#TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is a little bit different than my usual – in fact it’s a very special one indeed. You see I was invited by the lovely Natalie from NatalieCharlotte1992’s Blog to take part in a very unique campaign; and something I think many of you will instantly connect with too!

The #TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign was originally started by Chloe from  www.chloesconcept.blogspot.co.uk – the following is an excerpt from her own blog post on the topic:

This is a lifelong commitment, if you want to change the way you feel about yourself, or you want to act upon the message of this campaign and ‘Take Back What’s Yours‘, when better to do that than the start of a new year… This is notone of those “New Year, New Me” unrealistic resolutions. When I say “New Year, New You”, I genuinely mean it

I felt like it would be a wonderful time to pull together and boost the message of this campaign in time for the New Year – as I said, many make New Year resolutions, so why not influence people to make their resolution to take back what once belonged to them… maybe their confidence, maybe their control or even their happiness due to whatever situation has made them lack that ability.”

 

 

 

Here’s How To Get Involved:

1) Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains and why you are taking part

2) Take Back What’s Yours – What New Year Resolution you are going to set yourself?

3) Tag 10 bloggers to take part

4) Let Chloe know if you’re taking part! (again check here)

If you can – include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:

“TAKE BACK WHAT’S YOURS –
MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO YOU. #TakeBackWhatsYours
In 2015, I’m taking back: *i.e., “my confidence”

 

 

So with those powerful words in mind I absolutely jumped at the chance to be involved and also help boost the message of this inspirational campaign…

Why I’m taking part:

I remember when I was 6 years old being at a family fun day with my mum. Leah, my younger sister, was wrapped up snugly in her pram sleeping the afternoon away whilst I surveyed a whole field full of fun. You’d expect a child surrounded by bouncy castles, toy stalls and candy carts to be in their element, but instead mum was trying her best to comfort me as much as she could. I remember the tightness in my chest, my pulse racing and gasping for air like a fish out of water. Little did I know I was having my first anxiety attack.

By the time I turned 13 I wasn’t celebrating reaching my teens like many of my friends were. Instead I spent it at home with my family, shut away from the world, reluctant to go anywhere or do anything. I was incredibly shy. School terrified me, socialising terrified me and the thought of meeting new people terrified me even more. It was pretty clear I had become a recluse, bound to the walls of my house – too scared to leave but missing out on so much that life had to offer. So instead I took to watching the world go by from my bedroom window… it seemed so much safer.

That same year I took my first grand-mal seizure getting into my grandmothers car on a chilly winter morning. I woke up in hospital hours later surrounded by medical staff, my family and an overwhelming sense of fear as I wondered what was wrong and why everyone looked so worried.

After my epilepsy diagnosis my parents became increasingly worried. Clearly my ‘struggling’ to live my life as a normal child/teenager was more than just a phase. They did their best to help me regain some sort of a life, however the more they tried they more they failed. It soon hit home for everyone that this was my fight and only I had the ability to win it. I needed to take back MY life.

Thankfully by the time I reached 18 I had slowly overcome many of the thoughts and fears that had held me back for so many years. I had started college, found a new job, made new friends and settled in much better at home. My dad always put an arm around me and reminded me of how far I had come, how much of a transformation I had made – I was a new person. I had won my fight.

In September 2012, at the age of 30 a new challenge swept over my life. Suddenly the anxiety that I had staved off for all those years was banging loudly on my door once again – worry, anxiety & depression all mulled into one. There were days I could barely lift my head off my pillow, nights I silently cried myself to sleep wishing life wasn’t so damning.

I clearly remember the moment I emotionally hit rock bottom. I was in a restaurant with Steve and our little girl. It was evening time, the place was bustling and everyone seemed cheery… yet suddenly the fear washed over me again only this time it felt like I was underwater. The sounds of everyone chatting at other tables began to blurr as everything slowed down around me. I looked at both Steve & Emma, and like the beginning of a great flood I felt the first tear-drop splash onto my hand.

I’ve no idea why it happened that night but I knew I had to leave early. I sat in the darkness of our car and emotionally broke my heart. Years upon years of tears streamed down my face. Even when I got home I cried for hours & hours & hours. Sobbing uncontrollably, even throughout a blistering migraine the tears refused to stop. Steve simply put his arm around me and promised he would always be by my side to help me through it. To this day he has no idea how poignant those words meant to me… I had a support system, but how many people battling anxiety and depression go it alone? It’s a harrowing thought.

