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ON THE REAL

YOU ARE WORTHY.

YOU ARE STRONG.

YOU MATTER.

YOU ARE VALIANT!

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

 
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Paige Gaines

Mental health is a necessary conversation when we talk about our lives. It can be financial wellness, relationships, or business success. It all comes back to our mental health and I believe that’s a narrative that needs to be pushed. Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 22 was tough but it gave me the insight I needed to succeed in all areas of my life. Putting my mental health first has created a full life that I am grateful for and I want our community to experience the same peace and fullness they deserve.

As an individual living with a mental health diagnosis, I want people to know mental illness does not have a certain look to it. People still say to me you don’t look like you have a mental illness and I simply ask what does it look like? The media has painted a picture that is limited and more often than not it is incorrect. The truth is we all have mental health just like we all have physical health. It is not just limited to those that fit into the stereotype we have come to associate with.  


What tools or advice would I give to someone experiencing similar challenges?

The biggest piece of advice I would give is to ask for help. This was my biggest challenge at the beginning of my mental health journey. I refused to ask for help for anything especially when it came to my mental health until I had no choice. Going through various challenges I found the power in being vulnerable and asking for a helping hand. It helps humanize us and brings us closer to our friends and family. Being able to say I am not ok and I need help is a sign of strength and we all should learn to embrace it.


Tips for readers on preventable measures that someone can start taking if they feel they are experiencing the same struggles?

A piece of advice that truly saved my life was increasing my self-awareness. Knowing what my triggers were or what caused my anxiety allowed me to create action plans and put them in place, giving me my power back. Having mental health challenges can leave us feeling powerless, so just taking a few minutes to meditate or write can greatly increase our self-awareness which in turn gives us our power back. Another piece of advice would be to be kind to yourself. Allow yourself time and space to feel your emotions without judgment. We can be hard on ourselves so just take a moment and give yourself some love.


Where are you now in life?

Right now in life, I am in an awesome space. My business is growing and my story is being told on multiple platforms. That was my dream and it is coming to life, which is very exciting. More importantly, I’m healthy and happy even while still having tough days. I am ok with living in the present and practicing gratitude.




For more tips and inspiration, follow Paige Gaines @ 911sanejane

 
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Devin Jackson

Devin Jackson is the owner of 7even 3ubed in Hoover, Alabama. 7even 3ubed is a line of holistic health, wellness and beauty products infused with healing crystals made with love, light, and positivity. Jackson is very passionate about making healing crystals, she believes that it is her life’s purpose.


Jackson started making crystal candles in May 2020 after struggling with postpartum and depression for a few years. Making crystal candles became healing for her and she wanted to share that healing with the world.

She is driven by God's purpose for her life. 

“He gave me the gift and I feel it is my duty to share my gifts with the world.” she says.


Jackson deals with obstacles every day from making mistakes with candles, low sales, trying to figure out marketing or just staying motivated. However, she always remembers why she does it and that keeps her going. She has put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over the business, but she never gives up.


Her customers keep her going. 

“There is someone out there right now struggling with depression, anger, pain and hurt and I know my candles can help them live a more fulfilled and happy life.” she says


Jackson hopes to one day own a brick and mortar store where she is able to teach others how to make crystal candles for themselves. 


We asked Devin Jackson what Valiance means to her,

“To me, Valiance means resilience. I've overcome depression, childhood trauma, emotional and verbal abuse to be the healed woman I am today.”

You can see more about Devin Jackson's crystal candles @ 7even3ubed