Hey everyone, I hope y’all are doing well despite Covid-19.

I have a new job I actually enjoy, which keeps me busy and out of my head. Me and my mom also started our online business, so we’ll be busy getting that up and running tomorrow. My mental health hasn’t been the best, but it’s an uphill battle that never seems to end, but I’ve got this. Take care of yourselves and take life one day at a time.


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  1. colton95 Volunteer

    That’s awesome that you actually enjoying your new job and I hope that the online business is successful! I wish nothing but the best for you with the business, work, and your mental health. Feel free to update us with anything at anytime if you want. Stay safe and positive!

  2. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi Jamie,
    I’m so glad that you found a job you enjoy and that you’re starting your online business! Congratulations, and good luck with both of those endeavors. I feel you when it comes to mental health, and I believe you can get through this, one day at a time. I encourage you to take some time for self care during your free time!
    Thank you for the update. You’re doing great, and we’re here for you whenever you need us. We believe in you!

  3. Ashley Day Captain

    Hi Jamie,

    I hope you are doing well too!

    Finding a job that we feel excited about can be a relief. It’s amazing that you and your mom started an online business; I wish you both nothing but the best on that endeavor. I’m glad that the new job and online business will keep your mind occupied.

    I believe in you and your ability to push through the battle with your mental health.

    Take care of yourself 🙂 It’s great to read an update from you.

    Ashley

  4. Breanna Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,

    Thanks for this update! I hope you’re doing well despite COVID also. I’m glad you found a job you enjoy!! That can really make such a difference sometimes. It sounds like you’ve been very busy, and if your mental health isn’t great, just remember to be kind and patient with yourself. You’re right – you got this. Keep your head up.

    Sending you love and support,
    Bre

  5. Bluebell13 Volunteer

    Dear Jamie Marie,
    Congrats on the new job and the online business! You are correct, you DO have this and we are all here for you if you need us. Thanks for the reminder.
    Sending you love and strength,
    Roxie

  6. yailinrenteria Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,
    Congratulations on your new job! I am glad that you are actually enjoying your new job. It is good that you are keeping busy and distracting yourself. Good luck to you and your mother with the online business. I hope it runs smoothly. I know you got this Jamie, do not lose hope. Keep that positive mindset. Like you mention it is an uphill battle, sometimes there are going to be good days and sometimes there are going to be bad days. But don’t let those bad days stop you. You are a strong and amazing person. Thank you for keeping us updated and thank you for the advice. Make sure to also take care of yourself. Remember we are always here for you and happy to listen. Thanks again.
    Stay well,
    -Yailin

  7. cindy024 Volunteer

    Hi, JamieMarie,
    First of all, thank you for this update! and thank you for sharing with us! I am so glad that you are doing well with your online business. I know that you are strong and if you need more guide and help we are always here! And yes, you do got this!!

  8. Starling Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Thank you for continuing to share with us. Im glad that things are going well with your job and starting your online business. I hope things go well! If you ever need anything, let us know. We’re always here for you.

  9. Sailboat22

    Hello Jamie Marie –

    Congratulations on the new business and glad to hear you are enjoying your new job. I hope that keeping productive and focusing on new projects with supportive people continue to boost your mood. I appreciate your mantra “take life one day at a time” and will keep that in mind as well!

  10. Rustin Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    It sounds like you are making the most of your days and finding things to keep you busy but also allowing yourself to grow. Congratulations on the online business and I hope it goes well! Keep us updated!

    -Rustin

  11. Elvia29 Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Thank you for the update and congratulations on your new job. I’m glad you are enjoying your new job. It’s good to keep yourself busy. I wish you and your mom the best of luck with your online business. Just take everything one day at a time. Remember we are here for you if you need anything.
    Stay strong,
    Elvia

  12. zelda Volunteer

    Glad you’re doing better, Jamie. What business have y’all started? My mom and I thought we would do something part-time online, too. Selling clothes and shoes on this app. How’s it going so far? It’s okay that your mental health has its ups and downs. Remember that feelings and emotions can be fleeting. Just keep pushing forward.

  13. dzreid Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie!
    I am glad to hear the positives happening in your life! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of that. Mental health issues do seem to be an uphill battle, but over time, whatever the issue, in time it may lessen. I can so relate to mental health issues & the uphill battle. Stay strong because you can do it! Take things one day at a time & celebrate the small accomplishments! Sometimes, just finding something to do helps occupy our minds so that the struggles aren’t so tough. I’m glad this new job seems to be working & you enjoy it.
    Dawn

  14. tolleytn Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    I wish you the best of luck with your new business. That’s so exciting!

    I’m sorry your mental health hasn’t been too great. Remember to always take time to yourself and practice some self-care. As always – please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with more updates. We would love to hear from you. Stay safe and healthy 🙂

    – Tiff

  15. Marissa Day Captain

    Hey Jamie Marie,

    Thanks for the update! I’m glad you’ve found something to keep you busy. I lost my job back in March so I can definitely attest to how easy it is to get trapped in your mind. Getting a hobby totally helped me through this pandemic! I’m glad to hear that you’re aware of your mental health but you’re confronting your demons head-on and taking control! You’re right, you’ve got this. Take care!

