Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Videos

I Participated in the NAMI-NYC Seeds of Hope Gala!

NAMI-NYC Seeds of Hope 2021 Interview

Being a mental health advocate means standing firm in your experiences without shame showing others that it’s okay to ask for the support you need.

I share my story in confidence and clarity. I live every day in recovery. I love myself unapologetically and I do what I do to pave the way for others to also become advocates of their own story.

Check out the full virtual event here: https://youtu.be/MqqBQjX1YKo

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Choose a Writing Prompt

Activity

Choose a writing prompt! 

  1. What are 5 people, places, things, or ideas you are grateful for?
  2. What do you want to improve before the end of the year? 
  3. What is one thing you are looking forward to? 
  4. Write a short letter or poem describing a time you learned a valuable lesson. 

Note: Feel free to choose more than one writing prompt! 


My Reflection

I would like to challenge myself and do all four prompts! 

  1. My family, the opportunities I have to express myself creatively, my dogs, my healing journey, the lessons I’ve learned. 
  2. I want to sleep 8 to 10 hours every night. 
  3. I am looking forward to spending time with all of my siblings during the holiday season. 
  4. Even with the world on my shoulders, I soared past the clouds carrying pounds of rainfall. Each drop is a day that’s gone by. I continue to fly ahead. I can keep flying. I choose to keep flying. 

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Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Love, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Quotes

You Are Never Too Far From Love

You are not too far from love, even if you feel alone and no one cares.
You are not too far from community or support.
It’s okay if you are struggling and need help sometimes. There is no shame in wanting to connect with others, to feel like you’re a part of something, or simply want to be around like-minded people. You are not too far off or far gone to access people that understand. The love you seek exist. You are never too far away.

Posted in Creative Writing, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health

I Am Still A Masterpiece

I Am Still A Masterpiece Audio

Listen to “I Am Still A Masterpiece” on TikTok!

I am a masterpiece…

Despite the misaligned parts of me…

the depths of my shadow make me feel like a black hole…a never ending cycle of unfortunate events.

I am a masterpiece…

Despite the unwarranted attachments to the ideals and ideas that resemble the finish line of what I’ve been chasing after.

The messy boundaries, the tsunami of emotions that overpower the logical parts of me.

I am still a masterpiece…

Even after the labels, stamps, post-its, and reminders that maybe I wasn’t born to be.

Maybe the symptoms, sleepless nights, ruminating thoughts, or the clouds I ride to hide from certain parts of me.

I. Am. A. Masterpiece.

No matter who I’m with, or what I’ve done. No matter the sicknesses, or shame, or guilt, or grief.

The carefully crafted intricacies of who I am, the paint strokes of my personality, the network of veins, the heart that pumps blood, feels in bright red, my eyes that see, nose that smells, tongue that taste. All that I am is immeasurable. Unable to fit comfortably by the shackles of definitions.

The universe sleeps within my soul. I am more.

My energy contagious, spreading peace with every breath I breathe. This is me.

I am a masterpiece.

Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Pick a Butterfly

Activity

Choose a butterfly and follow the prompt that goes with that butterfly. 

Orange butterfly: List three things that make you smile .
Blue butterfly: where is your favorite place to go to relax?
Yellow butterfly: describe a moment where you felt brave.

Note: feel free to choose more than one butterfly! 


My Reflection

I choose the orange and blue butterflies.
Orange butterfly: Three things that make me smile are my dogs, spending time with my family, and sharing my mental health story to help others feel empowered. 
Blue butterfly: My favorite place to go to relax is my bedroom with all of my pillows. 


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Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Love, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Talk

Keep Going. You Are Doing Great.

It’s okay to be proud of the progress you’ve made thus far. It might not be where you would like to be, or where you thought you’d be, but regardless, it’s amazing how much work you’ve put in to get to this point. Continue on the path that’s best for you. Alignment comes to those who are consistent in their pursuit to get to where they know they deserve.

Keep going.

Posted in Mental Health, Self-Care, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: What’s Your Favorite Song?

Activity

Who loves music as much as I do?!🖐
Let’s share some of our all time favorites.

🎼 What is your favorite song?
🎶What music do you like listening to?
🎵What’s your favorite genre? 


My Reflection

Right now, my favorite song is “Just Like You” by NF. I really love to listen to music I can relate to that helps me feel like I’m not alone. 


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Posted in Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Quotes, Self-Care

Are You Experiencing Life Transitions?

It’s okay to be gentle with yourself during transitions in your life. Whether it be moving to a new home, changing doctors/therapists, trying something new, starting a new job/change in finances, changing schools, losing friends, experiencing a breakup, grieving the loss of a love one, or letting go of someone you love and care about, transitions are difficult to cope with.

Learning to adjust and adapt to change is challenging and that’s okay. Know that you are not alone and you can give yourself time to grieve whatever it is you are moving forward from.

Give yourself permission to feel whatever emotions come up with change and reach out if you need to. Your feelings and experiences are valid no matter how “big” or “small” the change.

I love you.

Posted in Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Pencil Case Prompts: Let’s Set Some Goals!

Activity

What are 3 goals you would like to set this month?

Note: Goals can be  simple, complex, changed or even adjusted as time passes. It’s totally okay if you decide that a goal you’ve set isn’t the right fit for you. Goals are about you and what you want to accomplish for yourself.

My Reflection

The three goals I would like to set this month are:

1. To be gentle with myself, prioritize my mental health, and not compare myself to others.

2. To work on my certification and complete 4 tests.

3. To remind myself every day that I’m worthy, I’m enough, I’m doing the best that I can, and just because something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it will never happen.  


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