The Orange Bead Collection

Remember me World? I’m Bree

Bree Blatchford

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to consider myself a bubbly, friendly person who likes interaction with loved ones and friends but, up until recently, I thought I had lost that sparkle about myself. I’ve had the same group of close girlfriends since the end of Junior High and really would do anything for each one of them. They have all supported me even through times when I thought that I didn’t deserve it. I have been flaky, reclusive and neglectful to my closest confidants, the women who have shown me the utmost kindness. As I am learning more about...


To the boy who tried his best to break me, I Forgive You.

Bree Blatchford

As I begin to open up to everyone who’s listening, I continue to make new connections and friends with individuals who are feeling the same exact way that I do. This is absolutely refreshing to hear that I am not alone in my struggle with Depression and Anxiety, although I would not wish these illnesses on anyone. A now dear friend of mine was talking to me about different types of treatment that have helped her in the past and certain exercises I can try myself to heal. She suggested that I FORGIVE everyone who has ever made their way...


To those who said a Disney Obsession was unhealthy

Bree Blatchford

Yesterday I went to Disneyland with my guy to celebrate his 23rd birthday a little early. This has become the tradition now in my family, any time there is a birthday or Mother’s Day or Labor Day etc., we stuff the whole family in the car and head on down to the hallowed streets of Walt Disney. There is something about all being together and forgetting everything that momentarily pulls us apart that really makes us so utterly elated. What can possibly be better than stuffing your face with all of the foods you tried not to eat during the...


Let’s talk about Depression, Intimacy, and Panic Attacks

Bree Blatchford

Let me just start by saying thank you to everyone again for reaching out to me and sharing their stories. Knowing that I am, unfortunately, in good company is somehow relieving to me as weird as that sounds. I have always seen myself as the imperfect person living in the perfect town. Everyone in town appears to be gorgeous, well dressed, successful, and uncomplicated. Uncomplicated will never be the word to describe the contents of my mind. Regardless of my Depression and Anxiety, I am the ultimate people pleaser and over thinker. Every situation, even as simple as going to...


Orangelight Story: Life with Bipolar Depression by Julia Angela Justus

Bree Blatchford

I feel so blessed to have been handed this story by my absolute best friend in the entire world. I have known her since the day I was born and watched her grow into the gorgeous, independent, talented woman she is today. The compassion she has for others is astounding and I aspire every day to live up to her achievements. She is amazing and I hope that you all feel the same after reading this incredible piece! Lots of Love, Bree :) I didn’t realize it wasn’t normal to hide in your closet or under desks to cry everyday, as...