This blog is dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness; Bipolar, Anxiety, and Depression. MLO exists to encourage, love, and inspire.

“You are important; Self-care is a priority; Recovery comes first.”

As a mental health advocate, I want you to know that you are not alone. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of – it is not a weakness. You are not your illness – it doesn’t define you. You have an individual story to tell – it is important and you matter. You play a necessary character in the narrative of those around you. You have a name, a history, a personality, and staying yourself is part of the battle but you are here to remind others to fight and face their fears, to step out in courage, and to realize and embrace their purpose. Don’t give up, you have a purpose and you are needed.

“Your imperfections create a crown of literature, that will cast your timeless story to serve as an inspiration to somebody, wear it proudly.”

They say you should blog about something that you are passionate about. I am passionate about getting well, obviously. I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog and hope you find something here that helps you. Whether you have a mental illness, think you do, or love someone who has it, know that there is help out there, and there is hope. If you are interested in sharing your story – please feel free to email me at mindslikeours@yahoo.com.

about kayla fae



{1987 – 2009}


I was always very shy and timid growing up. I never did drugs, ran away, drank, or
broke the law. I never self-harmed or did things for attention.
I didn’t have a lot of friends and FB_IMG_1453847773628was often bullied, or made fun of for my appearance. I tried to participate in sports but never made the cut. The lack of validation and inclusion took a toll on my self-esteem. I often felt that I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything. I didn’t have a sense of self for years and this resulted in being a follower. I was only interested in the things that my small social circle was interested in. Overall, at home and at school, I didn’t have the best childhood or teenage years. I felt trapped and worthless. Although I didn’t believe it at the time – I know now that I was a good kid.

The FB_IMG_1453847629925moment I could – I tried to escape the pain. I graduated high school early and started working full-time immediately. I fell in love, got pregnant, and married at eighteen. We bought a brand new house at the age of twenty. Everything happened so quickly. Then, what felt like out of the blue, I found myself with intense emotions that felt out of control. I felt clueless, lost, and completely alone surrounded by everything I could have ever dreamed of having around the age of twenty-two.  



Although I wore a cheerful facade and kept my life busy, I eventually started behaving in ways that I didn’t understand. I didn’t feel like myself; I began screamingreacting to certain situations and people in ways I never thought I would. I started seeking out attention, being angry often, crying immensely, cared less for others, and didn’t appreciate anything around me. I was crumbling on the inside. My husband, at the time, didn’t understand what was going on, or how to handle it. He had me on a pedestal and it still wasn’t enough for me. I was lacking the emotional support in my life. “It’s just hormones.” or “It’s just postpartum. You’ll get over it” or “PMS’ing again I see”. I knew it was more than that, but instead of seeking help, I continued to act out – quietly. My facade came crashing down after my illness took me, hostage. Not long after, I left my marriage and house behind. I wanted to live alone and free to do whatever I wanted. I behaved selfishly and was self-destructive in a lot of ways. I tried escaping the pain yet again by leaving. It didn’t work. That’s when I was introduced to Rock Bottom. 



It’s been years since my first diagnosis. I can remember the day vividly; being handed a buddhapamphlet from my psychologist titled “Borderline Personality Disorder”. I was relieved and scared at the same time. I finally had answers to my years of suffering but I didn’t know where to begin this journey.
My psychiatrist immediately advised I should be on a mood stabilizer and considered me an “at-risk” patient. A few painful months later, I decided to take the medication, albeit reluctantly, due to my own ambivalence. I did so to help ease the intensity of my emotions in order for me to learn how to cope in a healthier, more positive, way for myself and my children.
Along came my second diagnosis in 2016 – Bipolar II. It was believed by two different psychiatrists that I was misdiagnosed in 2011. Perhaps the “dust settled” with hard work, coping skills, and adjusting to medications that it made it easier to see the whole picture. I won’t lie, I cried my eyes out when I realized it all made sense. Just when I thought I was getting better and seeing the light at the end of that torturous tunnel – I was hit with Bipolar II.
To be continued…


Once I committed to recovery and changing my whole lifestyle, I discovered how much help was actually out there. Initially, I created this site to jot down my thoughts, feelings, and emotions
Don't give up
regarding my mental illness. I wanted to track my recovery and record everything I learned on my journey. That’s when I found this amazing mental health community on Word Press. I had no idea how many people struggled and suffered as much as I did. E-mails, comments, and Facebook messages came pouring in from people all over the world thanking me for sharing my story and how much it helped them to recover. These beautiful people I barely knew offered love, support, and admiration. It made a profound impact on me. The loving energy and support from my therapist gave me a sense of empowerment and the realization that I didn’t have to hide or fight this battle on my own.  Ever since I have become close with several people all over the world that I met through blogging on Word Press. I am truly grateful for each and every one of my supporters and friendships.
You can find more resources located on my page, here. Please remember, help is out there – you are NOT alone.


