My new position as a Mental Health Blogger for Chase and Hunter!

Hey my beauts, I hope you are all doing well and fabulous! Happy Saturday! I can’t believe it’s the weekend already, that literally flew by! I am so excited, I had Thursday and Friday both off which was awesome, so extra long weekend for me! As you beauts know, I am a nanny and have been for a couple years now. My last day was on Wednesday, so it was a bittersweet day. I am excited to see what is in store for the near future, but I am going to miss my baby girl dearly, she was one year old… too precious! So back to business, I have been writing blogs like crazy… literally blogs coming out of my asshole… no joke. But hey! Honestly, I absolutely love writing and coming up with posts for you guys so that doesn’t bother me one bit! I have been working on a project for about a couple weeks now and I am finally excited to share it with you beauts! I have been given the opportunity to work with a brand dedicated to sharing student’s experiences in college and university. Not only does this brand sound absolutely amazing already… right? I have had so many memories and whatnot that I experienced in university, so I adore their website so much and what they have to offer.  I found “Chase and Hunter” one day while exploring Instagram and really loved their page. It was so down to earth, loved reading about student’s experiences in both college and university, and absolutely adored the clothing line. If you beauts know me I am all about cropped hoodies. 100%. I think they are absolutely adorable and so stylish. Pairing these with high waisted pants or yoga pants looks unreal and adorable.  So I started following their page on Instagram and was always intrigued by their stories they post. They are a very interactive brand and include everyone which is amazing. They often do a bunch of polls on their stories seeing what kinds of apparel students love best and what not… love this. You have the option of having a voice and giving your opinion on things which is fantastic. I noticed one day  Chase and Hunter had posted on their story that they were searching for someone to help out with the company, marketing and so forth.  I then sent them a message saying I was very interested in this position, and I got in touch over the phone with the CEO of Chase and Hunter, Jake Karls, super down to earth guy, super friendly, and it was very easy speaking to him which I loved. I ran the idea by him that maybe there could be a section on the website discussing the aspect of Mental Health, as I know a lot of students who are in post-secondary school probably have had some struggles and experiences in regards to Mental Health. He absolutely loved the idea and thought it would be great to talk about mental health on the website. I wanted this to be a safe space where students from all around the world and different schools can come and share their own personal stories with one another, relating, connecting and expressing their emotions and feelings… what they personally went through or have been going through.

I wanted a welcoming, safe platform where students can share, and offer advice and take in new information in regards to mental health. I am so thankful that Chase and Hunter agreed to this idea, and I am pleased to announce I have joined their team and am now taking on the opportunity of being a mental health blogger for the company! I am so thrilled beyond belief that I get to express and share my ideas about something I am so passionate about and absolutely love.  I finally have been given a chance to share my stories with others around the world and for an amazing brand.  I have been gathering numerous articles and stories from student’s who are in post-secondary school or have attended it in the past. To my surprise, a lot of people reached out to me and wanted to share their mental health stories and struggles while in school, which was amazing. I was blown away. I even had a few people who I did not know reach out to me over social media which was unreal, and I was so beyond grateful for this. These stories are going to be shared amongst the Chase and Hunter website for other’s to relate to and connect to.  Mental health should not be kept quiet and remain in the dark. As some of you beauts know I have been struggling with mental illnesses my whole entire life, as early as grade 6. I did not know at the time that I had anxiety but soon later found out within my university years, and let me just say this…. I struggled a lot with it in university. I am grateful that there is now a platform to share and open up my story with others as I am not ashamed one bit. I know a lot of people struggle with mental illness, sometimes not knowing where to turn to, or how to go about it. I have been writing articles and blog posts recently strictly on mental illness and tips and tricks for those who are struggling. These articles will be published on the Chase and Hunter website which is unreal, and there will be a section dedicated to my blog posts on their website. I can not thank Chase and Hunter enough for this incredible and welcoming opportunity for me. I really have no words. I have been working my ass off for you beauts, and can not wait to share my posts with you guys! Currently, Chase and Hunter are going to launch a new website in the near future so I will let you guys know when everything is up and running on the website. Right now, we are just prepping and Jake is busy putting together the website! I am so excited and I know you guys will absolutely love it. I will keep you guys posted when I know further news about the launch of the new website, so stay tuned! One thing that I am looking forward to is sharing my story with you guys. I have mentioned a bit of my channel already about my mental illnesses, but I am excited to share with student’s around the world who I am, and what I am all about. As you beauts know I am an extremely open person, willing to share my story hands down with you guys, but sometimes this is not always an easy thing to do.If you guys are wanting to share a story and have it posted on the Chase and Hunter website, feel free to send me a message through one of my social media sites and I will gladly give you all the details! I want to personally say thank you to everyone who has sent me their story and opened up. It’s not easy and you have a lot of courage by doing so. I want other’s who are struggling to know they are never alone, and that there are always resources out there that are available to students. I am by no means a mental health professional or expert, but I do have a strong passion for mental health and have personally suffered from anxiety for years now. I have written some articles on ways to help ease anxiety before a big presentation, tips on how to wake up in a positive mood, and also how to notice the warning signs on someone who may be struggling. These are a few examples of what is going to be on the Chase and Hunter website and what you beauts have to look forward to.

