Updated: Oct 12
Self-care isn't something that comes easily under normal circumstances,
let alone a global pandemic.
Let’s be honest. It’s not always feasible to receive the therapy and/or tools needed to strengthen one’s mental health, especially during the pandemic. That’s the reality for me and my family, and I’m certain we’re not alone. Appointments are becoming difficult to secure, and when I do, it’s a tele/video call. I get it. We’re quarantining for an incredibly valid reason, but it doesn’t take away from the turbulent changes.
DISCLAIMER: Creating Kimmie is in NO WAY meant to replace proper therapy/psychiatric treatment. Be sure to connect with a mental health professional. If you need help finding resources available to you, feel free to contact me via the contact form on this site.
I talk a lot about how the inception of Creating Kimmie being due to both parts fear and necessity. I found myself spending hours, sometimes days, scouring the internet for reputable sites and resources to better help my family. It’s not easy, and often times left me riddled with even more anxiety. I concluded that there must be something better. There has to be an option for a more well-rounded quality of life. One I could personally tailor to my own mental health needs, but also make it available for anyone to execute their own positive path.
In lies the necessity.
Piecing together the plan, the Creating Kimmie formula if you will, was the easy (easier…) part. Launching it out into the world, well, let’s just say this is where the fear kicks in. Kind of like a donkey kick to the fragile gut. For the sake of complete transparency, I must admit that I have quit on myself more than once. I mean, it’s not like I’m bored or need a hobby. Aside from being a wife and momma (to daughters with mental illness), I’m also a multi-genre author. Hell, I’m chocked full of excuses.
Until I’m not.
Throughout my publishing career, I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with some seriously amazing people. Many of whom reached out to thank me for my brutal, and often painful, transparency in regard to my own journey with mental illness. First, it was a few comments here and there. However, that quickly snowballed, and I began to receive messages daily. Some were thanking me for sharing so they didn’t feel so alone. Others simply needed an ear. But then there were the ones asking for advice and direction. Their desperate struggles needled at me. The mounting evidence weighed on my heart.
But what could I do?
I’m not a doctor or a therapist. I’m not a counselor or even a college graduate. But over time, what I am became clear. I’m a woman navigating my own multiple mental illnesses (more on that coming soon). I am a parent to teens with their own diagnoses. I am a walking, talking Mary Poppins bag of experience, failures and successes alike. And maybe, just maybe, someone out there might find what I have to say valuable.
And that’s the key, isn’t it?
To help at least one person to feel worthy in his/her/their own skin?
To feel adequately prepared to face the day?
To feel safe, and not alone?
To have a lifeline in times of distress?
So, here we are, not only Creating Kimmie, but creating a
more transparent, inspired, and brave YOU!
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Until next time, when I dig deeper into my own selfcare tools and tips, be safe and always know we are here for you.
Transparent . Inspired . Brave