When I woke up the next morning I knew what I had to do. Like before I had to take back MY life. I had to own what was mine and get myself better. After all, I had a family of my own now to care for… an incredibly supportive husband and a beautiful little girl who looked up to me & needed me. I’d had enough of having to cry as quietly as I could, hoping she wouldn’t ever notice her mum so broken by life’s worries. I made those changes for both them & for me, so I set myself some goals:

1) To sign up and complete a course in Counselling Skills & Counselling Studies

This was a life-changer for me, it helped me understand more than ever about myself and others. It gave me something to focus on and work towards… I loved it going back to college!

2) To change direction in my career

I fell in love with writing during my Counselling course. Needless to say it was the perfect transition from working in a busy bridal shop that zapped all evening and weekend hours to spending more time with my family – something I had missed so much. It felt like somebody had opened the door to a rather cramped birdcage! lol However through both writing & blogging I’ve had the opportuntity to meet such amazing & supportive people. People like you!

3) To not let the worry and anxiety of things try to ruin or take over my life ever again.

I’m still working on this one. Don’t get me wrong there are days I still struggle, those occasional moments I catch myself trying to battle a rush of anxiety, or something upsets me and I need a cry or (at worst) lock myself in the bathroom for 10 mins just for some alone time.

I’ve almost come to terms with the fact that my anxiety will ever leave me, but I feel I’m able to control it that little bit better… I’m not checking plug sockets 20 times to see if all the switches are off or running up and down the stairs making sure the front door is shut for the 8th time. Little things like that are slowly getting less and it feels good. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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Today I hold onto my hope & faith more than ever. I will try my absolute best to never ever let anxiety control my life the way it has done in the past… So here’s what I’M taking back:

I’m taking back my self-confidence – knowing that it will always be better if I set myself goals, never give up and always tell myself ‘I can’, even when I think I can’t.

TBWYC Karen Rees

I’m not going to nominate 10 individual bloggers but instead am personally inviting YOU ALL to get involved in this amazing campaign. So many of us secretly struggle with a range of issues that are close to our hearts… so now’s your chance to officially stand up and #TakeBackWhatsYours

Thank you so much for reading…

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96 thoughts on “#TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign

  1. Inspiring post and inspiring campaign Karen! I absolutely love the entire idea of this campaign, and also love reading your blog posts – you are an amazing writer! Looking beautiful as always! Xxxx

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    • What a compliment Hayley – I cannot nearly begin to thank you enough for such supportive words. You’ve noooo idea how much that encourages me.. really thank you from the bottom of my ❤ Isn't it a wonderful campaign? Chloe really is an innovator 🙂 I know I've said it twice already but thank you again, not just for reading but for such an amazing comment lovely lady… you're a gem! *huge hugs*

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      • Aw it is no bother at all, I 100% mean every word! It is so inspiring to hear that you are pursuing you passions of writing, and seem much happier for it! I wish you all the luck for your manuscript, although I am sure you don’t need it! *huge hugs back* xxxx

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      • Aww that is so nice Karen, I really hope you don’t forget how great you are doing, but it’s nice to be reminded from time to time too 😊 ❤ xxxxx

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    • I am soooo glad it spoke to you somehow – sometimes sharing a story (albeit not entirely postive) has that effect – like ripples in a pond almost!! 🙂 I sincerely hope whatever is happening you find the strength to overcome your difficulties *huge hugs* XO XO

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  2. This is such an inspiring post, Karen! You are such an amazingly strong woman to have battled all of that and to still be fighting against it for you family but it makes you even more strong that you are doing it for yourself too! Doing something like this for ourselves is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging things a human being can face.
    This is such a lovely campaign too. I will definitely join in on taking back what is mine. 🙂

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    • Thank you chum – you know how much your support has meant to me over the last few months. Logging on and seeing encouraging words like this is the driving force to leaving behind the negativity and pressing forward. Even though we haven’t met you’ve made a bigger impact than you can ever imagine ❤ I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and I can't wait to see yours too… Take Back Whats Yours Nadine 🙂 *huge hugs* Xo xo xo

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      • Karen, you are such a lovely person! I am so glad if I could have even made the tiniest impact on you. You have had such a positive impact on me. No matter how far we live from each other, I firmly believe that in the past few months of your support on my blog, you have made a bigger impact on me than others have made in my entire lifetime. 🙂 I always feel so positive when communicating with you. 😀 I look forward to writing it.
        Sending you huge hugs right back! ❤ xx