So I know what you beauts are thinking… you want to hear a bit more about what Chase and Hunter are all about right? The founder of Chase and Hunter, Jake Karls, states, “ as much fun as I had in college (partying and not studying obviously), dorm rooms are pretty bland and always kind of reminded me of the back office of a senior manager at the DMV. WHITE WALLS SUCK, and worse than that, white walls don’t inspire anyone.I quickly realized that hanging a piece of art on my wall changed my headspace and created the good vibes that I wanted for me and my friends. Something as simple as a famous landmark or a quote was able to evoke powerful emotions for me and anyone coming over. Being the founder of Chase & Hunter, a lifestyle brand dedicated to helping millennials grow and become the best version of themselves it was natural for us to develop a line of art that can transform the spaces around you. Wherever you want to be, we have the art that can take you there. We invite you to browse our collection and find a piece that speaks to you and is a representation of where you are going”. 

I absolutely love this. This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Chase and Hunter. I love working and collaborating with brands that have a powerful message, and my heart was geared towards this brand. I could not be more proud to represent and wear the clothing for this brand, as well as blog for their company. I really hope you guys enjoy my section on mental health that will be on the website, I am really excited and have been working hard each day on this project. I am honoured.  I also have purchased two of their cropped sweaters from their collection, and I am excited to show you guys. I purchased this beautiful and stunning! I purchased, “The cropped hoodie” in the colour grey and let’s just say…..  I am obsessed. I absolutely love how cropped it is, it’s absolutely adorable, completely my style… I am just in love. This retails for $39.00 in store.

“…Chase and Hunter is a mix between comfy and streetwear”

The other sweater that I purchased is called, “The classic cropped crewneck“, and I purchased it in the shade Royal Blue. Something about the colour blue has me absolutely hooked and I love it dearly. I think this is such a beautiful and vibrant colour by far, something different than what I am used to having in my wardrobe. Again, love the cropped hoodies, they are stunning on. Super comfortable. There are also so many different colours to choose from this collection as well which is fantastic. This sweater retails for $34.99 in store.

I absolutely love my two new hoodies and have been wearing them so much lately. I highly recommend going to check out the website and purchasing one for yourself! We would love to see you in one and rocking the brand! I hope you guys love the new website, if you have a story you would like to share don’t be afraid to reach out. I want to personally take a minute to thank Chase and Hunter for allowing me to blog for their company, this is an amazing opportunity for me and I am beyond thankful. I can not wait to see what the future has in store for me, and for Chase and Hunter as well! Big things are happening beauts, and I can not thank you enough for your support. Be sure to check out their page on Instagram over at, “chaseandhunter”, come spread some love. Also be sure to check out my other social media sites located on my homepage for more blogs to come in the near future. Take care and much love xo.

