My name is Kat Mahoney. I’m an Author/Blogger, Digital Consultant, and Family Life Advisor at MAHONEY Digital & Home Life Consulting.
But how I ended up at in this professional place was not by accident. I experienced a series of personal setbacks.
I actually majored in Computer Science at Hawaii Pacific University. I was in the e-Business, Search Engine & Social Media industry for a while helping new businesses compete on the Web. After three babies, all 17 months apart, I then moved onto Video Game Journalism and Beta Testing until I started suffering from loss of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, and fears of death on an constant basis.
You see, I suffered, and still do at times, with Anxiety Panic Disorder, depression, OCD, and Fibromyalgia. These are scars from a decade long fight alone as a military spouse enduring long deployments without family or friends around while raising three Autistic children (all seventeen months apart) and being married to an Autistic husband. There was no support for me and my husband did not know how to console in most cases. Through years of struggle, between several different Psychiatrists, Psychologists, medications, and group therapy, I was able to find my balance and reconnect with myself.
I began to write a series of military children’s books to help the children and the families cope with changes. Changes in relocating and changes in life. This put me on a path to helping not just many families, but helping myself too.
In 2010 I Founded the first non-profit organization for military children called Kids of Americas Heroes that focused on communication and mental health awareness for military families. The organization was such a success that it was embraced as a school club in many elementary and middle schools. I was awarded several volunteer and military spouse success awards for my service and participation in the military as well as nominated National Military Spouse of the Year 2010 by CINCHouse and Military.com.
After 40 years of military life, 20 in digital education, and 15 years of playing the mental health balancing act, I shifted my focus to coaching families and women on life balances in digital education, mental health, and the military lifestyle.
I have not become successful through money or fame, but rather through defeating my own personal setbacks and moving forward to helping myself, my family, and my community.