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  • Mental Health Warrior – Rebecca
    Meet my Mental Health Warrior for April. Yes I am soooo behind on all my mental health warriors post. Below is a little bit about Bekr. In addition I would like to add that I met Bekr a few years ago when I started my facebook page. She runs a page called The Misadventures of Bipolar Girl and Friends. She’s been such a honest and raw example of how one lives day to day with mental illness. She is also a veteran of the Army and I consider her to be a great suppor and friend.   […]
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  • Mental Health Warrior – Aubrey
    I met Aubrey through the International Bipolar Foundation  Aubrey is the Social Media and Program Coordinator at IBPF and I am a blogger for IBPF. Through the connection with IBPF and the blogger program  I was able to get to know Aubrey a little better and selected her to receive a care package from Pepper Vintage. She is truly an inspiration, she has turned out to be someone I can turn to when I am struggling with my own illness. She  works hard to bring awareness to bipolar and mental […]
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  • Mental Health Warrior- Sammie Jo
    I wanted to start show casing some of the stories that come to me. I am honored for all of those who share their stories with me even the ones who asked me not to share their stories. I respect and admire all of them. In February I launched my first care package campaign, before that I was sending out post cards and mini care packages to those who were struggling a bit. I have tried to figure out how I can reach the people who follow my facebook page and instagram to let them know they are not […]
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  • Care Packages for Mental Health Warriors
    If you have ever struggled with a mental illness and felt alone, scared. If you felt as if no one cared, this is why I started my care package program. My experiences with terrible bouts of depression, bipolar episodes and suicide attempts were met with a lot of mixed emotions. Unfortunately very little kindness, compassion or well wishes were extended. No food trains or casseroles were made. No one really checked on the well being of myself or my kids. This was a very dark time for me. After […]
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  • Motherhood and Mental Illness
      For Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to share my experience with being a mom and having a mental illness. Being a mom is a tough job on its own and it can be overwhelming. There is a ridiculous amount of pressure to be a perfect mom and there is always some sort of debate on how we should parent. Moms are typically the ones that are blamed for anything that goes wrong with their children. We are held to a standard by society that is impossible to achieve. We’ve seen movies made […]
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  • Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breathe
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breathe and start again tomorrow. This a reminder for myself and anyone else who may need this. You did your best today.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone 
  • Hello Today Im working from home and since I took
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello. Today I’m working from home and since I took a social media break I thought I do this quick intro: I am a mental health warrior, 46 , mother of a 4. Two adult sons, two teenagers. 16 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son. I am diagnosed Bipolar 1 (high functioning) except I hate that word high functioning. I think we all are. We all have our strengths. The fact that we are here is high functioning to me. Pepper Vintage started off as sharing my story in 2012 on Facebook. It’s now evolved into to helping
  • Happy New Day!!! Couple of reminders  Your yesterdays does
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy New Day!!! Couple of reminders : Your yesterdays does not define you. Be gentle with yourself Forgive yourself Today is a new day. Sending you all love and positive vibes.  #happynewday   #keepgoing   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup   #restbutdontquit   #yourstorymatters   #yourstoryinspires   #youmatter   #youarenotalone   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #depressionwarrior   #anxietywarrior   #womenhelpingwomen   #livewithpurpose   #htx   #htxnonprofit   #peppervintage   #peppercares   #peppercarepackages 
  • One of my kittens made it home to me Ive
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ One of my kittens made it home to me. I’ve been slowly rebuilding my life and she just made it much better.  #keepmovingforward   #keepgoing   #loveyourself   #beyourownhero   #imperfectlyperfect   #kittens   #rescues   #mentalhealth   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolarstrong 
  • arttherapy I woke up almost without my self worth today
    2 days ago by pepper__vintage_  #arttherapy  I woke up almost without my self worth today. . . As many of you know I went through a sudden abrupt break up. I’m on the other side of it now and for 95% of the days I’m grateful to have a second chance to live a life I want. To not serve another to not put my dreams on hold for the sake of someone else’s happiness while destroying my own. I got to the point where life felt grand and I felt lucky. What would I do with my new found freedom? I would do everything.
  • I did a couple of cows And they were inspired
    14 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ I did a couple of cows. And they were inspired by  @rachels_shoppe  I had a lovely conversation with her today. I love her work and while I’m really obsessed with florals I love cows too. This painting hobby started out as therapy during one of the worst depressive years I had. . . . Now at 46 I’m finding myself applying to go back to school for art and taking a real painting class soon. . . . . My work is not great I just picked up a paint brush for the first time 5 months ago. Then took
  • Yesterday I felt super awful But I made a commitment
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Yesterday I felt super awful. But I made a commitment to get a mini carepackage out this weekend. I finished a quick post card for a follower who shared with me about a special person in their life who is also battling cancer. I’m always happy to help brighten others day. It’s not perfect or even a great piece of art but I’ve put a lot love into this postcard as well as the words I will share in the card. Giving back and helping others feel less alone. It’s what  #peppervintage  goal is. All things through love.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong 
  • Hand painted post card ready Im trying to catchup this
    21 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Hand painted post card ready. I’m trying to catch-up this week but this is an especially important one. This is going out along with a small package to a follower who is a mental health warrior and facing a scary battle. I think of her as a close friend who I love very much. She is beautiful, talented and has reminded me of how truly precious life is. We have 24 hrs to do something great or not , we can just be still. But don’t waste your gift of 24 hrs on things that are toxic and that are
  • Medication update Disclaimer do not get off medication without talking
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Medication update: Disclaimer- do not get off medication without talking to your doctor. I’m definitely not an example of how to do it. I started weaning myself off my medication last week and this week I’m off completely. This is not a pill shaming post. Please know that if you take medication I 110% support you. Also please do not message me about oils, pot, or exercise as a cure to bipolar 1 Ok so I got off the medication because I could not get to therapeutic dose. The side effects were getting so bad and the top 3 worst.
