2019 was also a year of new beginnings in which I laid the groundwork for more amazing things to come. (More on that towards the end!) Here are some highlights:
When I stumbled upon an article on Quora about being in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness, I began to wonder if I fit the description. I have been called "Crazy" by friends, acquaintances and family members. Let me tell you what "crazy" really means! Being called crazy is a compliment. Here are a few examples of why being called crazy can be positive:
- You are a forward thinker
- An innovator
- You are someone with an open mind
- You do not take anything personal hence, you live freely
- Failures are challenges and this motivates you to be triumphant
- Self-Improvement is the most important ingredient for your success
In 2014, I was diagnosed with Insomnia, Anxiety and Panic Disorder. Not to mention, I was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity) and sustained a herniated disc in my neck from an auto accident a few years ago and lastly, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder).
Yes, I know what you are thinking! What is normal anyway? Crazy is my norm - love hard and wholeheartedly! Stay kind and love yourself first and never be afraid to give and receive love. Love is my religion and honest loyalty is my currency.
Mental Health Awareness Advocacy
When I started my clothing brand rekroot, I had no idea how my brand was going to send a message and help inspire others. Needless to say, I did endless research and became a member of Chamber Commerce in San Diego to leverage my networking opportunities.
Mental stimulation definitely helps keep my mind off things when I am having an episode of a panic attack. I found various techniques on how to better manage my BPD. I tend to get overwhelmed easily and my anger is easily triggered. Dealing and controlling my emotions can be challenging although I surround myself with supportive friends and family who are patient, supportive and understanding. Emotional Intelligence is vital to my success and leadership. Despite having a mental illness, they are permanent but the truth is, it takes a strong and resilient human being to fully understand someone who struggles with it.
Truth be told, I dissected every bad habit, toxic person and relationship to end a negative cycle that was causing and triggering all my stress. I had to isolate and detach from social media to recharge my batteries. I get asked a lot as to why my Facebook account is active for a moment then disappears the next. Quite frankly, I am not too fond of social media but they are great tools to utilize for marketing needs. I find solace in solitude by dating myself (self-love and self-care), mall cardio/mall walking, being silly with friends/families, reading books, meditating and last but not least, indulging in beauty rest.