Mel Forkner Lesher
Created by The Meadows in collaboration with Marisa and Nancy Vicere of Jana Marie Foundation
Born: December 18, 2015
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do." - Brene Brown
Meet our first parent/child Stomper duo! They remind us that mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age. According to NAMI, each year one in four adults and one in five children in the United States have mental health issues that affect the way they live, laugh, love and play.
Through a series of discussions, educational videos and activities, participants in the Meadows Stomper Project explored inspiration, gratitude, bravery and recovery resulting in the creation of their two Stompers.
The Meadows staff and participants named the Stompers "Recovery” and "Hope." The adult Stomper, "Recovery" reminds us that life is a journey. We are forever growing, learning and overcoming challenges. The child, "Hope," reminds us that we need to always hold on to the belief that something good will happen.
—“Recovery” and "Hope" were created and made possible by The Meadows.
By Depressed Pessimist Blog
Once I wished upon a star,
But I knew my wish wouldn’t come true,
So it didn’t.
Once I prayed up to my God,
But I knew my prayers wouldn’t be answered,
So they weren’t.
Once I planned the perfect day,
But I knew my plans wouldn’t work out,
So they didn’t.
Once I hoped against all odds,
But instead of doubting, I believed,
So my hopes came true.
--A poem by Jana Marie Vicere
“You think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift.” From: Nature, Beauty and Gratitude
Life is short and each day is a gift. Sometimes we get caught up in focusing on the negatives, rather than taking a few moments to appreciate what surrounds us.
To help you appreciate the little things in life, take 5 minutes before bed each night to write down three things you are thankful for. Soon, you will teach your brain to look for the positives at the end of the day, rather than focusing on what could have gone differently.
A Big Thank You:
The Meadows Stompers were made possible through the generous support of The Meadows and UCBH, as well as our community partners and artists.
Mel Forkner Lesher
The Meadows Team:
Members of The Meadows community came together to discuss issues around mental and emotional well-being, the importance of creative expression and the power that owning our stories can have.
Messages of hope and encouragement were written on parts of the sneakers to inspire us and help us remain brave during our journey of life.
The pictures to the left provide a look at some the decorated pieces and show the parent/child duo coming to life. The specially designed curriculum used Ted Talks, expert speakers, and activities to explore hope and bravery.
"Recovery" and "Hope" were unveiled on December 18, 2015 at The Meadows holiday party. The duo will go out in the community and around the state to help raise awareness for mental health.
You matter! Take a few minutes each day to do something to celebrate you.