    Marissa

  16. e.almaguer Volunteer

    Hi Jamie! I am so happy to hear you from you. Congratulations that everything is going so well and I am sure everything will keep going very good for you with the positive attitude you have, take care of yourself and wishing you the very best of luck on your online business. Please always come back and share with us! We love these type of updates.

  17. aegardiner Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Good to hear from you! It’s wonderful to hear that you have a new job AND that you enjoy it. I hope that the new business with your mom goes well and that everything has been smooth sailing since you started just a couple of days ago. Starting something on your own can be nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time. I hope that with the positive changes in your life that your mental health will continue to improve right alongside. You’re doing the best you can! We always love to hear when our regular posters are doing well so thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  18. Mary Ella Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Congratulations on your new job! It definitely feels awesome to have a job that you enjoy. I wish you all the best with everything – new job and the online business! You have a lot of stuff going, so don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Taking time to do things for yourself can help you with your mental health. You got this, and feel free to update us on your job and business.

  19. ajklessig Volunteer

    Hello Jamie,
    Congrats on the new job! That is fantastic that you are also starting your own business! Feel free to update us on how it goes! Working can be a very therapeutic process. It helps keeps me busy and out of my head too. However, also don’t forget that sometimes it’s okay to take time for yourself! I know that mental health and self-care can sometimes seem like more of a burden when our schedules get so busy, but in the long run, it is worth investing that time for ourselves. Especially working two jobs now, it may get a little crazy sometimes. On the flip side, your online business also can be a source of your mental health if it’s fun and you enjoy it! You do got this!

  20. eagle206 Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you, I hope you are also doing well! That’s so exciting! I’d love to hear more about the online business if you are open to sharing next time. Having work, along with a fun project like that with your Mom must be really great to keep busy. As you said, you’ve got this.

    Stay strong,

    Tyler

  21. Ruby98 Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,
    Yay! Such great news thank you for coming back and sharing an update with us.! Congratulations on the new job and of course starting you own online business! In regards to your mental health, you might have a lot to be busy with so remember to take care of your self, love you self, listen to your body. Stay safe and I wish you the best of luck with what you have going on for you and your mom. Have a wonderful week!

  22. Solongago Volunteer

    Congrats on the new job. Nothing like having a job you enjoy. And there is nothing wrong with staying busy. They say that attitude is the biggest part of anything, and yours is great. I am glad that you seem so much better than even a few months ago. Run with it. You deserve to have good things happening.

  23. lizzi

    Hey Jamie Marie,
    That’s such great news! Congrats on the new job, and it sounds like you’re definitely going to be busy soon which is good for staying out of your head. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with your mental health, but you sound confident that things will be okay. Which they definitely will. You’ve got this and I’m proud of you!

  24. Lex Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for coming back and sharing an update with us! I am so glad that you found a job that you enjoy going to! Congratulations on starting your own business, that sounds so fun and exciting! I am sorry to hear that your mental health hasn’t been the best, mental health can feel like an uphill battle sometimes, but you got this! Stay strong! Like others have said, our “Find Help” tab is filled with great resources if you find yourself more overwhelmed than usual.

    Please come back and share an update with us anytime you like! We are always here for you!
    – Lex

  25. tbird830 Volunteer

    Jamie Marie,

    Thank you so much for the update! It sounds like things are going pretty well for you right now, which is fantastic! Starting up an online business can be so much work at the beginning but it’s a great way to keep busy and make some extra money during these unprecedented times. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping it goes well! It’s also great to hear that you have a new job that you really enjoy. It’s so important to have a job that you really like going to! Maintaining your mental health is an ongoing process, but it sounds like you’ve got a handle on it right now. Feel free to check out our resources tab if you ever feel like you are in need of more support. You have a lot of great stuff going on and you should be so proud of yourself! I’m proud of you!!

    I look forward to hearing from you again!

    -Tori

  26. rohina_kumar Volunteer

    Hi Jamie,

    Thank you so much for coming back on here and updating us. Congratulations on your new job. I’m so delighted to hear that you’re finally enjoying work and that it’s such a great distraction for you. Congrats on setting up your online business as well – I can tell you’re a hustler and that you’re going to do so amazing (you honestly already are). We’re so proud of you and you should be just as proud of yourself. I’m sorry your mental health hasn’t been the best lately, but some days are harder than others and I advise you to continue fighting and hang in there. You are strong and brave. You got this! As always, feel free to utilize our “Find Help” tab or text VOICE to 741741 if you find yourself getting more overwhelmed than usual. We’re here to support you through all the ups and downs in your life and we’d love to hear another update from you soon. All the love and be kind to yourself.

    – Rohina

  27. pinksky92 Volunteer

    Hi Jamie,

    That is so great to hear! Work is often a great outlet in terms of allowing us to not be so much in our head. I got a job 6 months ago and it has really helped me to not be so pre-occupied with my inner thoughts, so it is great to hear that it’s keeping you busy. It’s also wonderful that you and your mom started an online business – so so great! You are definitely right about struggling with one’s mental health. It does feel like a constant uphill battle to try and maintain some type of normalcy and positive mindset. It is often hard to trace what emotions we are experiencing and what those negative emotions are being caused be. I hope that you continue to seek out activities that improve your mental health. We are all a work in progress, so I hope that you continue to do well in your journey.

