Singer returns home with inspirational show

Mental Health Week

For years, Tina Moore taught voice in Kamloops and performed as Mary Spencer in the seasonal dinner theatre show Two River Junction.

Behind her silken voice and stage persona, there was a dark side to Moore, though. She now believes it was chronic depression.

"It was part of my life for so long, I thought it was normal," she said from Vancouver, where she's resided in recent years. "When I turned 39, I wasn't happy with my life."

That's when she found the impetus for change, not from medication or psychotherapy, but from exercise. She had never exercised routinely in her life, but decided to set a goal of running 40 kilometres by the time she turned 40.

As she trained toward her goal, Moore sensed a welcome transformation overtake her.

"I didn't realize it would make me stronger mentally and emotionally, too. It gave me a chance to process the past stuff. It was a great outlet for anger and deep stress."

She achieved those 40 clicks at 40, which became a catalyst for a fresh chapter in her life. Jogging was her path to wellness.

"I always feel better when I'm done. That's a pretty powerful reason to out the door."

She founded an organization called Jog4Joy, which raises awareness for mental and emotional wellness, organizing an annual 5K walking event in Vancouver. She wrote a self-help book called The Decision, about "exercising your right to happiness." She went on to run a full marathon - 42 km when she turned 42.

And she's developed a new career as a speaker and inspirational coach, a new stage presence called Feeling Good she brings to Kamloops to mark Mental Health Week.

She's spoken on the subject before, but this time she will incorporate her singing into the storytelling, hoping to reach the audience on that emotional level as well.

"It's been four years since I sang, so it feels really good to get back into it. It's been a really big part of me and it's been missing. It's really nice to come home, too."

The show takes place Thursday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Sixth and Douglas, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance from New Copy at 772 Victoria St. or online at tinamoore.eventbrite.ca.

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