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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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  • Im working on getting handmade painted cards out Im sending
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I’m working on getting handmade painted cards out. I’m sending out to people who have sent me cards but also to my Etsy customers. It’s coming straight from my heart.  #grateful   #etsythankyoucards   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Please remember to take
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember to take care of yourself. Sending you tons of love.  #takecareofyourself   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • This is the face of Bipolar1 During this trip which
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ This is the face of Bipolar1 .During this trip which is a total blur( and I need to go back to San Diego next spring ) Life took a dramatic turn for the unexpected. Life is always throwing surprises at me so I’m ok. I’m on a good treatment plan my therapist is AMAZING he fit me in this evening so I can work through some holiday anxiety. If you tap on  #bipolar   #bipolardisorder   #bipolarwarrior  there are many of us out there. Trying our best to live the best life we can. Mental health warriors we are in this together.
  • I didnt travel much this year I need redo of
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I didn’t travel much this year. I need re-do of the beach. I’m looking into retreats. One on my wish list is  @jenpastiloff  I’ve followed her for such a long time that her retreats are on my list of things to do. For me, for myself. As a reward for surviving all the traumas and tragedies life has thrown my way. Mental illness like mine Bipolar 1 can do a number on your self love. But I’ve pushed back so much at this illness . It won’t have its way with me. Not even through this recent challenge throw at
  • Hello and happy day to you all I wanted to
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello and happy day to you all. I wanted to drop in and say THANK YOU to all of you who sent messages of kindness and encouragement. When I posted on my instagram story I had no idea the response I would get. It was amazing and my heart swelled with love. There are some truly beautiful humans out there. Thank you for being one. . . I felt it necessary to share my story with instagram and my followers because it’s important to me that I am transparent that I not only show the highlight reel but real messy
  • Give yourself grace I find myself saying this as I
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Give yourself grace. I find myself saying this as I discuss my break up. It’s a break up although common law married. We did not take the step to marry for a 2nd via through the courts. At any rate. People have asked or wondered how or why I’m taking this all so well. Especially after a new diagnosis that nearly gave me a meltdown in itself (more on that later ) Besides the love and support from family and friends. I gave myself grace. I gave myself room to say. It’s ok. It didn’t workout and that doesn’t mean
  • This is me For the month of December I will
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ This is me. For the month of December I will not be on Instagram much. Today I move and leave behind my children. It was devastating but I’m still their mom and they’ll see me just not everyday. My life is a bit messy right now and I have tons of healing to do. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes
  • Such a great post I related to many of this
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Such a great post. I related to many of this.  #Repost   @elizabeth_gilbert_writer  with  @get_repost  ・・・ Holding your heart in my heart if this is your first Thanksgiving after the death of a loved one. Holding your heart in my heart if this is your first Thanksgiving after a divorce. Holding your heart in my heart if you can’t be with your family this year. Holding your heart in my heart if you are estranged from your family. Holding your heart in my heart if you have a family member serving in the military, or if you yourself are serving. Holding
  • Happy New week!! I hope you all have a great
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy New week!! I hope you all have a great week. A few things that help me through grief and depression. Is helping others/ or animals. This past summer we stumbled on a litter of baby kittens just a couple of weeks old. . . Somehow I think they knew I needed them more than they needed me. I nurtured and nursed them to health. They are today the biggest healthiest 6 month old kittens I’ve seen. . . What are somethings that are helpful to you when dealing with grief or depression. I’d love to know.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout 
  • This was my last floral for awhile Im going back
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ This was my last floral for awhile. I’m going back to my creative project. I have a February 21 deadline to have my book of illustrations of my my many moods. Thank you for all your support and for putting up with my art therapy 🙂 If you haven’t tried painting as a form of therapy. You’re missing out  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Such a great post I related to many of this
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Such a great post. I related to many of this.  #Repost   @elizabeth_gilbert_writer  with  @get_repost  ・・・ Holding your heart in my heart if this is your first Thanksgiving after the death of a loved one. Holding your heart in my heart if this is your first Thanksgiving after a divorce. Holding your heart in my heart if you can’t be with your family this year. Holding your heart in my heart if you are estranged from your family. Holding your heart in my heart if you have a family member serving in the military, or if you yourself are serving. Holding
  • This was my last floral for awhile Im going back
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ This was my last floral for awhile. I’m going back to my creative project. I have a February 21 deadline to have my book of illustrations of my my many moods. Thank you for all your support and for putting up with my art therapy 🙂 If you haven’t tried painting as a form of therapy. You’re missing out  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • This is me For the month of December I will
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ This is me. For the month of December I will not be on Instagram much. Today I move and leave behind my children. It was devastating but I’m still their mom and they’ll see me just not everyday. My life is a bit messy right now and I have tons of healing to do. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes
  • Hello and happy day to you all I wanted to
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello and happy day to you all. I wanted to drop in and say THANK YOU to all of you who sent messages of kindness and encouragement. When I posted on my instagram story I had no idea the response I would get. It was amazing and my heart swelled with love. There are some truly beautiful humans out there. Thank you for being one. . . I felt it necessary to share my story with instagram and my followers because it’s important to me that I am transparent that I not only show the highlight reel but real messy
  • This is the face of Bipolar1 During this trip which
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ This is the face of Bipolar1 .During this trip which is a total blur( and I need to go back to San Diego next spring ) Life took a dramatic turn for the unexpected. Life is always throwing surprises at me so I’m ok. I’m on a good treatment plan my therapist is AMAZING he fit me in this evening so I can work through some holiday anxiety. If you tap on  #bipolar   #bipolardisorder   #bipolarwarrior  there are many of us out there. Trying our best to live the best life we can. Mental health warriors we are in this together.
  • I didnt travel much this year I need redo of
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I didn’t travel much this year. I need re-do of the beach. I’m looking into retreats. One on my wish list is  @jenpastiloff  I’ve followed her for such a long time that her retreats are on my list of things to do. For me, for myself. As a reward for surviving all the traumas and tragedies life has thrown my way. Mental illness like mine Bipolar 1 can do a number on your self love. But I’ve pushed back so much at this illness . It won’t have its way with me. Not even through this recent challenge throw at
  • Im working on getting handmade painted cards out Im sending
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ I’m working on getting handmade painted cards out. I’m sending out to people who have sent me cards but also to my Etsy customers. It’s coming straight from my heart.  #grateful   #etsythankyoucards   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart 
  • Happy New week!! I hope you all have a great
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Happy New week!! I hope you all have a great week. A few things that help me through grief and depression. Is helping others/ or animals. This past summer we stumbled on a litter of baby kittens just a couple of weeks old. . . Somehow I think they knew I needed them more than they needed me. I nurtured and nursed them to health. They are today the biggest healthiest 6 month old kittens I’ve seen. . . What are somethings that are helpful to you when dealing with grief or depression. I’d love to know.  #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout 
  • Give yourself grace I find myself saying this as I
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Give yourself grace. I find myself saying this as I discuss my break up. It’s a break up although common law married. We did not take the step to marry for a 2nd via through the courts. At any rate. People have asked or wondered how or why I’m taking this all so well. Especially after a new diagnosis that nearly gave me a meltdown in itself (more on that later ) Besides the love and support from family and friends. I gave myself grace. I gave myself room to say. It’s ok. It didn’t workout and that doesn’t mean
  • Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Please remember to take
    3 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember to take care of yourself. Sending you tons of love.  #takecareofyourself   #arttherapy   #bipolarart   #innerchild  #innerchildcomingout   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #peppervintage   #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthadvocate   #htx   #youarenotalone   #arttherapy   #bipolarart