the way it helped me in certain situations"
- Melanie Georgoudis
About The Author
Ivy Watts, MPH is a sought out Mental Health Empowerment Speaker, entrepreneur, and also the founder of her mental wellness blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy is a former All-American track and field student-athlete and a Top 30 Finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Throughout her life, she appeared to have it all together, yet struggled with her mental health and self-worth in silence. Ivy now strives to break the stigma around mental health by sharing her struggle with her mental health through the various stages of her life, as well as her tools for overall mental wellness. Ivy has spoken to and empowered tens of thousands of students, student-athletes, coaches, educators, administrators and parents to learn the power of self-love, self-care and mental wellness.
Ivy has her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of New Haven and her Masters in Public Health from Boston University. Ivy is also certified in Mental Health First Aid. She and her husband live in Boston, Massachusetts, with their daughter Charlotte Sang.
Photos by Molly Greeley