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  • InArt, Bipolar II, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Stories, Mental illness, Uncategorized

    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.

     

    https://www.facebook.com/TheMisAdventuresofaBipolarGirl/

    Hi everyone, Rebecca (Bekr) here. A little bio: I don’t like doing bios because I never know what to say, it feels weird 🤣 I am full of sarcasm and have a slightly dark sense of humor. I’ve reached level 43, married, and have two adorable furbabies. Originally from New Orleans, now living in Vegas. I was diagnosed with bipolar, ADD, PTSD. I’m looking forward to hanging around here for the month. Thank you Pepper for the opportunity to do this.

    I’ve included a link to her opening my carepackage because she is just too adorable to not share.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheMisAdventuresofaBipolarGirl/videos/1649310908450897/

     

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  • InBipolar II, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Stories, Mental illness, Uncategorized

    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 illness.

    Below is the care package I sent out to her. I wish I had my own  picture to share but I had to steal this from her account 🙂

     

     

    Scroll down to read a little bit more on this amazing Mental Health Warrior

     

     

    Ever since I was in elementary school I felt as though there was something about me that set me apart from my peers. Over the years this feeling persisted but my perception of it varied; for every day spent feeling like a social pariah, I spent an equal amount of days in the opposite realm of narcissism. I wanted desperately to have one word that summed up the chaotic contradiction I considered myself. I was 18 when I received this all-encompassing word: bipolar. I instantly rejected it.

    Today I no longer feel that burning desire to define myself in one word. “Bipolar” is an incredibly impactful piece to my puzzle, but it is not the only piece. I’ve learned that it can be excruciatingly painful to live with and at other times it is the fire that fuels my success. Taking the good with the bad has allowed me to look back on my often times chaotic and contradictory life and embrace all of it. I can’t say that my past selves would recognize who I am today and that is okay as long as I continuously pick myself back up when I fall and keep my eye continually bettering myself. As Alice in Wonderland puts it, “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”

    I never could have imagined that I would be 26 years old working at International Bipolar Foundation and openly discussing my journey with bipolar disorder. It is even more amazing to me that I no longer feel different; I feel like I have found my “tribe”. I have discovered a community that is understanding, supportive, and determined to rise above the adversity we face. I do not know where this new path I am on will lead me but I am filled with optimism. I hope I can be of service to others who are struggling to find their own individual path to wellness because I wholeheartedly believe in you.

    Aubrey

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  • InMental Health Awareness, Mental Health Stories, Mental illness, Uncategorized

    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 alone. I started with post cards and really loved interacting with my followers. I wanted to do something bigger and my care package program was born.

    Sammie Jo was my first recipient of my care package program. Below is a picture of the care package that was sent to her. She also was a rock star and helped me out with my page for a month. She is now a forever friend.

     

    Meet Sammie Jo

    Here is a little bit from Sammie Jo. You can also find her story and posts on my Facebook page.

    Sammie Jo’s Bio

    “I’m 35 years old and a mother of 4 currently living in Missouri 
    I’m originally from Pennsylvania where all my family and friends are that I miss dearly daily. 
    I currently struggling with postpartum depression which ive never experienced with any of my children but with my 6 month old son 
    Some days are worse than others but i do my best” Sammie

    I am grateful to have the opportunity to meet and interact with Sammie Jo. She is a total warrior and is doing her best to despite dealing with Postpartum depression. I hope that society can see these women as the warriors they are and extend support, love kindness and compassion.

     

     

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  • InBipolar II, Donations, Mental Health Awareness, Mental illness, Moods, Motherhood, Uncategorized

    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 God/Universe gave me a 3rd chance at life I knew I wanted to take care of others who experienced the same loneliness I did.

    We have come a long way with regards to speaking about mental illness and bringing awareness.

    Here is a blog post I wrote for International Bipolar Foundation

    IBPF blog post -care packages

    My care package program is small right now.

    I estimate I’ve given out around 20 of them this year. From Mini care packages below to big ones above

    I rely strictly on donations (pending my 501 c3) and product sales as well as my own monthly contribution (no more shopping addiction for me 😊)

    This month I will be giving to The Diaper Foundation my goal is to get out 12 and I’ve already picked a few people for June.

    I also put together mini custom care packages for $20.00 on my Etsy shop.

    https://etsy.me/2wRlxEN

    Join me and help me make a mental health warrior’s day.

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  • InBipolar II, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

    2018 New Year’s Resolutions

    I typically stay away from resolutions because I never ever keep them. Especially the hit the gym and eat right one lol.

    I do try to be a better version of myself each year. It’s important (I think) to work on the inner beauty of our yourself. Tackle the demons , work out the pain that’s holding you back and most importantly give back. Make the world a better place.

    1) Cut out Toxic people and negativity. This probably should be two resolutions but I feel they go hand and hand.

    Toxic people – this one is hard because toxic people are typically friends , family and sometimes even co workers. Some you can’t completely cut out of your life. For me, my personal stance is if I can’t cut them out of my life 100% then I won’t engage with them.

    Toxic people bring so much negativity in your life. These people are miserable as hell and as the old saying goes “misery loves company” holds true. They project their issues on you.

    These people are not friends, they are people with issues they haven’t worked out yet . In order to deflect the need to work on themselves they’ll tear you down but in a way that seems like they care.

    Toxic people will not be on my journey in 2018. They are too much of a heavy load to carry and I have enough on my own.

    2) Staying positive – this one is super hard for me. One of the things I admire about my husband (other than his good looks 😉) is how positive he is . He wakes up happy to be alive.

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    I am usually the only one that can push his buttons but even then he somehow is able to diffuse the situation and keep calm. Overall he is the happiest, most positive person I know. I constantly ask how he does it. He’s admitted it’s not easy and takes some work.

    So in 2018 I want to learn from him and keep positivity at the forefront of my life.

    What would the year bring if I kept out toxic people, negativity and replaced it with positive vibes.

    I’m excited to find out.

    What are your resolutions?

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