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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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  • Here is my blah blah blah 2019 things I learned
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Here is my blah blah blah 2019 things I learned post. 2019 wasn’t a bad year. It was a year of tremendous growth. A year i sat with the hard things . . A year I said enough is enough. Go live life , and HEAL. . . 2019 1)went blonde (no fucks given ) 2)See above, gave zero fucks about what people thought of me 3) Leaned into vulnerability (Thank you  @brenebrown  ) 4) Read a lot of books (currently 10 books on my night stand ) 5) Sat with loneliness and learned it’s a temporary feeling 6) Dated
  • Hi there Its been awhile since Ive introduced myself And
    1 day ago by pepper__vintage_ Hi there. It’s been awhile since I’ve introduced myself. And there’s some new people around here. First of all thank you for being here and interacting with my page. I’m glad you are here. I am the Person behind all the posts. I am a mental health advocate Diagnosed Bipolar 1 Sometimes Bipolar is my super power (it enables me to process data at lighting speed) I don’t take medication CBT therapy is my treatment plan Work full time in HR I am Artist A bunch of furbabies but my favorites are my cats Crazy cat lady (see above) Mom
  • STOP Before you share Read below It may upset you
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ STOP. Before you share. Read below. It may upset you. . . . I see this phrase everywhere. Lots of people trying to heal. Or rather wanting to heal. I see this phrase thrown around like some trendy new saying to cover their bad behavior or their repeated self destructive patterns. . . If you are not taking steps to heal. By Doing the hard work or any type of self inflection. If you are repeatedly self medicating and doing the same actions that make your situation worse. You aren’t even at the starting point of healing. You are not
  • I hope this next year you continue to dream big
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I hope this next year you continue to dream big. Keep pushing little by little. Move some of the energy you give to others to yourself. Don’t be so busy you forget about the dreams you once had.  #followyourdreams   #keepgoing   #dontgiveup   #peppervintage   #yourdreamsmatter   #mentalhealthwarrior   #shewarrior   #bipolarcreative   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #arttherapy   #nightlydoodle   #womancreative 
  • Thank you all for helping me celebrate my milestone Thank
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Thank you all for helping me celebrate my milestone. Thank you for the words of encouragement Appreciate everyone of you who has followed my tiny milestones. It’s still a new journey but the clarity and my mental health are so good right now. Alcohol and Bipolar do not mix well. I was not an “alcoholic “ but definitely enjoyed my Processco and margaritas. I don’t know if it’s a forever thing ,but I do know I’m giving it another 9 months of this sober living. To not self medicate with alcohol or people. Oh yes there’s a codependency clock too.
  • Second chances This picture represents a second chance at life
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Second chances. This picture represents a second chance at life. One where I make my own rules. Where I can build a life I want. I don’t have to compromise or shrink down so someone else can be seen. Last year was about healing this year is about getting shit done. Living a life I’m passionate about. Today is day 97 of sobriety:)  #soberlife   #soberliving   #sober   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #peppervintage   #youareworthit 
  • Your story matters Sometimes I over share my intention is
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Your story matters. Sometimes I over share, my intention is to let people know they are not alone. I’m totally fine with putting myself out there. I have thick skin and handle criticism well. When I chat with you and we talk about our similar journeys. It inspires me to keep sharing. We all matter. All of our stories matter and inspire.  #yourstorymatters   #youmatter   #peppervintage   #bipolarcreative   #bipolar   #mentalhealthawareness   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior 
  • My favorite things to create this week are abstractish rainbows
    3 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My favorite things to create this week are abstract-ish rainbows. I am obsessed. The best part of my hobby is that during stressful times the multiple layers of paint soothe the stress right out of me. Extreme stress can cause an episode and even mild hallucinations. (Those are always fun ) I work hard to keep my stress in check. . . . I am grateful in 2018 my therapist suggested I take this up. .painting has literally saved my life. . . What are some hobbies that help you with stress ?  #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #abstractart   #abstractpainting   #abstractartist   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage 
  • How do I manage bipolar 1 sobriety? This is a
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ How do I manage bipolar 1, sobriety? This is a question I get frequently, and it’s usually after I post I don’t take medication. . . . I’ve been off medication for 5 years. So much has happened in the last 5 years. Trauma on top of trauma. Sometimes life / universe decides it wants to keep testing you and teaching you at the same time. . . I am huge into therapy and self awareness. I use CBT therapy as my “treatment “ and it works well. Lots of hard work self accountability and self honesty. . . 2018
  • Recycling this post from August After hitting 90 days of
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Recycling this post from August. After hitting 90 days of being sober and having my Bipolar under control , a whole new world has opened up for me. This season I’m focused on my passions with a clarity and energy I never had before. I believe the drinking , bipolar and codependency held me back in all aspects of my life. . I’m excited for the unknown and grateful for the lessons. Although my life is super quiet and I’m single (going into my second year )I’m living a life I always wished for.  #soberlife   #soberliving   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #peppervintage 
