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This morning you may have woken up and felt useless.  Let me tell you something  you have sooo much worth! You are sooo love by soo many people! Just like this post from the official Lost Got Found page you are needed in this world! I know from personal experience pain itsnt easy to get through.  But you well make it♥️. #lostgotfound #youareloved #youarestrong

This morning you may have woken up and felt useless. Let me tell you something you have sooo much worth! You are sooo love by soo many people! Just like this post from the official Lost Got Found page you are needed in this world! I know from personal experience pain itsnt easy to get through. But you well make it️. #lostgotfound #youareloved #youarestrong - 5 days ago

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Have you ever felt so lost you didn’t know what to do? Today we share a resource very dear to our hearts.
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All because of this platform, I was able to start being more vulnerable and share my story with you.
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@lostgotfound , “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2016 as a personal project, originally called "The Invisible Illnesses", sharing stories from those affected by mental illness and suicide to help others know they are not alone.”
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#empoweredwithrivulet #experiencerivuletwithus #releaseteachempower #stlmom #stlmoms #debilitatinganxietytocalm #growingupwithoverwhelm #lostgotfound #sharingstory #thereishopeafterall #keepgoingforward

Have you ever felt so lost you didn’t know what to do? Today we share a resource very dear to our hearts. . All because of this platform, I was able to start being more vulnerable and share my story with you. . @lostgotfound , “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2016 as a personal project, originally called "The Invisible Illnesses", sharing stories from those affected by mental illness and suicide to help others know they are not alone.” . Their link is on our profile today.⠀ .⠀ Photo credit @lostgotfound Reposted with @plannthat . . . . . #empoweredwithrivulet #experiencerivuletwithus #releaseteachempower #stlmom #stlmoms #debilitatinganxietytocalm #growingupwithoverwhelm #lostgotfound #sharingstory #thereishopeafterall #keepgoingforward - 19 days ago

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There’s something beautiful about someone who’s been to hell and back. As if they’ve laid down a path to help others get out. Just like the people before, who helped them get out of the darkness. There’s no need to go it alone. I will reach forward to the helping hand and I will reach back to take you with me 💜 ⠀
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#love #anxiety #mentalhealth #gratitudejournal #positivity #positivevibes #inspiration #motivation #life #happy #happiness #mindset #positivethinking #motivational #loveyourself #peace #lawofattraction #inspire #inspirational #smile #selflove #success #positiveenergy #lostgotfound

There’s something beautiful about someone who’s been to hell and back. As if they’ve laid down a path to help others get out. Just like the people before, who helped them get out of the darkness. There’s no need to go it alone. I will reach forward to the helping hand and I will reach back to take you with me ⠀ .⠀ . ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #love #anxiety #mentalhealth #gratitudejournal #positivity #positivevibes #inspiration #motivation #life #happy #happiness #mindset #positivethinking #motivational #loveyourself #peace #lawofattraction #inspire #inspirational #smile #selflove #success #positiveenergy #lostgotfound - 2 months ago

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"I know throughout the past two decades of living with an eating disorder, I’ve never met the vision most people have in their minds of what someone with anorexia 'should look like'. I’ve been overweight and I’ve been underweight. I’ve been muscular and I’ve been atrophied... No matter what I weighed, my pain was real. My outward appearance was not an accurate gauge of the battle I was waging on the inside... If I could go back and tell my 14-year-old self that I didn’t have to disappear, in order to be seen, I would. That no number on the scale would ever bring me the feeling of worthiness I was hopelessly hunting down. There are no prerequisites for receiving treatment. I wish I could save her from the years of pain as she suffered in silence, but I can’t change what has already happened. I can only hope that speaking to my pain and the time that I lost waiting to feel worthy enough will bring someone else closer to realizing they deserve help."
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To read Vanna's full story, click the link in our bio.

"I know throughout the past two decades of living with an eating disorder, I’ve never met the vision most people have in their minds of what someone with anorexia 'should look like'. I’ve been overweight and I’ve been underweight. I’ve been muscular and I’ve been atrophied... No matter what I weighed, my pain was real. My outward appearance was not an accurate gauge of the battle I was waging on the inside... If I could go back and tell my 14-year-old self that I didn’t have to disappear, in order to be seen, I would. That no number on the scale would ever bring me the feeling of worthiness I was hopelessly hunting down. There are no prerequisites for receiving treatment. I wish I could save her from the years of pain as she suffered in silence, but I can’t change what has already happened. I can only hope that speaking to my pain and the time that I lost waiting to feel worthy enough will bring someone else closer to realizing they deserve help." . . . To read Vanna's full story, click the link in our bio. - 2 months ago

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An affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into their life
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Affirmations can help change your subconscious mind. If you repeat something to yourself over and over, it starts to become your truth. This can be a positive or a negative
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If we tell ourselves we don’t look good, we’re poor, we’re unhappy… we will always be these things. And I know it isn’t easy to get away from these thoughts in today’s world. But we have to break free. We need to fill our thoughts and soul with positive affirmations
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Even if you do not believe at first, write down some things you want to believe about yourself. And each day when you wake up, pick one, and focus on it for 5 minutes. Put on some calming music, SMILE, and repeat it deep into your soul
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Here are some positive affirmations to help you get started!
I am beautiful
I am worthy
I am wealthy
I am confident
I am successful
I accept the miracles the universe provides.
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#love #anxiety #mentalhealth #gratitudejournal #positivity #positivevibes #inspiration #motivation #life #happy #happiness #mindset #positivethinking #motivational #loveyourself #peace #lawofattraction #inspire #inspirational #smile #selflove #success #positiveenergy #lostgotfound

An affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into their life . . Affirmations can help change your subconscious mind. If you repeat something to yourself over and over, it starts to become your truth. This can be a positive or a negative . . If we tell ourselves we don’t look good, we’re poor, we’re unhappy… we will always be these things. And I know it isn’t easy to get away from these thoughts in today’s world. But we have to break free. We need to fill our thoughts and soul with positive affirmations . . Even if you do not believe at first, write down some things you want to believe about yourself. And each day when you wake up, pick one, and focus on it for 5 minutes. Put on some calming music, SMILE, and repeat it deep into your soul . . Here are some positive affirmations to help you get started! I am beautiful I am worthy I am wealthy I am confident I am successful I accept the miracles the universe provides. . . . . . . #love #anxiety #mentalhealth #gratitudejournal #positivity #positivevibes #inspiration #motivation #life #happy #happiness #mindset #positivethinking #motivational #loveyourself #peace #lawofattraction #inspire #inspirational #smile #selflove #success #positiveenergy #lostgotfound - 2 months ago

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“I have severe ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). I have always felt this constant pain in my life, but never knew if it was real or if it was something that no one else had. I was always told that whatever I was feeling was an over-exaggeration and that my feelings were not valid. But, I'm here to tell you that your feelings are valid and real... I believe that those of us with mental illnesses see the world in a different light. We see the good and the bad, and we are forced to accept both. We are always exposed to the darkness and the light, but we can learn to put up with it. I hope one day the world will see that our chemical imbalances give us different perspectives that are unique to us; perspectives that are valuable, new, refreshing, and creative."
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To read Anna's full story, click the link in our bio.

“I have severe ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). I have always felt this constant pain in my life, but never knew if it was real or if it was something that no one else had. I was always told that whatever I was feeling was an over-exaggeration and that my feelings were not valid. But, I'm here to tell you that your feelings are valid and real... I believe that those of us with mental illnesses see the world in a different light. We see the good and the bad, and we are forced to accept both. We are always exposed to the darkness and the light, but we can learn to put up with it. I hope one day the world will see that our chemical imbalances give us different perspectives that are unique to us; perspectives that are valuable, new, refreshing, and creative." . . . To read Anna's full story, click the link in our bio. - 3 months ago

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Thank you ‘Lost Got Found’ for sharing and featuring my story on your website, blog, and social media platforms. Hopefully my past and present can continue to inspire positive change! 
#Repost @lostgotfound with @get_repost
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"I attended and thrived both academically and athletically in a large suburban high school. But, during my junior year, I faced a crisis. The anxiety that plagued me for so many years developed into a deep depression. And, on top of that, an eating disorder. I suddenly realized that I had been waging a long-standing battle with depression, stress, anxiety, body dysmorphia, bullying, injuries, an eating disorder, and I was not coming anywhere close to maximizing my human potential. I had grown to the height of 6’5”, but weighed in at less than half the body weight I am today. I was overwhelmed with fear and felt like there was no hope. In the spring semester of my junior year, my struggles became so severe that it became necessary for me to leave school for a seven-week period and become a resident in an out-of-state facility in Wisconsin that specialized in treating depression, eating disorders, and all the other personal obstacles I was facing... Simply put, I learned that 'life is not about what happens to you. Instead, life is about how you respond to what happens to you.' These days, I have become a messenger of hope, optimism, and faith through sharing my own personal story of triumph. I am extremely confident that if others implement the habits and strategies I have learned over the years, they too can accomplish whatever is important in their own lives.”
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To read Jack's full story, click the link in our bio.

#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #lostgotfound #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #menshealth #everybodymatters #youmatter #emotionalfitness #mindfitness #inspire #positive

Thank you ‘Lost Got Found’ for sharing and featuring my story on your website, blog, and social media platforms. Hopefully my past and present can continue to inspire positive change! #Repost @lostgotfound with @get_repost ・・・ "I attended and thrived both academically and athletically in a large suburban high school. But, during my junior year, I faced a crisis. The anxiety that plagued me for so many years developed into a deep depression. And, on top of that, an eating disorder. I suddenly realized that I had been waging a long-standing battle with depression, stress, anxiety, body dysmorphia, bullying, injuries, an eating disorder, and I was not coming anywhere close to maximizing my human potential. I had grown to the height of 6’5”, but weighed in at less than half the body weight I am today. I was overwhelmed with fear and felt like there was no hope. In the spring semester of my junior year, my struggles became so severe that it became necessary for me to leave school for a seven-week period and become a resident in an out-of-state facility in Wisconsin that specialized in treating depression, eating disorders, and all the other personal obstacles I was facing... Simply put, I learned that 'life is not about what happens to you. Instead, life is about how you respond to what happens to you.' These days, I have become a messenger of hope, optimism, and faith through sharing my own personal story of triumph. I am extremely confident that if others implement the habits and strategies I have learned over the years, they too can accomplish whatever is important in their own lives.” . . . To read Jack's full story, click the link in our bio. #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #lostgotfound #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #menshealth #everybodymatters #youmatter #emotionalfitness #mindfitness #inspire #positive - 3 months ago

