First in series of 3 -I Thought I Would Never Recover
- Have you ever felt so deeply about something that it motivated you to make a difference in the world? That’s how I feel. And I know I’m not alone. As a violent crime survivor and mental health advocate, I believe it’s time we band together and say NO MORE! Hiding our depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, PTSD/ CPTSD, or any other crippling mental health disorder is not alright anymore! It’s time to bring these life-sucking, parasite-like illnesses that make life so horrible at times but so beautiful in others, into the light!
So beautifully broken
The stigma attached to mental illness makes it taboo when ironically the best therapy sometimes is sharing your feelings and connecting with other humans who understand your pain. Depression of any kind is one of the loneliest places you can ever be. You may feel that no one understands what you’re going through. This can create a further disconnect because our minds lead us to believe we are broken when no one understands us.
I’ve created Ella Rose Designs Maui for a few reasons. First, I love me some great fashion, lol! I have a degree in design and many years of experience in all major areas, from fashion to interior design and graphics. Design is an outlet for my CPTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Design helps me feel normal and connected to others in a meaningful way. It’s always been a dream to follow in the footsteps of my grandmother, Frances Elizabeth Noble, who owned Noble’s Suburban shops in Oxford, Michigan in the 60s and 70s. I’m determined to stay the course as I put my heart and soul into fashion for a cause!
While rooted in function, many associate fashion with vanity. I believe fashion offers us an opportunity to make a deeply personal impression. Therefore, one of my main goals is to help others develop a sense of style and individuality that is unique to their personality and makes them feel their very best. I want you to understand how to find your ownlook, not feel compelled to copy others. Let’s make it fun!
The second reason I created Ella Rose Designs is to raise awareness for women suffering in silence from the havoc brought on by mental illness. Women are often targets for abuse and judgment for their traumas. And when they break from the pressure of the weight they’re bearing, they’re seen as weak, when in truth they are the exact opposite! How dare we as a society label women who are suffering as weak and attach a stigma to their plight, forcing them to turn inward and feel even more powerless.
Where My Strong Women At?
This page is for all the strong, beautiful women out there that are such an encouragement to others! To know the struggles you’ve faced alone or are still fighting. To know how you remain strong for your children, husbands, friends, families, work, and everything else you’re expected to stay strong for! To you, women who have secret scars and battle wounds that nobody knows about. This page is for you!
Know you are not alone. You don’t have to hide your feelings for fear of being labeled weak, a liar, or my favorite one, being told you asked for it!! What?!? Disgusting. No one asked for these horrific and life-changing events to cause them to come unhinged. I’m here for you and hope others join me in my efforts to help and offer support to the women around us who need it.
I’m here for anyone who just needs someone to listen. I’m here as someone you can talk to. I’m here to remind you it’s not your fault. You didn’t do anything to deserve the turmoil that comes from living with depression or mental illness. Owning this makes you stronger! Having support makes you stronger. This is a time of change for us! A time to band together and declare we’re not going to take this anymore!
For anyone who wants to support someone who’s suffering, show love and compassion. And don’t wait. They’re dying inside a little each day. No two of us are the same but showing someone in pain that they’re not in this alone can move mountains!
Let your dreams heal you
My love of fashion has given me my fashion-for-a-cause model. A percentage of proceeds go to helping those in need, physically, emotionally, and mentally, to help them find the road to recovery and as much peace as is possible. Please share your ideas about what you feel is missing from other boutiques online. I know I will be sharing my stories and about design, fashion, and ways to find your style and how to rock your looks. As long as you never forget that regardless of your outward appearance, you are beautiful! The inner beauty is the only one that matters. Join me as I share tips on how to strengthen our minds, as they are the most powerful part of our body. Healthy minds equal healthy people and we need more! Change your thinking, change your life! This is true and I will show you if you give me the chance!
What do you want next?
Thanks so much for taking your time to read my purpose for Ella Rose Designs Maui. I will be working to have a selection of designers and boutiques on Maui. I hope to be able to offer some of their amazing beautiful works of art and fashion. This is the fashion of the future for women and bringing on a cure for those beautiful and broken souls needing love and encouragement. I wholeheartedly believe feeling better begins with how you feel and looking good makes us feel good. This is the start to the new you. Let’s all start together.