  • I hope this next year you continue to dream big
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I hope this next year you continue to dream big. Keep pushing little by little. Move some of the energy you give to others to yourself. Don’t be so busy you forget about the dreams you once had.  #followyourdreams   #keepgoing   #dontgiveup   #peppervintage   #yourdreamsmatter   #mentalhealthwarrior   #shewarrior   #bipolarcreative   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #arttherapy   #nightlydoodle   #womancreative 
  • Here is my blah blah blah 2019 things I learned
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Here is my blah blah blah 2019 things I learned post. 2019 wasn’t a bad year. It was a year of tremendous growth. A year i sat with the hard things . . A year I said enough is enough. Go live life , and HEAL. . . 2019 1)went blonde (no fucks given ) 2)See above, gave zero fucks about what people thought of me 3) Leaned into vulnerability (Thank you  @brenebrown  ) 4) Read a lot of books (currently 10 books on my night stand ) 5) Sat with loneliness and learned it’s a temporary feeling 6) Dated
  • Thank you all for helping me celebrate my milestone Thank
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Thank you all for helping me celebrate my milestone. Thank you for the words of encouragement Appreciate everyone of you who has followed my tiny milestones. It’s still a new journey but the clarity and my mental health are so good right now. Alcohol and Bipolar do not mix well. I was not an “alcoholic “ but definitely enjoyed my Processco and margaritas. I don’t know if it’s a forever thing ,but I do know I’m giving it another 9 months of this sober living. To not self medicate with alcohol or people. Oh yes there’s a codependency clock too.
  • Hi there Its been awhile since Ive introduced myself And
    1 day ago by pepper__vintage_ Hi there. It’s been awhile since I’ve introduced myself. And there’s some new people around here. First of all thank you for being here and interacting with my page. I’m glad you are here. I am the Person behind all the posts. I am a mental health advocate Diagnosed Bipolar 1 Sometimes Bipolar is my super power (it enables me to process data at lighting speed) I don’t take medication CBT therapy is my treatment plan Work full time in HR I am Artist A bunch of furbabies but my favorites are my cats Crazy cat lady (see above) Mom
  • STOP Before you share Read below It may upset you
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ STOP. Before you share. Read below. It may upset you. . . . I see this phrase everywhere. Lots of people trying to heal. Or rather wanting to heal. I see this phrase thrown around like some trendy new saying to cover their bad behavior or their repeated self destructive patterns. . . If you are not taking steps to heal. By Doing the hard work or any type of self inflection. If you are repeatedly self medicating and doing the same actions that make your situation worse. You aren’t even at the starting point of healing. You are not
  • My favorite things to create this week are abstractish rainbows
    3 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My favorite things to create this week are abstract-ish rainbows. I am obsessed. The best part of my hobby is that during stressful times the multiple layers of paint soothe the stress right out of me. Extreme stress can cause an episode and even mild hallucinations. (Those are always fun ) I work hard to keep my stress in check. . . . I am grateful in 2018 my therapist suggested I take this up. .painting has literally saved my life. . . What are some hobbies that help you with stress ?  #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #abstractart   #abstractpainting   #abstractartist   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage 
  • Your story matters Sometimes I over share my intention is
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Your story matters. Sometimes I over share, my intention is to let people know they are not alone. I’m totally fine with putting myself out there. I have thick skin and handle criticism well. When I chat with you and we talk about our similar journeys. It inspires me to keep sharing. We all matter. All of our stories matter and inspire.  #yourstorymatters   #youmatter   #peppervintage   #bipolarcreative   #bipolar   #mentalhealthawareness   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior 
  • Second chances This picture represents a second chance at life
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Second chances. This picture represents a second chance at life. One where I make my own rules. Where I can build a life I want. I don’t have to compromise or shrink down so someone else can be seen. Last year was about healing this year is about getting shit done. Living a life I’m passionate about. Today is day 97 of sobriety:)  #soberlife   #soberliving   #sober   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #peppervintage   #youareworthit 
  • Recycling this post from August After hitting 90 days of
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Recycling this post from August. After hitting 90 days of being sober and having my Bipolar under control , a whole new world has opened up for me. This season I’m focused on my passions with a clarity and energy I never had before. I believe the drinking , bipolar and codependency held me back in all aspects of my life. . I’m excited for the unknown and grateful for the lessons. Although my life is super quiet and I’m single (going into my second year )I’m living a life I always wished for.  #soberlife   #soberliving   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #peppervintage 
  • How do I manage bipolar 1 sobriety? This is a
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ How do I manage bipolar 1, sobriety? This is a question I get frequently, and it’s usually after I post I don’t take medication. . . . I’ve been off medication for 5 years. So much has happened in the last 5 years. Trauma on top of trauma. Sometimes life / universe decides it wants to keep testing you and teaching you at the same time. . . I am huge into therapy and self awareness. I use CBT therapy as my “treatment “ and it works well. Lots of hard work self accountability and self honesty. . . 2018