This is the part where you find out who you really are. This is where I found my true self, my passion, my true friends, and my strength to overcome just about anything. Recovery starts with IMG_20160124_105217_117000~2willingness. It’s a long road but I assure you – It’s worth it.
In 2014, I got out of my unhealthy relationship of three years and decided to make a change in my life; focus on recovery, self-care, and overall life-improvement. Aside from my two beautiful children, these have been my top priorities. I was terrified to leave my relationship and face my fears alone, but I knew I had to. My lifestyle needed to change – I needed a healthier social circle, I needed a way from the home-brewing beer with the gang, I needed less drama and an overall better support system.
So it began: I moved in with my parents to pay off debt and build up a savings plan again. I spent more time with family members, joined a women’s group, and stopped drinking so much. I focused more of my attention on the kids, finished my Associate’s degree, and joined the Recovery International community group. I mentored teenagers who were suffering from an illness, started my bachelor’s program in Psychology, and focused on DBT. I made therapy a weekly visit rather thanUnderstanding a – whenever I have an episode – visit, I faced a lot of fears,
traveled alone, and I attended mental health conferences in my free time. It took a lot of courage and strength to take these steps, but I was determined to be healthy and happy.
It’s easy to lose sight of self-care just because I’m simply doing okay for a minute, or life gets busy being a single mom, working full-time, and attending school but it’s important to stay focused on your road in recovery, even if you’re doing okay for the moment.
Today, I don’t meet the number of criteria in the DSM for Borderline Personality Disorder. I do, however, still struggle with my emotions and that will always be a part of this journey. I will always be an emotionally sensitive person but with my DBT skills and high emotional intelligence – I am very capable of handling my emotions in a healthy and positive way.  Recovery has led me to new clarity and a deep appreciation for life.

What I’ve Learned

During my recovery – I have learned that I have never actually loved myself, and I never focused on self-care or self-love.  I have a whole new perspective on life due to recovery. I challenge you to focus on you and do things that make you happy, alone. Date yourself, and learn to love yourself. I have had so many moments and great memories during my road in recovery and self-discovery, and I hope you do too. Below is a list of a few things I have learned in recovery:
  1. My passion for Mental Health
  2. Mental illness doesn’t define us
  3. Self-Reliance
  4. It’s okay to not be okay
  5. There are no good or bad emotions, but there are good and bad ways of expressing emotions
  6. My resiliency
  7. Self-Compassion is a priorityLove Yourself
  8. Self-Awareness is key
  9. Coping skills that best work for me
  10. We don’t owe anyone an explanation for self-care.
  11. Beauty lives in our differences
  12. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  13. Mindfulness
  14. The more I loved myself – the more I fell in love with my kids
  15. Not to feel guilty for self-care
  16. Patience and understanding for others
  17. Recovery comes first
  18. How to stand up for me and fight against stigma
  19. Things will always work out – do not give up
  20. We are not broken, weak or worthless

You can find my complete list of 100 things I learned in my Journey here. Enjoy!

My Update

This experience has lit a fire in my soul. I have been inspired to seek out new avenues to nurture my inner self.  I still continue therapy twice a month for overall personal development. I am passionate about Long Roadlearning and becoming a better person every single day.
Recovery has become my lifestyle and I can’t even imagine ever going back to any other lifestyle.  I still have many things that I want to work on in my life and with that, I am aware that nothing is perfect. I realize there will be bumps in the road, but I am stronger than I ever have been before, and I know I can handle a challenge that comes my way.
I often get asked, “If you could go back and change things {past mistakes, my illness, suffering, and overall life path} – would you?” My answer is no. Everything I have done and been through has made me the person I am today, and I am proud of the person I am now. I wouldn’t be here or have learned everything I know now if I didn’t go through the past pain, mistakes, and sufferings. I am wiser and more intelligent because of it all. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. It all plays out the way it’s supposed to. I own my story.
Thank you for reading about my journey and I hope you can take something from my experiences to help you.
Much love,



24 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. “During my recovery I have learned that I have never actually loved myself”, that’s really powerful. I resonate with this truth. Self-care, especially when taking care of small children, is challenging. Mucho gusto. Nice to meet you 🙂


  2. Thank you for sharing this extremely personal journey with the world! You are incredibly brave! I would love to have you come on my blog, theknnlife.com as a guest blogger sometime!

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