Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder Part 1:


Nobody is Alone

Mood disorders such as bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depression) and depression affect millions of people. Their family members and friends are affected too. If someone you love has a mood disorder, you may be feeling helpless, overwhelmed, confused and hopeless, or you may feel hurt, angry, frustrated and resentful. You may also have feelings of guilt, shame and isolation, or feelings of sadness, exhaustion and fearAll of these feelings are normal

Things to remember:

  • Your loved one’s illness is not your fault (or your loved one’s fault).
  • You can’t make your loved one well, but you can offer support, understanding and hope.
  • Each person experiences a mood disorder differently, with different symptoms.
  • The best way to find out what your loved one needs from you is by asking direct questions.

What can I do to help?
Keep in mind that a mood disorder is a…

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MIA: Sorry for my absence.


I just wanted to let my dear readers know, that I have not forgotten about you! I have some pretty exciting things going on right now.

I recently was asked to be a creative writer for a Art magazine, Inspired Imagery. I am also, currently building a website for an online boutique my mother & I have in the works! As a result, my time has been very tied up. However, I shall return soon (hopefully with more really exciting things to share with you)!

What exciting things are going on in your life right now? Stay tubed for more from me!!

Take Charge.


When life isn’t going your way, it is far too easy to place blame on things that are ‘beyond your control‘. While, this fact is very true, in many areas of life; it should not be your scapegoat for all situations. A far happier path lies in accepting the things you do have control of, and taking action.

NEWSFLASH: Shapes & Sizes


I had to blog this again

The Memoirs of Tiffani

NEWSFLASH:

Just because, I’m ‘skinny’, doesn’t mean I can’t think a thicker woman is beautiful and appreciate that. Just because, you think I’m thin, doesn’t mean I’d EVER even for into a size zero (I’m 5’10 for holy sakes)not does it mean that I’m obsessed about my weight. And just because, I may be smaller than you, doesn’t mean I’m not healthy.

I doesn’t mean in anorexic. And it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t eat.

It just mean, I’m human. And, just like you, I have my own mold.

I didn’t ask to be this size. Who says I never wanted bigger boobs?

So, get over it. I’m obviously not the one uncomfortable with my body, if you’re the one who is talking about it.

Love, Peace, Gorillas doing the Hokey Pokey.

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Her Name is Heather, Part 2: Life as The Wife of a Creative Photographer.


“Her Name is Heather”

Part 2: Life as The Wife of a Creative Photographer.

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One of Heather’s Maternity photos by Jacob Breaux Photography

Since Jacob Breaux has first spoken of broadening his horizons with photography, Heather has encouraged him. She supports him and even helps him with almost every single shoot that he does. Jacob has some very different creative ideas, than a lot of artist. And, though, some of his shoots seem like they should be unbearably hard for his wife to watch, she not only is usually along side him but, she is also always helping with her input; which he truly relies on and trust. It’s an amazing process to see, and I feel blessed that I have the pleasure of doing so on a regular basis. And, I know she does way more behind the scenes, than most people even fathom. However, I know there are some questions for Heather that, a lot of women would be dying to know the answer to. And questions we can ask, to help you better understand to what great magnitude, she is a necessary aspect to Jacob’s creative process. So, I’m going to ask her those questions, here today(:

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Heather captured by Jacob Breaux Photography

First, let’s start with Jacob and Heather’s busy life, around photography.

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What are you and Jacob’s full-time jobs?
“I am a pharmacy tech, full-time. And Jacob is the branch operating manager at Whitney bank. We also have an 11 month old beautiful boy, named sawyer.”

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Heather’s sister-in-law, Jade, with Sawyer.

 

How do you two find time to do his photography?
“It is really hard to find time for photo shoots but, it is Jacobs passion so, we do what we can to make it happen. Jacobs sister, Jade, is a huge help, and anytime that we need her, she’s there to help with sawyer.”

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Do you wish to have more or less time dedicated to his photography, compared to how it is now?
“I wish we had more time to do all the things he wants to do with photography. But, there are only so many hours in a day. Hopefully one day he will be able to do it as his full-time job!”

Now, let’s talk about what it is that you actually do for/with Jacob.

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What ‘jobs’ to you have at shoots, and in what ways do you impact Jacob’s creative process, as a whole?
“When I go with Jacob on shoots, I help position people and make sure the right angle or pose is used. We know how he loves to put people’s hands on their faces, haha.”

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‘Breakfast’ Make-up by Heather Breaux

Do you ever give him ideas for shoots, or is it solely ideas based on his imagination?
“Sometimes I help him with the creative factor. But, everyone knows you (referring to myself) and him are the most creative out of this trio,” she says with a wink.

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How important is it to Jacob that you are a participant in his shoot?
“Jacob used to be very dependent on my presence at a shoot, just because he felt more comfortable and I always help with poses.”

How important is it to you, that you are a participant in Jacob’s shoots?
I like to be up to date and as involved as I can with each shoot.”

What are your favorite shoots to work on, with Jacob?
My favorite shoots are the ones with meaning that tell a story. Like the one with you and Summer.”
(The shoot that she is referring to, is one we did, telling the story of someone over coming drug and alcohol addiction.)

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Jacob Breaux Photography

What are your least favorite?
My least favorite or the naked and or half-naked ones!” She replies, as she laughs.

Ok, now, down to the nitty naked girls..

Does/did it ever bother you that he wanted to work with nudity? If so, How do you get past him working with nudity?
Of course it bothers me for him to work with nudity! I’m only human, ya know, haha. But Jacob sees the creative art behind it and I would never hold him back from doing something that he’s passionate about. The women are always very professional and I’m usually there, just in case one decides to get feisty,” she replies, wittily.

