Sisters in Mental Illness: Shaley Hoogendoorn Talks to Jessica Birak of Mint & Birch

[ Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse, as well as an eating disorder.] This month, Shaley Hoogendoorn talks to Jessica Birak, founder of the jewelry company Mint & Birch, who is also a vulnerable and honest advocate for mental health. They talk about topics related to anxiety, depression, postpartum, hypochondria, eating disorders and healing from childhood […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Mental Health May

“I’m doing the right thing. This is the thing. I can be my full self here.” This month the tables are turned—it’s Shaley’s turn to be interviewed. Nichole Forbes chats with Shaley about how the Sisters in Mental Illness vlog began and what she’s learned after first telling her story here on SheLoves just over […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Mama Grief

“[My connection with Jesus] didn’t look like what I thought it had to look like. It didn’t have to take place in a church building. It didn’t have to involve worship or the bible. It felt a little risky at first, but I’ve met God in the ER, in the hospice, in death, in life, […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Ministry of Weakness

“My spiritual gift is weakness…. I show up weak. I’m always sick or I’m struggling. There’s always something that’s lacking. Maybe that’s my gift to the church—to show up and say that’s OK, and God is with us in this and He is good. Problems don’t all get fixed and I’m not healed. The bow […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Canaries Among Us

“Self care is choosing myself. I matter… It is a choice to pick myself and to be worth doing these things. We have value and the things we have to do to stay healthy have value.” — Crystal Meier    Crystal and Shaley are both canaries. Canaries, according to Glennon Doyle, can “smell toxins in […]