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  3. Such an inspiring post Karen you have been through so much! I get anxious alot and worry about everything and sometimes it can stop me from living my life and really get me down because I just want to sit in my flat where I feel comfortable and safe. This post has really made me think about everything and to try look past it all and to stop worrying and live! Thank you! Xxx

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    • Thanks so much for commenting Rach and sharing your personal story! I completely understand how you feel… at times of worry it’s so easy to hide away and live life from behind a window. I done it for years & the one thing I learnt above all is that it changes nothing… it only holds me back from enjoying life. So now its about reminding myself that I’m not immortal and to make the best of it while I can. I really hope you are also coping as well as can be with your own anxiety and worry, it’s so blooming limiting!! Thanks again for sharing Rach – it’s oddly comforting to read others who struggle with this too! X

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  4. You go, Karen! What a truly inspiring story; thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I’ll be joining this movement as well. Can’t wait to get my own post up! 💕

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    • Thank you so much Jessica for your kind words – hugely appreciated lovely!!! I’m so thrilled you’re getting on board with the campaign – it’s amazing & something that will inspire so many! It certainly hit a note with my heart strings 🙂 Looking forward to reading your post huni – have a wonderful week *& thank you once again for commenting! Xo

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  5. Love this post Karen!, I’ve taken part in this campaign myself and think it’s an amazing idea and hopefully people will completely support it and become happy together. You’re beautiful I truly hope you get your self confidence back because you’re a lovely, beautiful and inspiring person ❤ xxx

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    • Awwwh Michelle this is such a heart touching comment to read – you’ve no idea how much your supportive words encourage me. I think it’s a wonderful campaign & hopefully something that will continue to show much support to others who struggle with their own personal issues. None of us are void from life’s struggles – it feels so good to hold that little handmade sign up and declare what I’m taking back! 😀 You’re such a star in every way – thank you again for taking the time to leave such a heart warming & motivating comment ❤ *huge hugs* XXX

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  6. I had a little cry reading this. I know exactly what youve been through. Anxiety and depression has ruled my life for so long I just wish I could turn it off, and have spent many a night crying wishing I could be ‘normal’. Its especially hard when people don’t understand and try and ask whats wrong, or say that you’ve got to cheer up. Half the time i dont know why I feel so sad and usually there is no reason. Thanks for writing this post. It really touched me and I only hope it gets better for you ❤ I think I'll be taking part in this campaign!

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    • Becks, I literally cannot thank you enough for writing this comment – it is beyond encouraging to find others who struggle with this also. Believe me I know exactly what you’ve gone through and are going through – as much as someone means good by saying ‘cheer up – everything is okay’ it really has very little meaning when you can’t even figure out why you feel so utterly low & how the least little thing can send you into a swirl of anxiety. I’ve spent so many years of my life wondering what ‘normal’ feels like – I completely get you, really I do.
      It’s not easy admitting it, but it’s certainly harder to try and conceal it… it feels amazing to meet others that understand. Suddenly it doesn’t seem like you’re the only one trying to fight the battle of depression & anxiety. I’m so glad you’re getting on board with this inspirational campaign – go girl!!! Together we will take back what’s ours huni 🙂 *huge hugs* ❤ Xo xo

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      • *huge hugs* right back at you!
        Right up until university I didn’t even know people felt the way I did – until I met someone who is now one of my best friends. People don’t realise how much it effects you; I used to skip classes right from primary school because of ‘headaches’ when really I could feel myself falling into a state of absolute panic over nothing at all that I literally just had to get out. It’s so encouraging to see a campaign like this, and I thank you so much for your comment and for bringing my attention to this!
        It’s kind of sad that I feel more confident talking to someone over the internet than talking to my own family, but I honestly don’t know what I’d do without people like you. ❤ This is such a great support network and we WILL take back what's ours. xxx

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      • Awwwh Beck, that sounds absolutely horrid – it is so utterly limiting in every aspect of your life… it takes hold and suddenly you feel completely helpless. I know that awful feeling of panic only too well!! Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story – it’s not an easy subject for many to talk about but I’m so touched that you feel inspired to share your feelings ❤ We're doing this together Beck… let's rock 2015 by taking back what's our huni 🙂 XXXX

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  7. Love it and good for you! I can sympathize as I have had some dark times, where my depression creeps in, things seem to tailspin out of control. I have issues when the world seems to keep turning and I’m not. I think if you set your mind to it you make these changes it will happen and it sounds like Steve is a great support in your life. Oh and of course you have all of us to remind you how great you truly are! ❤

