Pumpkin this Pumpkin that

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. I am seriously pumpkin obsessed. Probably because the summer was so miserably hot that I am longing for a cooler fall season.

Who’s with me?!

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You Are Worthy

suicide prevention weekToday is the last day for National Suicide Prevention Week.  I want to keep the momentum alive so I thought I should share some numbers with you that I plucked from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website…

Each year 44,193 American die by suicide.

There are an average of 121 suicides per day.

Let those staggering numbers sink in.  Let’s end the stigma because everyone has a story and every story has a heart and every story with a heart has an important purpose in this world.

Your story is important.

You are not alone.

….Be rooted in Him and let your foundation be built on him.  Establish your life and know that His love for you is unconditional.  A glorious father he is, never faltering and always by our side.  Be strong in your faith and overflowing with thankfulness…. Colossians 2:6-7

As always, thanks for reading… Kat

 

The Darkness is a LIE

Glorify the struggle to remedy it with compassion.

I read some disturbing and misinformed things on the Internet about Chester Bennington’s suicide, well about suicide in general. There are many accusations of selfishness and cowardice towards those who take their own life. I do not believe these things to be true. Suicidal thoughts are a break down of all things, a push and pull battle within your head and your heart. Many people who are suicidal truly believe that those around them will be better off without them and there are others who are so far down the rabbit hole of depression that they cannot think straight. My hope is that instead of pointing fingers and escalating this negative stigma of mental illness, we actually lift up our voices, our hearts and our hands in prayer. Be vocal about the change you wish to see in the world, but with kindness. Share hope with those who feel like they have none. Take extra steps to show compassion for others because you never know who can really use it. Remember there are those who suffer in silence so you never know who is fighting hard against their own demons.

Some asked us to not glorify death. Instead I say we should glorify the cause of death to inform others of how people truly struggle so it is no longer a stigma. Bring to light the silent struggles of so many so they no longer feel ashamed of what tears them up inside.

For those reading this who are pressured by their own head and mislead by their heart… My tears are for the truly broken because I hurt along with you. You are not alone.

 

The Darkness is a Lie

By Kat Lange

Don’t fall down that rabbit hole my friend

Don’t chase those demons into the night

The hurt, the pain is not the end

The hurt, the gloom are not right

You are always beautiful, you are unique

And together, your demons we can defeat

So lift up your eyes and hold onto hope

Let the seeds of faith grow roots in your heart

Your life is a field of flowers just waiting to bloom

Your heart is beating in your body holding back the gloom

Open your eyes and realize your struggle is not your own

Open your eyes and realize you are not alone

Don’t shift the story of your life

To end it with a period

You are a forever-changing masterpiece

The work is not completed

Your pain is not your own to bare

A community of love is here for you

You have a story waiting to be shared

A story weaved with pieces of hurt and truth

A story that others can benefit from

A life worth living a life that is not done

Don’t type THE END to your story for it is not real

Your heart has so much left to feel

So hold onto hope, faith and love and when you’re in the dark

Remember you have a real, meaningful, beating, loving and thriving heart

 

Dedicated to those who are struggling in the darkness of depression.  Share your story and thrive.

Love… Kat

 

 

Links & Likes

Here are a few things that I have found interesting throughout the passed weeks…

Eating well definitely affects your performance in all areas of life. Especially when it’s a scolding Southern California summer day. Also eating fruits and veggies is oh so yummy. Check out this list of the top foods to eat in the summer to help beat the heat and to keep you healthy.

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/advice/g866/top-summer-foods/

Raise awareness about an issue too often left unspoken. Let’s fight the stigma against mental health. Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions.

Check out these stats…

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Awareness-Messaging

May was #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth & July is #MinorityMentalHealth Month.  Use hashtags #IntoMentalHealth & #StigmaFree & #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #Health #Healthy #HealthyLifeStyle to help get the word out there on social media.

Joshua 1:9

Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.

Find true meaning in community.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVCdBYVjDVg/?taken-by=verilymag

It’s good to have fun and always remember to believe in yourself…

https://www.redbubble.com/people/singerevita/works/25796673-you-need-to-believe-in-yourself?grid_pos=5&p=sticker&rbs=359965b2-674d-4b12-9cae-ba92ec5b4481&ref=products_grid

Thanks for stopping by… Kat

 

The Elephant In The Room

Let It Out

Last month was a very special month so to keep up the awareness I would like to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Let’s talk mental health…

Let’s be honest… truth runs deeper than a lie.

So let’s just lay it all out. I have kept no secrets that I am bipolar and I have depression and ADHD. It is so hard at times to deal with this emotional and physical roller coaster but you know what I have discovered… mercy is waiting on the other side… if I am honest.  I truly feel that I was given this gift to be transparent and to tell my story. Too often we are hushed like it’s a bad thing. Why?? Why should I hurt in silence when I can voice it?? Since I have been diagnosed I have found that mental issues are so prevalent around me and it isn’t something we should be ashamed of. We aren’t doing anyone any favors by keeping it silent and in the shadows.