    Please take care of yourself. Happy to hear further updates about how work and your new business is going!

  28. ZJC9753 Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you very much for the update and congratulations on the new business and I am glad you are enjoying your new job! I am sorry that its been tough but you are right, you’ve got this and you can get through this. Take care, and always feel free to come back and share with us.

  29. haesol Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you so much for the update. Congrats on the new job! it’s nice to hear you landed a job in these times and even more so one that you enjoy, that’s great. Congrats on the online business too! best of luck and success for you and your mom.
    I hope you take care of yourself ddespite being busy, and as you’ve said, take it one day at a time. You’re doing great!
    Stay safe,
    sol.

  30. Northlane1991 Volunteer

    Hey Jamie
    Thank you for updating us and I am glad you enjoy your new job. Good luck non your online business and you got this! Take some time to do some self-care and feel free to reach out whenever you feel like it!

  31. brookeallnutt Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for coming back with an update. I’m glad that your new job is enjoyable. Also, good luck on your online business! You’ve definitely got this! I hope you have time to practice some self care as well, and feel free to reach out whenever you feel like it!

  32. candyappleb Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Congratulations on your new job! I am so glad that you are able to keep busy and focus on other things for a while. I think everyone is struggling with mental health right now. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to. We are here for you!

    All the best,
    Becca

  33. jcas120 Volunteer

    Hello Jamie,

    Welcome back, that is so great to hear! I’m happy to hear about your new job and your online business! I know you may not feel like your mental health has been the best, but I hope these new experiences are helpful and give you some enjoyment. I know it’s an uphill battle and you’re right, you do got this. We will be here the next time you want to talk with us. Take care and stay safe!

  34. musicislove

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    I’m so happy for you on your new job and the beginning of an online business! Good luck and I wish you nothing but the best. Being able to stay busy is a great way to not overthink so I definitely understand your excitement about that. I’m sorry that your mental health isn’t the best right now but I’m glad you are still pushing through. Mental health can definitely get rocky at times but it’s important to keep fighting and working towards feeling better. Thank you for the update!

    Delaney

  35. AlisonDKaufman

    Hello:

    Thank you for the update – and how exciting NEW JOB and an ONLINE BUSINESS – way to go! I believe our mental health is always a roller coaster which we keep riding and it sounds like you have the PMA (positive mental attitude!) to ride it through. Keep up the amazing work and keep us up to date. Thank you –

  36. larakopp Volunteer

    Congratulations on your new job, Jamie Marie! I’m glad to hear that it’s something you enjoy and keeps you out of your head a little bit — some distractions are always nice, especially during Covid. I’m sorry that you’ve been struggling a bit, but you’re right — you do “got this.” I know it can be hard sometimes, but it seems like you have the tools and know that you have the support via friends, family, or us when you need it. We are here for you anytime!
    You are doing a great job! Thank you for your advice, and I hope you’re also listening to it: “Take care of yourself and take life one day at a time.” Keep up the good work–We’re cheering you on!
    Take care,
    Lara

  37. Thomas Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thanks for the update. It’s great to hear you have a job that you enjoy. And it’s exciting that you’re starting a new business with your mom. That’s really cool! You’ve got the right attitude. Just keep fighting even when things are tough! You’ve got this. Stay strong.

  38. jlanderos16 Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,
    Thank you for coming back to AVFTI and giving us an update! However, I’m glad you have a new job and you enjoy it, also starting a online business with your mom which is great. I’m sorry about your mental health, I know its hard to handle that but I wish you the best and take care! Please come back any time and giving us an update!

  39. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Hi Jamie,

    Thank you for coming back to share with us. I’m glad you started a new job that you like, and with your mom. I’m sorry the mental health is still a struggle-I know the feeling. Come back anytime you need!

    Erin

  40. KatherineL Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,

    Thanks for the update. That is great to hear about your online business. Congratulations! I hope that working toward a goal that you care about and staying busy can help you mentally. Be sure to take time for yourself.

    KatherineL

  41. snandi2 Volunteer

    Hey Jaime,
    Congratulations on the new job! I’m glad that you’re enjoying your job so far and that it’s helping you stay busy. However, if you start to feel overwhelmed or too stressed, please don’t hesitate to take a break. Often times, we overwork ourselves and lose focus on the fact that our health always comes first before anything else. Continue to stay strong and know that we’ll always be here for you!

  42. Ochoa Volunteer

    Hey Jaime,
    Congrats on the new job! Glad it’s keeping your mind off of things and you are right, you do got this! I believe in you! All we can do is take things one day at time and things will get better trust me! Stay positive! Hope to hear from you soon.

  43. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Good luck with the new job and business! That is very exciting. It is great that you are so positive. When it comes to recovery and mental health it can be a bumpy road, but if you continue to think positive and stay strong things will get better soon. Working too and staying busy is a great way to help your mental health as long as you aren’t pushing yourself too much. Thank you for updating us!
    -Alyssa