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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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  • Needed this reminder today Repost peppervintage with getrepost  You
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Needed this reminder today.  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ You are a warrior. You fought so hard to get here. Just a little reminder for you. I know it’s easy to focus on what you haven’t accomplished but you aren’t in a race or a competition. Keep going , you’re doing great.  #youarewarrior   #youarewarriors   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup   #nevergiveuponyourself   #youmatter   #mentalhealth   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bepatientwithyourself   #youareworthit   #youarenotyourmistakes   #youarenotalone   #youareenough ❤  #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthtribe   #womenhelpingwomen   #htx   #htxblogger   #mentalhealthpodcast   #imperfectlyperfect   #imperfectlyperfectpodcast   #peppervintage 
  • Sometimes you need a little reminder and a pep talk
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Sometimes you need a little reminder and a pep talk from your coffee mug. The last few weeks have been rough. I have good moments for sure but I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get through the day. Anxiety and being hypomanic has been tough on my sleep schedule. Tomorrow I have an appt to see my doctor and I will get back on my anxiety medication for a bit. . . . . . . ** disclaimer** while I appreciate good intentions I’m not looking to sell or being a part of a MLM. I appreciate the
  • My depression and anxiety was so over the top I
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My depression and anxiety was so over the top I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started a new treatment plan. . . . . Occupational therapy was suggested as a way to help at least stop all the chatter in my mind. On top of the anxiety and depression was good ole bipolar with all its chaos. My mind was crowded with racing thoughts, it left me exhausted. . . . . I’ve never painted , I don’t draw and I didn’t create. This year I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to create. While I
  • Just a short and sweet reminder Whatever today throws at
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Just a short and sweet reminder. Whatever today throws at you. You got this. Breathe in and out ! We are in this together. Have a happy day or if you’re struggling , have a day.  #bipolar   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarrecovery   #bipolarstrong   #peppervintage   #breakthestigmaofmentalillness   #mentalhealthwarrior   #htx   #yougotthis   #mentalhealthadvocate 
  • This picture was in February before I became a crazy
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ This picture was in February (before I became a crazy cat lady lol ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started all the good things, I was in a good mental place and started meditating. Then life happened. Work started to get super stressful, summer triggered some severe depression and anxiety and I moved away from self care and thriving to just trying to get through the day. . . . Started medication after being off them for 3 years. I also started my vitamin d and b supplements and fingers crossed I get my life back together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  #stayhomeclub   #mentalhealthrecovery   #bipolarrecovery   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior 
  • One of the reasons I started my Facebook page back
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ One of the reasons I started my Facebook page back in 2012 and then my instagram last year was to help break the stigma. We’ve come a long way with regards to mental illness we have still need to do better. . . . . . One of the topics I see throughout is shame and stigma with in the mental health community. Meds vs medicinal weed, meds vs exercise, meds vs natural oils , meds vs practice mindfulness. Etc . . . All the natural ways are great but at the end of the day someone with severe psychosis
  • Reminder Celebrate those tiny victories Repost peppervintage with getrepost
    1 day ago by pepper__vintage_ Reminder: Celebrate those tiny victories.  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ Ending this weekend with tons of gratitude. My depression has lifted finally and has left me with feeling energized and creative. I thought I might be in a manic mood. Just turns out I almost forgot what it was like to not be depressed. I’m celebrating being productive this weekend. Im still behind on lots of things but I am focusing on what I accomplished. Do you focus on all the good you’ve done or do you focus on your short comings ? If you do try focus on the
  • Repost peppervintage with getrepost  !! This is your reminder
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ !! This is your reminder. You got this boo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promise the hard days you are having now are building your strength. I understand it can be hard to see the light but it’s there and you’re going to make it through the other side. You are going to be fierce and a force to be reckoned with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You are loved and you got this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  #yougotthis   #youareloved   #youarefierce   #youmatter   #youareawarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #womenhelpingwomen   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarwarrior   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthtribe   #htx   #htxnonprofit   #livewithpurpose   #peppervintage   #depressionlies   #anxietylies   #beyourownbestfriend  Sent via  @planoly   #planoly 
  • Coffee and therapy this morning Therapy is a critical part
    3 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Coffee and therapy this morning. Therapy is a critical part of my treatment. . . . . I personally know “normal” people who could use therapy. When I mention it to them they are quick to dismiss it or tell me they aren’t weak they can handle their life without therapy. That therapy is only for people who are off their rockers. . . . I find it sad that people aren’t interested in personal growth. I also know they are afraid of letting go of the pain and chaos. I get it , it’s a comfort to them. .
