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Lately I am coming to appreciate the simple things in life. Cuddling on the couch with my husband on a Sunday afternoon, in a pair of sweats, ordering a pizza and watching anime would be my version of heaven. While the world of social media can be deceptively driven by FOMO and Facetune, I am so proud of the fact that Catherine and I work tirelessly to encourage our staff to be real. Real isn’t always pretty, but it feels like we are reaching more and more people these days who turn to us because we aren’t the “standard” of picture perfect. When we are being authentic and transparent, it affords those who follow you the opportunity to do the same, and then we all feel a little less alone.
So where am I going with this? I think it’s important to follow people on social media who are their authentic selves. Good and bad. Because I would rather know you’re human vs. seeing one of three similar brands you got paid by this week which you’re going to tell me today is “the best.”
Speaking to the more real partners and brands we work with, we were recently introduced to Chyll Pill including a guided meditation by The Presence Of (I highly encourage you to try Julia’s reiki. It’s life changing) a few months ago and since that point I find myself wearing their clothes not because they’re incredibly comfortable, but also because of what they stand for. While I still need to pick myself up a pair of their sweats (who doesn’t love a man in sweats, amiright?)
All too often, as I’ve said before, we support brands out of habit. It’s what our friends are wearing, or it’s all we’ve known for as long as we can remember. But have you ever taken a minute to read the “about” section of a brand’s website? I do all the time. I want to know their story. I want to understand that my money is going to something that I love and support 100%. On the Chyll Pill website, their story is explained as such:
Let’s take a minute to appreciate that mental health is a loaded topic, and it should be noted that my opinions expressed here should not be taken as medical fact. I am not a mental health practitioner nor can I offer the support that you may be needing to the capacity you may need. I am simply here to remind you that if you are having a difficult time, you’re not alone. Catherine wrote a fantastic post over on her site that I encourage you to take some time to read and she speaks about living with mental illness. I also hope that if you are in need of help you reach out to a medical professional sooner rather than later. You do not have to do this alone.
Why am I talking about mental illness all of a sudden? Well. The founder of Chyll Pill also suffers from mental illness and has made it his mission to make a difference with this clothing brand. As mentioned above, proceeds from the sale of his clothing go back to CAMH to help improve access to medical support. I don’t think many of you understand how important this truly is. As someone who used the services of CAMH earlier on in my life, it can be very frustrating to try and reach out for help only to be told that you can have it, but it’s going to take months to start. And while I know how crucial the services of CAMH are first hand, I also know that we can help make them better by supporting brands like Chyll Pill who want to help in a very real way.
So how do you get yourself some of our favourite items? Well all you have to do is check out the Chyll Pill website. You’ll notice that the price point for these items is approachable (unlike similar items out there) and the whole reason is because you should be comfortably giving back. See what I did there?
As you’ll see above, I already own the sweat varsity jacket thanks to Chyll Pill, and I am excited to get myself a pair of sweats. Hopefully I can recreate the above mentioned Sunday afternoon sometime soon at home, knowing that I helped to make a difference. To join in on a very important social media conversation make sure to follow @ChyllPill on Instagram, @ChyllPill on Twitter & by ‘Liking’ their Facebook Page. When you rock your new items, use and follow the #WearTheChyll hashtag. I can’t wait to see which items you love most!
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