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Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac

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Raised by 2 people in 7 months
As a 12-year-old girl, I was given three diagnoses that would completely alter the course of my life.

 DEPRESSION. 

ANXIETY. 

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER.

I had always been a good girl who followed the rules and placed absolute trust in those in positions of authority.  When the doctor offered those diagnoses as an explanation for my increasingly-debilitating symptoms, I grabbed for them greedily like a child would do for candy.  That decision transformed who I was as a person.  My illness became my identity.  I lost sight of the little girl I once was, and lost hope in the woman I was becoming.

For so long, I lived as though these labels were chains, preventing me from living a life of joy and freedom, and holding me back from chasing my dreams.  

It took years of prayer, long talks with trusted mentors, time spent questioning all I thought I knew to be true, and a great deal of self-exploration to reach the point where I felt ready to reject the labels the world had slapped on me and fully embrace the identity I have been given in Christ.

This isn't a once-and-done decision.  For me, it is a continual process.

Every day I make the choice to open my hands and receive the gifts of grace and peace God has for me.  Every day I open my eyes to take notice of the beauty in the world around me.  Every day I sit in stillness and listen to the truth He whispers over me.  

Do I continue to struggle with mental health challenges?  

YES. 

But even so, every day I choose to step into a life of abundance.  So many people, those with mental health challenges, and those without, walk around this planet in chains.  They live in bondage instead of freedom.  In truth, they don't really live at all.

The vision for my blog, Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac, is simple: to walk with others in their pursuit of abundant life, to support them in prayer, to lift them up with encouraging words, and ultimately to point them to Jesus... the One who came to set the captives free.  My prayer is that those who visit my little corner of the internet will find rest, community, and hope.

My hope is that this little ministry will soon become financially self-sustaining.  Below is a breakdown of the cost of keeping it up and running:

·       Domain Name: $20.00/year

·       Squarespace Business Subscription: $26.00/month

·       Canva For Work Subscription: $12.95/month

·       Business Cards: $17.00 (50 copies)

·       Personalized “Thank You” Cards: $29.00 (25 copies)

I also pray that I will receive enough in donations to give $100/month to a mental health charity in my community.  If I exceed my fundraising goal, the extra funds will be used to purchase merchandise (i.e. verse cards, wristbands, etc.) to share with my readers and supporters, and to explore the possibility of transforming this little blog from a personal project into a small business.  

If you're interested in learning more about Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac, or would like to read past blog posts, please visit www.jesuscoffeeandprozac.com

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact me.
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Thank you to those who have partnered with me to turn Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac from a dream into a reality. Your prayers and financial support mean the world. Because of your generosity, I was able to order 100 copies of my business card, 50 copies of a thank-you card, and pay for one month of my Squarespace business account. I was also able to give $100.00 to the Youth Peer Program at the Mental Health Association of Erie County. The Youth Peer Advocates who work there are INCREDIBLE!! They willingly share their own stories of recovery to empower and encourage youth and young adults dealing with mental health and substance use challenges. They facilitate support groups and workshops, speak to students and faculty in local school districts, and so much more! Go check them out at www.eriemha.org.
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