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    • Awh Jen you really are an amazing person – your comment really touched my heart. I completely sympathise with those darker times, it can seem an almost impossible feat to keep focused on the light at the end of it. Steve is a wonderful support as are all of you beautiful blogging buddies – this really is a wonderful community of support. I’d be lost without you’s *huge hugs* Hope you’re keeping well chum & thank you again for you incredibly kind words, it means so so so much 🙂 ❤ Xo xo

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  8. I keep insisting there must be a love button somewhere on this site…like doesn’t quite cut it here. Thanks so much for sharing this very personal story, it cannot have been easy to write. We (and I speak for myself as well) have such a tendency to hide these things in public and even from our closest friends and family. I am so glad to see you have taken great steps into the right direction and I can only wish you the very best <3. You are such a supportive and great person, you deserve to make 2015 your year 😀

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    • lol lol Anne – you’re comment made me giggle so much… I’m just wondering if WordPress would install a ‘Love Button’ at my request!! hehe
      Awwh, you really are a gem of a soul… you know I was only saying to Steve how wonderfully supportive my blogging buddies are. It’s a comment such as this that I know will stay with me forever. I’m super sentimental and you’ve really touched my heart strings with your words.
      I completely agree… we all have a tendency to hide our struggles. I think sometimes we feel it’s better to paint a pretty picture than admit there’s a few darker colours running underneath – but doing that get’s us nowhere ultimately 🙂 I admit, it wasn’t the easiest or most comfortable post to write, but sometimes it’s needed to let go and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that.
      Thank you again (from the bottom of my heart) for being such a supportive & loyal blogging buddy in every way!! Let’s hope 2015 is an amazing one for us all 😀 *huge hugs* XXXX

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      • Talk about sentimental: I had to wait an hour or so after reading your post to write my comment just to let it sink in. Some things are rather recognizable: checking the front door a ridiculous number of times…I can only hope I have the courage to write a similar post when I get back from my holiday.
        I am very glad that writing this post and reading all of these great comments is supporting you 🙂 It should, you are such a warm and amazing person and you really have made starting my blog such a great experience 😀
        huge hug ❤

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      • Thank you so much Anne, those really are the kindest words 🙂 I’m just so honoured that my post has struck such a chord. I genuinely encourage you to share your own experiences, only if you feel you can… it really is liberating and so encouraging to read how many others empathise and understand how you feel. Sure, it’s a hard one to write but I do feel better for sharing – this campaign was the perfect opportunity to do just that 🙂 Thank you again, I think we all make each others blogging journey a great experience in so many unique ways – you’re an absolute star ❤ Xo xo

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  9. And you praised my post… You are a true inspiration yourself. A real emotional read Karen, please know you’re never alone, even when you are physically alone, there will be someone to help you in times of need.
    You are amazing, grab your self-confidence with both hands and don’t let go ❤ Xx

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    • You know something Natalie I truly believe everything is for a bigger reason than we sometimes realise and your invitation couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s was an invitation for me to let go of something I’ve struggled with for so long – so thank YOU!!!!! I truly and absolutely mean that.
      It wasn’t a comfortable post to write (that I will admit) but it felt good to get it all out there, I’m guessing the same for yourself huni… It’s almost liberating isn’t it?
      Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to this amazing campaign and for your incredibly kind words, you are an absolute star! Lets make 2015 the best year yet ❤ *huge hugs* 🙂 Xo xo

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      • I absolutely agree. The thing I found difficult was writing and thinking
        ‘What if people read this, and think I am telling them for attention?’
        And that’s a truly horrible thought, I know and appreciate there are people far worse off than I am, and my heart goes out to them, I just hope one day they have the bravery to face it and believe it can get better. This campaign will hopefully raise awareness of this.
        It is comforting knowing that I am not alone, equally I wanted people to read mine and know that I’m not just a ‘beauty-addict’, that actually I have a story too, and reading other responses to this campaign, I realise that a lot of othera do too.
        Xx

