Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014 – Take 2

I really love to make the jewelry that I do, this site I mean really, health really love it.  I have my travel case filled with new and old pieces at home so I can ship them to customers, or re-stock at an art gallery.  But they stay there,  I have a few favorite pieces that I wear to work & the rare occasions when I actually leave the house with make up on!

I don’t get to showcase my work by wearing it out a lot, so it makes me SO happy when I see true fashionistas enjoying my work!

Suzie at Urban Country Style has been showcasing my work on her fabulous blog for quite a while.  Check out her post about Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriends

This piece is super cool, I’m so glad that Suzie ended up with it.  I know she’ll do it justice! This was a great post called FabFauxFur with Feathers!

Feathers

Another fashion-forward gal that incorporates everything from camo to couture is Cashmere and Camo.

I recently altered a piece for Brandi, she posted about it today…AND she’s wearing those boots that I’ve been coveting (that my personal shopper couldn’t find anywhere in Vegas during the NFR)

Cashmere & Camo

Here’s a piece that Brandy’s Mum picked out at the Western Showcase at Calgary Stampede.  Brandy posted about it here.

C&C

The fashion maven, Laura posts on lots of great fashion looks that are practical for my life – from a night out to a cattle show, she’s got great ideas for it all.
Hi Shelagh , order Wow looks like a new ring.
Sure was dirty. So what do i owe you for the repairs ? Just send me a message and i’ll send you the payment.

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Hi Shelagh , order Wow looks like a new ring.
Sure was dirty. So what do i owe you for the repairs ? Just send me a message and i’ll send you the payment.

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Hello, prescription

My name is Kendra Reno. I am currently a university student at the University of Calgary. Being an active volunteer in the community, I noticed that one of the organizations I volunteer with could benefit from a fundraiser, so I offered to organize/create a fundraiser and silent auction on their behalf. The fundraiser is for the Bethany Care Foundation. I put together a committee of fellow university students and now we are working on organizing the event. I was wondering if you would be interested in making an item(s) donation for our silent auction. We will be hanging a large banner listing all donors and a place card will be beside the donated item. The venue has a 900 person capacity and we are hoping to fill it up.

I would be more than happy to send a letter providing further details as well as an auction donation form.

Please contact me directly if you are interested in taking part.

Kendra Reno:

(403) 818-1357

47 Aspen Hills Drive SW
Calgary, AB
Canada
T3H0P8

kendrareno@hotmail.com

Thank you very much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Kendra Reno

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My name is Kendra Reno. I am currently a university student at the University of Calgary. Being an active volunteer in the community, I noticed that one of the organizations I volunteer with could benefit from a fundraiser, so I offered to organize/create a fundraiser and silent auction on their behalf. The fundraiser is for the Bethany Care Foundation. I put together a committee of fellow university students and now we are working on organizing the event. I was wondering if you would be interested in making an item(s) donation for our silent auction. We will be hanging a large banner listing all donors and a place card will be beside the donated item. The venue has a 900 person capacity and we are hoping to fill it up.

I would be more than happy to send a letter providing further details as well as an auction donation form.

Please contact me directly if you are interested in taking part.

Kendra Reno:

(403) 818-1357

47 Aspen Hills Drive SW
Calgary, AB
Canada
T3H0P8

kendrareno@hotmail.com

Thank you very much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Kendra Reno

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I have had the huge honor of being chosen to be one of the artists showing in the Western Art Show at the 100th Calgary Stampede.

We are only 4 days in to the 10 day show & already it’s been fantastic! The energy on the grounds here is electric. I’m no stranger to the magic of this place when my husband Jeff was outriding here for many years, symptoms but this year is different.

I could go on for pages about every little thing that is going on here, ed so I’m hoping to break this up with a blog post every few days.

First things first, my partner Mark Farand. His art is awesome! The selection committee was right on in our match up. His work is stunning & people are drawn to our booth like moths to the flame. Our color schemes blend & bounce off each other like they were made to be together.

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His ‘warped’ view is a breath of fresh air on these super hot days at Stampede Park. It helps that we are in THE best location, the Western Oasis is the coolest place on the grounds. We have a wine bar:

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The air conditioning is cranked, the hotter it gets outside, the colder it gets in the Oasis.

