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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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  • 1100 Sent via planoly planoly I apologize in advance for
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 1/100 Sent via  @planoly   #planoly  I apologize in advance for all the florals at that I’m sharing LOL. . . . I’m trying this  #100DayProject  and I’ve picked florals. Now I’m pretty sure it’ll get boring but I’ll try not to share all 100 of them. . . . Today I was overthinking life and started to give myself anxiety. Don’t you love it when your mind tries to worry about things it doesn’t need to. Well I decided instead of worrying I would paint. Not an impressive piece but I tried a different kind of paint , acryl gouache.
  • 5100 100dayproject Started on a canvas My day 6 will
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 5/100  #100dayproject . Started on a canvas. My day 6 will be to put the detail and finishing touches on my student grade canvas. I usually paint on mix media paper. . . . This whole year I’ve had to move out of my comfort zone. Sometimes painfully move out of it. Each month I grow a bit stronger and more resilient. As you all might know I went through a pretty rough break up at the end of last year. Now I’m trying to navigate the waters of being single. (Oh the stories lol ) . . . One thing
  • I took a tutorial tips morning and while this isnt
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I took a tutorial tips morning and while this isn’t what I would normally paint (not a huge fan of the colors ) we all have to start at some point. . . . I started painting last September, all of 2018 was plagued with depression a few bipolar episodes and final ending to a very long term relationship. I would say 2018 was one of my worst years . . . Painting and learning different techniques are what kept my mind from wandering off into deep dark places. . . . I share my art journey not because I
  • Happy April!!! New Month and the best part of the
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy April!!! New Month and the best part of the month no Mercury Retrograde. We have until July 7th before it happens again 🙂 . . I’ve been under the weather and I hate to take medication cold medication, always messes with my mood. So I’ve been trying to feed my cold and hydrate. . . I worked from home when I should have just rested. Why are we so terrible at just resting and taking it easy ugh? Need to work on that. . . . I did a quick and messy painting as I didn’t want to slow
  • Do you ever run out of things to say My
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Do you ever run out of things to say. My instagram and Facebook page are dedicated to sharing my story but sometimes there’s not much to share . . . Sometimes bipolar isn’t around and I’m content and peaceful. Sometimes I feel guilty because I finally made it to this place. Mostly I feel grateful. . . I’m not on medication and I give my therapist, CBT therapy and my hard work credit. Sometimes I’m just here. Living life quietly and peaceful.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #100dayproject 
  • 2100 100dayproject Still on the mends and not 100 and
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 2/100  #100dayproject  Still on the mends and not 100% and just wanted to go to bed. I pushed through and created. I’m playing with Gouache paint and learning. All of these little amateur paintings are actually like my daily meditation. . . . I was chatting with some and I stated how hard this little hobby is for me. From picking colors to picking something to paint. I like it so much that I’m 100% in the moment. . . . Tomorrow I have therapy and one of the subjects I will be working on is my new normal. Adjusting
  • Be proud of how hard you trying Its a new
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Be proud of how hard you trying. It’s a new week! . . . May the week be good to you and I hope you all have recovered from March’s Mercury Retrograde. That one was a doozy.  #keepgoing   #beyourownhero   #yougothis   #loveyourself   #depressionwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Since taking a break from social media I havent had
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Since taking a break from social media I haven’t had time to advocate for mental health lately. . . . I did not want to let this day pass by without recognizing that today is World Bipolar Day. A decade journey and going strong. I’m not afraid to be the face and voice for those struggling with Bipolar. . . . At times it can be my greatest gift and other times I can feel like I can barely breathe. I feel stronger each year as I learn more skills and techniques to keep my illness in check. . .
