June Collaboration: Link of Hearts
Last November we had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Tiglao-Guss (Founder of Link of Hearts) at a Bloom Gathering in Los Angelas. Her Bar of Goodness, and beautiful smile were the first things we noticed when we met her, and after only minutes of talking we became fast friends with this BOLD, BRAVE, world changer. For us it was an easy decision to ask Link of Hearts to be our June Collaboration.
We had a chance to chat with Elizabeth about life, business, and her heart for fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Tell us more about the babe behind the business:
I currently live in Los Angeles and am originally from Philadelphia… and the Philippines. I love listening to most types of music, and enjoy salsa dancing here and there. My husband and I have a beautiful cat, Tula, but she’s really MY baby (although she likes my husband too). I love the outdoors, especially hiking and beaches in Malibu. Love sweets (there is always room for dessert!) and other simple pleasures in life!
How did Link of Hearts get started:
Link of Hearts was born out of my own story. I suffered from depression/bipolar disorder and anxiety for almost 10 years of my life. I am a big mental health advocate and I knew I wanted to do something for others and make a difference.
This opportunity came about when we moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia due to a job offer for my husband. As I was looking for a job, I had this idea. This idea turned into a part time job as I taught myself how to make jewelry, candles and how to start a business, all out of nothing. Today, I am working on Link of Hearts full time and I have never felt so passionate about anything in my life.
May was Mental Health Awareness Month, fighting the stigma mental health has is close to your heart, why are you so passionate about it:
Mental health awareness is about bringing understanding and providing knowledge about mental illnesses. Did you know?
• Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
• An estimated 16 million American adults (nearly 7% of the population!) had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
• Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
• The number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year.
Most likely, not. All these statistics and numbers are staggering yet mental illness is unfortunately still associated with so much stigma. No one talks about it due to shame, embarrassment and/or all the negative connotations of mental illness.
Show your support by talking about depression with compassion and understanding. It is the first step to fight the stigma against mental illness.
You can also join us and #LINKUPFORHOPE. Please share your story, connect and help inspire others.
How would you describe confidence?
Confidence is a state of mind. It’s believing in yourself, feeling good about yourself and staying true to yourself. Honestly, this is something I have been working on for years. For a long time during my struggle with mental illness, I lost myself. I didn’t know who I was after going through so many tragic events in my life. I have been feeling good and have stayed true to myself for so many years now. Yet, a part of me is still making peace with this body of mine that has struggled for so long, and surely, making amends with this state of mind.
How have you pushed through your insecurities to pursue your dreams.
It’s a challenge, and it’s not easy. However, in my heart I know that this is what I want to do and this is what I am supposed to be doing. I have a very strong faith and I realize more and more that this is my purpose in life and perhaps even one of the reasons why I went through what I went through. The more passionate I feel towards this project, the more it validates the existence of Link of Hearts. When I think about the people who are less fortunate than me and still struggling with mental illness, I remember what it’s all been like. I remember all the struggles I went through and how much I fought through it. That pushes me and helps me get through the insecurities, doubts and fear. This dream is becoming a reality and has become so much bigger than me.
What is the one thing you want people to know about Link of Hearts.
Link of Hearts is more than a brand. It’s the story of a woman who has the passion and a personal mission to help and inspire those who are struggling with mental illness. It was inspired and born out of my own story. I realize we all have stories, and each story matters. I believe sharing our story can even be more powerful, because we never know how it can impact and help someone.
On that note, please keep sharing and keep inspiring. You are not alone, because I am here sharing my story with you.
Every piece of jewelry provides a message of hope and gives voice to those struggling alone in silence. With every purchase, Link of Hearts will give one piece of jewelry to someone in need, that has an inspirational word …HOPE, TRUST, LOVE, BELIEVE, among others. Together, we can give the gift of hope and help fight the stigma of mental illness.