Posts in Mental Health
Investing in Yourself

This topic wasn't even the one I had originally planned to share this week. I have blog posts planned and outlined for the rest of the year, but this one took a bump to the top of the list after some things I noticed happening this week. I posted in my Facebook Community that I was working on creating a Mental Health Mastermind for creatives who want to work on what is going on in their lives and business in group setting. That post was met with lots of excited replies and then met with a concern about...cost! 

Don't get me wrong, one of the first questions to come out of my mouth when making a decision about where to spend my time and resources is "What is the cost?" Here are a few observations I've had over the last few years. First and foremost, People struggle to invest in themselves. There is often a sense of "not deserving" to do something beneficial for yourself, even if you have worked your butt off to get where you are. 

Secondly, this is particularly true when people are investing in things that aren't tangible, like education or a mental health resource. Most people will spend money when they feel like they are getting something they can see and hold in return, which is not the case with mental health or education. 

You cannot hold improved self-esteem, confidence, stability, or well-being in your hand. You can't feel them or taste them or wear them. They don't look shiny. Nobody may notice.  We want to be able to see where we have spent out money...or likely we want others to see. And somehow that means that our mental well-being isn't often prioritized. Why is it that we can drop $200 on a new dress but still struggle to pay the same amount of money for therapy or a group program?

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"No" is a Complete Sentence

I used to be well known for making plans and then cancelling them right before said plans were supposed to happen. Why? Well, because I honestly didn't want to do the thing to begin with but didn't know how to let someone know that. I wanted people to like me and didn't do a good job of respecting my own boundaries.

Contrary to what you may believe, you don't have to take every opportunity someone offers you and you don't have to do every activity that may come up on your social calendar. 

In case you haven't heard, "no" is a complete sentence. And it's also not a 4-letter word. There is an idea, that I am going to label as a combination of guilt and shame, that we somehow have to take every opportunity that's thrown our way or we will miss out on something important!

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Entrepreneurship Isn't One Sized Fits All

Today, I am gathering everyone around the table for some real talk. (It's a metaphorical table, because my dining room table only fits 2 people and my apartment is tiny!) It's time we had this talk, small business owner to small business owner. This conversation feels raw and like it can't really be wrapped up with a catchy tag-line, but it needs to be shared nonetheless.

The other day as I was talking to some friends about business strategies for marketing and social media, one friend said, "If you don't have a financial goal/plan, then it's just not a business, it's a hobby." That comment felt like a slap in the face and simultaneously my desire to share the message that entrepreneurship isn't a one size fits all thing. While there is a black and white line between filing what you do as a business legally, there is so much gray area in the in between about when something you've created out of passion is a business.

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It's Okay Not to Feel Creative, Even When It's Your Job!

How Mental Health Influences Creativity

If you are creative, you are unique and your brain processes things in a different way often times. Know that being creative isn't just about the end product or coming up with new ideas. There is a whole cycle of creativity I want to share with you, which can be impacted by many things, including mental illness. Depending on whether you struggle with a diagnosable mental illness, your creativity may fluctuate even more than the average person. Depression and anxiety are triggers of creativity, or the lack of it. This is particularly true for people with Bipolar Disorder, who often go through longer periods of mania (which can result in coming up with ideas, creating intensely) which are then followed by longer periods of depression (which can result in struggling to function, let alone being creative).

First things first though, know that you cannot be expected to have endless amounts of creativity at all times. At some point, you will be totally drained and uninspired creatively, no matter how talented you are regardless of whether or not you have a diagnosed mental illness. 

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