Howdy everyone! I'm over the moon delighted you took the time out of your busy day to stop in. My name is Carlie, and I am the creator of Bloomie Brained. I started working on Bloomie Brained just shy of a year ago, shortly after the tragic passing of a loved one from suicide. Bloomie Brained was created to symbolize watering and growing your mind so that it can flourish and be the best it can possibly be. We are delicate beings, all working together synergistically to make this big rock we call Earth go around time and time again! At the end of our lives the people we came in contact with throughout our journey aren't going to say "Wow, her beauty/ what she was wearing made me feel so good!". They are more likely to say "Wow, what she said to me really touched my heart, and made me feel good!". I can't stress enough that taking care of the inside of our bodies is just as important as taking care of the outside. Being a good decent human being and living by the golden rule is equally as important.
I have been a stylist for going on six years now. Where does time even go? I love it for allowing me to connect to all kinds of women on a deeper level while simultaneously enhancing their outer beauty. Unfortunately I received the call about my loved one's tragic passing while I was doing what I love. Ironically enough, I was talking about them the very instant I received the call. After taking almost an entire month off to be with family, I tried my hardest to go back- but it was taking a serious toll on my mental health. Imagine having to listen to someone complain about a chipped nail, or their hair being the wrong shade of blonde while you're standing next to the exact spot your life was absolutely rocked and changed forever. It wasn't fair for me to discredit my client's problems, or compare them to the severity of my own. Their problems are just as important as mine as they directly correlate to their own life on their own scale. There is no room for comparison in the game of life. All of our feelings and emotions are valid, no matter how big or small. Not having a single clue in the world about what life had in store for me, I had to act on feelings that I presently felt. I felt removing myself from the environment that reminded me of the worst day of my life was best for my mental health. So, I packed up my things and went home to do some serious soul searching. Sometimes in life when your soul is shattered it doesn’t repair itself overnight. It takes time. Just like home renovations, but we'll call it a heart renovation. My heart was broken, and God would bring me something or someone new to repair a broken piece each day.
Just as my spirits were beginning to feel somewhat lifted as time grew greater between that terrible day and present day, we were hit with a global pandemic. This resulted in not only a nationwide shutdown, but a worldwide shutdown. This only validated me feeling deep to my core that I just needed to be home taking a break from reality for a bit that much more. Something in me was telling me to slow down, and proceed with caution. This will be a time of self healing and mass healing worldwide. In my time of self reflection and soul searching I realized that while yes the act of physically doing hair feeds my creative side, it is the talking and getting to connect with another soul that is truly my favorite part. I am watching these young girls become women. I am seeing, hearing, and living their breakups, graduations, cross country moves, divorces, pregnancies, promotions, and the list goes on! These women are so much more to me than just clients or money. They have all become my family over time, and have also provided me with immense comfort through my own personal hardships. In the midst of my soul searching, it hit me like a freight train- “I don’t have to limit myself to only getting to interact with these women during appointments. What if I could do something that allowed me to connect with them anytime?” I thought to myself. What better time than now, while everyone is primarily connected virtually anyways? I then began to dive deeper into what was making me feel compelled to do this.
Mental illness is something we, as a society, need to be taking more seriously. It’s dangerous because it’s not something we can visibly see. More often than not, the ones that are struggling are the best at hiding it. Every day approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. That means we lose one beautiful soul to this monster every twelve minutes. There is one suicide for every estimated 25 attempts. There is one suicide for every estimated four suicide attempts amongst the elderly. Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year, and only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. This is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages, and the second leading cause in school systems. Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly a death every 40 seconds. Females are more likely than males to have thoughts of doing this. They attempt three times as often as males, and these statistics were gathered before the pandemic.
There you have it dolls, This is what drives me, and will forever drive me. Making people, whether male or female, feel important. Letting everyone know that even in the darkest of times, you still have a purpose and destiny to fulfill in this short time here on Earth. I do not wish the feelings of despair and confusion my family and I have felt this past year after our loss on anyone. God has put me here to take my tragedy, and flip it. He wants me to turn it into something beautiful, and create change. Even if what I plan on doing only helps one person, that is all that matters to me. Every life is important, and no life deserves to be left behind. Because in actuality it’s not the life lost that gets left behind. It’s the lives of many who have been touched by the soul that has now left us behind. Our hearts will forever yearn to have had more time, but we are left with having to appreciate the time we were lucky enough to have. So in the meantime let's all focus on being the best versions of ourselves! Trust the process and appreciate the ones you do still have each and everyday.
Bloomie Brained will highlight and showcase other products, brands, and businesses that I've noticed make people feel great about themselves. I will be covering personal and requested discussion topics with the goal of helping people look at troubling situations in a more peaceful, positive light. Please feel free to write in if there are any topics you would like covered, or if you are a business owner with a positive message that drives you to do what you love everyday. I would love to feature you in my vlog series! Thank you all for the support, and I look forward to connecting with each and every one of you!
If you, or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text "GO" to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor through the Crisis Text Line. This is FREE, 24/7, and completely confidential.