Would you rather participate in shoots with nudity or, not so much?
“Most of the nude shoots, I would rAther not participate in. I’m just not a fan of naked people. I don’t know.”

Enough of the dirty stuff.

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“Change I Must, or Die I Will” Captured by Jacob Breaux Photography
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“Change I Must, or Die I Will” Captured by Jacob Breaux Photography

What shoots have Jacob done, that have had real meaning or meant the most to you?
“The addiction, breast cancer and Shelby’s wedding were the shoots that meant the most to me.”

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Do you have any favorite people, that the two of you collaborate with?
“I always love working with you, of course!! Some of the other people (models) we have worked with are very natural at the process like, Krystal Broussard and Raeven Bourque; just to name a couple.”

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Do you ever model for any of Jacob’s shoots?
“I have modeled for a few of his shoots, I wish there were more that I did but, ya know,” she quizzically replies.

What shoot ideas would you like to see brought to life?
“I would like to do some more meaningful shoots..-like, when we talked about helping a homeless person find a job. Clean them up, get their view on things… Stuff like that. Also, someone who struggled with rape, abortion, adoption.”

I can definitely see how these issues could be meaningful and make an impact on some people and their lives.

What do you hope to see for Jacob’s future in photography?
“I hope that people understand his creative views, in his pictures, without negative judgement. I wish to see him succeed and go far with this!”

And I guess that about wraps up my questions for today! I’d like to, once again, thank Heather for how open about her life, and friendly she has been. She is always a pleasure to work and speak with.

I really hope you all enjoyed the input for today! Just another day through the eyes of one of Louisiana’s hidden treasures, that are great people.

What are some interesting types of people who you’d like to hear about? Artist? Photographers? Every day mothers? You never really know the captivating stories that lie beneath the surface, sometimes!

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Facts About Mood Disorders:


Nobody is Alone

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are treatable medical conditions involving changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. A person with bipolar disorder (manic depression), has moods that usually alternate between mania, or extremely “up” mood, and depression. A person with major (uni-polar) depression has periods of “down” mood.
Mood disorders have many symptoms, including:

Symptoms of depression:

  • Sad, empty, irritable or tearful mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • No interest in or pleasure from activities once enjoyed
  • Major changes in appetite or body weight
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Inability to concentrate or make decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms of mania:

  • Feeling overly energetic, high, better than good, or unusually irritable for at least one week
  •  Very high self-esteem, feeling all-powerful
  • Decreased need for sleep without feeling…

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Her Name is Heather, Part 1: Overcoming a Harsh Reality That is Life



“Her Name is Heather”

Part 1: Overcoming a Harsh Reality That is Life

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Heather Darby Breaux was born in Loreauville, Louisiana, in 1984. Heather was born into a family that consisted of two drug addicts, and herself (as a helpless baby). When Heather was six months old, her parents were seized of their rights as parents, and she was put in the custody of her maternal grandparents, who later adopted her.

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Heather grew up, watching as her birth mother would go about fulfilling this vicious life cycle, that sadly takes a hold of people, far too often. She regularly witnessed her mother using drugs, drinking, and doing flat-out, crazy things, in general.
At one point, Heather’s mother was incarcerated for a while. Heather would often have to visit her mother in prison, and she hated every second of it. Heather relays that she was grateful when her grandmother (who she always, respectfully refers to as ‘Mom’) told her that she no longer had to make her visits, if she did not want to.

Eventually, Heather’s mother got out of jail. Of course, this was inevitable.

After she was released from jail, Heather’s mother would sometimes live with them, on and off. During these times, Heather would again witness her mother using and drinking. She recalls always seeing different, random people dropping her mother back off at home. It would be the middle of the day, and she would already be drunk, using, or both. She states, at one point, “The story never ends, on how much that I’ve seen. But, my grandparents provided a safe and loving home for me. And that, I wouldn’t change for anything.

“I was her caretaker… ” “Which was hard, being so young. But, it taught me true love, responsibility, and caring for people that you love, no matter what.”

When Heather was 17 years old, her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought a strong fight, for a year and a half, and Heather was by her side the entire way.
I was her caretaker. I cleaned and bandaged her wounds, and helped her in any way that I could. Which was hard, being so young. But, it taught me true love, responsibility, and caring for people that you love, no matter what,” Heather explains.

Heather mentions that there were people in her family that used this experience to play the role of a ‘victim’. She then proclaims, very matter-of-factly, “I am not a victim. I am a survivor.”

Have there ever been more motivated and inspiring words?

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Heather met Jacob in May of 2004, at a local club. She giggles, as she says, “he only tugged on my hair for two months of seeing me there, before he finally asked me to dance.” And so, the story grows into love from there. They have always had a very wonderful relationship, and they are partners 100%.
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Heather and Jacob were wed in June of 2010, and had their first and only (for now, hehe) child in May of 2013. Heather smiles, as she tells me, “we work out any problem we come across, as a team. I wouldn’t have it any other way, with any other person.”

I think Heather’s story is a beautiful and inspiring one. There is so much positive to seek out of the negative that she has been through. I would like to thank Heather for being so open about her life and so friendly. And I truly hope this portion of her story has inspired and possibly can help some of you, in any way.

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What are some things you have gone through, that helped form the person that you are today?
How did you overcome the hard times in your past? And how do you use those lessons, in your life now?

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Heather and her family

 

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Heather Breaux; captured by Jacob Breaux Photography
Heather Breaux by Jacob Breaux Photography
Heather Breaux; captured by Jacob Breaux Photography

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