Hi, I’m Brittny. I’m the Founder + Creative Director of Open Our Eyes. I am currently in recovery (and will be for the rest of my life) for drug addiction, self-harm and bulimia. I have been diagnosed (possibly misdiagnosed-more about that in another blog) with Bipolar Disorder. Within the past few years I’ve began dealing with anxiety, which I think is mostly the result of being a rape survivor.
WOWZERS! That’s the first time I’ve ever really said that publicly. Which brings me to the most important statement of this entire blog:
Open Our Eyes was never meant to be about me helping you. It was about us recovering together. I don’t have all the answers. I have very little answers, actually. And I still struggle every single day.
At the end of last year, I sat down with the Open Our Eyes team and decided that our theme for our blog in particular, but really everything we ventured into this year, would be from Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave”: “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.”
Each of us has a story to tell and we have a responsibility to tell that story to the world because if that story can touch just one person then it’s worth telling. That’s our job here at Open Our Eyes. We want to facilitate tough conversations through providing a platform for each of you to share your stories. We want to continue to open the eyes of everyone around us to the things that are breaking us – mental health, addiction and social injustice. We want to do this by being brave and honest and living our lives authentically and completely unscripted.
This is the Open Our Eyes vision I had almost seven years ago. This is what I’d like to get us back to. And I need YOU to join us. If you’re interested in sharing your heart through our blog either committing to once a month for the next year or just submitting one guest blog, let our Blogging Queen know. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to dive deeper into our community by becoming a full-time team member for the next year, email me (email@example.com) and we can chat about it. Currently we’re in most need of help managing social media and graphic design but if you’re passionate about our community and these do not fit your skills, we can chat about where you can be of most benefit.
Journeying forward, I am incredibly overwhelmed with gratitude for the hearts of Elizabeth (Blogging Queen), Bethany (Music Outreach Muggle), Hannah (Captain Outreach), Liz (Online Content Fairy) and Mechelleen (Board of Directors). We’re currently reading through Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte together and using it to not only shape our personal lives but to rebuild the Open Our Eyes community, as well.
We want you to join us. We need you to join us. Find us on social media. Email me personally. Submit a blog or two or ten. Be present. Be bold. Be brave, y’all.