Mental Health

Dealing With Mighty Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety is tough and can be different for everyone. Here are, hopefully, a few helpful tips to manage and deal with anxiety every day, providing you with some insight or support. 

*sending positive vibes*

I. GET OUTSIDE

First of all, it's all scientifically proven that spending time outside with Mother Nature is a source of good for your mental and physical well-being. Not only does it increase blood flow, which works wonders for your bod, but it also increases your creative flow. This is what I like to call untangling your headphones, you are free with your own mind, fresh air and some good ole Vitamin D. Whether it's a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood or a hike at your favorite trail, get outside, it'll be worth every minute.

II. BE REALISTIC

I know, easier said than done, right? Wrong. How old are you? Where have you traveled? What have you experienced? What have you accomplished? Have you graduated high school? Got a GED? Live on your own? Kept an animal or even another human (baby) alive? Have you gotten so angry waiting in line at your local coffee shop already running late for work and decide to punch the old man in front of you in the throat? Those questions are seriously fun to ask yourself, especially because I bet there's a ton of shit you've accomplished or moments where you had self control and didn't punch anyone in the throat, even when you really wanted to. I get it. But somewhere along the lines, you might realize you've found yourself in at a point where, 4 or 5 years prior THIS was the life you dreamed of, isn't that crazy? It's easy to look at what you don't have.. yet just as easy to look at what you do have.. you are better off than you think you are or have realized yet. I believe we have it so good and sometimes we don't even stop to think about it, let alone the fact that there is almost always someone out there who has it worse than you. And I mean, way worse. Like, you've probably got a bed right? Some people sleep on fucking dirt.

III. VISUALIZE/THINK AHEAD

There's literally always something to look forward to. Family dinner, a new season of your favorite TV show, spending the night with your friends watching music videos until 1am, spontaneous road trips, the sound of the rain, good morning texts, your favorite artists finally touring your city, your mf birthday, etc. the list could go on! Whatever it is, start generating thoughts around what you have to look forward to or simply the little things. This exercise can help get you out of your pretty little head and thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for and have to look forward to in the coming weeks or even months.

IV. WRITE OUT SOME NEW GOALS + ACTION LISTS

Bored? Feeling stuck? Not sure what your next project or job should be? That's okay, none of us have it figured out. So take a moment and connect with yourself to generate thoughts and ideas of some things you would like to do or accomplish in the coming weeks or months. Notice I titled this to include action lists, creating small steps to accomplish a bigger goal makes it more fun:

a. Write more lists

b. Better execute a plan on saving for a new car, scheduling regular blog posts, finding a time that works best to workout, meal planning, getting started on that endless list of books you want to read.

c. Step by step, you can create a path and set yourself up to finish what you have started.

You got this.

V. WRITE+ REFLECT

Write because there's sort of this magic that happens when you do. Pen to paper has a way of sort of engraving something in our brains. It makes your thoughts and ideas permanent, forcing you to think or go back to it later, igniting something in the brain. Write it out, rap it out, record a voice memo, record a video, type it into a word document, anything to get your thoughts out of your pretty little head and to a place where you can read, hear, see them. Reflect upon what you did in the last week or two, what you liked, what you didn't, what you learned, what you got excited about, what you appreciate and what you're going to do next week. Reflect and grow babes.

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

Mental Health

The Good, Bad + Ugly Of Days

We have bad days to know what good days are.. and almost every bad day can feel like the world is weighing you down, drowning in thoughts that your life might always be this way..

Think about the last time you had a bad day. You made it, didn't you? You might've stayed in bed all day watching cartoons or maybe you worked your butt off all day to come home and still clean-up, make dinner and still make it. You persevered and still woke up the next day to do it all over again. Damn, look at you go.

We have good days to know what bad days are. But, what makes for a good day anyways? Do you have a recipe hidden away in the junk drawer for when you're ready to have a good day? I sure don't, and I've never met anyone that has, soo at this time I think it's safe to jump to conclusions that you don't either. Each and every one of us have good days for different reasons. What constitutes for a good day is simply a lack of things, or events, that would have made it a bad day- weird concept here, I know, but if it's not a bad day then it should be a good day, right?

We have a handful of days in our life that are pretty damn good, more than we realize, or account for. It's silly yet beautiful! Because if we can challenge ourselves to start focusing on the good, whether it's a good or bad day, we might begin to see that most days are pretty damn good.

Growing up, I was blessed to have a Mother that stayed home majority of the time in order to spend time with me. And by spend time with me, I mean she was constantly at home, supporting in me more ways that I could have ever known at the time. Like every other teenage girl, I knew everything and never had interest in small talk, let alone small talk about 'how school went.' So what is a Mom supposed to do? Mom things. A.K.A. being a wonder woman and thinking outside of the box. One day after school, instead of the usual, 'Hi honey, how was school today?" I was asked, "Hi honey, what has been the best part of your day so far?" Talk about a change in perspective, am I right? Reason #9 why Moms are simply the best.