When you are up you are up… a manic episode where I feel uber happy and energetic, racing thoughts, super creative, super jittery, super talkative, energy like I can run a marathon. I am the life of the party and the kids think I am really fun. Man, those racing thoughts are allowing me to plow through this write up like I am a racing to the finish line. Listening to music makes me want to dance, the sounds just feel good, I feel every beat, feel every word… heck the inspiration to this write up came from a song by Francesca Battistelli – If We’re Honest

I am listening to the music right now and I don’t think my fingers can type as fast as my mind is moving. It is seriously a surreal feeling. It feels like an awesome high to be honest; one that I don’t want to come down from. But the truth is, I will… I will come down from it and it will be hard. The reality of bipolar depression is that it is a literal emotional and physical roller coaster. Sometime soon (tomorrow or in a few days) my body and mind will switch and I will be in a really depressed state. It will be hard to wake up in the morning, hard to parent, hard to drive, hard to get off the couch, hard to think, hard to move really. It is a physical weight on your heart and on your mind and you have absolutely no reason to explain it away. I become Eeyore and it is a hard reality for me to deal with.   I have been asked if I am “sad” but I don’t think I can describe it like that. I don’t think I can describe it as anything but “sigh and a head drop.” You just don’t feel like doing anything, you are tired all the time, it’s hard to process anything because you are in a fog, your body feels weighted, your words don’t seem to come out right, you are easily agitated, none of the normal fun stimuli seems to work and you just want to be left alone but you don’t want to be alone. So you try and figure that one out! It’s confusing and hard and dark and blah and lonely. It’s tearful for no reason, tired with plenty of rest, hard with out an excuse, smiling through the pain, it’s having questions that race in your head, it’s numb, it’s immobilizing, it’s hard and it’s often. That is the truth to it all. That is what so many people and I deal with in silence. So now you know. Share this post, tag your friends, talk about it so mental illness is no longer so stigmatized in our culture. Encourage people, be a real listener, be there, use your words wisely, have hope… always have hope and understand that this is real and it is hard and for some it is their whole reality. No one should suffer in silence, no one should feel alone in this. Everyone has a story to tell… and this is mine.

Also check out this other song by Francesca Battistelli that hits close to home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYpBgJHmGmw

 Thanks for reading… Cheers… Kat

 

Be Kind

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The pineapple symbolizes hospitality, friendship, generosity and graciousness.

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. The world could use a little more kindness. Our hearts could use a little more kindness.

I have hope for this world and I have love for my fellow human and I have faith for our hearts to soften in this time of turmoil.

Dear world, above all else, be kind.

……. Kat

The Unlikely Gifts of Depression

i-am-worthyI am a firm believer in spreading love and acceptance of others but most importantly acceptance of oneself, flaws and all. No one is perfect but our society frames this idea of good and perfect and proportionate and happy. But happiness is not based on perfectly measurable things. Happiness is as deep as the ocean and as wide as space and time. There are no measurable units to how we should be happy or how we should feel or look. Let us open our minds and hearts to acceptance of ourselves in all of our imperfections. Let us feel how we feel, look how we look and enjoy the roller coaster journey because it is what shapes us.

I read this article on the Darling Magazine blog and I found myself nodding in agreement and smiling at my computer like a big dummy. I wanted to share these words of explanation and acceptance that are often so hard to realize when you are drowning deep in the waters of doubt and depression.  This quote from the article The Unlikely Gifts of Depression,  says it all… “I have to remember that my path is unique… [and that] my situation is my story.”

Depression isn’t just about being unhappy. It is a blanket, a fog over you. It is a roller coaster of doubt & dismay, of energy & despair, of overthinking & anxiety ridden immobilizing fear, it is draining & tiring & tears & pain and a lot of times it is silent & alone. So that smile you see might be hiding true brokenness. It is not as simple as explaining the difference between happy and sad; it’s the gray area in between. But when you do, when you can find the words to your deep and darks you might find that you are not as alone as you think you are. Share your story because it might open your eyes and the conversation it starts can change hearts. Please realize that this is a part of you and it makes you unique, it makes you interesting, it makes your life colorful and that is a story to tell. Emotions are the color to the blank canvas of life, so show the world your painting.

Please click over to Darling Magazine blog and read on.  I love this blog because it is about various important and fun issues woman are facing now.

Thanks for joining in on my roller coaster creative journey. Sorry I have been MIA, you know, life happened. It’s great to be back.

Cheers… Kat

Thankful

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Today has been and inspirational sort of day.  I took family photos and as I reflect on the day I cannot help but say “wow!” I am blessed beyond belief with a beautiful, healthy and loving family and that is the best I can ask for. I am so thankful to my God who has given me such a fulfilled life and all the opportunities that have presented themselves lately. I am honestly overwhelmed. What brings joy to your heart and thankfulness to your soul?

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble!

… Kat