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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 year of what ifs Brought to me by my
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ The year of what if’s. Brought to me by my therapist. . . Listen , EVERYONE needs to see a therapist. . . If you’re interested in being a better version of yourself go visit a therapist. If you are saying you don’t need one , best bet you need it the most. . . This year my therapist challenged me to take his advice. All of it very good for me. What if I did the hard work. 1) Take good care of my mental health. Cut people out who aren’t good for me. Toxic , codependent people. 2)
  • Just popping in to remind us all You are not
    1 month ago by pepper__vintage_ Just popping in to remind us all. “You are not your past “ You’re mistakes you’re rough patches are lessons of life. “Every life has its ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows” (Buddhist philosophy) No one has a perfect life ... if they act like they do I promise it’s a front and denial. I can never relate to people who hide their broken parts. Keep moving forward , never give up on yourself. Also day 26 ... sober life !  #keepgoing   #keepmoving   #youareenough   #youarebeautiful   #youarematter   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolarstrong   #soberlife   #soberoctober   #peppervintage 
  • Hello!! Happy Monday !  Just a quick reminder You
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello!! Happy Monday ! . Just a quick reminder. You got this !!! . Even if you don’t feel like you do. Even if you’re struggling or don’t have it together. You got this day !! . Warrior on my friends  #sobriety   #soberlife   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #keepmovingforward   #keepgoing   #yougotthis   #youareenough   #youmatter   #bipolarstrong 
  • Balancing it all I fail at the balancing act
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Balancing it all: I fail at the balancing act. . . There’s only so many hours in a day. For a person who is mentally ill knowing my limitations is a must. For my stability I have to bring a ton patience for myself. . . Currently struggling to make it to the studio. Life gets in the way sometimes but I try to create everyday. # . . Since giving up drinking I find I have more clarity , more dreams and a lot more emotional regulation. . . Life is beautiful, sometimes hard , sometimes complicated but oh
  • Sobriety   Day 11 of no alcohol and Im
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Sobriety . . Day 11 of no alcohol and I’m feeling energized and overall at peace. . . My decision to stop drinking was due to my bipolar. It was socially acceptable to drink 2 glasses of processco a night or a whole bottle on the weekends. I never drank to the point of getting drunk. Very rare did I get to that point. . . Therapist pointed out how alcohol is a depressant and that for years I’ve been operating on a certain level of depression. . . . What would my world look like if I took the
  • Lets talk break ups  October makes one year since
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Let’s talk break ups. . October makes one year since my break up. It was the 3rd and final break up with this person. My ex husband. . . While it was painful and seemingly came out of nowhere ,it was a beautiful gift to me. It’s allowed me to grow , heal ,gain closure on a person I thought was THE ONE. . Once I was set free. Unknowingly to me I would begin to find my voice and my space in the world. . With out the break up I would have never gone out of my comfort
  • As I enter into a new month there are a
    1 month ago by pepper__vintage_ As I enter into a new month there are a few things I’m proud of. . . I’m proud to say I’m 34 days sober. I gave myself one of the best gifts I could give myself. I have a different perspective on life and one with greater clarity. I’ve broken a few unhealthy cycles and I’ve committed to being in the moment rather than all up in my feelings . . . On this journey I have also kept a gratitude journal as a helpful reminder. Sometimes it’s simple like grateful for morning coffee ☕️ Today I’m grateful to
  • Taking care of your mental health I had some low
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Taking care of your mental health. I had some low grade depression that really hasn’t stopped me from living life but it was lingering. What I do is care for myself as if I had a cold. I rested , drank tea with honey got in bed early. Slept and rested. I give my depression the same care I would give to myself if I had the flu. It’s ok to rest. . . I am very lucky. For being diagnosed bipolar 1 i don’t have near as many depressive episodes. But when I do i will definitely self care
  • This year has been all about What ifs Trusting the
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ This year has been all about “What if’s” Trusting the process and appreciating my journey. All the chaos and craziness has led me to a place of content and peacefulness. My journey is definitely different than most but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It took some blood sweat tears , near death experience (3xs)to get my Bipolar in check. We live together in a pretty good balance of harmony and some creative manic moods. Even if people don’t understand me. That’s totally ok because I understand myself.  #loveyourself   #bipolarartist   #bipolarcreative   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolarwarrior   #youarenotalone   #peppervintage   #therapyiscool 
  • I created an art gratitude journal I started Oct 1st
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ I created an art gratitude journal. I started Oct 1st my first day sober. I needed it to keep my mind occupied and to remind me of all the good things. . . I always try to find at least 3 things even if I repeat them. Sometimes I can only come up with “I’m still breathing “ . . Overall I’m in the best place I’ve been mentally but I do have my moments. . . Keeping a gratitude journal reminds me to keep going. Things are not so bad. . . Do you have a gratitude journal? Today