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      • I completely understand Natalie… I think we all have that fear running through us when we share something so personal… I certainly did :-/ Although somehow I feel people pick up a genuineness when it comes from the heart… they instinctively know it’s authentic. I think it’s more part of the uncomfortable vulnerability of sharing it that has those thoughts creep in!!
        Like you say it also brings to light the fact that there are so many of us out there that struggle on a regular basis, it always helps knowing you aren’t the only one living like this – that certainly helps me cope as sometimes it’s easy to feel like the only person who struggles. So I promise you, you most certainly are not alone – not ever 🙂 And those words are so poignant – you ARE more than ‘just a beauty addict’, in fact you are a heck of a lot more. You’re a gorgeous young girl (both inside and out) that is focused, compassionate, understanding and has experiences of her own to share – and through doing so, help so many realise they aren’t alone in their struggles too. Oh, and you’re also an extra awesome blogging buddy too!!! 😀 Just thought I’d mention that as well huni lol XXX

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  10. Such a great campaign! Thank you for sharing your story Karen! I too suffer from Depression and Anxiety and am going through a somewhat rough time in my life right now. I have always had issues off and on since I was a teen. I had social anxiety so bad that I had to finish high school at home but I graduated. My social anxiety isn’t as severe as it used to be but lately I feel like it has been creeping up again. I also just wanted to say that you look so beautiful in your picture! You’re truly a beautiful person on the inside as well as the outside. You have such a great energy about you and you’re just truly a genuinely good person with a big heart. I am working on an email back to you. I started it last night but then it was getting late so you shall be hearing from me soon! ❤ xo 🙂

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    • Isn’t it an amazing campaign Katie? I think it’s such a huge motivation for so many… it certainly got me going!! Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to read about your struggles. It sounds like you’ve had an incredibly tough time and are still battling the dreaded anxiety. It really is so utterly limiting & such a uphill battle… all I can say is be comforted and know that you are never alone!! You’re such an amazing soul… your kind, caring and compassionate personality really shines through and it’s so obvious you’re adored by so many of us – myself included. I’m just so grateful we somehow stumbled upon each other, our friendship will only continue to flourish. Wishing that 2015 see’s you cope as well as you possibly can with your health issues – you deserve a huge slice of happiness & well being chum 🙂 *huge hugs*XXXXX
      Ps: Please don’t rush on sending that email… just when you’re ready 🙂 x

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      • Awe Karen thank you so much for you kind words! They really mean a lot to me! They seriously made me tear up! lol You’re an amazing, kind, caring, and compassionate person! I am so glad that we have met and I hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for you and your family 🙂 I will have to look more into this campaign for sure, it’s great! I at least know that I am going to be in a happier place toward the end of the year when I get to be back in my home state again, so that gives me hope and all I can do really is just make the best of things here 🙂 I did send you an email back already but don’t worry about rushing to get back to me. I know how life can get pretty hectic at times. Thank you again so much! You really made my day! ❤ *huge hugs back to you* xxxxx

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  11. Karen, thank you for sharing your story! Depression and anxiety can such oppressive forces, and I’m so glad to hear that you have such loving support from your family and that you’ve found a career path and hobby that inspires you to keep fighting through it. You are a strong, kind and all-around lovely person, and I’m proud to call you a friend, even though we haven’t technically met 🙂 I hope your 2015 is just as fabulous as you deserve (i.e., SUPER FABULOUS)!!!!!! Never forget how amazing you are!

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    • Amelia thank you so so much for your kind and encouraging words!!! Yes, they certainly can be such destructive forces that are very hard to overcome and cope with… but like you said, through my career, hobbies, family, friend & beautiful blogging buddies I’ve managed to keep fighting – and I intend to keep going!! lol
      I must admit I feel the very same… who say’s friends have to meet face to face anyways right? We’re simply buddies that just haven’t met (yet) 😀 hehe I’m sincerely thankful for every ounce of your support – really I am, you’re an absolute star!!! Let’s make 2015 a SUPER FABULOUS one for us all chum!!! 😉 *huge hugs*

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  12. This was so emotional to read karen! Like your husband said, there will always be someone by your side and even if youre sat on your own in an empty house. You have all us internet saddos waiting to shower you with all the support you need! Xx

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    • Awwh Jane thank you so very much for your comment… I really do appreciated it 🙂 So sorry to hear you are having a bad week… whatever you may be going through I hope you come out the other side smiling. There’s only so long the rain clouds hang around for – I’ve found that out many times! May it bring you hope 🙂 Thank you again for your lovely comment Jane Xo xo

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  13. Powerful post and deeply personal. Your story is very inspiring. I would never know you struggle with anxiety. You have such a sunny and positive outlook on life and are so compassionate. This is one of your many gifts, you bring happiness to those who know you.

