I’ve been struggling pretty bad in recent days and I’m feeling pretty broken inside.
It’s been a super challenging time of late and well…life in general feels very uncertain right now which has left me feeling even more emotionally exhausted, burdensome and extremely overwhelmed; just the thought of taking a shower or washing my hair most days lately has become a completely daunting task.
For close to eight years now I’ve been on this very tiresome journey toward healing and mental health. I feel desperate to find that spark again and I’m trying my best to do so even though it may mean having to continually start from scratch again and again as I battle the many daily obstacles in large part due to my illness that often distract me or steers me completely off course altogether (depression has a very cruel way of sucking the life right out of you while trying to take another step forward).
But, on the other hand though, my illness has truly helped me to discover my greatest passions and purpose in life as well by using my creative mind, helping others and giving back to my community whenever and however I can which I continue to build upon through my writing, my blogging, my advocacy and sharing my journey.
I’ve often been told that my voice becomes animated and my eyes may even sparkle a bit whenever I talk about ways for which I can use my creativity and adoration for helping others.
This is what I’m supposed to be doing, I know in my heart it is and by sharing my journey so openly helps keep me accountable and motivates me by talking through my goals with all of you.
You have helped raise me up in so many ways and see things in me that I can’t. It’s the gentle reminders every day that lets me know that the progress we make along our journey matter way more than its perfection. I also know that I’m not alone and I’m pretty damn sure that we could all use some gentle reminders right about now, especially given what we have all been living through over the last two years which has left many, many people also feeling emotionally exhausted, burdensome and extremely overwhelmed. This is why I am excited to announce the launch of my new initiative “A Gentle Reminder” which I’ve been working on creating for the last little while but could not have gotten it off the ground without the extra support and encouragement of a few very special people in my life who I am forever grateful for continuing to love me, even at my lowest and gently reminding me that “I am enough.”
This new project showcases both my passion and purpose, very similar to that of my graduation lawn sign initiative which I created during the spring of 2020 for our graduates who were missing out on so many important milestones in their lives due to the Pandemic and then continued from where I’d left off again last spring for our class of 2021 grads as well. Over the course of both graduation seasons, along with some of the sales from my children’s book “Where Did Mommy’s Smile Go?” (which launched in August 2019) I have raised over 15k for youth mental health programs all from the incredible support of my beautiful community and surrounding areas. It still warms my heart everytime I think about it.
Many of our young people desperately continue to need our help right now as we begin to navigate toward a new normal which is why I will be continuing my fundraising efforts right where I left off last spring with my new project “a gentle reminder” by donating a portion of each sale to youth mental health programs and initiatives again.
I have put together a list of gentle reminders and affirmations which you can see and choose from in the pictures attached (with many more to come). Each sweatshirt (hoodie) will be handcrafted by me with love (and lots of technical support and tlc from Rich!) and will include one gentle reminder on either the front or back side of shirt (your choice) along with my loving signature/mantra “You Are Enough” to be placed nearest to the cuff on the left sleeve (see pic).
Everytime you put on your hoodie you will be carrying with you a message of strength and inspiration for others to see or even a daily affirmation to yourself as you look in the mirror. And just remember, as you go about your day proudly spreading these positive messages know that your gentle reminder or words could help bring a smile to a stranger’s face or brighten up a loved one’s day or make a big difference in someone else’s life just by reading them. Xoxo
See pics for available colours. Unisex
Sizes available in Youth xs to Adults 5xl (depending on availability and colour)
Crewneck option is also available if preferred.
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