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Stomping out Complacency

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Today was one the best brainstorming days that I have had in a long-time!  I was sitting with my best-friend Jen and we were discussing our futures.  This also included a conversation of where our lives were now.  Although I adore stomping out stigma in classrooms and weeding out negativity in teen support groups – there has to be more!  We came up with the most amazing ideas!  Bipolar Babe’s ‘Building Blocks’  (Workshops) or Stigma Stomping Sessions with Bipolar Babe.  We also brainstormed the prospect of adding adult peer support services to the mix and there is so much more that is being stirred up in the pot of idea stew! I also realized that I want to make Bipolar Babe my full-time career and in doing this I/we need to create create create!!!   I don’t think I wanted it bad enough up until now, but I now realize that if I work toward this goal, the sky is the limit-no matter how trite it sounds, it is true!

I also learned that without making the right decisions in my personal life, my professional life would suffer regardless.  I have decided to make the difficult decisions now and reap the rewards of what they can bring into my life at a later time.  I am learning so much about myself that I can now say I am on ‘the path’, a path to self-sufficiency, self-love and self-worth.

Jen, thank you for taking the time to dream with me today.  You know how to dream big.  Life is so beautiful and sometimes it takes a friend to remind you.  For this and you, I am grateful.

Bipolar Babe XO

Stigma Stompin on New Ground

What’s new in the world of babe?  Well, I was in Burnaby with our President, Rachel Lariviere conducting presentations for working professionals in the educational field and I also presented to a small alternative school.  A young woman arranged the entire thing and she was so enthusiastic about our presence.  Every time I speak I realize why I am doing it and feel happy that I am taking the opportunity to share my personal story in hopes that it will help others better understand what life can be like for someone who has a mental illness.  I was a little unnerved by a young student that left the room because he had been in the psych ward and I suppose a lot of what I was saying was ‘hitting home’.  If my perception is correct, I recall feeling the same way a long time ago…defensive.  No matter what anybody said to me during my hospitalization, ‘they’ were all against me.  I was somewhat hurt when the young gentleman left as what I was actually trying to do was to make him feel comfortable with the reality of what simply is.  I asked the group to bring up images in their mind when I said ‘mental illness’ and one kid said ‘retards’ and another said ‘annoying’.  To say the least I had a tough crowd, probably the toughest yet!  Overall, it seemed to go over well in the end and the kid that said he pictured ‘retards’ was delighted to hand in an evaluation card that said ‘Great Job!’  Phew, I got through that one.  If you are keen to have a babe presentation please let us know and I will be happy to accommodate.  We have now brought our program off the island onto the mainland and are thrilled to be spreading the word.  Let’s keep ‘Stigma Stompin’ together!   

A special shout out to the Accent Inn in Burnaby!  They kindly gave us a night on them – complimentary!  The stay was so smooth and comfortable, we can't help but be super grateful.  Thank you for your continual support and generosity to local charities like us.  🙂