As some of you might know, October was a rough month for me. Not to go into two much detail, but my constant companion, depression, reared its ugly head again and knocked me out for a while. While I have been on SSRIs for a few years now and they do help, I am still prone to sporadic, relatively mild bouts from time to time. They never last long, but coming out of it still took tremendous effort, so the idea of a project to commemorate my reemergence seemed like a good idea.
That’s when I came up with the idea for the #puttogetherproject. Every day for the month of November, I will challenge myself to put together a face and an outfit. They don’t have to be elaborate, or high fashion. They don’t even need to be particularly inspired. They just have to include: bathing, brushing my hair, and something on my body other than pajamas.
Working from home it is much too easy for me to sit around for weeks at a time in nothing but my bathrobe. But this type of wallowing has a collective effect and if you’re already not feeling so great, reflecting on a week spent with greasy hair in a stinky robe can be pretty disheartening.
So, for 30 days I’m going to post pictures on my outfits and faces to Instagram & Tumblr with the hashtag #puttogetherproject. The other objective of this campaign is to help raise awareness for mental health issues and at the end of the project I’d like to donate money to a local mental health organization. My pledge will be equal to $1 for everyday day I succeed in my challenge and $5 for every day I do not. It won’t be a huge sum of money, but if others want to join me and raise funds for organizations local to them, I think it could add up to a lot.
Join me, won’t you?