Demi Lovato and My Story

So this post is a bit of a special one, if you follow me on any social media you may know that on Monday night I had the amazing opportunity to see Demi Lovato live in concert. I was lucky enough to win a contest on the beautiful Ande’s blog The Beauty Blog to not only attend the concert but to meet Demi herself. This tour is sponsored by Tampax and is all about #BeRadiant, which in a sense means to embrace your self worth and inner beauty and let your radiance shine through in your confidence and what you wear. It is all about being individual and celebrating that individuality. I was really happy to find out that Tampax was sponsoring the tour because that message is something I truly believe in and that leads me to my next point. I don’t want this post to be the typical “this is what I did” sort of thing, I try to be really truly genuine and honest on my blog every single day and today is no different so I am going to be real with you and tell you my story. The story that will help you understand why this was more than just a concert to me, this was the absolute best night of my life and a night I will never forget.

Now my story is not the happiest or the easiest to swallow, so please if you are sensitive, don’t read this but it is important to me that I am honest and that my readers can relate to the real person behind the blog. I am not perfect, I don’t always wear makeup and I don’t always have a smile on my face. I have insecurities and bad days just like you but I am thankful for what I have and where I am today. From a really young age (about 8) I was overwhelmed by insecurities, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and very much afraid of the world. This anxiety made me very scared of other people and socialization which in turn led to bullying. Years of bullying eventually led me down the dark path of depression and ultimately anorexia. I struggled with anorexia from the age of 10 to 21, bouncing from one treatment to the next and plying my depression with other forms of self harm. From the very beginning, one of the only things that offered me any sort of comfort was music and Demi was one person who really spoke to me for reasons I still don’t understand. Music was the only thing that seemed to calm my anxiety and give me piece of mind while my life was out of control. Unfortunately music couldn’t fight the shame and self-hate that I was dealing with. I was in my 4th attempt at treatment when Demi released Skyscraper and for some reason everything changed. Her words spoke to me at a level that other music hadn’t been able to, it gave me hope and made me realize I wasn’t alone and for the first time in years I actually cared about living. Skyscaper was my turning point and from that point on I was on the road to recovery with Demi’s music in my pocket. Now a few years later, I am living a happy and healthy life that I didn’t think was possible. I still have my days but overall I am a new woman and in my mind, I have Demi to thank for that. So to have the opportunity to thank her in person was my dream come true. I can now confidently say that I am a warrior and a survivor and I will never take a day for granted ever again. If you are struggling with any sort of mental health please seek treatment, it may not seem like its working and it may take a few tries but you will succeed and you will survive. Now that I am done sharing, I hope you enjoy the few photos I took and remember to stay strong.



  1. Ande Garcia
    October 24, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I'm so happy that you had the best time. Your comment and your story is a story of strength. Thank you for sharing it❀️

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you Ande! It wouldn't have be possible with you! You are an angel.

  2. Megan Joy
    October 24, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    This just confirms what I already knew. You are beautiful inside and out. You telling your story might help someone else and it's brave and honest. I've struggled with anxiety as well and it can be something that's hard to explain to someone but can feel like a trap when you're in the crux of it. So happy you got to meet someone you admire so much πŸ™‚

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:46 pm

      This made me cry, thank you so much Megan. I literally cannot wait to meet you, you have such a beautiful soul.

  3. Michelle Louie
    October 24, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    Its great that you had a great time and got to see Demi! I know many people look up to her and I have a lot of respect for her as well. I appreciate you being able to share your story and hope I can get the courage to do so myself one day! I deal with anxiety every day and it is funny because I totally had no idea what I was dealing with was anxiety until sometime in high school. My parents just led me to believe I was just lazy, unmotivated and not smart. I also had to deal with bullying from boys in middle school and high school and it can be really detrimental. If you want to talk I'd love to! It is nice to speak to people who understand and have gone through something similar, you are definitely not alone <3Michelle | A Lovely Allure

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you Michelle, I hope one day you will feel confident enough to share your story. I'm sorry you had to deal with parents who didn't understand but i am so glad you now know what you are dealing with. I would love to chat with you, it really is so impactful to speak to people like us. YOU are not alone xx

  4. Ashley, Lions Lace Lattes
    October 24, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. You are such a beautiful person inside and out. I'm so happy that we got to meet last weekend. I'm also so happy for you that you had the chance to meet Demi! What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you again!xo Ashley

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you Ashley! I am so happy to have met you as well!

  5. Brianna Pickett
    October 24, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story – that couldn't have been easy for you! What a fun experience with so much meeting! Happy for you!xo Brianna | Glazed Over

    • Brianna Pickett
      October 24, 2014 / 7:26 pm

      meaning*** not meeting… lol

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you and no it was not, i almost deleted the post! xx

  6. Michelle C
    October 24, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Great post! LOVE YA!!

  7. Jen27
    October 25, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    How wonderfully exciting! Demi is definitely a great role model and sounds very sweet :)

    • Jen27
      October 25, 2014 / 2:56 pm

      Glad that she's been such an inspiration for you and that you're now feeling like you're in a healthier, stronger place πŸ™‚

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you Jen! The me today is a million times healthier and happier that I was even a year ago.

  8. A Certain Romance
    October 25, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this – I know it wasn't easy. I'm so glad you got this opportunity to thank Demi in person, it sounds like you had a lovely evening! x

    • Courtney Connolly
      October 26, 2014 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you It is so nice to know that other people can understand how it felt to post.

  9. Stephanie B
    October 27, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing Courtney! I didn't know you struggled with anxiety. I know Demi is pretty open with the pain she experienced as a teen, maybe thats why your related to her!

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