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Can you lead a fulfilling life with bipolar WITHOUT medication?

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a little over five years ago. At the time, I was only two weeks postpartum with my daughter so medication was off the table. I was breastfeeding & had no intention to stop until we were both ready. At the time, I thought living with bipolar without medication would be a temporary thing. But, now I am wondering if there was something to it… My original psychiatrist told me… Read More »Can you lead a fulfilling life with bipolar WITHOUT medication?

3 Incredible Ways Hobbies Improve Mental Health

Having something you’re passionate about is a necessity. I know some people think of excitement & things we do for pleasure as luxuries. But, the reality is that hobbies improve mental health. Are there more important things to worry about? Of course. We need a roof over our heads & food in our bellies. We need to feel like we aren’t on guard at all hours of the day. But, we also need to feel… Read More »3 Incredible Ways Hobbies Improve Mental Health

Journaling is self-therapy

Somewhere along the line, journaling, for me, became more than documenting my thoughts & feelings & what happened throughout the day. Instead, it became my method of actually processing all of those things. When my brain gets so chaotic, I am lost within it, getting my thoughts & feelings — & insecurities! — out & into written form is therapy to me. Sometimes it’s painful & sometimes it is a total relief. But it pretty… Read More »Journaling is self-therapy

You Do Not Deserve Happiness

Depression is a gnarly beast. It tricks you into thinking you are unworthy & unloved. It tricks you by changing your brain & giving you that voice that tells you all the things you don’t deserve & shouldn’t strive toward. But, the one thing it gets right is that you do not deserve happiness. No one deserves happiness. It’s not something to be earned or worked toward in that way. Happiness isn’t some reward for… Read More »You Do Not Deserve Happiness

Living with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia as Told by my Mom

This is a straight-up “copy & paste” (with just minor formatting) from the site “Purple Plum’s Cyber Puddle,” last updated by my mother, Denise (or affectionately nicknamed “Pie”), in September of 1998. This is my mom’s account of living with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) story — her “AML Adventure” — in her own words. On the 11th of April, 1998, I wasn’t feeling well. It was the day before Easter and I tried to ignore… Read More »Living with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia as Told by my Mom

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Introducing NoFilter ProAge Skin Therapy

Skin therapy begins when YOU are ready. We aren’t about shaming women into “taking care of that frown line” or pointing out wrinkles she didn’t realize she had. No matter your age, no matter the condition of your skin, YOU are to be celebrated! Your skin is to be celebrated too. Nourish it. Care for it — “perceived flaws” & all. Because are wrinkles REALLY flaws? Or are they, maybe, signs of a life well-lived… Read More »Introducing NoFilter ProAge Skin Therapy

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Why Can’t You Just Be NORMAL?

Have you ever made plans & had EVERY intention of keeping them only to cancel at the last minute — or just totally flake out without notice? Or, have you created a new schedule for yourself (in an attempt to just be normal, if nothing else!) that you SOMEHOW managed to keep for all of ONE day before you just let it fizzle out from under you? Maybe you’ve simply just FINALLY rolled your booty… Read More »Why Can’t You Just Be NORMAL?

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3 Unbelievable NoFilter Global Monthly Sponsoring Incentives

To kick off the pre-launch of NoFilter Global, the company is offering a sponsoring incentive for the month of September! All affiliates are eligible to earn the NoFilter Global monthly sponsoring incentive! Whether you were a Sweet Minerals Educator who transitioned to being a NoFilter Global affiliate during the transition OR joined NoFilter Global as an affiliate at ANY point during September, you are eligible to earn the NoFilter Global monthly sponsoring incentives for September… Read More »3 Unbelievable NoFilter Global Monthly Sponsoring Incentives

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NoFilter Global Starter Kits

So, you’ve poked around & have seen the amazingness that is the NoFilter business opportunity. You are intrigued. So, the next step would be to choose your NoFilter Global starter kit to become an affiliate. When you go to the site to join, just click the “Join My Team” button at the top of the page. Then, you will input your basic information & choose a replicated site URL. (Don’t worry! You can change it… Read More »NoFilter Global Starter Kits

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Should I Tell People About My Bipolar (or other Mental Health Issue)?

When you’ve been diagnosed with some kind of mental health issue, your first emotions are probably a mixture of fright, confusion, defeat, & even shame. You might think, Should I tell people about my bipolar disorder? How could I even fathom sharing such a thing? When I first got my bipolar disorder diagnosis, I certainly had a mix of all of those. But, I also had a sense of relief because I had a label… Read More »Should I Tell People About My Bipolar (or other Mental Health Issue)?