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over the past 11 months I have been getting back into exercise and improving my eating habits. Since I was officially diagnosed with my anxiety disorder I learned how important exercise and healthy eating is.  This time last year I was in the hospital and weighed 113 pounds. When the anxiety became debilitating I lost weight and lost it rapidly. With anxiety if you don’t eat, it will literally eat you.  After I was discharged and put on the right medication for me, I began eating smaller but more frequent meals. Once I gained more weight and a real appetite again I omitted a lot of fast foods and sugars from my diet. I started to go to the gym and gain back strength, and started to run. I am so glad I chose to run that first day in the gym because running clears your head, and improves mood. I always feel 100% after a run. I said to myself since anxiety sometimes feels like you are always running or running from something, I might as well actually run! I used to play soccer and once high school was finished I didn’t do much exercise besides bike riding, going on walks and roller blading. I did that all leisurely and didn’t really have an exercise plan, and when you don’t always have a plan you start to be more lax about exercise. With good nutrition and exercise I am healthy again. I feel great too! It was hard work. Don’t get me wrong I have days I don’t want to go to the gym, I haven’t gone at all this week lol, and I still love to eat a burger, get fast food and pizza too once in awhile! 
The past few weeks I have started to use shakeology shakes as 1 meal supplement, I also have been doing my own version (that is healthier for me) of the whole 30 diet with my fiancé, and have been doing a little bit more at the gym, just increasing some of the weights. Now I am all about maintaining my weight and toning up! I am proud of myself and of these differences I see and what I did to build myself back up. 💪🏻 thanks for reading! ❤️
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over the past 11 months I have been getting back into exercise and improving my eating habits. Since I was officially diagnosed with my anxiety disorder I learned how important exercise and healthy eating is. This time last year I was in the hospital and weighed 113 pounds. When the anxiety became debilitating I lost weight and lost it rapidly. With anxiety if you don’t eat, it will literally eat you. After I was discharged and put on the right medication for me, I began eating smaller but more frequent meals. Once I gained more weight and a real appetite again I omitted a lot of fast foods and sugars from my diet. I started to go to the gym and gain back strength, and started to run. I am so glad I chose to run that first day in the gym because running clears your head, and improves mood. I always feel 100% after a run. I said to myself since anxiety sometimes feels like you are always running or running from something, I might as well actually run! I used to play soccer and once high school was finished I didn’t do much exercise besides bike riding, going on walks and roller blading. I did that all leisurely and didn’t really have an exercise plan, and when you don’t always have a plan you start to be more lax about exercise. With good nutrition and exercise I am healthy again. I feel great too! It was hard work. Don’t get me wrong I have days I don’t want to go to the gym, I haven’t gone at all this week lol, and I still love to eat a burger, get fast food and pizza too once in awhile! The past few weeks I have started to use shakeology shakes as 1 meal supplement, I also have been doing my own version (that is healthier for me) of the whole 30 diet with my fiancé, and have been doing a little bit more at the gym, just increasing some of the weights. Now I am all about maintaining my weight and toning up! I am proud of myself and of these differences I see and what I did to build myself back up. 🏻 thanks for reading! ️ • • #fitness #motivation #running #shakeology #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #healing #endstigma #strength #selfcare #ican #allforjesus #recovery #mentalhealthwarrior #journey #beachbody #onedayatatime #lostgotfound - 3 months ago

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"How does a nine-year-old tell their parents that they had been sexually assaulted? From that day on, I knew something was not right and that made me a scared child. I was constantly anxious and quiet around people that I was not usually quiet around. But still, no one had a clue what was going on. This was my defense mechanism and it was the only way my naïve brain could conceptualize what had happened to me. Burying this deep down for almost ten years of my life was impactful toward my anxiety and depression... I was terrified to go to college. I was terrified of the unknown. Then, whether I wanted it to or not, I made my way off to college- scared about all the statistics that had been thrown at me about women getting sexually assaulted on college campuses and scared of the secret I had built up on my shoulders. I let my anxieties build up, and I busted. I finally told someone that I had been assaulted as a child. It wasn’t a family member, but a good friend. And, that friend helped give me the courage to finally tell my parents over the summer. The battle with my anxiety and depression is constantly ongoing, and some days I don’t want to get out of bed. Except now, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am able to make sense of my behaviors over the past ten years."
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To read Liza's full story, click the link in our bio.

"How does a nine-year-old tell their parents that they had been sexually assaulted? From that day on, I knew something was not right and that made me a scared child. I was constantly anxious and quiet around people that I was not usually quiet around. But still, no one had a clue what was going on. This was my defense mechanism and it was the only way my naïve brain could conceptualize what had happened to me. Burying this deep down for almost ten years of my life was impactful toward my anxiety and depression... I was terrified to go to college. I was terrified of the unknown. Then, whether I wanted it to or not, I made my way off to college- scared about all the statistics that had been thrown at me about women getting sexually assaulted on college campuses and scared of the secret I had built up on my shoulders. I let my anxieties build up, and I busted. I finally told someone that I had been assaulted as a child. It wasn’t a family member, but a good friend. And, that friend helped give me the courage to finally tell my parents over the summer. The battle with my anxiety and depression is constantly ongoing, and some days I don’t want to get out of bed. Except now, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am able to make sense of my behaviors over the past ten years." . . . To read Liza's full story, click the link in our bio. - 3 months ago

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Repeat this to yourself or tag someone who may need this reminder today. You are strong. You can do this 💚

Repeat this to yourself or tag someone who may need this reminder today. You are strong. You can do this - 3 months ago

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"I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. And, each has left its mark. I had been self-harming, in the form of cutting, since my freshman year in high school... I wore an armor to protect myself from these thoughts and feelings. Self-harm is one of the most taboo mental illness struggles in society. For so long, I wore long sleeves to school and especially around new people. Other than around my few closest friends, I wore makeup to coat the redness of the remnants of the internal pain I suffered. One day, I had enough. Why was I hiding my body to save others from feeling uncomfortable? If I could not accept my appearance and suffering, how could I expect anyone else to be understanding or accepting? The looks, the stares, and the comments still happen every day, but I don’t hide anymore. My scars do not define me- they’re simply a manifestation of the mental illnesses I struggle from. My scars are red, raised, and attention-grabbing, but I make a point to grab others' attention with my personality, my unconditional support, and, most importantly, my knowledge."
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To read Taylor’s full story, click the link in our bio

