I’ve struggled with mental health three times in my life and almost lost. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My first struggles occurred throughout grade 11 when I continuously fought with my own self worth. People around me were constantly telling me to smile. My parents had divorced, I wasn’t happy with the way I looked or felt and, so I treated my body very poorly. To be put simply, I hated myself. I did not want to exist, and I asked God daily why I was still here. I thought it was normal to feel this way, but I also felt like I couldn’t tell anyone either. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The second time I struggled was when my step dad passed away. He meant a lot to me and we didn’t get to say goodbye. It wasn’t fair, and I began to feel like if someone had to die, then why couldn’t it be me? I once again felt that I was not worthy of life and I wanted to trade places with him. I couldn’t get out of bed some days. I don’t think my family and friends even know the extent to which they helped me through this difficult time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The third time was very recent. My husband and I decided to separate and the events that followed truly tested my strength. I thought of myself as a strong woman, but I couldn’t handle it. My world had imploded, I was 3 hours away from any family and I felt like I had no one. I was so scared, but my husband rescued me on my darkest night. If he didn’t show up I am not sure what I would have done - he saved my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What has carried me through are people reaching out. I don’t know if or when there will be a fourth time of struggle in my life, but I do know that we need to be there for each other. End the stigma. You never know whose life you could be saving - that’s why I am proud to wear my sweater from @lifeisworthlivingbck ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #FridayFacesofCourageBraveryandVulnerability #lif#lif#lifeisworthlivingbck #lifeisworthliving #LIWL #shareyourstory #starttheconversation #endthestigma #mentalillness #mentalhealth #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #love #DaringGreatly #RisingStrong #life #courage
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Daily reminder ~🌸 (if you don't know who this is, this is Stevie Nicks)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taggssss: #feminism #feminists #sexism #misogyny #racism #equalrights #immagrantrightsarehumanrights #womensrightsarehumanrights #starttheconversation #lgbt #consent #intersectionalfeminism #bodypositivity #activist #activism #united ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Bondage comes from lying and hiding. Freedom comes from truth and openness. -Casey Treat #starttheconversation www.changeyourlifestorynow.com
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I’m unashamed to admit that I’ve been seriously struggling lately. I have been fighting a battle inside of my own head. It’s not a physical fight, but it wears and breaks me down as though it was. My scars aren’t visible, but I still feel the pain from them. You know how if you’re in a fight or injured you’re supposed to take it easy and take care of yourself? It’s no different with mental health. I’ve had to remember to take care of myself. It’s often hard for me ask for help because, I’m the helper. I help other people. I need to help myself once and awhile. This is one of those things weeks. I’ve really bared my soul in this post. I think it’s one of the first step to my healing and maybe someone else’s as well. #mentalhealth #starttheconversation
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New post! New Video! ALL NEW PODCAST!! I'm so excited to finally launch this project (link in bio). This is not your average podcast. It's about having real conversations with real people on an issue that's hitting us all in the heart of our homes. I hope you'll follow along as I discuss with friends this daunting subject in a very relaxed way. In this episode I'm baking (sugar free) banana bread with my good friend Bonnie ...just a taste of what's to come in the New Year 😉! #podcast #starttheconversation #heartofthehome #pornharms #accountability #addiction Marilyn Evans
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Every day can be a day where we #starttheconversation #Repost @pandanational (@get_repost) ・・・ Today #WorldHealthDay focuses on depression. Sadly, shame can still prevent new mums and dads from seeking help, meaning parents are suffering from #PND#PND in silence and potentially even putting lives at risk. #StartTheConversation #beP#bePNDAaware #babyblues #parenting #familyservices #bePNDAaware #PND #HowIsDadGoing #PerinatalMentalHealth #mothers #maternalmentalhealth #PANDAnational
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This picture sparked a conversation with my children about the different people that help you. Do your children know when to use 999? #starttheconversation #emergencyvehicles