    I too struggle with anxiety and depression but nothing like your experiences. I am trying to be more confident in my day to day, but it’s a struggle.

    Such an amazing campaign. Best of luck to you. I appreciate you sharing your story. You are a strong and talented women who is beautiful on the inside and out.

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    • Thank you so much Asa for your lovely comment 🙂 I’m beyond delighted you said that as one thing I’d hate to do is float around the internet like a gloomy little rain cloud lol So much appreciated for your positive and encouraging words!! Again though I suppose it highlights how we never truly understand what happens behind the scenes in each others lives – but I’m glad I shared it as it feels like a bit of a weight off my shoulders!
      Sorry to read that you struggle with your own anxiety – you also come across as an incredibly positive person, it’s wonderful that you are coping so well but I understand that day to day it can be very hard. Sending huge hugs & hope you have many more good days than bad ones… you’re an inspiration and thank you for sharing your experiences too. Let’s hope this year brings us all much happiness 🙂 Xo

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  14. Thank you for sharing this Karen! Like you and many others I also struggle with anxiety and depression. It’s not something I often share with others because I have had many experiences with people who were incredibly judgmental. It’s comforting to read your post and everyone’s reply to it. None of us are every really alone!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comment Jamie and for sharing your personal struggles, including the horrid feeling of being judged… that can be an incredibly destructive feeling to try to cope with!
      I think together we will all keep each other lifted as an inspiring community of bloggers who intend on being as realistic as we can about topics such as this. Sometimes it’s good to share – suddenly we come to realise how many of us are experiencing the same battles on a regular basis. It give us all faith in believing that we most certainly aren’t alone Xo

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  16. This is such an inspiring post. I found out about the campaign through another blogger who linked me back here and I’m nearly in tears reading your post. It’s really good to remember that I’m not along with my mental health issues. So thanks. Here’s to you and taking back your life and your self confidence. ❤

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    • Hi Dannie – thank you so much lovely for such a heart warming & supportive comment!!! Your kind words mean so much 🙂 I can assure you, you aren’t alone – I feel it’s a comfort knowing others also struggle, it certainly reassures me to keep focused on getting through another tough day when it comes! So nice to meet you and thank you so much for stopping by, following & commenting huni ❤ 🙂 XXX

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    • Thank you so much for leaving such an empowering comment Jules, you really are a wee gem!! It’s amazing how many of us actually have these struggles and we would never have realised… I genuinely hope you cope as well as can be with your own challenges huni. Here’s to an amazing 2015 filled full of hope and exciting new prospects Xo

      Ps: Hope you’re setting into your new surroundings 🙂

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  17. I’m very glad I met you Karen, and I love our back-and-forth. It takes courage to write what you did–and I totally applaud you. I hope you’re continue on this path to health and positivity. Good on you for taking part in this campaign! I hope you’re having a good weekend!!

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    • Thank you a thousand times over Romy, I’m so blessed to have met you also! We’ve become great blog buddies 😀 You are always such a great support and encouragement with your kind comments!! Hugely appreciated 🙂 This is what I love so much about this blogging community, everyone is so motivating!
      I shall surely try my best to stay on the positive path – hoping this new year is an awesome one for us all 🙂 *hugs* Xo

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      • Ahh you’re too sweet Karen. I’m thankful we met as well, and I agree that this community is super supportive. You just have to find the right people to click with, and it makes everything so much more fun. BIG hug!

        (almost submitted this with BIG bug** written and you would’ve probably hated me for sending over a massive pest haha!)

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  18. Karen- I absolutely love this. I think it is amazing that this campaign allows us to share our struggles and be real. I think that it is truly something beautiful for you to be able to reach out and say I have been there too, because it gives people hope. Anxiety is no joke. I have struggled with it for years, but it is not something I would ever have the courage to say to anyone because it makes me feel small. It is always nice to know I am not alone. Super post, I will definitely be taking part! * hugs hugs hugs *

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    • Hey sweetie – thank you so so so much for your lovely comment & kind words. You really are a gem in every way!! Yes, it certainly isn’t a comfortable thing to talk about but I figured this was the perfect opportunity to just get it out in the open and move on… tired of carrying it around with me under the radar! You’re right, it’s no joke and a struggle many of us can relate to unfortunately. Thankfully it feels like a weight of my chest writing that post so I can only recommend you do it too huni – I’m so chuffed you’re on board, go for it Cyndel!!! *huge massive hugs back at ya* 🙂 ❤ xxxx

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