"I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. And, each has left its mark. I had been self-harming, in the form of cutting, since my freshman year in high school... I wore an armor to protect myself from these thoughts and feelings. Self-harm is one of the most taboo mental illness struggles in society. For so long, I wore long sleeves to school and especially around new people. Other than around my few closest friends, I wore makeup to coat the redness of the remnants of the internal pain I suffered. One day, I had enough. Why was I hiding my body to save others from feeling uncomfortable? If I could not accept my appearance and suffering, how could I expect anyone else to be understanding or accepting? The looks, the stares, and the comments still happen every day, but I don’t hide anymore. My scars do not define me- they’re simply a manifestation of the mental illnesses I struggle from. My scars are red, raised, and attention-grabbing, but I make a point to grab others' attention with my personality, my unconditional support, and, most importantly, my knowledge." . . To read Taylor’s full story, click the link in our bio - 3 months ago

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Let’s show some love to those we care about, to remind them that nothing would be the same if they did not exist!
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Tag someone that you could not live without. Or, tag someone who you think may need a reminder that they are loved. 💚

Let’s show some love to those we care about, to remind them that nothing would be the same if they did not exist! . . Tag someone that you could not live without. Or, tag someone who you think may need a reminder that they are loved. - 3 months ago

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You are all sorts of wonderful. 💚

You are all sorts of wonderful. - 3 months ago

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"By the time I was 19, I was a clinically depressed and anxious addict with an out-of-control eating disorder. I was fortunate to get help, where I was sent away for over a year to deal with my issues. For me, this was life-changing. I went off my medicine, started eating better, and I stopped drinking, 'shooting up', and putting anything that I could think of up my nose. And, I was given the greatest gift of meeting my best friend, whom I would fall in love with, and who helped me ease into trusting people. A little over two years after we met, he lost his battle with his demons and died from a heroin overdose. The depression that came over me was something I never imagined would come back. After three months, I decided on my own that I needed to seek help... Two years after his death, my ex-girlfriend, whom I loved deeply, died by suicide. I knew she had depression, but we never talked about it, never had an honest conversation about it... Today, I fight. I fight for the people I have lost. I fight for myself. I fight because it reminds me that I am alive and I still get to choose the impact I have on others. I talk to people whenever they have questions. I don’t hide my past and I have given permission to my friends and family to use me as a resource... One day, having trudged down your own path, you will come to realize that the little light you almost lost, is now showering you with rays of strength. You can do it, and know that there are people out there to pick you up when you need it most. You will never be left behind, you will never be forgotten. You are loved unconditionally and eternally."
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To read Addie's full story, click the link in our bio.

"By the time I was 19, I was a clinically depressed and anxious addict with an out-of-control eating disorder. I was fortunate to get help, where I was sent away for over a year to deal with my issues. For me, this was life-changing. I went off my medicine, started eating better, and I stopped drinking, 'shooting up', and putting anything that I could think of up my nose. And, I was given the greatest gift of meeting my best friend, whom I would fall in love with, and who helped me ease into trusting people. A little over two years after we met, he lost his battle with his demons and died from a heroin overdose. The depression that came over me was something I never imagined would come back. After three months, I decided on my own that I needed to seek help... Two years after his death, my ex-girlfriend, whom I loved deeply, died by suicide. I knew she had depression, but we never talked about it, never had an honest conversation about it... Today, I fight. I fight for the people I have lost. I fight for myself. I fight because it reminds me that I am alive and I still get to choose the impact I have on others. I talk to people whenever they have questions. I don’t hide my past and I have given permission to my friends and family to use me as a resource... One day, having trudged down your own path, you will come to realize that the little light you almost lost, is now showering you with rays of strength. You can do it, and know that there are people out there to pick you up when you need it most. You will never be left behind, you will never be forgotten. You are loved unconditionally and eternally." . . . To read Addie's full story, click the link in our bio. - 3 months ago

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This past year, we educated over 5,000 students. We need your help to continue expanding and educating nationwide!
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To host a Facebook Fundraiser for Lost Got Found, follow these easy steps:

1. Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed.
2. Click Raise Money for a nonprofit organization.
3. Select “Lost Got Found” and fill out the easy details about your fundraiser.
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This past year, we educated over 5,000 students. We need your help to continue expanding and educating nationwide! . . . To host a Facebook Fundraiser for Lost Got Found, follow these easy steps: 1. Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed. 2. Click Raise Money for a nonprofit organization. 3. Select “Lost Got Found” and fill out the easy details about your fundraiser. 4. Click Create. - 3 months ago

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happy 4th of July! Thankful for blue skies💙
shout out to @anniecald for my sticker from @freeandabove 👌🏻 I love this little reminder, with a big message, it says it all! 
Always speak up and ask for help! We weren’t meant to do life alone. You are important and your mind, #mentalhealth matters! The more you share and talk to others you will often find many people struggle and sharing/talking openly will not only help #endstigma but, it will help you feel less alone too!
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happy 4th of July! Thankful for blue skies shout out to @anniecald for my sticker from @freeandabove 🏻 I love this little reminder, with a big message, it says it all! Always speak up and ask for help! We weren’t meant to do life alone. You are important and your mind, #mentalhealth matters! The more you share and talk to others you will often find many people struggle and sharing/talking openly will not only help #endstigma but, it will help you feel less alone too! • • #speakup #idontmind #nami #freeandabove #stickers #reminders #anxiety #depression #lostgotfound #copingskills #therapy #bluesky #holidays - 3 months ago