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so fucking sick + tired of this fear programming everyone is in . like do y’all not understand ENERGY & when a LARGE GROUP OF PPL BELIVE IN something wholeheartedly , that , that is what creates the word we live in !!!? it’s called COLLECTIVE CONCIOUSNESS . we are literally feeding into their fucking reality with OUR ENERGY . god damn . if they want to be THAT STUPID all we have 2 do IS STOP USING THE INTERNET ALL TOGETHER AND NOT PAY FOR SHITTTTTTT !!!? DO YALL UNDERSTAND WHAT TYPE OF POWER YOUR POSSES OR NOT .. i’m upset cuz i fucking care . #netneutrality
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A colleague and myself were called to look into the welfare of one my clients who struggles with substance use and schizophrenia. We found him lying on his side, unresponsive to his name and all other inquiries. It seemed as if he was gasping for air for days. The side of his face was sunk into some type of thick liquid that resembled a mix of tar, blood and other bodily fluids. My heart sank as I tried calling his name multiple times to no avail. We called the police and the paramedics arrived. The paramedic assessed that he must have been laying there, in that incomprehensible and helpless state, for about a couple of days. I just saw him last week; prior to entering the throes of his psychosis. I sat with him and tried my best to delve deep into his cognitive distortions and somehow help him see that his beliefs may have held no validity, and he wasn’t having it. He called me the following morning and left a message stating that he has tried to stay clean by revisiting instances of what had transpired during previous periods of his substance use. He stated that he questioned his beliefs and came to the conclusion that perhaps the individual he thought was planning to cheat him, was actually looking out for him. He was cognizant, perhaps not fully, however with regards to that particular thought and provided insight into the fact that perhaps evidence exists to negate it. He is bright. He is worthy. He is everything beautiful that the stigma associated with mental health stops individuals from giving a damn about. When will situations of this nature become null and void? When will every society begin to view those afflicted by these illnesses as human beings in pain? How can anyone not see that not one person begs to live a life imprisoned by the grave workings of an ailing mind? I pray that he pulls through, even though the future of his quality of life, at this point, seems dark. //The rest of my thoughts are up on my story for those who may be interested.// #lifequote #truth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #substanceabuse #fightthestigma #socialworker #mentalhealththerapist #love #compassion #prayer #starttheconversation #communitymentalhealth
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I still have hope, but we'll see if it passes through Congress. ~🎬 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taggssss: #feminism #feminists #sexism #misogyny #racism #equalrights #immagrantrightsarehumanrights #womensrightsarehumanrights #starttheconversation #lgbt #consent #intersectionalfeminism #bodypositivity #activist #activism #united ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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It wasn’t Disneyland, but I felt just as much love. Thankyou for the birthday wishes, the incredible night and the sheer magnitude of the love I’ve received over the past year. The last couple of weeks I’ve been pushing back my mental health issues but I realised acceptance is the first step in being able to move forward. I was ashamed I’d somehow slipped back - confused because this last year has been the best and proudest of my life... and I had to accept once again that no matter how much you’re loved, sometimes your mind will do what I will. And it sucks, and I hope me having the courage to admit this means that even one person might have the courage to admit it to themselves too and make a start. I hope I never lose the love and people I have right now - you have no idea what you mean to me. And I’m coming to terms with the fact this isn’t going to stop me doing anything. It’s going to open doors instead. To the ‘dirty’ conversation that needs to be had. To healthier decisions. To more selfish decisions, and more self love. I’ve fought worse bullies, but fighting myself is going to be the sweetest victory. And it’s going to start with love. And a lot of it at that. So many of you have shown me that I can be loved, so I couldn’t be surrounded by better teachers 🖤 #mentalhealth #starttheconversation #stickittothestigma
