“The older I get, the more I change. The more I change the more I grow. The more I grow the better I feel.” - Stacey
The Veterans Administration says her depression is in remission. That's one way of looking at it, but going back to that state of mind is no longer an option for her. It's taken Stacey over 15 years to get where she is today. She knows what she has to do to keep herself from relapsing.
She’s learned that there are a plethora of ways to maintain your sanity.
She’s learned that mental health is just as important as physical health.
She’s learned to trust and tune in to her intuition.
She’s learned to let her creative side flourish.
She’s learned to be conscious of how she breathes.
She’s learned to meditate.
She’s learned to forgive herself of the past and continues to do so often.
She’s learned to love herself unconditionally.
She’s learned to love nature.
She’s learned to not be ashamed to admit she has suffered from depression.
“I want to inspire you to do that thing you've always wanted to do.
I want to inspire you to do that thing you stopped doing that brought you joy.
I want to inspire you to do something you've never done before.
I want to inspire you to feel better. The better you feel, the better you ARE.
I want to inspire you to inspire someone else.” - Stacey
If you're looking for a mental health ally, someone to speak about how to journal, how to use writing as an outlet, how she wrote her book/her process, or about being a female veteran, contact her at the link below.
Stacey started expressing herself by using her gifts & talents. The pictures below are some of the projects she has been a part of.