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Dr. Jennice Vilhauer states, “Everything you say to yourself matters. The inner critic isn’t harmless. It inhibits you, limits you, and stops you from pursuing the life you truly want to live. It robs you of peace of mind and emotional well-being and, if left unchecked long enough, it can even lead to serious mental health problems like depression or anxiety.”
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Remind yourself that your thoughts are just that- thoughts. It does not make them true. 💚

Dr. Jennice Vilhauer states, “Everything you say to yourself matters. The inner critic isn’t harmless. It inhibits you, limits you, and stops you from pursuing the life you truly want to live. It robs you of peace of mind and emotional well-being and, if left unchecked long enough, it can even lead to serious mental health problems like depression or anxiety.” . . Remind yourself that your thoughts are just that- thoughts. It does not make them true. - 4 months ago

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“Ever since I was 9, I have had OCD. I remember back all those years ago to the first intrusive thought- if I don't hit the light switch, check the door or stove, a family member would die. I remember the day at 22-years-old when I had self-harm and suicidal intrusive thoughts, or obsessions. The thoughts were non-stop. I would shake. I would sweat. I started to lose my appetite. I lost weight and lost focus. And then, I could not sleep. My loved ones started to notice a change in me. I knew I had to seek professional help. At first, I was put on a medication that was not the right one for me, which made my symptoms more severe. But, a year ago, I was hospitalized, found the right medication, and attended an outpatient treatment program. Now, I see it as one of the best things to happen to me. Going through that made me more grateful. And, I realize now that I am myself more than ever."
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Click the link in our bio to read Rose's full story.

“Ever since I was 9, I have had OCD. I remember back all those years ago to the first intrusive thought- if I don't hit the light switch, check the door or stove, a family member would die. I remember the day at 22-years-old when I had self-harm and suicidal intrusive thoughts, or obsessions. The thoughts were non-stop. I would shake. I would sweat. I started to lose my appetite. I lost weight and lost focus. And then, I could not sleep. My loved ones started to notice a change in me. I knew I had to seek professional help. At first, I was put on a medication that was not the right one for me, which made my symptoms more severe. But, a year ago, I was hospitalized, found the right medication, and attended an outpatient treatment program. Now, I see it as one of the best things to happen to me. Going through that made me more grateful. And, I realize now that I am myself more than ever." . . . Click the link in our bio to read Rose's full story. - 4 months ago

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"Mental health was something that has always been of interest to me, and it has personally affected me when I lost a friend to suicide in 2012 and then lost my brother to suicide in 2014. At the time, I was 20-years-old when I lost my older brother, Travis, and he was 22. It was a cold January night and I was laying in bed. The next thing I heard was my mom screaming... My entire world changed in that moment. The person that I was before my brother died was gone. I lost my best friend on that Sunday night and began struggling more with my own mental health issues. One month led to three months, which led to a year, to now four years since his death. Every year has been a different kind of challenge. I struggled with depression, severe anxiety, and even battled my inner demons at my lowest points. Lots of therapy appointments, visiting his grave, and having a select few trusting people in my life has helped the grieving... My goal is to get more people talking. People won’t understand unless they know. Be kind! It helps make the darker days a little brighter.”
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"Mental health was something that has always been of interest to me, and it has personally affected me when I lost a friend to suicide in 2012 and then lost my brother to suicide in 2014. At the time, I was 20-years-old when I lost my older brother, Travis, and he was 22. It was a cold January night and I was laying in bed. The next thing I heard was my mom screaming... My entire world changed in that moment. The person that I was before my brother died was gone. I lost my best friend on that Sunday night and began struggling more with my own mental health issues. One month led to three months, which led to a year, to now four years since his death. Every year has been a different kind of challenge. I struggled with depression, severe anxiety, and even battled my inner demons at my lowest points. Lots of therapy appointments, visiting his grave, and having a select few trusting people in my life has helped the grieving... My goal is to get more people talking. People won’t understand unless they know. Be kind! It helps make the darker days a little brighter.” . . . To read Carrie's full story, click the link in our bio. - 4 months ago

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Singer and songwriter, Demi Lovato, has always been an incredible mental health advocate. This past week, Lovato released a beautiful, raw, and honest song entitled, “Sober”, in which she opens up about her personal and recent struggles dealing with relapse. The final lyric is, “I'm sorry that I'm here again, I promise I'll get help. It wasn't my intention, I'm sorry to myself.”
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Millions of people struggle with addiction each day. Addiction is not your fault. Relapse does not mean you failed. We are here for you. 💚
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SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-4357, is a confidential, free, 24/7, information service (in English & Spanish) for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. The service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Singer and songwriter, Demi Lovato, has always been an incredible mental health advocate. This past week, Lovato released a beautiful, raw, and honest song entitled, “Sober”, in which she opens up about her personal and recent struggles dealing with relapse. The final lyric is, “I'm sorry that I'm here again, I promise I'll get help. It wasn't my intention, I'm sorry to myself.” . . Millions of people struggle with addiction each day. Addiction is not your fault. Relapse does not mean you failed. We are here for you. . . SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-4357, is a confidential, free, 24/7, information service (in English & Spanish) for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. The service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. - 4 months ago

