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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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  • My little positivity for the week No matter what this
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My little positivity for the week. No matter what this week and Mercury Retrograde challenges you with. You got this!!  #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #womencreatives   #peppervintage   #yougotthis   #youmatter   #youareenough   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward 
  • Selfcare Saying no is great selfcare Also walking away from
    22 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Selfcare Saying no is great selfcare. Also walking away from relationships that are not good for your mental health. . . . I’m my earlier codependent days instead of walking away from a situation or relationship that was not good for me. I’d push myself in order to make the other person happy. . . . This year I learned the art of saying no and sometimes ending relationships that no longer serve me. In doing this I’ve cut my personal life stress way down. . . . Are you comfortable with saying no ?  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #keepmovingforward   #nevergiveup   #youmatter 
  • Trigger alert Suicidal ideation
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ ***Trigger alert*** Suicidal ideation . . . . . . . . Let me start out by saying this PLEASE DO NOT dm be about oils they will not and do not work on mixed episodes with Bipolar. . . . . . Yesterday I had a mixed episode it happens about twice a year or so. It’s where your mind short circuits if you will and all the moods come crashing in. Feels like out of nowhere. I had 2 glasses of rosé so taking my emergency medication was out of the question. So I painted, I wasn’t feeling
  • Every Sunday I try to get ready for the new
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Every Sunday I try to get ready for the new week. I usually have 2 goals that I never hit. 1) wake up earlier. Like way earlier 2) go to the gym These have been goals I can not accomplish consistently. So here’s to the new upcoming week. What are some goals you’re trying to accomplish this week? Maybe we can push each other.  #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #peppervintage   #youmatter   #youareenough   #loveyourself   #yougotthis   #mentalhealthadvocate   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup 
  • Accidental art These are cards that I use to test
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Accidental art. These are cards that I use to test colors, paint pens , blending etc. Today as I was trying to clean up my mess and feeling defeated because I’m in the dreadful mood of indifference. . . I had to force myself to try to create and I was feeling nothing. Numb I didn’t feel joy for painting or forcing myself to create. . . . This is a mood i dread and any partner I ever had dreaded it too. Now that I’m single it’s much easier to work through this one because there’s no one to
  • Coping skills This week I have therapy and I totally
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Coping skills. This week I have therapy and I totally look forward to this. In June we decided to do therapy sessions once a month . . . I was going every other week so for me this was huge. Therapy has been a huge part of my recovery and treatment of bipolar. . . . One of the ways I coped with depression this week is painting. PAinting my way out of depression. . . . 2nd skill is reflecting on how much self care I did and what might have triggered it. I always try to make sure
  • We are all works in progress My painting reminds me
    3 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ We are all works in progress. My painting reminds me that I’m constantly growing and evolving. . . . When you open yourself up, especially on social media it leaves the door open for criticism even sometimes in your own circle. I’m not scared to show the messy parts. I’m fine with people talking about me and my art behind my back. I am at least trying and not scared to be a work in progress. . . . Embrace the messy parts of your life. And if people criticize you , remember it’s a reflection on them.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong 
  • Are you proud of yourself ? I hope you are
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Are you proud of yourself ? I hope you are ? Can we practice giving ourself credit for doing the hard things and practice kindness to yourselves. In the comments finish this sentence. I’m proud of myself for ____________ Mine are in the comments.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #youareenough   #youarenotalone   #keepgoing   #loveyourself   #peppervintage   #keepgoing   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthadvocate 
  • For anyone who needs this Just a reminder to keep
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ For anyone who needs this. Just a reminder to keep going , don’t give up. The world needs you.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #peppervintage   #mentalhealthadvocate   #womencreatives   #womenhelpingwomen   #youmatter   #youarenotalone 
  • Bipolar and dating Theres a topic I havent had a
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Bipolar and dating: There’s a topic I haven’t had a lot experience in lol . . . Some of you know I went through a pretty traumatic break up last year . Details are not important only that it’s really made me skittish to date. . . . This selfie is right before I went on a “date” my family called it a date. I called it hanging out with a friend lol. (A special friend ) . . . My therapist suggested I date around some since I tend to end up with people I already know. My whole