If you are lucky enough to get to the Calgary Stampede come see me. I’m in the BMO Centre at the Western Oasis just around the corner from the big teepee facing the wine bar.
This kind of snuck up on us, store this foster parent thing. Most foster parents have to go through rigorous questionnaires, interviews and background checks. Not us, not when you’re fostering 4H calves.

My husband, Jeff & I are very pro-4H, there isn’t another organization in Canada that can do so much for kids from life skills to scholarships. Every chance we get, we’ll tell wavering parents why they should put their kids in 4H. Jeff is a leader in our horse club this year & our youngest daughter will be joining the horse club as a Cleaver Kid. This is a younger group of kids that can take part in 4H before they are full-members, they’re between 6-8 years old.

Our son is in Beef Club again this year & like last year he’s got a steer project and is in the second year with his heifer project. There hasn’t been too many new members in Beef Club in the past few years. It kind of goes with the territory around here, fewer ranchers and more acreages. There was a worry a few years ago that the beef club would fold.

Well we at the Blatz Ranch have solved this problem! All these acreage kids that don’t have room for a steer can now bring them to the foster home for show steers! There were quite a few kids that were drawn into the mix by the promise of a big cheque. So far it looks like we’ll have 6 animals in this fall.

It’s a ton of extra work, but how could we say no to a kid that will benefit from the 4H program? My husband absolutely loves these show calves & I think he’d love to have a record book of his very own (this must be why he enjoys marking record books so much).

Almost all the calves are in and ready for the 4H year to get underway.

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Let the fun begin!
This kind of snuck up on us, store this foster parent thing. Most foster parents have to go through rigorous questionnaires, interviews and background checks. Not us, not when you’re fostering 4H calves.

My husband, Jeff & I are very pro-4H, there isn’t another organization in Canada that can do so much for kids from life skills to scholarships. Every chance we get, we’ll tell wavering parents why they should put their kids in 4H. Jeff is a leader in our horse club this year & our youngest daughter will be joining the horse club as a Cleaver Kid. This is a younger group of kids that can take part in 4H before they are full-members, they’re between 6-8 years old.

Our son is in Beef Club again this year & like last year he’s got a steer project and is in the second year with his heifer project. There hasn’t been too many new members in Beef Club in the past few years. It kind of goes with the territory around here, fewer ranchers and more acreages. There was a worry a few years ago that the beef club would fold.

Well we at the Blatz Ranch have solved this problem! All these acreage kids that don’t have room for a steer can now bring them to the foster home for show steers! There were quite a few kids that were drawn into the mix by the promise of a big cheque. So far it looks like we’ll have 6 animals in this fall.

It’s a ton of extra work, but how could we say no to a kid that will benefit from the 4H program? My husband absolutely loves these show calves & I think he’d love to have a record book of his very own (this must be why he enjoys marking record books so much).

Almost all the calves are in and ready for the 4H year to get underway.

20121002-082211.jpg

Let the fun begin!
Hi, buy

I wanted to know how much the custom family ring would be with 5 birthstones in it.
Thanks, Rindy

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Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, search its today, site for my mental illness, there your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.  

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation

For every:

  • Text message sent on the Bell network
  • Long Distance call made on the Bell network
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image

 

Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.  They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it.  I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts.  I suffered from terrible postpartum depression.  It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me.  There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality.   I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud.  I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do.  It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help.  Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on.  She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  I was reflecting on it this morning reading, Cathryn’s post about her experience.  I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end.  I remember my baby (who is now 13!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake.  Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before.  It was a dark time.  We recently moved back into the house where it all happened & I wasn’t sure I could handle it.  I was worried about being sucked back into the dark.

Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it.  I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids.  I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with.  I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help.  The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

– 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Canadian Institute of Health Research
– 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
Canadian Medical Association
– Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association
– Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA
– At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
CMHA
– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
CMHA

 

UPDATE: As of 9 am (MST) there have been over 200,000 tweets!
Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, viagra approved its today, for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.  

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation

For every:

  • Text message sent on the Bell network
  • Long Distance call made on the Bell network
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image

 

Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.  They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it.  I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts.  I suffered from terrible postpartum depression.  It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me.  There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality.   I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud.  I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do.  It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help.  Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on.  She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  I was reflecting on it this morning reading, Cathryn’s post about her experience.  I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end.  I remember my baby (who is now 13!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake.  Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before.  It was a dark time.  We recently moved back into the house where it all happened & I wasn’t sure I could handle it.  I was worried about being sucked back into the dark.

Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it.  I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids.  I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with.  I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help.  The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

– 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Canadian Institute of Health Research
– 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
Canadian Medical Association
– Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association
– Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA
– At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
CMHA
– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
CMHA

 

UPDATE: As of 9 am (MST) there have been over 200,000 tweets!
 

Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, its today, viagra for my mental illness, your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.  

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation

For every:

  • Text message sent on the Bell network
  • Long Distance call made on the Bell network
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image

 

Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada.  They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it.  I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts.  I suffered from terrible postpartum depression.  It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me.  There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality.   I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud.  I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do.  It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help.  Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on.  She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  I was reflecting on it this morning reading, Cathryn’s post about her experience.  I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end.  I remember my baby (who is now 13!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake.  Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before.  It was a dark time.  We recently moved back into the house where it all happened & I wasn’t sure I could handle it.  I was worried about being sucked back into the dark.

Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it.  I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids.  I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with.  I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help.  The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

– 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Canadian Institute of Health Research
– 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
Canadian Medical Association
– Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association
– Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population.
CMHA
– At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
CMHA
– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
CMHA

 

UPDATE:

Canadians talked like never before on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

96,266,266

tweets, Facebook shares, texts, & long distance calls.

$4,813,313.30

additional dollars Bell donated to mental health programs.

Thank you for joining the conversation.
We hope to see you again for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014.
Is there ever a day that’s good for mental illness? Well, viagra sale its today, hospital for my mental illness, unhealthy your mental illness, or the mental illness of a loved one.

This is my post from Bell Lets Talk Day 2013.  I thought & thought about writing a new blog post, but I don’t think I could say it any better than I did last year.  I updated the information in the post.

Today Bell Canada is starting the conversation.  For every: Text message sent on the Bell network Long Distance call made on the Bell network,  Tweet using #BellLetsTalk,  Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk image; Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. They’re giving grants to community associations, funding research, but most importantly; making it ok for people to talk about it. I absolutely love their spokesperson, Clara Hughes. A Summer & Winter Olympian with boat-loads of medals, everyone thought she had a perfect life! She’s a young, vibrant, woman who shares her experience without hesitation.

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Some of you know my story, if you’ve read previous blog posts. I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. It was bad, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There were so many other circumstances swirling around at the same time, I just thought this was how it was going to be in my new reality. I told no one, it was hard for me to say it out loud. I couldn’t even say it to Jeff, of course he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what to do. It took me (& mostly my husband) until after our second child to get me help. Jeff found someone we both trusted, our health nurse, and told her what was going on. She helped us get help & I’m happy to say that things have been much better ever since.

I’ve changed medications since that time 10 years ago, but my life has never been better.  This morning I was sitting on the side of the very bed that I wouldn’t leave for days on end. I remember my baby (who is now 14!) & I spending the day there, me barely getting by personally because it took all I had to feed her, change her & stay awake while she was awake. Jeff getting home from a long day at University & finding us in the same spot where he’d left us 14 hours before. It was a dark time.  Luckily for me, I found medication that worked & even better an activity that pulled me out of it. I’ve written before about how silversmithing pulled me into the light where I found something that was for me, and was creative, and wasn’t about my kids.

The only thing that ever really enters my mind about mental illness lately is my kids. I worry that I’ve genetically gifted them something I hope they never have to deal with. I watch them closely & speak to their pediatrician about what to do if we feel they’re out of ‘balance’.

So if you’re a Bell customer, text, call, do whatever you can to help. The rest of you – Tweet it, Facebook it; because I guarantee you there is someone in your life that you might not even know it, but they’re suffering.

Have a quick read over some of the facts:

  • Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders impact an estimated 22% of the Canadian population. –CMHA
  • Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. –Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. – CMHA
  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection. – Canadian Medical Association

 

Do what you can,  even if that is only watching a news story on TV, really listening to a radio commercial; you just might learn something or at the very least become a little more understanding.

-s

As of 10 am Mountain time – 26,195,293 communication actions!

One Response to “Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014 – Take 2”

  1. Cathy said...

    You are brave. And strong. Love you and miss you.