Here I am, feeling so much better from a week of viral fever and bronchitis, planning on doing nothing but just catch up with the news on the internet, go for a little bit of Boxing Day shopping as I have not been out of the house for days or even for coffee. I have not been writing for a few days and I kinda missed it. Since I have a bit of time to kill before I head out to deliver some #IWillBeOkay Beauty Bag, immediately I knew what I want to update you with. Update on my battle with depression.
I know what you are thinking. You must be thinking…the same park again Fiona? That’s right! #IWillBeOkay Beauty Bag went for some sun bathing yesterday afternoon at the same park I run. I love the sun. Don’t you? 🙂
After months and months of preparing, I had a bitter sweet moment when I finally had #IWillBeOkay Beauty Bag ready. It was supposed to be launched in August, then dragged to September, to October and November. Many have told me to just give up and that no sponsors will be supporting this but I proved them wrong. Despite the bad economy and how bad the retail economy has gone, there are still a handful of wonderful, caring, supportive, absolutely are warm-hearted about charity and generous people out there. #IWillBeOkay Beauty Bag are made possible thanks to these amazing proud sponsors – Murad Malaysia, Physicians Formula Malaysia, TNS Skin Lab, Breena Beauty, Mini Mini Cafe, Clinivita, Parkson, Batiste Malaysia, and Watsons Malaysia.
Today let’s talk about something non-beauty. Avid Instagram followers of mine will know by now that I am into running. It is something that I have not talk about here in Street Love because this is afterall a beauty blog. But I thought I would tell you about this lifestyle of mine 😀 . When I started posting more and more running selfies, I get questions like “are you one of those blogger turning the blog into another direction?”. The answer is NO. I get it. I do. I have seen beauty blogger turning into mummy blogger after they had a kid, lifestyle blogger turning into food blogger or beauty blogger turning into sports blogger when they adopted running. So I get what you mean. My main passion (still is!) is anything and everything beauty. Running is just a part of my lifestyle. I do not foresee Street Love turning into a sports blog at all 😉 . I have Modern Mavens for that remember? I am proud of Street Love and proud to introduce myself as a beauty enthusiast 🙂
Let’s talk about something else today instead of another beauty product review. Since I started #IWillBeOkay ‘Fight Against Depression’ Awareness Campaign, I have been lectured so much about social media in the short one week compared to half of my life. No kidding. It was a good lecture. That got me to do some digging and maybe just a little bit of fine tuning on social media posting. Having to come from advertising and social media background, obviously I know what I was doing but I always have a quirky idea when it comes to social media. In the advertising industry, I am known as someone who do things creatively different. I don’t do things the conventional way. Advertising people ought to keep changing and create out of the norm ideas. But because I am also a blogger and an editor, I tend to do lengthy post. Social media on the other hand needed to be short.
#IWillBeOkay ‘Fight Against Depression’ Awareness Campaign is a non-profit project that I have been working on lately. After weeks of planning, preparation, and stress, it is finally launched 🙂
I am not your conventional girl. I do not believe that it is a stigma to admit that you have depression. Last year when I came out openly talking about my depression, I gave a shock to everyone I know. To my friends, clients, readers or even family members, I am a cheerful, talkative, strong-will, fierce lady. “How is it possible you have depression? You are always cheerful!”, friends said. But often it is also this type of personality that depression like to creep into. I found out late. I know something is wrong with me but I did not know what. Until one day, where I wanted to end my life there and then, that a friend called me on the phone sensing I might be in trouble, telling me I have a serious problem. That I have depression. I told myself if I ever survive this I will not be any other person that do not talk about it. I always believe that being a blogger is not about how famous I can get or how many products I was sent and even how many event I go to. It is about changing other people’s life, it is about inspiring others and empowering them in a way. That is me. That is what I believe and has been doing. Thus Modern Mavens was born. People told me I should keep the whole depression thingy to myself only. I do not understand why I would want to do that IF I knew I can help others by speaking out about it. The issue I had was I did not even know I have depression because I did not know anything as no one talks about it. When I found out I have depression it was a tad bit too late. I did not want others to go through what I went through – not knowing you had depression due to lack of knowledge and understanding.
A month ago out of the blue I wanted to come out with my own T-shirt line. I did not know how to or what I am going to do about it. I just knew I have to do it. I wanted to give back to the community. Charity has been something I want to do more and focus on for 2016 onwards. Fast forward to today. #IWillBeOkay was born.
I believe it is important to educate and create an awareness on depression as well as to encourage those who are suffering from depression to seek the help they need. Through #IWillBeOkay campaign, I have created this T-shirt and all proceeds will go to All Women’s Action Society (also known as AWAM), an independent feminist organisation committed to end gender-based violence and upholding equality and rights for all.
There are two T-shirt design up for sale for #IWillBeOkay campaign. The Black version with the quote “Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness” (as you can see from the top) and a White version with the quote “Nothing Can Dim The Light That Shines From Within”. Both shirt will be selling for RM39.90 (worldwide shipping offered) and it comes in two different cutting – ladies slim fit cutting and unisex cutting. 100% of the proceeds goes to All Women’s Action Society (also known as AWAM), an independent feminist organisation committed to end gender-based violence and upholding equality and rights for all, an NGO which I have work with before for White Ribbon Run 2015.
The whole photoshoot was not necessary but since it is afterall the launch of a life-long awareness campaign for something close to my heart, why not! The idea was to capture my everyday lifestyle. You know…beauty, coffee and of course running!
Both #IWillBeOkay T-shirt sale will be available for 2 weeks only – from 15th to 30th May 2016 at this link. It is at an affordable RM39.90 where 100% of the profits will be donated to AWAM. This launch will not be possible without the help from everyone at Teeyoot, from the Co-Founder, Business Development, Operations and many more. So let’s make this campaign a success and remove the stigma as well as to encourage those who are suffering from depression to seek all the support and treatment they need. Remember, it is OK not to feel OK. Recovery is not easy, I can tell you that. I slipped back into depression 2 weeks ago while planning for this campaign. But it is okay. As long as you take some time off from everything else and focus on yourself. I know talking is easy, trust me. I have been there and done that. I have chased so many people away when depression creeps in. After some time you will know what works and what’s not. If you need help, I am always an email away.
The title says it all. Yeap. I am a Lovisa addict. I have an addiction problem with Lovisa jewellery. It all started with a friend Joy Chong (yes Joy, you) gifted me with beautiful Lovisa statement necklace for Christmas two consecutive years. That is where it all begins. Well, not quite immediate but it took me a year or so to get on the Lovisa bandwagon. Then it was all hell breaks loose. I never stop. The collection continues to build more and more.