As part of our series about how to become known as a thought leader in your industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nita Sweeney. Nita Sweeney is the author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink. She runs marathons, coaches writers, teaches writing and meditation, and publishes Bum Glue blog and Write Now Columbus newsletter. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband, Ed, and their yellow Labrador, Scarlet.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
As it turns out, cantering around the front yard of the family farm pretending you’re a horse isn’t a skill listed on many job descriptions, so I went to journalism school and law school instead. I practiced law for ten years before mental health issues forced me to make a different choice. Now, I write, coach writers, and teach classes. Thanks to my husband, I also discovered meditation which helps ground me in everything I do. More recently, I took up running which, come to think of it, is a bit like pretending you’re a horse!