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"I had a traumatic experience when I was 14-years-old, which then caused a non-existing relationship with my mother. I was brought up being told that I could not talk about anything and that I was not allowed to show any emotions. So, that’s what I did... From ages 18 to 23, my depression became worse and I developed an eating disorder. I suffered in silence for five long years until I was forced to seek help. I realized what I experienced when I was younger had a huge impact on how I am today because I never dealt with it. I am now currently dealing with all of the emotions, pain, and loss that I should have dealt with back then. I have been self-destructive for twelve years and didn't know anything else- between my eating disorder, substance abuse, and self-harm... I don’t want anyone to feel how I felt during my darkest times. It’s my mission to encourage others to be able to speak up and realize tomorrow might not be as bad as today."
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"I had a traumatic experience when I was 14-years-old, which then caused a non-existing relationship with my mother. I was brought up being told that I could not talk about anything and that I was not allowed to show any emotions. So, that’s what I did... From ages 18 to 23, my depression became worse and I developed an eating disorder. I suffered in silence for five long years until I was forced to seek help. I realized what I experienced when I was younger had a huge impact on how I am today because I never dealt with it. I am now currently dealing with all of the emotions, pain, and loss that I should have dealt with back then. I have been self-destructive for twelve years and didn't know anything else- between my eating disorder, substance abuse, and self-harm... I don’t want anyone to feel how I felt during my darkest times. It’s my mission to encourage others to be able to speak up and realize tomorrow might not be as bad as today." . . . Click the link in our bio to read Nicole's full story. - 4 months ago

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an important reminder for us all as we start the week 💚

an important reminder for us all as we start the week - 4 months ago

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"It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 26-years-old that I knew I wanted to work in the mental health field. I wanted to support others in the way that I was supported during the most challenging period of my life. During my recovery, I met someone with schizophrenia who told me that talking to me calmed the voices in her head and it was the only reason she could sleep at night. I ruminated on those words and decided that, through social work, I could use my own personal experiences to help others... My goal as a social worker is to continue working with individuals who have mental illnesses that have disrupted their lives. I want to inspire people to believe that they can live happy and productive lives, despite having a mental illness, just as I have."
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To read Monica's full story, click the link in our bio.

"It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 26-years-old that I knew I wanted to work in the mental health field. I wanted to support others in the way that I was supported during the most challenging period of my life. During my recovery, I met someone with schizophrenia who told me that talking to me calmed the voices in her head and it was the only reason she could sleep at night. I ruminated on those words and decided that, through social work, I could use my own personal experiences to help others... My goal as a social worker is to continue working with individuals who have mental illnesses that have disrupted their lives. I want to inspire people to believe that they can live happy and productive lives, despite having a mental illness, just as I have." . . To read Monica's full story, click the link in our bio. - 4 months ago

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Kirsten Powers, wrote in her USA Today article, “I decided to share my story after interviewing John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. [He stated,] ‘If people are more open about talking about coping through suicidal experiences, the evidence is very clear that this has a very positive effect on getting people through a suicidal crisis.’ Changing our culture is critical. Being honest with others about our own personal struggles and dark nights of the soul is the first step. People on the edge need to hear stories that assure them there is a way through the all-consuming pain to a meaningful life. I’ve told mine, now go tell yours.”
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Sharing our mental health journey is not always easy. But, we believe that your voice deserves to be heard. We want to help you share your story. To submit yours, click the link in our bio (lostgotfound.org/share-your-story)

Kirsten Powers, wrote in her USA Today article, “I decided to share my story after interviewing John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. [He stated,] ‘If people are more open about talking about coping through suicidal experiences, the evidence is very clear that this has a very positive effect on getting people through a suicidal crisis.’ Changing our culture is critical. Being honest with others about our own personal struggles and dark nights of the soul is the first step. People on the edge need to hear stories that assure them there is a way through the all-consuming pain to a meaningful life. I’ve told mine, now go tell yours.” . . . Sharing our mental health journey is not always easy. But, we believe that your voice deserves to be heard. We want to help you share your story. To submit yours, click the link in our bio (lostgotfound.org/share-your-story) - 4 months ago

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"At 18, I had my first manic episode. My fun on-cloud-nine became very scary and I reached out to my parents for help. I was hospitalized again and finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. On Friday, June 15th, 2018, I was diagnosed with PTSD-related to the physical and mental abuse that I received from my father as a child. The flash backs, irritability, and anger have flared up in the last few years. The diagnosis did not come as a surprise and is now at the forefront of my treatment. My life has been a roller coaster, but my determination, resilience, and courage has given me the strength to fight this endless battle. I am now 34-years-old and I have been on psychiatric medication for 19 years, in-and-out of therapy, and hospitalized 15 times. I didn’t choose this life, but ultimately I get to choose how to live it. I refuse to take a back seat to my mental health, but instead I would rather take it head on and be proactive about my treatment... I feel your pain and you are not alone in this fight. Dig deep to find the strength and courage to continue living this beautiful life you were given. It’s our duty to speak out and help break the stigma to pave the way for generations to come. I encourage you to put the guilt and shame aside. Reach out to get the support and treatment you deserve."
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To read Caleb’s full story, click the link in our bio.

"At 18, I had my first manic episode. My fun on-cloud-nine became very scary and I reached out to my parents for help. I was hospitalized again and finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. On Friday, June 15th, 2018, I was diagnosed with PTSD-related to the physical and mental abuse that I received from my father as a child. The flash backs, irritability, and anger have flared up in the last few years. The diagnosis did not come as a surprise and is now at the forefront of my treatment. My life has been a roller coaster, but my determination, resilience, and courage has given me the strength to fight this endless battle. I am now 34-years-old and I have been on psychiatric medication for 19 years, in-and-out of therapy, and hospitalized 15 times. I didn’t choose this life, but ultimately I get to choose how to live it. I refuse to take a back seat to my mental health, but instead I would rather take it head on and be proactive about my treatment... I feel your pain and you are not alone in this fight. Dig deep to find the strength and courage to continue living this beautiful life you were given. It’s our duty to speak out and help break the stigma to pave the way for generations to come. I encourage you to put the guilt and shame aside. Reach out to get the support and treatment you deserve." . . To read Caleb’s full story, click the link in our bio. - 4 months ago