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Mental Health Update; Chit Chat with me focusing on Social Anxiety

Hey my beauts, I hope you are all doing well! I have been doing really well lately in terms of my blogging channel/collaborations and also… shh… launching a clothing line that will be launched soon when details are discussed and finalized with my stepbrother, go follow him on Instagram at @nateslofstra! Unfortunately, I can not share too many details of this clothing line with you beauts yet, but do not worry! There will be a blog on it coming in the near future for sure! I am super excited to be given this opportunity and can not wait to share more details with you beauts!  So it has been a while since I have done a chit chat with me post on my mental health and given you beauts an update! So my anxiety has been better under control ever since starting my new job, I think it is for sure a more relaxed atmosphere, to say the least, which helps me calm down a lot. One thing that I have noticed that has started to peek up again was my Social Anxiety, unfortunately. One thing I am proud of for myself is that I noticed this right away. I have been very anxious lately when it comes to social events some things may include my eye contact is very limited when speaking to people, I get nervous in big crowds or at parties; again if I am sober this is more evident. I also just get nervous when it comes to just small talk conversations, this really gets me anxious for some odd reason. If you beauts have been keeping up to date in the past following my social anxiety journey, you are familiar that these certain things have been making me nervous over the years. Some of these things in the past include:

  1. talk with individuals one- on- one
  2. maintain eye contact
  3. manage anxious thoughts about what people think of me
  4. tolerating criticism
  5. express more in a job interview
  6. go to a party sober
  7. call people on the phone
  8. return an item to a store
  9. ask someone for help

So as you can see, there were a lot of social situations that would make me feel uneasy and anxious at times, and that is okay. A little recap for you beauts who were not following my social anxiety journey in the past. I attended a social anxiety group every Wednesday for 8 weeks which was two hours long in length. Basically, we worked out of a workbook and did different exposures to help manage and face our fears when it came to social anxiety. I absolutely loved this group, after the 8 weeks, I felt like a completely new person who was exceeding in life day by day. I literally felt on top of the world, that nothing could get in my way. I have to admit, the exposures and facing them head on were not an easy process, but I can proudly check off some things I have mastered on my list which is a great feeling!  I can now pick up the phone, make appointments, order a pizza or just have a simple conversation which in the past, made me super nervous and uncomfortable.  I am now able to speak on the phone with little to no nerves which is a huge step for me!  Another thing that I can cross off my list is that I can return an item to a store and usually ask for help depending on the situation! So there are a few things on my list that I can proudly cross off.  There are however things still on my list that I need a little bit of help with still. One of the biggest things for me would be maintaining eye contact and having one-on-one conversations. I do not know what it is about these but I just feel so uncomfortable!

I made an appointment with my therapist and told her some of the social situations that still made me feel uncomfortable and she recommended right away that I go back to my social anxiety group meetings again. I really liked this idea! I think that sometimes we forget how to manage our anxiety for some situations and it’s okay to get that reminder for sure! I need that extra help again, and I want to work and better myself for 2018 as this is my year. So beauts, I am signed up again for the Social Anxiety Group which will be starting in April of this year. This will be a 9-week program for those who experience a lot of fear and discomfort about social situations. Often this leads to avoidance of certain situations and I did not want that whatsoever. I want to be able to live life to it’s fullest without fearing every social interaction I have. So this will be held every Monday starting in April. I hope to be able to cross more things off of my list for sure which would be fantastic and rewarding.  I will be posting blog posts for every meeting held like I did in the past to help you beauts see the progress and to allow myself to see the progress I am making as well.  I hope these updates will help at least one person who may be suffering like I am. I can not wait to start this journey and process with you beauts again, and keep you up to date!

Remember, 2018 is your year to shine. Take control of it. Notice how you are feeling, and don’t push aside emotions. If you are struggling acknowledge it, and fight it. You are a fighter, and if a quiet shy girl like myself can do it, you can do it as well. You are never alone. Have a great rest of your week! Take care.

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