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There are paths I’ve taken that we’re not paved, there are days I have where I don’t see the sun. It is in these moments I ty to push myself for greater, it is in these times I feel I need to shine the brightest. A light may be off in your life, but a fire could be out in another’s. Share kindness no matter where you go, no matter what you do, anywhere you go, to anyone. Some of you have the ability to capture beauty and reflect its kindness. Some of you may be struggling to find any day to day joy. I hope that it ignites a spark to those hurting and give those the ability to find the confidence to share a piece of themselves with others. A smile is contagious, saying “hello” 👋 can open someone up, and an act of kindness can start something bigger than you. Find the seconds in your busy life to share your spark, you could be the match that lights someone’s fire. We are all capable of extraordinary, but there are times in life it truly is hard to feel it. #starttheconversation • • • • • #girlsgetoutside #wonderfulwildwomen #mtnchicks #likeamountaingirl #outdoorwomen #she_explores #wildernessbadass #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #womenwhoexplore #radgirlscollective #cho#choosemountainsn #choosemountains #vibesofvisual #hypedshots #moodnation #momentkeepers #envisiontones #photoaperture #visualcreators #trappingtones #passionpassport ##createcommune #heatercentral #gramslayers #ourmoodydays #ig_color #instagood #agameoftones
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We have the power to heal, enlighten our own hearts and grow the roots of inspiration. Further the positive conversation! #producepaddleplay #bonfiretribe #starttheconversation
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Grief is a funny thing. There were many hard moments after Brianne passed and still are to this day, but one that sticks out in my mind is when I came home from dancing to find my Mom had started to pack away Brianne’s things in her room. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coming home and seeing this hit me like a ton of bricks. I remember how angry I was, angry with my Mom—why would she be putting away Brianne’s things? This was her room and in a way the only thing that we had left of our sister (or so I thought at the time). Her room was exactly how she left it. I was also angry at Brianne—thinking why are we packing up your room? You should still be here with us. I was angry at the world. Why did this happen to Brianne, why our family? Why us? This was a point in my grief where I could no longer live in denial. We were never going to see our older sister again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wrote in my journal that night- a coping mechanism I had learned from Brianne and something I found so helpful after losing her. If I were to look back I am sure there are pages upon pages of angry entries. What I have realized is that with anything in life that you go through, it is okay to be angry, just as long as you don’t stay angry. If I would have remained in a state of anger, it would have only lead to further suffering and sadness. I am so grateful I had a counsellor and my journal to help me through these feelings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking back on my anger now I see things in a different light - at the time I was angry my Mom had started to pack away Brianne’s things, but I have now realized that each individual grieves differently. At that time, my Mom needed to pack up Brianne’s room in order to get through her day and move through her grief. In the long run I think my mom always knew what was best and helped us move through our own grief in the most loving way possible. It’s important to remember that everyone grieves in their own way, but if we reach out to each other and share our pain we won’t feel so lost.
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One of the many faces of depression... Today #ontheblog I open up a bit and share my journey with depression. Feel free to check it out. Link in bio😘
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Okay, I love all of them but like, the first and the last one YESSSSS ~🎬 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taggssss: #feminism #feminists #sexism #misogyny #racism #equalrights #immagrantrightsarehumanrights #womensrightsarehumanrights #starttheconversation #lgbt #consent #intersectionalfeminism #bodypositivity #activist #activism #united ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Moments when God rolls out the red carpet for your labor of love! 2018 is looking to be mind blowing. And yet He keeps saying He's not done with 2017 #WorldChanger #iMatter #AFAMILYAFFFAIR #Movie #Prevention #Education #TrainTheTrainer #MeToo #StartTheConversation #SocialIssues #Trauma #ACEs
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Are you doing everything you can to try and stay healthy but still feel like you can’t keep your head above the water?! I used to!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Even if you eat a clean organic diet did you know you still needs supplements? Yall, if you are correctly supplementing your body you ARE supposed to FEEL the difference!! Check your labels! SEE that my #Plexus products are the whole package! With #allnatural #plantbased ingredients you WILL notice changes in your health and wellness! Let me help you get started on a daily regimen, I love talking about these products and sharing information so go a head! Message me! ☺️ #healthandwellness #supplements #thewholepackage #feelthedifference #feelbetter #naturalenergy #byepain #byefatigue #starttheconversation #justask #doitforyou
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Organic make-up is a thing, and it's looks lush Has anyone tried @laveraofficial_uk?
