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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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  • The world needs more love and kindness Lets all make
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ The world needs more love and kindness. Let’s all make the world a better place. Love will conquer all.  #loveandkindness   #loveconquers   #loveoneanother 
  • Aging Finding confidence    Tell me what is
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ Aging Finding confidence . . . “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”~Mary Oliver . 2019 has been a year of firsts. . . . It is the longest I’ve been single in my whole adult life. I’m determined to enjoy this time and keep finding myself. . . . It’s the first time I’m able to focus on myself and my dreams . . . I had my second solo trip but the first to California. Which I’m hoping it’ll be an annual thing. . . . I flew out
  • Favorite band Letting go of fear blueoctoberband is my favorite
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Favorite band Letting go of fear.  @blueoctoberband  is my favorite band. So much so I would see them every time they stopped in my city. Or I’d plan a vacation around where they would be playing. . . . This song and these particular lyrics pulled me through some dark heavy times . . . For the first time I do not let fear consume me or my broken parts destroy me or my relationships. . . . Bipolar was an ultimate wreckage of my life but it is also some sort of beautiful gift. It is possible to recover
  • Art Healing And finding yourself    Art saved
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Art Healing And finding yourself. . . . Art saved my life. Second slide is a piece from my art journal. October 2018 was a hell of a month. Suicidal , diagnosis moved to bipolar I and I was dumped a few weeks after one of the worst episodes I had in years. . . . Art was/is a life line for me. It gave me a voice and passion. This passion has healed me in more ways than I could ever imagine. . . . I found art and found myself. I create for myself ,for peace and for
  • What sets your soul on fire?    Expressing
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ What sets your soul on fire? . . . Expressing my journey with Bipolar through the medium of painting. . . . It’s been a way to deal with trauma and consequences of my illness. . . . Instead of dwelling I can pour my heart into my paintings. They aren’t for sell to the public. They are for me . . . This is an idea I played with. Face of my bipolar. She even has freckle  #peppervintage   #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #bipolarawareness   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #arttherapy   #youmatter   #youareenough 
  • Living life your way and full of curiosity
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Living life your way and full of curiosity. . . . I’m sharing the last line from Mary Oliver’s poem “When Death Comes”. I would encourage you to read this poem and I hope it’ll inspire you like it inspired me. . . . I was always restless. I felt like I was suffocating. I went through life just trying to survive. Survive it all. Motherhood , being a wife an employee. All the normal day to day things. . . . I stopped being curious, I stopped living and started existing. . . . While my bipolar can be
  • Messy part of life Self awareness    Life
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Messy part of life Self awareness. . . . Life is messy and chaotic. It’s taken me some 10yrs to master coping skills and self awareness. 2007 I was a total mess. I was toxic to myself and to my loved ones. I was struggling to figure out what was wrong with me. I didn’t want to be that way. I apologized so many times for my out bursts and meltdowns. Eventually I wore out the people close to me. Thankfully everyone loved me enough to give me a second chance. . . . Fast forward to 2017 when I
  • Growing old Still have dreams And bipolar
    4 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Growing old Still have dreams And bipolar . . . The shirt says vintage. That I am. Next week I will be 47. I still have lots of dreams and at times feel like I’m running out of time. . . . I also have bipolar and it’s felt like I lived a lifetime and yet also like I have a ton of life in me. . . . For my birthday I will be giving away a mini carepackage. Details coming soon.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthadvocate   #peppervintage   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward   #youareenough   #youmatter   #youarenotalone   #womencreatives   #womenhelpingwomen 
  • Pushing WAY out of my comfort zone
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Pushing WAY out of my comfort zone. . . . For the most part i looked like a hot mess to most people. I don’t mean hot mess in a cute way either . . . I spent lots of years causing chaos and being a part of it too. . . . I got better, I shedded that old life. Got rid of toxic people. Learned to stand on my own and found a little confidence along the way. . . . I’ve been pushing myself out of my comfort zone. In September I will be participating in my
  • Courage    Sometimes we just a little cup
    6 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Courage . . . Sometimes we just a little cup of courage. . . . Taking a chance on yourself might look crazy to people looking in. Who cares about them .... do you! Chase those dreams and ignore the negative people.  #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #arttherapy   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #youmatter   #youareenough   #courage   #youareworthit   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #womencreatives 