  • Hello Mr Cat Today Im recreating this painting on a
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello Mr. Cat. Today I’m recreating this painting on a post card. I’m really trying to balance the numbing feeling of my medication with my creativity and passion for art. It’s been a challenge. The meds have helped tremendously but there’s the the cons. This weekend will make 2 months since I started on medication. I’m really not sure how I feel about this flatness. I’m on the lowest dose as well. My doctor describe it as the new normal. What I’m missing is my mania. My highs. This is something he calls level lol. I call it blah. Anyway
  • Yesterday I felt super awful But I made a commitment
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Yesterday I felt super awful. But I made a commitment to get a mini carepackage out this weekend. I finished a quick post card for a follower who shared with me about a special person in their life who is also battling cancer. I’m always happy to help brighten others day. It’s not perfect or even a great piece of art but I’ve put a lot love into this postcard as well as the words I will share in the card. Giving back and helping others feel less alone. It’s what  #peppervintage  goal is. All things through love.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong 
  • arttherapy I woke up almost without my self worth today
    2 days ago by pepper__vintage_  #arttherapy  I woke up almost without my self worth today. . . As many of you know I went through a sudden abrupt break up. I’m on the other side of it now and for 95% of the days I’m grateful to have a second chance to live a life I want. To not serve another to not put my dreams on hold for the sake of someone else’s happiness while destroying my own. I got to the point where life felt grand and I felt lucky. What would I do with my new found freedom? I would do everything.
  • One of my kittens made it home to me Ive
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ One of my kittens made it home to me. I’ve been slowly rebuilding my life and she just made it much better.  #keepmovingforward   #keepgoing   #loveyourself   #beyourownhero   #imperfectlyperfect   #kittens   #rescues   #mentalhealth   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolarstrong 
  • Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breathe
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breathe and start again tomorrow. This a reminder for myself and anyone else who may need this. You did your best today.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone 
  • Hello Today Im working from home and since I took
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello. Today I’m working from home and since I took a social media break I thought I do this quick intro: I am a mental health warrior, 46 , mother of a 4. Two adult sons, two teenagers. 16 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son. I am diagnosed Bipolar 1 (high functioning) except I hate that word high functioning. I think we all are. We all have our strengths. The fact that we are here is high functioning to me. Pepper Vintage started off as sharing my story in 2012 on Facebook. It’s now evolved into to helping
  • Medication update Disclaimer do not get off medication without talking
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Medication update: Disclaimer- do not get off medication without talking to your doctor. I’m definitely not an example of how to do it. I started weaning myself off my medication last week and this week I’m off completely. This is not a pill shaming post. Please know that if you take medication I 110% support you. Also please do not message me about oils, pot, or exercise as a cure to bipolar 1 Ok so I got off the medication because I could not get to therapeutic dose. The side effects were getting so bad and the top 3 worst.
  • Hand painted post card ready Im trying to catchup this
    21 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Hand painted post card ready. I’m trying to catch-up this week but this is an especially important one. This is going out along with a small package to a follower who is a mental health warrior and facing a scary battle. I think of her as a close friend who I love very much. She is beautiful, talented and has reminded me of how truly precious life is. We have 24 hrs to do something great or not , we can just be still. But don’t waste your gift of 24 hrs on things that are toxic and that are
  • I did a couple of cows And they were inspired
    14 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ I did a couple of cows. And they were inspired by  @rachels_shoppe  I had a lovely conversation with her today. I love her work and while I’m really obsessed with florals I love cows too. This painting hobby started out as therapy during one of the worst depressive years I had. . . . Now at 46 I’m finding myself applying to go back to school for art and taking a real painting class soon. . . . . My work is not great I just picked up a paint brush for the first time 5 months ago. Then took
  • Happy New Day!!! Couple of reminders  Your yesterdays does
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy New Day!!! Couple of reminders : Your yesterdays does not define you. Be gentle with yourself Forgive yourself Today is a new day. Sending you all love and positive vibes.  #happynewday   #keepgoing   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup   #restbutdontquit   #yourstorymatters   #yourstoryinspires   #youmatter   #youarenotalone   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #depressionwarrior   #anxietywarrior   #womenhelpingwomen   #livewithpurpose   #htx   #htxnonprofit   #peppervintage   #peppercares   #peppercarepackages 
  • Hello Mr Cat Today Im recreating this painting on a
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello Mr. Cat. Today I’m recreating this painting on a post card. I’m really trying to balance the numbing feeling of my medication with my creativity and passion for art. It’s been a challenge. The meds have helped tremendously but there’s the the cons. This weekend will make 2 months since I started on medication. I’m really not sure how I feel about this flatness. I’m on the lowest dose as well. My doctor describe it as the new normal. What I’m missing is my mania. My highs. This is something he calls level lol. I call it blah. Anyway