  • Sobriety   Day 11 of no alcohol and Im
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Sobriety . . Day 11 of no alcohol and I’m feeling energized and overall at peace. . . My decision to stop drinking was due to my bipolar. It was socially acceptable to drink 2 glasses of processco a night or a whole bottle on the weekends. I never drank to the point of getting drunk. Very rare did I get to that point. . . Therapist pointed out how alcohol is a depressant and that for years I’ve been operating on a certain level of depression. . . . What would my world look like if I took the
  • As I enter into a new month there are a
    1 month ago by pepper__vintage_ As I enter into a new month there are a few things I’m proud of. . . I’m proud to say I’m 34 days sober. I gave myself one of the best gifts I could give myself. I have a different perspective on life and one with greater clarity. I’ve broken a few unhealthy cycles and I’ve committed to being in the moment rather than all up in my feelings . . . On this journey I have also kept a gratitude journal as a helpful reminder. Sometimes it’s simple like grateful for morning coffee ☕️ Today I’m grateful to
  • Lets talk break ups  October makes one year since
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Let’s talk break ups. . October makes one year since my break up. It was the 3rd and final break up with this person. My ex husband. . . While it was painful and seemingly came out of nowhere ,it was a beautiful gift to me. It’s allowed me to grow , heal ,gain closure on a person I thought was THE ONE. . Once I was set free. Unknowingly to me I would begin to find my voice and my space in the world. . With out the break up I would have never gone out of my comfort
  • Just popping in to remind us all You are not
    1 month ago by pepper__vintage_ Just popping in to remind us all. “You are not your past “ You’re mistakes you’re rough patches are lessons of life. “Every life has its ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows” (Buddhist philosophy) No one has a perfect life ... if they act like they do I promise it’s a front and denial. I can never relate to people who hide their broken parts. Keep moving forward , never give up on yourself. Also day 26 ... sober life !  #keepgoing   #keepmoving   #youareenough   #youarebeautiful   #youarematter   #mentalhealthwarrior   #bipolarstrong   #soberlife   #soberoctober   #peppervintage 
  • This year has been all about What ifs Trusting the
    1 week ago by pepper__vintage_ This year has been all about “What if’s” Trusting the process and appreciating my journey. All the chaos and craziness has led me to a place of content and peacefulness. My journey is definitely different than most but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It took some blood sweat tears , near death experience (3xs)to get my Bipolar in check. We live together in a pretty good balance of harmony and some creative manic moods. Even if people don’t understand me. That’s totally ok because I understand myself.  #loveyourself   #bipolarartist   #bipolarcreative   #bipolarstrong   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolarwarrior   #youarenotalone   #peppervintage   #therapyiscool 
  • Taking care of your mental health I had some low
    2 weeks ago by pepper__vintage_ Taking care of your mental health. I had some low grade depression that really hasn’t stopped me from living life but it was lingering. What I do is care for myself as if I had a cold. I rested , drank tea with honey got in bed early. Slept and rested. I give my depression the same care I would give to myself if I had the flu. It’s ok to rest. . . I am very lucky. For being diagnosed bipolar 1 i don’t have near as many depressive episodes. But when I do i will definitely self care
  • I created an art gratitude journal I started Oct 1st
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ I created an art gratitude journal. I started Oct 1st my first day sober. I needed it to keep my mind occupied and to remind me of all the good things. . . I always try to find at least 3 things even if I repeat them. Sometimes I can only come up with “I’m still breathing “ . . Overall I’m in the best place I’ve been mentally but I do have my moments. . . Keeping a gratitude journal reminds me to keep going. Things are not so bad. . . Do you have a gratitude journal? Today
  • Balancing it all I fail at the balancing act
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Balancing it all: I fail at the balancing act. . . There’s only so many hours in a day. For a person who is mentally ill knowing my limitations is a must. For my stability I have to bring a ton patience for myself. . . Currently struggling to make it to the studio. Life gets in the way sometimes but I try to create everyday. # . . Since giving up drinking I find I have more clarity , more dreams and a lot more emotional regulation. . . Life is beautiful, sometimes hard , sometimes complicated but oh
  • The year of what ifs Brought to me by my
    5 days ago by pepper__vintage_ The year of what if’s. Brought to me by my therapist. . . Listen , EVERYONE needs to see a therapist. . . If you’re interested in being a better version of yourself go visit a therapist. If you are saying you don’t need one , best bet you need it the most. . . This year my therapist challenged me to take his advice. All of it very good for me. What if I did the hard work. 1) Take good care of my mental health. Cut people out who aren’t good for me. Toxic , codependent people. 2)
  • Hello!! Happy Monday !  Just a quick reminder You
    2 months ago by pepper__vintage_ Hello!! Happy Monday ! . Just a quick reminder. You got this !!! . Even if you don’t feel like you do. Even if you’re struggling or don’t have it together. You got this day !! . Warrior on my friends  #sobriety   #soberlife   #mentalhealthwarrior   #mentalhealthmatters   #bipolar   #bipolarartist   #keepmovingforward   #keepgoing   #yougotthis   #youareenough   #youmatter   #bipolarstrong