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Through The Tough Times

A while ago, we asked the question:

“What song do you listen to that helps you get through tough times?”

There were a range of responsessome of you named specific artists, while many others of you could pinpoint a single song that you go to without thinking twice. If anything is for certain, music definitely can make us feel that we’re not alone. It can speak to us straight to our heartsas if there’s someone else on the other side that has been through what we’re currently going through saying they understand exactly what you’re feeling and it’s okay.

Here is the list of songs you came up with that helps you get through the tough times:

  • Chasing Ghosts // The Amity Affliction
  • Eye of the Storm // Cruxshadows
  • Fight Song // Rachel Platten
  • Brave // Sara Bareilles
  • Walk // Foo Fighters
  • Chain Breaker // Zach Williams
  • Digging // Vanna
  • Flower // Vanna
  • Chasing Cars // Snow Patrol
  • Ever Be and It Is Well // Bethel Music
  • You’re Gonna Be Okay // Bethel Music
  • In The Presence // Elevation Worship
  • Fortress // Elevation Worship
  • Migraine // Twenty One Pilots
  • Car radio // Twenty One Pilots
  • Truce // Twenty One Pilots
  • You Are Enough // Jason Castro
  • Uprising // Muse
  • Invincible // Muse
  • The Last Night // Skillet
  • Came Out Swinging // The Wonder Years
  • I Hope This Comes Back to Haunt You // Neck Deep
  • Tell your heart to beat again // Danny Gokey
  •  Misguided ghosts // Paramore
  • Again // Jessie Clark Funk
  • Unsteady // X Ambassadors
  • Bent // Matchbox 20
  • Never Give Up // Sia
  • Alive // Sia
  • That’s What Makes You Beautiful // One Direction
  • You Gotta Be // Desree
  • Fix You // Coldplay
  • Jet Black Heart // 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Beside You // 5 Seconds of Summer

Feel free to comment with some more songs!

Please Know There Is Always Hope

Not only am I aiming to shed light on mental illness and promote mental health—I want to bring awareness to the possibility of hope—that pain, hurt, and other negative experiences don’t last forever.

Hey everybody! I’m Ashley, and I am the creator of Hope Keeps Living. Since next month is the one-year anniversary of being in existence, I thought I’d write a little something for you all.

I first wrote down the words “Hope Keeps Living” around five years ago, intending to start a new project, but revived it only a year ago—at a time when I desperately needed some positivity in my own life. I was 5 years post college graduation still with no job, struggling with anxiety and depression, and wanting to know what I was meant for. So, I started an instagram account for my project to make posts of things I needed to hear—while simultaneously putting it out in the world hoping that it could be of help to someone else. Then magic happened—you all responded. You reposted our pics with captions of what you felt, and/or what you were experiencing. You commented on posts about how much you “needed to hear that today.” You tagged people who needed affirmation, encouragement, or to be reminded of other things. You encouraged each other through comments, and you even reached out to each other—even to those you didn’t know—to let them know you’re there for them. Thank you, it has been beautiful and heartwarming.

Why did I start Hope Keeps Living? Broken, hurting, and hopeless people especially tug at my heart. I know all too well how it is to live with anxiety and depression—and to sift through the darkness to grasp on to a glimpse of hope. Not only am I aiming to shed light on mental illness and promote mental health—I want to bring awareness to the possibility of hope—that pain, hurt, and other negative experiences don’t last forever. I thought, if I could reach one…just one. One person who wanted to die one moment, and then saw something, read something, or heard something from something or someone that made them have a hope for the future and gave them a reason to stay. One person who thought they had nothing to add, but found they had something to give. One person who thought they had nowhere left to turn, but found resources to find help, or found a new friend they could turn to that’s been down their same road. If I could reach one…just one…all of this would have been worthwhile. I’m not stopping there though—there are so many more people who need to feel hope within their hearts…either for the first time, or revive it once again. I hope to continue to spread a message of hope and inclusion as wide as I, and you, can stretch it.

Please know there is always hope, and there is always a reason to live. You don’t have to go through anything alone—so many of us are here for you. We’re waiting with open arms and open hearts.

#OnwardBraveOne

Onward, Brave One.

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On New Year’s Eve, we encouraged people to draw “+” signs on their hands as a way to enourage them to take things “one at a time.” We announced it only a few days before the end of the year, but felt it could be helpful for some people dealing with the anxiety and stress that comes with a new year.

The back story is that there is a “+” sign as part of the “H” in the Hope Keeps Living logo. It is intentionally there to serve as a reminder that when things get tough, you just have to take things one at a time. One more minute. One more hour. One more day. One more. You can make it through. You are strong and capable enough.

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Again, thank you to all those who participated in the initial round of #OnwardBraveOne. It’s so encouraging to see people making a choice to keep moving forward.

Also, everyone feel free to keep this going and use #OnwardBraveOne and #HopeKeepsLiving too. You can use the extra text below to share info as needed.

Draw a “+” anywhere on your hand (and use #OnwardBraveOne for sharing) to serve as a reminder that when things get tough, you just have to take things one at a time. One more minute. One more hour. One more day. One more. You can make it through. Onward, brave one. #HopeKeepsLiving

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We’ve decided we need a place online where we can have everything all together…a place for everything to live. Let this be the place you can refer to that will lead you to the other places we can be found. At the bottom, you can find links to our Instagram, Facebook page, Twitter, and email. Also, under the contact tab, there is a form you can easily fill out to tell your story, simply say “hey!” or anything else you need to let us know!