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Lauren Fritts 0:00
Hello and welcome to that mental shit. This is not your average mindset podcast. This is a No BS space for the woman who wants to master her mind, strengthen her mental health and gain confidence to be her best self by finding that bad bitch magic within. I’m your host, Lauren, but you can call me low. And today is the first episode people. Okay, let’s take deep breath because my heart and my mind are racing Li 500 miles an hour because this has been such a long time coming. And I’m so excited. We are finally here. Like, there’s no excuses. I’m on the floor in my closet. Because all my professional podcast stuff hasn’t come yet. And I’m kind of sick of excuses and putting this off. And I have so much goodness to share. And the world kind of needs it right now.
So we’re doing it on the floor in a no excuse way, because that’s what we do here is no excuses. So today, I’m going to take some time and we’re going to get to know each other, I’ll tell you tell you a little bit more about me and my story, and what kind of journey we’re gonna take together. So like, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Humpty. Just kidding. That’s what happens in my brain people lots of random sounds. But as you know, I am Lauren, I tell you to call me low because the closest people in my life call me low. And you’re one of them now we we enlight that we besties down. So I’m a 30 year old mom of two, I have a beautiful one year old little girl, a seven year old little boy, I have been married for 10 years to my amazing husband. I’m standing at an extremely Hall tie, tall height of five foot and three fourths of an inch. Yes, the three force test count people. And I definitely use my loud personality to make up what I’m lacking in height.
Yes, so. But the reason we’re here is that 11 years ago, at 19 years old, I was diagnosed with rapid cycling, bipolar one. And I will never forget the day a name was put on all the shit going on in my mind. After weeks of testing and therapy, my doctor sat on one side of the desk and I was on the other and said you have what we call bipolar one. And I will never forget the feeling of relief and excitement I have for finding having a name to like the crazy shit going on in my head. Just because if you’ve ever been through the mental diagnosis process or any diagnosis process, it’s long. It’s treacherous. It’s not fun. And they rarely diagnose someone as young as 19 with bipolar, but they did. And I knew I was different when my exact response was okay, great. What do I do? And like, that’s not a normal thing to say. But I was so happy because I can’t fix what I don’t know. And now that I know what was going on, I could do what it take. I could do what it would take to fix it. Does that make sense? But after asking me my doctor, like okay, what do I do, instead of a plan of action, which you know what should normally follow a doctor, what he would say would actually change the trajectory of my entire future. He said, Lauren, we want to put you on state disability. The extreme state of your bipolar will debilitate you for the rest of your life. He said it would be too hard to keep a job or find success in the workplace. He also told me to accept the realization that motherhood and marriage might not be for me, like the fuck, you’re going to tell me that at 19 years old, you’re going to tell me to give up on life. Like, I’ve had a problem with authority since I was young. So like, fuck that shit. Nobody is going to tell me what to do. I stood up and said fucking watch me and walked out. And ever since that day, my mission in life has not only been to prove that man wrong, but to show the rest of the world what they could be no matter what box they were placed in. I have Bipolar. Bipolar does not have me, no one is going to tell me what to do. Obviously, my story is a little more in detail than that. There’s a lot going into what I thought why I even started wanting to become diagnosed with mental illness, you know, my triggers and things like that. But we’ll go into that at a later episode.
During the past 11 years, I have literally engulfed myself into personal development, mindset trainings, research therapy and medication to become who I am today. I refuse to be my diagnosis. I refuse to let my doctor be right about me. My whole life. I haven’t done very well with authority, like I said, so it didn’t surprise me that this is how I reacted. It’s been a long, tiring journey and it’s been nothing but easy and it’s not easy now and it’s a journey I will continue to be on for the rest of my life. But I’ve learned to love myself and I’m loud and I am proud and I am bipolar and I will scream it from the rooftops because there’s too many people who feel like they are alone and because of that we have lost so many people that could have been saved. And it’s time to stop the way the world works. Now, many of you hear my story and they will learn, I don’t have a mental illness, so I can’t relate. And this isn’t for me. But let’s stop, stop right there. Although everyone doesn’t have a mental illness, we all have mental health, and we are all dealing with something. Mental health is simply about mental wellness. How you take care of your physical body is the same as taking care of your mind. Mental health is our emotional or physiological or social well being. It affects how we think how we feel how we act, if we wake up with a positive mindset.
