Hi there! My name is Ali Vee!

I fell in love with writing when I was young, and have even been called weird for loving to write, even research papers. It became a positive outlet for me to express my feelings… free therapy!

I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a baby, but was officially diagnosed in 2014. I started to understand myself more, and because of that, I wanted to help others understand themselves so I began advocating and writing about mental health that same year. I also battle with binge eating disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

At age 26, I finally discovered what I wanted to do with my life. I enrolled in Purdue University Global in 2017. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Addictions in November 2020. I was a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and the Psychology Club at PG.

I have a large but supportive family, consisting of my parents, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, four nieces, and two nephews. I have a therapy dog named Finn, who is my best friend and adventure buddy. I rescued him (he rescued me, too) in December 2016, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

I created Flight of the Wallflower in 2015, and it started out as a mental health blog. But it eventually evolved into not only the topic of mental health, but also travel, nature, and hiking. Hiking and travelling help me lower the levels of depression and anxiety, so I figured “Hey why not expand the blog since those things help my mental health?”

My hobbies and interests include writing, hiking, travelling, watching sports (huge sports fan here!), playing video games, and reading.

I have had the opportunity to hike in places like Louisiana (my home state), Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, and in 2016, Japan. I would love to continue my journey to hike in all 50 states and travel the world more.

If you want to learn even more about me, check out these posts where I answered some questions from readers!

Part I | Part II

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway