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I like this happy outfit. It’s been a good mother-daughter day. We went thrift store shopping and ate yummy cupcakes from @applebutterbakery Right now we’re binge watching the show Atypical - it’s a family show that is actually well done. (It seems to me, anyway). The son has autism and his girlfriend and his therapist has really good fashion sense. I feel like they don’t sensationalize the autism too much, although the last episode is a bit intense . I relate a lot to his anxiety. In fact, I think seeing the anxiety has triggered me into remembering the anxiety that prompted my relapse last year. I really don’t want to go to a hospital ever again. He says that people think autistic people don’t have empathy and I thought, ha, people think that about people with BPD too. But we do. I don’t ever want to go back to a place that dehumanizing. I keep on thinking about how atypical people are treated; about the two women that drowned in South Carolina because the police officers left them in the back of the police car while the flood waters rose. The police officers just ran away. I recently found out that police officers aren’t taking people to the crisis unit like they’re supposed to, but just off to jail because waiting for intake is just too inconvenient. To the regular world, people with disabilities are inconvenient problems easily discarded...Do police officers experience empathy? No, it’s a bigger problem than just the police but the news stories sure make it hard to believe that. Tomorrow I will be at a recovery event with the R2ISE theater and that’s where I belong. Not at a hospital getting yelled at but out in the community showing that people with BPD and severe anxiety can recover. I am the evidence. #disability #spoonie #stigma #mentalhealth #Ilovemymom #fatshion #sunflowers #leggings #bpdwarrior #anxietyrecovery #bpdrecovery #atypical #disabledlivesmatter #resist #mentalillness #iamtheevidence #wegetbetter #mentalillnessisnotacrime #edrecovery #edwarrior #bipolarrecovery #schizophreniarecovery schizoaffectiverecovery #depressionrecovery #alifeworthliving #hopeisreal #bethechange

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Happy Fall! 🍂
Time for a new season and nature’s beautiful reminder that things are always changing. Dark times pass and turn into beautiful springs.
Keep breathing and trust that things will get better •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
- Albert Camus
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📷 by @brandon_lajoie #suicideawareness #stopsuicide #youarenotalone #seasonschange #albertcamus #inspirationalquotes #positivevibes #mentalhealthmatters #hopeisreal #depressionawareness #anxietyrelief #fallingleaves #photography #lastory #instagood

Yes, yes it is. Hope is defiant. It is a light that shines ever bright in the darkest night. And it exposes the lies that darkness tells.
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#hopeisdefiant #hope #lightinthedarkness #hopefortoday #hopeisreal #hopeistheanthem #twloha #keephopealive #Godisgood #iwillhope

Happy Fall! 🍂
Time for a new season and nature’s beautiful reminder that things are always changing. Dark times pass and turn into beautiful springs.
Keep breathing and trust that things will get better •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
- Albert Camus
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📷 by @brandon_lajoie #suicideawareness #stopsuicide #youarenotalone #seasonschange #albertcamus #inspirationalquotes #positivevibes #mentalhealthmatters #hopeisreal #depressionawareness #anxietyrelief #fallingleaves #photography #lastory #instagood

— still here
it has been a year since I left and hazily slipped goodbye amongst the unexpected packing of plants and hope, burying my dreams in a backyard somewhere on the open road between Oregon and Idaho, and clamoring to “accept” scratch that “grasp” what the frailty of my body actually meant for my life.
really it has been twelve years, but today it has been a year since my goals were transfigured from that of a go-getter to someone who hoped to be able to run again and have a high enough WBC to get to go to target alone.
it has been a year of doctors visits and unanswered questions and blood draws and panicking every time someone sneezed... allergies or germs?
it has been a year of learning to develop recipes compliant enough not to vomit blood every time I valiantly attempted to eat and smiling through dinners as I declined food yet again. “It’s okay, really”... but you should know by now that it drags.
it has been a year of getting dancey and giving grace and watering my plants and knotting rope and testing my boundaries.
this was not the year I planned for, I should be in my second year of graduate school. there are a lot of “things I thought would be happening right now” moments where I have to try and not rack myself with guilt and shame for “failing”. it’s been a year and I’m still here and there will be more blood draws and questions and...and... but there will also be more dogs to smile upon and concerts to get dancey at and iced matchas to drink.
so maybe that’s the resolve, finding a way to survive well. it’s been a year, but also twelve //
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#spoonie #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #trusttheprocess #naturalhealing #intentionalliving #consciousliving #sustainableliving #recipedeveloper #breatheitallin #personalgrowth #hopeisreal #liveauthentic #livefolk #darlingmovement #thatsdarling #abmlifeisbeautiful #vscocam #thisisyoga #bedeeplyrooted #livefullyalive #edwarrior #getoutthere #forgeyourownpath #optoutside #neverstopexploring

Acho que as pessoas que lutam contra a depressão se sentem atraidas por jogos. Porque é uma forma de ser você mesmo. É o unico lugar que me sinto seguro.
Me sinto uma pessoa.
A esperança é real.
A ajuda é real.
Sua história é importante.
#setembroamarelo #twloha #hopeisreal #helpisreal #yourstoryisimportant

“Tomorrow needs you”. Bringing some sunshine to your timeline while looking #ahotmess.com. September is suicide awareness month and it’s so dear to my heart. We’ve all fought some battles, we’ve lost friends who couldn’t handle the battle. But “Tomorrow needs you” friends. The sun is shining bright tomorrow. “I am living a story, I will not give up” “& so I kept living to write love on her arms”. Happy Fri-Yay, Be kind always. 🙂☀️ #suicideawareness #towriteloveonherarms #suicideawarenessmonth #tommorowneedsyou #lovehappy #bekindalways #bekindtoyourself #youarenotalone #hopeisreal #helpisreal

Happiness is a choice... if you are good then the world will definitely be good to you #hopeisreal
#neverleavehope
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"Looking back on these dreams, if nothing is what it seems, know that you'll wake up to better things." - Boyce Avenue, "Briane"
This past June I celebrated the biggest milestone in my recovery thus far: I am 5 years self-injury free. To commemorate this achievement, I got tattooed with the @boyceavenue hourglass and lyrics, a symbol for the moment I decided to ask for help. This piece is a reminder of where I've been, a celebration of how far I've come, and a tribute to band who became a catalyst for healthy growth and change in my life. I am so grateful for the last 5 years; for every new friend I've made, and every friendship I've maintained. For everything I've learned, every cat I've saved, every moment of awe, and every moment of misery. I am grateful for it all. Recovery isn't easy. It's a process, it's a decision I continue to make every day. It is worth it.
It is so very worth it.
Here's to 5 more.
#celebrateyourself #selfharmfree #5yearsstrong #recoveryispossible #hopeisreal #helpisreal #yourstoryisimportant #selfharmrecovery #boyceavenue #allwehaveleft #hourglass #beingboyce #boyceavenuefan #briane #lyrics #girlswithtattoos #armtattoos #bandtattoo #recoverytattoo #deadsparrowtattoo #rachelmumietattoos
Ink by the incredible @rachelmumietattoos

This is actually from Tuesday. I am very fortunate to have good mental health professionals in my life but that is a privilege many do not have. poor and uninsured people often have to take whatever they can get and sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s really not good. I hate that. One of the cornerstones of recovery based services is choice-it’s harder to recover if one doesn’t like or trust their doctors and therapists and social workers. One of the skills that helps me is the ability to conduct research. I look up my doctors and therapists; I look up my medications and my rights. The more I know the more empowered I am. It is easier to advocate for myself when I have done my own research. Knowledge equals power. Research equals power -Get someone to support you in finding answers to your mental health questions if need be. Don’t forget that we are our own experts. If you don’t like the way something feels, speak up! Ultimately, this is your body and your life – no one knows yourself better than you do. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery #bpdrecovery #recoverywarrior #bpdwarrior #anxietyrelief #depressionhelp #hopeisreal #peersupport #spoonielife #selfcaretips #mindbody #traumainformed #traumainformedpeersupport #knowledgeispower #researchispower #knowyourrights #yourownexpert #empowerment #atlantamentalhealth #depressionrecovery #bipolarrecovery #schizoaffectiverecovery #respect #selfadvocacy #mentalhealthservices #whatcliniciansneedtoknow

Let your dreams take flight! Thank you dear butterfly for reminding me of that today! My dream seemed to be gone, like a fragile butterfly that flittered away. Today, I felt that dream come back alive inside me and felt an overwhelming hope for the future. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve felt that. #hopeisreal #believeinyourdreams #newbeginnings #fearsbegone #resilient #dontgiveup #keeponflying #motivation #inspiredbynature #butterfly

I’m too much to handle for most 🤷🏼‍♀️ Guess this heart and love of mine juss ain’t for everybody 🎯🖤 #HopeIsReal

Happy Wednesday, Knights!
We hope your week has been going well, because it’s about to get better! We are having our FIRST MEETING of the fall semester next Tuesday (9/25) from 5-6pm in room 225 of the Student Union!
Everyone is welcome to join as we will be discussing general information about who we are along with some fun activities as well!
Please join us for the first meeting and be on the lookout for more postings/ info to come!
We hope to see you Tuesday! ❣️
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#UCF #twlohaucf #tomorrowneedsyou #hopeisreal

Been having a difficult mental health moment lately but my sister sneakily managed to brighten my day considerably by stopping by my office on campus yesterday (when I wasn't there all day) and leaving me this note. (Note: my sister and I do not have any additional siblings so no one is being insulted here, lol. It's a running joke between us to say this to each other.) If a friend or family member is struggling with mental health issues and you feel like you don't know how to or can't help them, consider something like this - small gestures that show you're thinking of them, that you love them, that you support them. It can mean more than you know.

#depression #mentalhealth #anxiety #family #sisters #twloha #siblings #love #littlethings #hopeisreal

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