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#WellnessWednesday - It’s only when I leave London that I feel that I can truly “switch off”, who else is looking forward to getting away from the city this Christmas time? (also a bit of a throwback to Summer days… miss you sunshine). P.s. how cute is the rabbit I’m holding!? My sister is a keen animal-lover so every time I go home I’m normally being introduced to the latest member of the family like in this pic! #offtopic #noshame #itsstillwellnessrelatedok :D ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #londonblog #mentalhealthlondon #rabbit #bunny #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthblogger #wellness #mentalwellness #mentalwellnessblog #wellnessblog #londonwellness #wellnesslondon #londonrunner #londonrunning #havingacuddle #letstalk #openup #openingup #starttheconversation #endthestigma #stopthestigma #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthadvocate #wellnessentrepreneur
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• Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain. • It’s a choice to distort a fact for your purpose. It’s your choice to edit the facts. None of these options honor truth. But it’s your choice, and choices have consequences. • • Seek facts and truth through source, get all sources (the 360) so you can get the whole picture. If you want to change the picture, you’ll have the resources in place to connect with every vision and POV and start the conversations. Every fact and every point of view matters! ❤️
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Meet Caleb, a local college student who currently lives with depression, and has experienced anorexia, anxiety, and suicide ideation. In his story he describes feeling the need to "man up" and "power through" as many of our youth, especially males, feel pressured to do. Check out our fb page to see more of his touching story and how he's living to be more than his diagnosis. . . #iam1n5 #1n5 #journey #story #share #mentalwellnesswednesday #savelives #depression #anorexia #anxiety #suicide #suicidalthoughts #prevention #awareness #brave #sharingispower #shareyourstory #morethanyourdiagnosis #starttheconversation #stopthestigma #cincinnati #collegestudent #mariemont
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CMHA Shuswap did a workshop in the fall with Salmon Arm's Bulldog's Boxing & Training Centre to help them boost their workplace #mentalhealth. If your workplace would like help to start a conversation of your own and help save time, revenue, and most of all eachother visit http://bit.ly/2Bbu9qW #starttheconversation #sponsored #canadianmentalhealth
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Please save this number...0 800 800 1 and spread the word. We need to protect our children.... . . @Regranned from @cece_yara - Our Child Helpline serves children experiencing sexual abuse and looking for help in stopping the abuse. Adults too can call to report or for information. Give us a call today and save a child 📞 0 800 800 800 1 . . @FalzTheBahdGuy . . #ChildSupport #Chi#ChildSexualAbuse #Bre#BreakTheSilence #CeceYara #ChildAdvocate #Chi#Chi#ChildHelplinea> #Lea#LearnTheFacts #ChildSexualAbuse #LearnTheFacts #iBelieveYou #Chi#Children #ChildSexualAbuseAwareness #ChildSexualAbusePrevention #Nigeria #ChildAbusePrevention #Tal#TalkAboutCSA #Lagos #Pre#PreventionIsPossible #ChildHelplineNG #TollFree #ChildHelpline #CSA #Children #PhysicalAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #StartTheConversation #EndChildSexualAbuse #BreakTheSilence #TalkAboutCSA #PreventionIsPossible
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The problem is you think you have time. What have you been putting off? I was putting off coffee chats and networking. A couple weeks ago I set an intention to change that. I've had 3 zooms this week and 3 more to go. They have been the most AMAZING conversations ever. I've built bonds with incredible entrepreneurs, no motive involved. I've had life and business changing AHA moments this week from these conversations. It's inspired me to set new intentions. I'm filling up my calender because this is seriously amazing. What are you waiting for? Fill your calendar, too! Find YOUR people. Drop a comment or send me a message and tell me something about you! #network #BuildYourTribe #starttheconversation #stepoutofthecomfortzone #showtherealyou #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #b2b #b2c #smallbusiness #communityovercompetition #entrepreneurcomminity
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Whether you had a fantastic 2017 or experienced major disappointments and setbacks (like me), I have good news! * In my latest blog post, I'm sharing my 6 BEST tips for epic living in 2018, but you'll notice that I don't focus on outcomes - like telling you to save more or eat better. Yes, those are both good things, but they may not be the things YOU need. * Instead, this post is focused on strategies that will carry you over the long-haul and lead to a better, more successful year. Tap link in bio @fayferguson #epiclifebychoice #epic2018 #2018willbeepic
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Good onya Steve 👍 Looking good and starting conversations for men's mental health. . Get your tracks4life T-shirt from www.tracks4life.net/shop We've reduced the price on remaining stock until cleared, $25 posted in Australia. #tracks4life #tshirt #clothing #unisex #sale #buynow #support our #charity. #starttheconversation #navigate #explore #discover Encourage more people to #speakup for mental health and prevent suicide.