Good days and bad days create a beautiful balance in our lives. With each new day we are given, we are given an opportunity to learn and grow through day to day life. No matter how big or small, we can begin to ask ourselves, what has been the part of my day so far?

What good has come to me today?

What do I have to be thankful for today?

Find ways to think outside of the box and see the good in each and every day. You are going to have bad days and you are going to have good days, that's life. If you can begin generating thoughts as to what makes a good day for YOU and seek out all the good you can, you can start to recognize that even a little positivity can go a long way. And you know what? There's always tomorrow, a chance to try again, another opportunity to begin again.

You just might begin to see all that we have to be grateful for.

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

The Vault

Full Skies Ahead

Open road
Windows down
Holding hands with the clouds

Our land
Our inner explorer
Following
The path

Ridges
and creeks
and sparkles
Oh my

The sky is full
and so am I

Unique eyes
Vibrant state of mind

At peace we’ll be
Forever here
Secret whispers
Until next time,

Dear.

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

The Vault

The Spark Within

She had a way about herself

As if everything she did in a given day truly impacted her life
feeding her soul and
freeing her mind

But only because she knows this
the power we hold and
the magic we hide

Daydreaming in the park
playing in the dark
sitting, waiting, wishing
on another star
cosmic spark*

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

*found within*

The Vault

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers

Be bold and beautiful
as you're blessed soul was born to be

Praise the cotton candy clouds above
for they exemplify the awe in being calm
yet powerful
in their simple actions to fulfill mother nature
to its core

Endless discoveries
of our own roots are sourced
when we cultivate these moments

Silence, we think at first
before a humming heartbeat takes our breath away
while we're swept by the wind of what could be

A roar from afar resonates deep within, fragile and ever so poised
we yearn to find the answer without
comprehending the question within

Gently
the skies cry and we desire
desire to feel the pain too
terrified to never understand

But you blissful little see have to blossom
I do know because I can see my roots below too
entangled, awkwardly intertwined
as if to make love to the soil and worms below

Over time the sun will begin to catch your eye
you will remember
everything in the midst
all wandering
those lost among the stars

This is it
what you've been waiting for
stretch far
reach wide
you'll see
the whole time
you've carried
cherished
held tightly
all you'll ever need

Breathe in
baby
breathe out

Rooted
refreshed
another Summer has passed
never forget
the rich and subtle breeze
it's only a little while
a silly kind of tease
to remind you
of what's beneath
what has yet to come

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

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The Vault

Spill Your Guts

Spill your guts…

create your own masterpiece - maybe even take a step back
to admire it

long enough
long enough

to observe

what you like
what you don't
what you like
what you don't

perhaps

add it to it
there in the corner
like the right side does it
morphing
cover up the spot on the left
don't forget the original
the stroke that started it all
without it
there'd be no shadow
that's a good shadow

progress

perspective

another step back

shit

I need more space to work with

more

more of the unicorn yellow

yeah

to engage

the power of the sun.

xoxo // thoughts of a rebel

Mental Health

1 in 5 Americans

1 in 5 Americans are living with mental health issues, whether it be anxiety, bi-polar, depression, schizophenria, PTSD, OCD, you name it, whatever you want to call it. It's sort of part of being human and facing the fact that you can’t change everything. You control what you can and learn to accept what you cannot, given your experiences in this life.

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome is facing the truth of the matter: mental health is a part of you and you must learn to master and live with it. Just like diabetes, you’re not going to find a magic pill that makes everything okay or go away. You become the master of your own self and continue to learn what works best for your mind, body and soul in order to create a life for yourself.

Continue on, just keep swimming, keep striving to learn and become the master of your own mind.

xoxo // rebelmade

Lifestyle

The Art Of Comparison

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“We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose.”

Now this is a quote.

It’s easy to spend your time scrolling, discovering and soaking in art from all over the world. Art is continuously being redefined, medium after medium, and then instantly shared with the entire world. With that being said, you can choose to compare your work to others' or learn to appreciate that each of us have something unique to share.

Sometimes, this is much easier said than done, I know.

"Wow, I could never make that." "How did they do that?!" An hour later, slouched across your bed throwing guilt at unfinished projects or getting glaring looks from the unread books on your shelves. Said emotions can be a bit overwhelming, as you ‘continue watching’ Netflix.

But what if you what you do makes you happy?

Why stop or be discouraged at the hard work and/or accomplishments of others?

Is there a reason you’re not motivated to do what you once enjoyed?

We all have our own shit to deal with and use art as an outlet of expression. You don't need to have 10k followers on Instagram or take photos for National Geographic in order to create and share your art. We practice and create art in different forms because it feeds our soul or gets us inspired to get out of bed each morning.