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Practicing self-love is so important 💚

Practicing self-love is so important - 4 months ago

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“My family always knew what to say to fillet my soul open. ‘No man will ever love me. I’m too fat.’ My father slurred these words from his mouth and the alcohol hit my nose. My mom co-signed. My brother told me how revolting my body was. Flashbacks of being bullied, repressed memories from having my body taken advantage of heaved from deep within, as all of the pain I’ve ever restrained projected from within me. Tie all of this in with chronic illnesses, my life completely shattered. The part I regret most is staying silent when I should have been yelling. But, now, at 24 and countless therapists, hospital visits, journals and less than one month into unguarded healing, I have realized that, despite the odds, I am still here. I am still surviving. Through the emotional abuse, molestation, bullying, failures, embarrassments, I am still living. Using my platform as Miss Black Georgia US Ambassador is a conquer in its own, but standing dauntlessly on the platform of, 'Life; It Keeps Going,' is what drives me. I needed someone in my corner, so that’s all I can ever try to be for other people and that’s what makes it worth it. Find a reason worth fighting for. People want to help you, I want to help you. Please, keep holding on. It sounds cliché, but it gets so much better. Trust me. You are loved."
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“My family always knew what to say to fillet my soul open. ‘No man will ever love me. I’m too fat.’ My father slurred these words from his mouth and the alcohol hit my nose. My mom co-signed. My brother told me how revolting my body was. Flashbacks of being bullied, repressed memories from having my body taken advantage of heaved from deep within, as all of the pain I’ve ever restrained projected from within me. Tie all of this in with chronic illnesses, my life completely shattered. The part I regret most is staying silent when I should have been yelling. But, now, at 24 and countless therapists, hospital visits, journals and less than one month into unguarded healing, I have realized that, despite the odds, I am still here. I am still surviving. Through the emotional abuse, molestation, bullying, failures, embarrassments, I am still living. Using my platform as Miss Black Georgia US Ambassador is a conquer in its own, but standing dauntlessly on the platform of, 'Life; It Keeps Going,' is what drives me. I needed someone in my corner, so that’s all I can ever try to be for other people and that’s what makes it worth it. Find a reason worth fighting for. People want to help you, I want to help you. Please, keep holding on. It sounds cliché, but it gets so much better. Trust me. You are loved." . . To read Ashleigh's full story, click the link in our bio. - 4 months ago

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Did you know that, on average, there are 123 suicides each days? Did you know suicide rates are up 30% since 1999?
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One of the biggest misconceptions is that asking someone if they have any suicidal feelings will encourage an attempt. But, research has actually shown that asking about suicide to someone you are concerned about provides the opportunity for communication.
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If you or a loved one is struggling, you can always call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Did you know that, on average, there are 123 suicides each days? Did you know suicide rates are up 30% since 1999? . . One of the biggest misconceptions is that asking someone if they have any suicidal feelings will encourage an attempt. But, research has actually shown that asking about suicide to someone you are concerned about provides the opportunity for communication. . . If you or a loved one is struggling, you can always call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. - 4 months ago

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"As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be thinner... I joined cross-country and track and I constantly compared myself to my fellow teammates. They were so much thinner and prettier than I was. I never felt comfortable with my body, and fixated on calories, numbers, and exercise. My illness went undiagnosed... I started college and began exercising more and more, and food started to feel excessive. I told myself that it wasn’t that I was harming myself, I just had a different set of guidelines for my day. That is how I rationalized it. It began to feel like there were two voices at war in my head: the eating disorder and myself. I was waging war with myself. I pushed people away. I eventually agreed to treatment. Recovery is not glamorous, and neither is the eating disorder itself. Recovery is not linear. It is not purely physical and not purely mental. Gaining weight was hard, but wanting to live a normal life was harder. But, I gave recovery all that I had. In that time, I found myself. It wasn’t just about eating. It was about so much more than what I saw in the mirror. Slowly, the voice got smaller. I won’t lie and say that it goes away. It isn’t easy. But, I can honestly say that seeking recovery was the best decision I have ever made. I am continually so grateful for the life that I am now able to live. I can promise that recovery is worth it. Reach out, have faith, and trust the process. It gets better.”
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"As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be thinner... I joined cross-country and track and I constantly compared myself to my fellow teammates. They were so much thinner and prettier than I was. I never felt comfortable with my body, and fixated on calories, numbers, and exercise. My illness went undiagnosed... I started college and began exercising more and more, and food started to feel excessive. I told myself that it wasn’t that I was harming myself, I just had a different set of guidelines for my day. That is how I rationalized it. It began to feel like there were two voices at war in my head: the eating disorder and myself. I was waging war with myself. I pushed people away. I eventually agreed to treatment. Recovery is not glamorous, and neither is the eating disorder itself. Recovery is not linear. It is not purely physical and not purely mental. Gaining weight was hard, but wanting to live a normal life was harder. But, I gave recovery all that I had. In that time, I found myself. It wasn’t just about eating. It was about so much more than what I saw in the mirror. Slowly, the voice got smaller. I won’t lie and say that it goes away. It isn’t easy. But, I can honestly say that seeking recovery was the best decision I have ever made. I am continually so grateful for the life that I am now able to live. I can promise that recovery is worth it. Reach out, have faith, and trust the process. It gets better.” . . Click the link in our bio to read Lexi's full story. . . . Story & Photo by: Gabi Winter, Ohio State University Campus Rep - 4 months ago

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Reminder for anyone who needs it today 💚

Reminder for anyone who needs it today - 4 months ago

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"My story starts with my struggle of depression and anxiety. Both of these illnesses became so crippling that I missed countless days of school and lost all of my closest friends. I developed a serious eating disorder that my life started to revolve around. Alcohol and drugs became my identity that I hid behind because I was in so much pain. I was officially known as a alcoholic and drug addict. But, little did I know at the time that this was not my true identity and I was worth much more. I received treatment and have been on medicine to help my mentality. Understanding that you can't do it by yourself and not being embarrassed to show your true-self to the world is the most important thing you can do to help in recovery. You never know what someone is going through. Therefore, keeping an open mind to someone's struggles and encouraging them to seek help will do more than you can ever imagine."
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To read Celene's full story, click the link in our bio.

