Adversity didn't write my story.

The pages of my life were written by how I responded to adversity, and good or bad, I held the pen.

"Adversity didn't write my story."

"The pages of my life were written by how I responded to adversity, and good or bad, I held the pen."


Troy White

Growing up in a home of domestic violence, I lived a life of survival. The adversity I experienced has always been a double-edged sword. These experiences provided useful skills and insight that provided a path to success. However, I was unaware of how the barriers of anxiety and self-defeating beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors were preventing me from reaching my destination again and again.

Becoming aware of these barriers was the first step. Understanding their cause and learning how to overcome them has provided even greater insight and the ability to create a path to guide others on a journey to their own success beyond their barriers.

My Story

Verbal, emotional, psychological and physical abuse was a "normal" part of life growing up. I didn't appreciate the severity of what I  experienced until I created a list of significant events that spanned 14 pages.  Even then,  I still struggled to classify what I experienced as trauma or abuse.

From the outside, I seemed well adjusted, confident, and outgoing with a good sense of humor. Inside, I lived in a constant state of anxiety; deficient in self-esteem and worth. 

In my early twenties, I began seeking help to change the way I felt. All of the psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and medications  focused on treating what I was feeling rather than why I was feeling it. It wasn't until much later in life that I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and PTSD, and even then I was given solutions that treated the symptoms rather than the cause.  

Why I Do It

For as long as I can remember, I was the person people came to when they were struggling. I was a people pleaser. Being overly empathetic and compassionate, I found my worth in ensuring other's happiness. Love, importance and value was something I felt I needed to earn.

I have always looked for the reason behind people's behaviors. Once I understood the "why", I could make sense of their actions in hopes of alleviating either their pain, or mine. 

My experience and education led me to the place I am today. I understand the frustration of knowing how I want to feel, live, and be but not know how to truly achieve these things. Struggles come in many forms. Some are small, some are big, but all are significant. 

That's why I founded Upstream™ and developed the Upstream Path™. I wanted to provide others the ability to take control of their lives and positively impact the lives of those around them. Life will always have adversity and I still have moments I struggle. But, I now have a proven path to follow that always leads me to where I want to be and I'm confident it can do the same for you. 

Troy White

Founder • Certified Facilitator and Coach 

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