If we have a negative mindset, how we think about a situation, how we control our stress, or anxiety, how we interact with others. And it determines how we make choices. Mental health is important at every single stage of our life from childhood, and adolescence or adulthood. If you can think if you have words that go through your brain and you make decisions, you have mental health. And honestly, for all of us that have lived through the past two years, we all kind of need to stop and do a mental wellness check like the past two years. Am they have floodings, or haven’t they locked down the pandemic, the world going nuts? Mental health is worse than ever. I actually looked this up because I was really curious. But during the pandemic, about four in 10 adults in the US have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, which has gone up since June of 2019. When it was only one in 10 adults. That’s kind of a big jump people. And obviously, you’re here because you feel the same way to something is going on. You’re dealing with somebody who’s got I mean, the title of the podcast that mental shit. You clicked play for a reason. Like I’ve talked about starting this podcast for a year or so but like I knew it was really time to dive in. When Simone Biles stood up for herself and walked away during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I watched half the world go nuts and the other half understand her decision. So like, we cover that everyone has mental health right? And it’s your job to take care of it. So when I saw all those posts, whether in support of Simone good or bad, like I did not realize how strong the stigma around mental health actually was. And it it made me sad. Honestly, it made me sad. This girl who was just a girl decided to walk away because her mental health was so bad, she could physically injure or kill herself. Over 11 Olympians have committed suicide. And Michael Phelps even went on a tour about his mental health and suicide. So these Olympians, the thing about being an Olympian, it takes your entire life to get there, you’ve done the same thing your entire life, you hit Olympic status, you get your medal. Now what, these Olympians these athletes have lost their sense of being, they don’t know who they are anymore. And for half a world to care more about a show than this poor girl, losing her life is sad and something needs to stop. It’s not okay, like, we all go through things. Every single one of us I don’t care who you are, we all go through things. And what you go through is different than what that other person goes through. But all things are just as valid. Here we aren’t going like on my podcast, we are going to do the well she hasn’t worse so I can’t complain thing.
You have your own story. Your life has its own struggles and they are valid, your feelings are valid. But together we’re going to work through all of it and we’re going to make your mind your bitch, you are no longer the victim you will be the victor. You aren’t the queen, the queen is second in command you are the king. We are only kings here. No more it is what it is. And it’s only going to be what I want it to be. I’m known as a personal development queen. I study all types of mindsets, from celebrities, to entrepreneurs to athletes, and that’s what I bring to the table. My view on mindset. And mental health is much different than most I don’t do the excuse thing here. I have been dealt a really shitty card. And I have used that shitty ass card to change my life for the better. So although I do have empathy for your journey, I will not take excuses here because I did the damn thing. So that means I know you can do the damn thing. Kareem Abdul Jabbar stated your mind is what makes everything else work. So now we’re here together and we’re going to make a choice. Okay, we’re going to do this together. My goal for this podcast is to not only educate, inspire and motivate is to normalize literally all the mental shit we go through. Whether that relates to a mental illness, or something we all deal with. My podcast is a safe space and encouraging place and also a little kick in the pants you might need. Building mental strength and toughness to apply to your life in whatever area you need. Takes work confidence, anxiety, control, limiting beliefs, doubt fear, we’re gonna cover it all. Because all of us can be bad bitches. But the question is, will we, you have hidden inner potential to tap into in order to unleash your inner bad bitch. No matter your age, or where you’re at in life, you can also become better, you can always start your new path to a better you, it’s never too late. It’s so possible to make a major impact on the rest of your life by shifting your belief and expectations about what you can achieve. Attitude is a decision, but it’s also a learned behavior. And it’s up to you to make your mind stronger. No one is coming to save you. We are not Cinderella with a glass slipper. We are not a damsel in distress. It’s no one’s fault, but your own. It’s no one’s responsibility, but yours to change your life the way you think your families, it’s up to you, no one’s going to save you.
If you want 2022 to change if you want your life to change, it’s up to you to make the decision. There are plenty of ways to strengthen your mind increase your mental toughness, and we’re going to do that. But it does take dedication and commitment and practice. You don’t have to be the person you are now. You don’t have to be the person you are now. Rock bottom is where bad bitches are built, you can become a better you, you just have to do it. And this is not a destination. But a process is how you drive. It’s not where you’re going. You are here for a reason. The title of this podcast drew you in or the title of the episode but you hit play. And for that I am proud of you. I am proud of you for taking the initiative to even consider taking care of your mind. In the next few episodes, we’re going to talk about and work through those damn limiting beliefs holding you back. We’re going to find those unique strengths and that magic that no one else has learning to love them and use them. We’re going to help get over that fucking debilitating fear of judgment. We all have it we all deal with it. It’s an everyday thing, trust me. And then we’re going to understand the mental health, the good, the Bad, the Ugly, and how to turn your life obstacles into opportunities and see your disadvantages as advantages. I am here to love you. But also tell it how it is. I’ll be here for you and believe in here when you can’t believe in yourself. But I’ll also be the kick in the ass you need. There are plenty other people in your life that have been coddling you and your excuses so you can go to them for that. You can you hit play to me for the tough love.
Sometimes you’ll need that kick in the ass to start your life to become a better use of bend on over you bend over. I’ll put on my shoe. I can be that kick in the ass unique because my phone’s gonna go straight up. You’re just kidding. I’m just kidding. Maybe. I don’t know depends on how bad you need it. So lined up. For the rest of the year we have interviews from all types of people from Paralympic athletes, to mom, moms overcoming postpartum depression to holistic living is about to get real raw, nitty gritty. I’m so excited y’all you you’re not even ready yet.
So look out for the next episode where we make those limiting beliefs our bitch now, do me a favor. subscribe to the podcast. Head on over to Instagram at the Lauren Fritts for more daily motivation and getting to know the real me get to know me it’ll make these conversations so much better. I am so excited for this journey that we’re going to take together because it’s just getting started. And let me end by saying this. I love you. I am proud of you and I believe in you and I know you might have trouble loving yourself being proud of yourself or believing in yourself right now and not so okay. So until you can do this alone, use my love and believing you to get up. Go out and kill it today. See you next time.