  • Living life your way and full of curiosity
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Living life your way and full of curiosity. . . . I’m sharing the last line from Mary Oliver’s poem “When Death Comes”. I would encourage you to read this poem and I hope it’ll inspire you like it inspired me. . . . I was always restless. I felt like I was suffocating. I went through life just trying to survive. Survive it all. Motherhood , being a wife an employee. All the normal day to day things. . . . I stopped being curious, I stopped living and started existing. . . . While my bipolar can be
  • The world needs more love and kindness Lets all make
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ The world needs more love and kindness. Let’s all make the world a better place. Love will conquer all.  #loveandkindness   #loveconquers   #loveoneanother 
  • Growing old Still have dreams And bipolar
    4 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Growing old Still have dreams And bipolar . . . The shirt says vintage. That I am. Next week I will be 47. I still have lots of dreams and at times feel like I’m running out of time. . . . I also have bipolar and it’s felt like I lived a lifetime and yet also like I have a ton of life in me. . . . For my birthday I will be giving away a mini carepackage. Details coming soon.  #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthadvocate   #peppervintage   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward   #youareenough   #youmatter   #youarenotalone   #womencreatives   #womenhelpingwomen 
  • Pushing WAY out of my comfort zone
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Pushing WAY out of my comfort zone. . . . For the most part i looked like a hot mess to most people. I don’t mean hot mess in a cute way either . . . I spent lots of years causing chaos and being a part of it too. . . . I got better, I shedded that old life. Got rid of toxic people. Learned to stand on my own and found a little confidence along the way. . . . I’ve been pushing myself out of my comfort zone. In September I will be participating in my
  • Favorite band Letting go of fear blueoctoberband is my favorite
    7 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Favorite band Letting go of fear.  @blueoctoberband  is my favorite band. So much so I would see them every time they stopped in my city. Or I’d plan a vacation around where they would be playing. . . . This song and these particular lyrics pulled me through some dark heavy times . . . For the first time I do not let fear consume me or my broken parts destroy me or my relationships. . . . Bipolar was an ultimate wreckage of my life but it is also some sort of beautiful gift. It is possible to recover
  • What sets your soul on fire?    Expressing
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ What sets your soul on fire? . . . Expressing my journey with Bipolar through the medium of painting. . . . It’s been a way to deal with trauma and consequences of my illness. . . . Instead of dwelling I can pour my heart into my paintings. They aren’t for sell to the public. They are for me . . . This is an idea I played with. Face of my bipolar. She even has freckle  #peppervintage   #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #bipolarawareness   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #arttherapy   #youmatter   #youareenough 
  • Messy part of life Self awareness    Life
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Messy part of life Self awareness. . . . Life is messy and chaotic. It’s taken me some 10yrs to master coping skills and self awareness. 2007 I was a total mess. I was toxic to myself and to my loved ones. I was struggling to figure out what was wrong with me. I didn’t want to be that way. I apologized so many times for my out bursts and meltdowns. Eventually I wore out the people close to me. Thankfully everyone loved me enough to give me a second chance. . . . Fast forward to 2017 when I
  • Aging Finding confidence    Tell me what is
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ Aging Finding confidence . . . “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”~Mary Oliver . 2019 has been a year of firsts. . . . It is the longest I’ve been single in my whole adult life. I’m determined to enjoy this time and keep finding myself. . . . It’s the first time I’m able to focus on myself and my dreams . . . I had my second solo trip but the first to California. Which I’m hoping it’ll be an annual thing. . . . I flew out
  • Art Healing And finding yourself    Art saved
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Art Healing And finding yourself. . . . Art saved my life. Second slide is a piece from my art journal. October 2018 was a hell of a month. Suicidal , diagnosis moved to bipolar I and I was dumped a few weeks after one of the worst episodes I had in years. . . . Art was/is a life line for me. It gave me a voice and passion. This passion has healed me in more ways than I could ever imagine. . . . I found art and found myself. I create for myself ,for peace and for
  • Courage    Sometimes we just a little cup
    6 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ Courage . . . Sometimes we just a little cup of courage. . . . Taking a chance on yourself might look crazy to people looking in. Who cares about them .... do you! Chase those dreams and ignore the negative people.  #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #arttherapy   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #youmatter   #youareenough   #courage   #youareworthit   #keepgoing   #keepmovingforward   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #womencreatives