I recently sat down to speak in depth with Flikshop CEO & Founder, Marcus Bullock for the first episode of his up and coming series “Marcus Asks”. Just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month, we dove into how my husband and I maintain our mental health on this “journey” through incarceration.

I have been using the Flikshop service for about 4-5 years now and it’s truly a game changer. A quick, cute, simple and super convenient way to keep in touch with my loved one, and he’s always excited when he gets them in the mail.

Add a pic. Add a message. Hit send. #simple

Sometimes I’m still surprised at how well my husband keeps it together through this. I could NEVER fathom being taken away from my family for as long as he has been/will be, having to deal with the hustle and bustle of prison day in and day out. Hell, after an afternoon of dealing with that place for a visit, I’m ready to burn it down, so having to be there for years on end HAS to be a heavy load. Nonetheless, we strive.

Fortunately for me, coming into this journey my husband did his best to create a soft place for me to land, in what would be a true hardship in more ways than 1. We spoke extensively (still do) about what to expect along the way, as well as our expectations of each other. It’s been, and continues to be a learning and growing process for both of us as individuals and as a unit, but we made the choice to see it through. We accept the responsibility we have to ourselves and each other to do the work, even when its hard, frightening or makes us uncomfortable; we know there’s life after this coming soon, and we want to be the best versions of ourselves when that time arrives.

Anyway, I’ll end my chatter here. In the meantime, definitely check out the IG Live replay of my virtual sit-down with Marcus Bullock to get a better understanding of how my husband and I maintain sanity, clarity and mental well-being while we wait.

Be encouraged and remember that mental health awareness is NOT a destination you reach and thats it🔴. No, no, no🙅🏾‍♀️! its an ongoing commitment to yourself FIRST, and then to those around you. Some days will definitely be better than others, but stay the course(whether you’re dealing with incarceration or not) and know you’re not alone.

xo The Stribs❤