  • Bipolar and dating Theres a topic I havent had a
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Bipolar and dating: There’s a topic I haven’t had a lot experience in lol . . . Some of you know I went through a pretty traumatic break up last year . Details are not important only that it’s really made me skittish to date. . . . This selfie is right before I went on a “date” my family called it a date. I called it hanging out with a friend lol. (A special friend ) . . . My therapist suggested I date around some since I tend to end up with people I already know. My whole
  • We are all works in progress My painting reminds me
    3 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ We are all works in progress. My painting reminds me that I’m constantly growing and evolving. . . . When you open yourself up, especially on social media it leaves the door open for criticism even sometimes in your own circle. I’m not scared to show the messy parts. I’m fine with people talking about me and my art behind my back. I am at least trying and not scared to be a work in progress. . . . Embrace the messy parts of your life. And if people criticize you , remember it’s a reflection on them.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong 
  • Are you proud of yourself ? I hope you are
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Are you proud of yourself ? I hope you are ? Can we practice giving ourself credit for doing the hard things and practice kindness to yourselves. In the comments finish this sentence. I’m proud of myself for ____________ Mine are in the comments.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #youareenough   #youarenotalone   #keepgoing   #loveyourself   #peppervintage   #keepgoing   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthadvocate 
  • Accidental art These are cards that I use to test
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Accidental art. These are cards that I use to test colors, paint pens , blending etc. Today as I was trying to clean up my mess and feeling defeated because I’m in the dreadful mood of indifference. . . I had to force myself to try to create and I was feeling nothing. Numb I didn’t feel joy for painting or forcing myself to create. . . . This is a mood i dread and any partner I ever had dreaded it too. Now that I’m single it’s much easier to work through this one because there’s no one to
  • My little positivity for the week No matter what this
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My little positivity for the week. No matter what this week and Mercury Retrograde challenges you with. You got this!!  #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #womencreatives   #peppervintage   #yougotthis   #youmatter   #youareenough   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward 
  • For anyone who needs this Just a reminder to keep
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ For anyone who needs this. Just a reminder to keep going , don’t give up. The world needs you.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #peppervintage   #mentalhealthadvocate   #womencreatives   #womenhelpingwomen   #youmatter   #youarenotalone 
  • Trigger alert Suicidal ideation
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ ***Trigger alert*** Suicidal ideation . . . . . . . . Let me start out by saying this PLEASE DO NOT dm be about oils they will not and do not work on mixed episodes with Bipolar. . . . . . Yesterday I had a mixed episode it happens about twice a year or so. It’s where your mind short circuits if you will and all the moods come crashing in. Feels like out of nowhere. I had 2 glasses of rosé so taking my emergency medication was out of the question. So I painted, I wasn’t feeling
  • Every Sunday I try to get ready for the new
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Every Sunday I try to get ready for the new week. I usually have 2 goals that I never hit. 1) wake up earlier. Like way earlier 2) go to the gym These have been goals I can not accomplish consistently. So here’s to the new upcoming week. What are some goals you’re trying to accomplish this week? Maybe we can push each other.  #htx   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #peppervintage   #youmatter   #youareenough   #loveyourself   #yougotthis   #mentalhealthadvocate   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup 
  • Coping skills This week I have therapy and I totally
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Coping skills. This week I have therapy and I totally look forward to this. In June we decided to do therapy sessions once a month . . . I was going every other week so for me this was huge. Therapy has been a huge part of my recovery and treatment of bipolar. . . . One of the ways I coped with depression this week is painting. PAinting my way out of depression. . . . 2nd skill is reflecting on how much self care I did and what might have triggered it. I always try to make sure
  • Selfcare Saying no is great selfcare Also walking away from
    22 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Selfcare Saying no is great selfcare. Also walking away from relationships that are not good for your mental health. . . . I’m my earlier codependent days instead of walking away from a situation or relationship that was not good for me. I’d push myself in order to make the other person happy. . . . This year I learned the art of saying no and sometimes ending relationships that no longer serve me. In doing this I’ve cut my personal life stress way down. . . . Are you comfortable with saying no ?  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #keepmovingforward   #nevergiveup   #youmatter