Painting, drawing, speaking, tattoo, photography, makeup, videography, claymation, body building, baking, gaming, music production, dog walking, under-water basket weaving, etc. you name it.

We should be doing these things for ourselves and for the joy it brings to our daily lives. If you truly believe your hobby or art brings you joy, don't let anything get in the way of that, especially when artists around the world seem to have it all.. Trust me, they are just like you and at some point they were more than likely in the same shoes you’re in now.

It can be simple.. It can be about learning to love the process and the journey, starting from scratch and practicing over and over again. Putting in the work, learning about the history, following your gut, staying up late, getting up early, whatever it may be that will allow you to grow and find your own style or voice in your art. Everyone goes through these stages and learns to appreciate every piece, race, event, session, song, eager for the next.

That's sort of the beauty of art: we all bring unique perspectives and through our journey create our own style and find our voice.

So the next time you get hung up, discouraged or find yourself comparing your work/art to others, take a moment to reflect on where you've been, how'd you get to this point? Did you get a brand new journal and only have written one page? Have a closet full of plain white canvases? Stop going to the gym or getting on your yoga mat? Seriously, begin to appreciate where you've been and where you will go. Appreciate the unique art you create, for it is all yours.

xoxo // rebelmade

Lifestyle

What's Your "Why?"

If you haven't already, you need to start thinking in terms of why.

What’s your why?

Why do you do what you do?

This question can rise to the surface daily and you might even find yourself wondering, why I’m here? In a good sense though. You might wonder what it is that you bring to the world that no else does, what are you giving to this world, why you get up in the morning, what your ‘purpose’ might be. Call it what you like, there’s something in each of us that drives us to do what we do. As if you’ve got this super power you’ve never been told about. It’s simply being You.

You are YOU and that is your power.

There is quite literally no one in the world like YOU, regardless how alike we are being human. As much as we are alike, none of us are the same. Our experiences alone make us unique. Some of our experiences bring us to ask ourselves such questions in search of this ‘power.’ That’s right, it’s out, shits’ been leaked. It’s just too damn true and hard to believe.

You are made up of experiences that designed you to be beautifully unique, simply by being YOU. It's amazing.

How can you use your experiences and make a difference?

Maybe even make the world a better place?

How can you impact the community in which is your niche?

What kind of legacy are you going to leave?

These are some of the thoughts and questions that will continuously challenge you. They say such questions are answered by successful individuals, whether in life or in their career. There are a variety of questions that may or may not work for you. Get creative for you know yourself best.

The idea is get you thinking and focused on a personal purpose. A reason to get out of bed each day or why others should listen to you or your story. For example, here at Rebelmade we desire to inspire in hopes of sharing the simple fact that through your experiences, you can continue to learn, grow and discover this life and how incredible you are. So we put together this cheesy ass blog and a shop full of pieces as unique as you are.

Everything begins and ends with us.

Basically, we have faith that if you start asking yourself challenging questions, like the ones above, you will start seeing yourself on a path towards a more fulfilled life.

You might recognize the beauty within that you can share with the world.

There's a TED Talk we’re going to include below that summarizes what it means to ask yourself WHY? How successful businesses and leaders have continued to ask themselves what or how instead of why. By having a cause or belief, you can create results for yourself or even an organization simply by having a purpose.

Simon Sinek - Start With Why TED Talk Short Edited

xoxo // rebelmade

Lifestyle

Cheesy Quotes & Connecting The Dots

Believe me, some quotes and sayings these days are cheesy as HELL.. could they also hold truth and depth behind their simplicity?

For example:

Everywhere we are is exactly where we are meant to be!

Yup, pretty straightforward.

You are where you are for a reason, you obviously can’t change the past but you sure as hell can connect the dots backwards and grasp an understanding of why you are, well, where you are.

Maybe we can learn from cheesy quotes..

The truth of the matter is, some of us don’t like facing the truth. We don’t like cheesy, we don’t like being self aware, let alone making changes that might be, what, good for our health? Pfft. Change is hard, I get that. I totally get that, but when change is the only constant, what have you got to lose? Some money? Another job? Lose more friends because you want to change jobs in hopes of being happier? Because you might have to relocate to have the job of your dreams? Because you’ve peaked at your business and now are stuck on what to do next?

Fuck it, if you really like complaining and where you’re at in life, keep doing what you’re doing, if you don’t, obviously something has gotta give, you gotta start making changes.

Take your passion and hold hands with practicality and do what you need to get done to get that new job, pay off that credit card (cards), take that summer class so you can graduate in the fall, take a leap on that internship you’re scared shitless to take, just do it.

Don’t be scared of the truth, just face it, face your fears for the truth of the matter is you don’t want to regret any of this when you’re older. Accept where you are and make the changes if needed.

xoxo // rebelmade

P.S.

You miss all the shots you don't take.