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#MentalHealthMondayHim: What do you like about yourself?Me: *Awkward silence*Him: There has to be something?Me: *More silence and avoiding eye contact*Him: You can't think of just one thing?Me: *Shaking my head no*Him: Do you like your ears? Your hair? Your feet? Just tell me one thing.Me: *Finally forcing myself to speak* –> I guess I like my fingernails. People always tell me I have great nails.Him: Well, that's a start… This was a conversation I had with my therapist a few years ago when I didn't like a thing about myself. When I hated looking at myself in the mirror.Thirty years of on-again-off-again excruciating pain from endometriosis had knocked me down one more time with a fifth surgery. I felt like I had no control over my body, that it was failing me. And to top it all off, I came out of that last surgery with lichen planus, an unbearably itchy skin disease that left me with an ugly rash all over my arms, legs, and torso. I felt hideous. It took a lot of therapy to help calm the negative self-talk swirling in my head, to not hate my body, to tolerate looking at myself in the mirror. Eventually, I learned to accept my scars, and to be okay without desperately trying to cover up every one of them so that no one would see. I would never have come out this dark depression without therapy. It saved my life. If you're struggling, I want you to know that it's okay to get help. If you have any questions about my journey, feel free to ask me in the comments or message me privately. And if you want more information about where to get help, my partner @MentalHealthAmerica has lots of valuable information, including where to find support groups, referrals for mental health providers, and screenings to see if you're at risk. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. It's absolutely okay to need help……….#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #endometriosis

I guess I like my fingernails. People always tell me I have great nails.Him: Well, that's a start… This was a conversation I had with my therapist a few years ago when I didn't like a thing about myself. When I hated looking at myself in the mirror.Thirty years of on-again-off-again excruciating pain from endometriosis … Read more#MentalHealthMondayHim: What do you like about yourself?Me: *Awkward silence*Him: There has to be something?Me: *More silence and avoiding eye contact*Him: You can't think of just one thing?Me: *Shaking my head no*Him: Do you like your ears? Your hair? Your feet? Just tell me one thing.Me: *Finally forcing myself to speak* –> I guess I like my fingernails. People always tell me I have great nails.Him: Well, that's a start… This was a conversation I had with my therapist a few years ago when I didn't like a thing about myself. When I hated looking at myself in the mirror.Thirty years of on-again-off-again excruciating pain from endometriosis had knocked me down one more time with a fifth surgery. I felt like I had no control over my body, that it was failing me. And to top it all off, I came out of that last surgery with lichen planus, an unbearably itchy skin disease that left me with an ugly rash all over my arms, legs, and torso. I felt hideous. It took a lot of therapy to help calm the negative self-talk swirling in my head, to not hate my body, to tolerate looking at myself in the mirror. Eventually, I learned to accept my scars, and to be okay without desperately trying to cover up every one of them so that no one would see. I would never have come out this dark depression without therapy. It saved my life. If you're struggling, I want you to know that it's okay to get help. If you have any questions about my journey, feel free to ask me in the comments or message me privately. And if you want more information about where to get help, my partner @MentalHealthAmerica has lots of valuable information, including where to find support groups, referrals for mental health providers, and screenings to see if you're at risk. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button. It's absolutely okay to need help……….#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #endometriosis

Finding clarity in 2019

#MentalHealthMonday :.I've spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on 2018, and setting my intentions for 2019. The main thing I noticed about last year is that I was going in too many directions, which left me feeling constantly overwhelmed and exhausted. It was either make a change or burn out. I decided not to burn out. 2019 is going to be about doing what I need to be as healthy as I can be, and that means letting go of some things..Trying to make it as an entrepreneur is definitely challenging, especially when you're first starting out. But I'm determined to succeed, and for me, that means finding clarity. So this year, I'm putting more focus on my I Choose Beauty and Beautycounter businesses, and less on my real estate endeavors. Trying to make all three work well was way too much for me, and none got the attention they deserved. Plus the burden of it all really took its toll on my mental health..Fighting depression takes constant effort and I definitely don't need to make it harder than it already is. I'll keep sharing with you what I've learned and what I do to feel better every day, in the hopes that it will help you too. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, either privately or in the comments..And if you want more information about mental health in general, my partner @MentalHealthAmerica has so much valuable information, including where to find support groups, referrals for mental health providers, and where to get affordable treatment if you don't have insurance. Just click on the link in my bio and go to the "Mental Health America" button...........#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthsupport #depressionrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthwarrior #fightintheopen #mentalhealthamerica

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on 2018, and setting my intentions for 2019. The main thing I noticed about last year is that I was going in too many directions, which left me feeling constantly overwhelmed and exhausted. It was either make a change or burn out. I decided not to burn out. 😉 2019 is going to be about doing what I need to be as healthy as I can be, and that means letting go of some things.

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