"My story starts with my struggle of depression and anxiety. Both of these illnesses became so crippling that I missed countless days of school and lost all of my closest friends. I developed a serious eating disorder that my life started to revolve around. Alcohol and drugs became my identity that I hid behind because I was in so much pain. I was officially known as a alcoholic and drug addict. But, little did I know at the time that this was not my true identity and I was worth much more. I received treatment and have been on medicine to help my mentality. Understanding that you can't do it by yourself and not being embarrassed to show your true-self to the world is the most important thing you can do to help in recovery. You never know what someone is going through. Therefore, keeping an open mind to someone's struggles and encouraging them to seek help will do more than you can ever imagine." . . To read Celene's full story, click the link in our bio. - 4 months ago

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@#lostgotfound #mentalheathmatters #mentalhealthawareness #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #endthestigma #talktosomeone #youarebeautiful #kinsugi

@#lostgotfound #mentalheathmatters #mentalhealthawareness #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #endthestigma #talktosomeone #youarebeautiful #kinsugi - 4 months ago

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"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28

Follow this beautiful and talented soul @lyriclainepoetry ❤ your works are amazing. God bless you in days to come and to continue to write for His glory😇😇😇
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#cometoJesus #savior #instapoet #instapoems #beautifulpoems #beautifulsavior #beautifulsouls #lostgotfound #darkintothelight #christianwriter #christianpoetryblog

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28 Follow this beautiful and talented soul @lyriclainepoetry your works are amazing. God bless you in days to come and to continue to write for His glory😇😇😇 . . . . #cometoJesus #savior #instapoet #instapoems #beautifulpoems #beautifulsavior #beautifulsouls #lostgotfound #darkintothelight #christianwriter #christianpoetryblog - 1 year ago

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Well that was an adventure and a half haha @shenandoahbound praising, lifting and waaaay too much laughing! We'll have to party again sometime! 😂 #weekend #adventure #activerecovery #strongstrongfriend #fitfreaks #mountains #liftlife #simple #lostgotfound #glenandgale #calfmanurebrown 😂😂😂

Well that was an adventure and a half haha @shenandoahbound praising, lifting and waaaay too much laughing! We'll have to party again sometime! #weekend #adventure #activerecovery #strongstrongfriend #fitfreaks #mountains #liftlife #simple #lostgotfound #glenandgale #calfmanurebrown - 2 years ago

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The fortress of Mukawer -  a fortified hilltop palace which is the location of the imprisonment and execution(beheading) of the Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria(John the Baptist). The site also provides the view of the eastern side of the Dead Sea. #yesitsjordan #bunsotil #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound

The fortress of Mukawer - a fortified hilltop palace which is the location of the imprisonment and execution(beheading) of the Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria(John the Baptist). The site also provides the view of the eastern side of the Dead Sea. #yesitsjordan #bunsotil #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound - 2 years ago

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At the peak of Mt. Nebo. The place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land😇🙏🏼 #forevergrateful #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound #yesitsjordan #bunsotil

At the peak of Mt. Nebo. The place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land😇🏼 #forevergrateful #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound #yesitsjordan #bunsotil - 2 years ago

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Life in the Dead Sea #foreverthankful #jesuslovesme #bunsotil #lostgotfound #yesitsjordan #deadnadeadakosayo

Life in the Dead Sea #foreverthankful #jesuslovesme #bunsotil #lostgotfound #yesitsjordan #deadnadeadakosayo - 2 years ago

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The Arch of Hadrian in Jerash, Jordan is an 11-meter high triple-arched gateway built to honor the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian to the City of Jerash in the winter of 129-130AD. -wikipedia #foreverthankful #bunsotil #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound

The Arch of Hadrian in Jerash, Jordan is an 11-meter high triple-arched gateway built to honor the visit of Roman Emperor Hadrian to the City of Jerash in the winter of 129-130AD. -wikipedia #foreverthankful #bunsotil #jesuslovesme #lostgotfound - 2 years ago

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This really doesn't even look like me but I'm happy I found this hat I lost. #Lostgotfound

This really doesn't even look like me but I'm happy I found this hat I lost. #Lostgotfound - 3 years ago

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After 2 months my kitty is finally back home so super happy :) #lostgotfound #cat #kitty #adorable #doris #love #anime #lost #found #sleepy #happy #home #animal #kitten  #familysbestfriens

After 2 months my kitty is finally back home so super happy :) #lostgotfound #cat #kitty #adorable #doris #love #anime #lost #found #sleepy #happy #home #animal #kitten #familysbestfriens - 3 years ago

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Your life testimony should be your life itself... My desire is for everyone I know to experience what I experienced with Christ.

#christlikeness #encourager #comforter #myheartisforthelost #lostgotfound #buildingconne tions

Your life testimony should be your life itself... My desire is for everyone I know to experience what I experienced with Christ. #christlikeness #encourager #comforter #myheartisforthelost #lostgotfound #buildingconne tions - 5 years ago

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