Giveaway prints ready to go to the post office (finally)! Stay tuned for the next round.
Cheers to 2700 days of #ichoosebeauty! I’m grateful for all the connections I’ve made here since I started this project. And I hope it’s helped you notice the beauty in your world. Don’t ever stop looking for it. ️
It may not be as you planned – it may even be far from it – but trust that your life is unfolding just the way it should.
I’ve been working really hard on trusting that things are as they should be… and I gotta be honest, it’s been challenging for me. But the less I resist, the more I believe this to be true.
If this could help someone you know, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.
I lost a friend to suicide last week.
I am heartbroken.
Beyond the grief, I’m also even more aware that there’s still so much mental health work to do.
Depression has an end stage, just like cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses do. We need to think about it the same way, and reach people before there’s a crisis.
We must make it the norm to talk about mental health. To stress prevention and the need to get help as early as possible, just as we do with cancer and heart disease.
According to my partner, Mental Health America, if we ignore the early signs of mental illness, it typically takes 10 years from the time they first appear until someone gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Ten years!
If you’re struggling right now, please know that you are not alone. There is help. And there is light, even though all you can see is darkness. The light will come.
I understand what it’s like to be deep down that dark hole of depression when everything is too much to bear. You desperately want that pain to stop.
My climb out was long and excruciating. I still slip from time to time, but I don’t slide nearly as far down. And I now have so many tools to help me stay out longer, and get my footing quicker should I fall. Therapy and the right meds have literally saved my life. More than once.
If you don’t know much about mental health, I hope you will take some time to learn more. You can find lots of information on risk factors, symptoms, screenings, and where to get from Mental Health America’s #B4Stage4 project here.
Sending peace and light. xx
Chocolate cake is the perfect comfort food, and exactly what I needed today. ️