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The resistance of a child molester continues! ~🎬 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taggssss: #feminism #feminists #sexism #misogyny #racism #equalrights #immagrantrightsarehumanrights #womensrightsarehumanrights #starttheconversation #lgbt #consent #intersectionalfeminism #bodypositivity #activist #activism #united ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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https://moleculejewelry.com/ 💚 My mind is completely blown away at the moment. @arayaphotography I may not get #featured on #dre#dread pages but I do on @gen@geniferm_cannabisjewelry #moleculejewelry website 💓 You still have time to get your loved ones a mini/large #THC or #CBD molecule necklace or pin for the #holidays 🎄☃️ * if you watch my stories, you’ve probably heard me ranting and raving about these necklaces and in particular the 💜amethyst💜 CBD molecules 😍 I’m completely #obbsessed BUT again, if you follow me, you KNOW I’m all about #education on #cannabis What an amazing and classy way to start the conversation 💚* I am SO #blessed to be working with a company like @geniferm_cannabisjewelry So, so, so completely blessed! #cannabiscommunity #cannabissociety #cannabiscures #cannabisjewelry #plantbasedmedicine #knoweledgeispower #educationisthekey #starttheconversation #dread #dreadlocks #dreadhead #dreadstyles #dreadjourney #dreadlocksdaily #dreadlife
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Yesterday I was interviewed by a local paper for @pandanational sharing my story about PND recovery and how important it is to #starttheconversation and help other parents not feel alone. They took some photos and I hate sharing photos with my body in them because I do not look the way I want to for a number of reasons. But then I look at Isaac’s smiling face and how much love is in these photos and that he doesn’t care what I look like. And I would never want him to be ashamed of the way he looks. I am his mum and that is amazing. My mind and body have been through a lot over the last two and a half years and I’m doing the best I can right now. So I am sharing these photos like I so openly share my story 💕✨ #selfesteem #pandacommunitychampion #toddlerisaac #makingmemories
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How can one possibly argue this?! It’s like some ppl are just TRYING to be ignorant. I pray Alabama doesn’t vote that disgrace Roy Moore into office tonight-🦁~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taggssss: #feminism #feminists #sexism #misogyny #racism #equalrights #immagrantrightsarehumanrights #womensrightsarehumanrights #starttheconversation #lgbt #consent #intersectionalfeminism #bodypositivity #activist #activism #united ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Taking care!  Interesting topic when it comes to women.  Often times it is seen as selfish, putting self first can mean that someone else is missing out.  #sel#selfcare is about ensuring we are #nourished physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally to be able to take on our caring roles and those roles are many as they are varied.  When was the last time you checked in on #yourneeds so you can be the #bestversionofyou. Ceili Kiama has a treat for you. Our keynotes speakers and workshop facilitators are going to introduce, inspire, encourage, empower, engage and inform you on all things #womenacrossthelifespan. #parenting #mothering #relationships #sex #nourishment #kindness #relaxtion #ageingpositively #selfcare #resilience #adversity #laughter #friendship #womenswellness #womenwellbeing #purpose #celebration #strongvibrantwomen #mindfulness #pnd #pna #children #story #connection #healthandwellness #starttheconversation
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