  • Last of my Sunday arttherapy Hope you all have taken
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Last of my Sunday  #arttherapy  Hope you all have taken time for yourself this weekend. I was under weather but it was important I created. My soul needed it. Now to nap and prepare for the week
  • Despite the stress i have going on at work Im
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Despite the stress i have going on at work I’m living life and functioning despite a diagnosis. I don’t know if it’s my age or all the therapy I’ve had but I truly feel at peace not only with myself but what I’ve been through. I’m definitely enjoying my new normal. I don’t miss being manic I don’t miss my depression. I don’t know how long my illness will stay away but I am determined to live life fully.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Despite the stress i have going on at work Im
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Despite the stress i have going on at work I’m living life and functioning despite a diagnosis. I don’t know if it’s my age or all the therapy I’ve had but I truly feel at peace not only with myself but what I’ve been through. I’m definitely enjoying my new normal. I don’t miss being manic I don’t miss my depression. I don’t know how long my illness will stay away but I am determined to live life fully.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • 1100 Sent via planoly planoly I apologize in advance for
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 1/100 Sent via  @planoly   #planoly  I apologize in advance for all the florals at that I’m sharing LOL. . . . I’m trying this  #100DayProject  and I’ve picked florals. Now I’m pretty sure it’ll get boring but I’ll try not to share all 100 of them. . . . Today I was overthinking life and started to give myself anxiety. Don’t you love it when your mind tries to worry about things it doesn’t need to. Well I decided instead of worrying I would paint. Not an impressive piece but I tried a different kind of paint , acryl gouache.
  • Do you ever run out of things to say My
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Do you ever run out of things to say. My instagram and Facebook page are dedicated to sharing my story but sometimes there’s not much to share . . . Sometimes bipolar isn’t around and I’m content and peaceful. Sometimes I feel guilty because I finally made it to this place. Mostly I feel grateful. . . I’m not on medication and I give my therapist, CBT therapy and my hard work credit. Sometimes I’m just here. Living life quietly and peaceful.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #100dayproject 
  • Since taking a break from social media I havent had
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Since taking a break from social media I haven’t had time to advocate for mental health lately. . . . I did not want to let this day pass by without recognizing that today is World Bipolar Day. A decade journey and going strong. I’m not afraid to be the face and voice for those struggling with Bipolar. . . . At times it can be my greatest gift and other times I can feel like I can barely breathe. I feel stronger each year as I learn more skills and techniques to keep my illness in check. . .
  • Last of my Sunday arttherapy Hope you all have taken
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Last of my Sunday  #arttherapy  Hope you all have taken time for yourself this weekend. I was under weather but it was important I created. My soul needed it. Now to nap and prepare for the week
  • 5100 100dayproject Started on a canvas My day 6 will
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 5/100  #100dayproject . Started on a canvas. My day 6 will be to put the detail and finishing touches on my student grade canvas. I usually paint on mix media paper. . . . This whole year I’ve had to move out of my comfort zone. Sometimes painfully move out of it. Each month I grow a bit stronger and more resilient. As you all might know I went through a pretty rough break up at the end of last year. Now I’m trying to navigate the waters of being single. (Oh the stories lol ) . . . One thing
  • 2100 100dayproject Still on the mends and not 100 and
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ 2/100  #100dayproject  Still on the mends and not 100% and just wanted to go to bed. I pushed through and created. I’m playing with Gouache paint and learning. All of these little amateur paintings are actually like my daily meditation. . . . I was chatting with some and I stated how hard this little hobby is for me. From picking colors to picking something to paint. I like it so much that I’m 100% in the moment. . . . Tomorrow I have therapy and one of the subjects I will be working on is my new normal. Adjusting
  • Be proud of how hard you trying Its a new
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Be proud of how hard you trying. It’s a new week! . . . May the week be good to you and I hope you all have recovered from March’s Mercury Retrograde. That one was a doozy.  #keepgoing   #beyourownhero   #yougothis   #loveyourself   #depressionwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Happy April!!! New Month and the best part of the
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy April!!! New Month and the best part of the month no Mercury Retrograde. We have until July 7th before it happens again 🙂 . . I’ve been under the weather and I hate to take medication cold medication, always messes with my mood. So I’ve been trying to feed my cold and hydrate. . . I worked from home when I should have just rested. Why are we so terrible at just resting and taking it easy ugh? Need to work on that. . . . I did a quick and messy painting as I didn’t want to slow
  • I took a tutorial tips morning and while this isnt
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I took a tutorial tips morning and while this isn’t what I would normally paint (not a huge fan of the colors ) we all have to start at some point. . . . I started painting last September, all of 2018 was plagued with depression a few bipolar episodes and final ending to a very long term relationship. I would say 2018 was one of my worst years . . . Painting and learning different techniques are what kept my mind from wandering off into deep dark places. . . . I share my art journey not because I