  • If you followed my for a bit you may recall
    6 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ If you followed my for a bit you may recall I was struggling a ton with depression and anxiety plus the typical racing thoughts of bipolar over the summer. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started embracing my inner child by painting , creating clay dishes and now dabbling in some water color. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m taking some art classes because I want to learn techniques and hopefully get a bit better. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reason I’m posting this is because through sharing my art on my insta stories others have told me how they’ve lost touch
  • This picture was in February before I became a crazy
    6 days ago by pepper__vintage_ This picture was in February (before I became a crazy cat lady lol ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started all the good things, I was in a good mental place and started meditating. Then life happened. Work started to get super stressful, summer triggered some severe depression and anxiety and I moved away from self care and thriving to just trying to get through the day. . . . Started medication after being off them for 3 years. I also started my vitamin d and b supplements and fingers crossed I get my life back together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  #stayhomeclub   #mentalhealthrecovery   #bipolarrecovery   #bipolarstrong   #bipolarwarrior 
  • Reminder Celebrate those tiny victories Repost peppervintage with getrepost
    1 day ago by pepper__vintage_ Reminder: Celebrate those tiny victories.  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ Ending this weekend with tons of gratitude. My depression has lifted finally and has left me with feeling energized and creative. I thought I might be in a manic mood. Just turns out I almost forgot what it was like to not be depressed. I’m celebrating being productive this weekend. Im still behind on lots of things but I am focusing on what I accomplished. Do you focus on all the good you’ve done or do you focus on your short comings ? If you do try focus on the
  • My depression and anxiety was so over the top I
    4 days ago by pepper__vintage_ My depression and anxiety was so over the top I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started a new treatment plan. . . . . Occupational therapy was suggested as a way to help at least stop all the chatter in my mind. On top of the anxiety and depression was good ole bipolar with all its chaos. My mind was crowded with racing thoughts, it left me exhausted. . . . . I’ve never painted , I don’t draw and I didn’t create. This year I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to create. While I
  • Needed this reminder today Repost peppervintage with getrepost  You
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Needed this reminder today.  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ You are a warrior. You fought so hard to get here. Just a little reminder for you. I know it’s easy to focus on what you haven’t accomplished but you aren’t in a race or a competition. Keep going , you’re doing great.  #youarewarrior   #youarewarriors   #keepgoing   #nevergiveup   #nevergiveuponyourself   #youmatter   #mentalhealth   #mentalhealthmatters   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolar   #bipolarstrong   #bepatientwithyourself   #youareworthit   #youarenotyourmistakes   #youarenotalone   #youareenough ❤  #depressionwarrior   #mentalhealthtribe   #womenhelpingwomen   #htx   #htxblogger   #mentalhealthpodcast   #imperfectlyperfect   #imperfectlyperfectpodcast   #peppervintage 
  • Just a short and sweet reminder Whatever today throws at
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Just a short and sweet reminder. Whatever today throws at you. You got this. Breathe in and out ! We are in this together. Have a happy day or if you’re struggling , have a day.  #bipolar   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarrecovery   #bipolarstrong   #peppervintage   #breakthestigmaofmentalillness   #mentalhealthwarrior   #htx   #yougotthis   #mentalhealthadvocate 
  • If you followed my for a bit you may recall
    6 hours ago by pepper__vintage_ If you followed my for a bit you may recall I was struggling a ton with depression and anxiety plus the typical racing thoughts of bipolar over the summer. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started embracing my inner child by painting , creating clay dishes and now dabbling in some water color. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m taking some art classes because I want to learn techniques and hopefully get a bit better. . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reason I’m posting this is because through sharing my art on my insta stories others have told me how they’ve lost touch
  • One of the reasons I started my Facebook page back
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ One of the reasons I started my Facebook page back in 2012 and then my instagram last year was to help break the stigma. We’ve come a long way with regards to mental illness we have still need to do better. . . . . . One of the topics I see throughout is shame and stigma with in the mental health community. Meds vs medicinal weed, meds vs exercise, meds vs natural oils , meds vs practice mindfulness. Etc . . . All the natural ways are great but at the end of the day someone with severe psychosis
  • Coffee and therapy this morning Therapy is a critical part
    3 days ago by pepper__vintage_ Coffee and therapy this morning. Therapy is a critical part of my treatment. . . . . I personally know “normal” people who could use therapy. When I mention it to them they are quick to dismiss it or tell me they aren’t weak they can handle their life without therapy. That therapy is only for people who are off their rockers. . . . I find it sad that people aren’t interested in personal growth. I also know they are afraid of letting go of the pain and chaos. I get it , it’s a comfort to them. .
  • Repost peppervintage with getrepost  !! This is your reminder
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_  #Repost   @pepper__vintage_  with  @get_repost  ・・・ !! This is your reminder. You got this boo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promise the hard days you are having now are building your strength. I understand it can be hard to see the light but it’s there and you’re going to make it through the other side. You are going to be fierce and a force to be reckoned with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You are loved and you got this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  #yougotthis   #youareloved   #youarefierce   #youmatter   #youareawarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #womenhelpingwomen   #bipolarsurvivor   #bipolarwarrior   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthtribe   #htx   #htxnonprofit   #livewithpurpose   #peppervintage   #depressionlies   #anxietylies   #beyourownbestfriend  Sent via  @planoly   #planoly 
  • Sometimes you need a little reminder and a pep talk
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Sometimes you need a little reminder and a pep talk from your coffee mug. The last few weeks have been rough. I have good moments for sure but I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get through the day. Anxiety and being hypomanic has been tough on my sleep schedule. Tomorrow I have an appt to see my doctor and I will get back on my anxiety medication for a bit. . . . . . . ** disclaimer** while I appreciate good intentions I’m not looking to sell or being a part of a MLM. I appreciate the