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CEO Chatter: She Was Fine Until She Wasn’t-a Mental Health Blog

She was fine until she wasn’t.

Usually, these blogs are about business or PR things, but since you all are more to me than just a subscriber, I believe this is a safe space for me to be myself. After all, I always encourage my clients to be themselves. In addition, this is CEO Chatter, where business and life intersect. So today is about the life part…

She was fine until she wasn’t. 

That’s how an author would title this chapter of my story. “She was fine until she wasn’t” basically describes how I’d been feeling lately. It’s like, on the outside, I have good things happening but mentally, I’ve been going through it as I battle my depression and anxiety.  I knew I was getting depressed when I noticed I was sleeping more and yet still desiring to sleep when I should have been well rested. Every day was becoming a gray day, and then we literally had a lot of rainy, gray days. I was working, but everything was giving me anxiety, fueling my tiredness and depression. And while it all seemed to hit suddenly, I know that it has been months in the making. 

I never really rested after graduation, knowing I had returned to college in a state of confusion. It was like everything was hastily done, and I just adapted as I needed to. One of our major contracts abruptly ended, and I barely had time to process the loss. I certainly did not account for how it impacted my income. I was too busy to do so. I am a strong believer in just keep moving, and that is what I did, but it was as if I was moving with a bunch of junk attached to me. And it was like when they describe having running off an adrenaline rush, and then you just crash. Hence, she was fine until she wasn’t. 

I took a social media fast not just because social media can sometimes make me question my life but because I wanted to get away from people altogether. I needed some time alone with my thoughts, but of course, I’ve still worked throughout this time also. It was like I was moving so much I could never take the time to look ahead. Fortunately, this time of being away (in a sense) has allowed me to come up with fresh ideas for SwagHer Magazine and how to better service our clients and customers. But most importantly, it gave me some time to ponder on my future and what I need to do to ensure how I want it to be. And I spent a great deal of time seeking God because I don’t want to do what I want to do, I want to do what He wants me to do. I’ve been praying and listening for his direction more intently. 

My Mind is My Business

So here I am. Returning from my break with newfound wisdom. I’m excited to roll out the new things that SwagHer Magazine has planned. But first, I want to invite you all to the mental health event that I will be taking part in this week, My Mind is My Business, presented by The LM Experience. My Mind is My Business is a one-of-a-kind mental health conference specifically tailored for entrepreneurs. The LM Experience and its CEO, LaKisha Mosley, believe taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your business, and I obviously agree. This year, I will be on the panel about anxiety. I chose anxiety panel over the depression one because I know how to contain myself when I am anxious, but I do not do so well when it comes to depression. I am still learning how to properly fight that battle. 

If you would like to attend the conference, you can get your tickets here and learn more. I encourage all of you who are feeling the effects of these trying times to attend. 

Also, stay tuned for the new things SwagHer has in store. Big announcements coming soon! 


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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.

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