YOU ARE ENOUGH Billboard Campaign
The YOU ARE ENOUGH billboard campaign is something I came up with one morning while I was dealing with depression and anxiety. I thought to myself how no one should have to go through the darkness and loneliness that I was feeling. I wanted to find a way to give folks who were dealing with depression and anxiety a way to feel seen and loved. So why not put a billboard up in my neighborhood with the words YOU ARE ENOUGH on it?!
With depression being the number one disability in our country and with mental illness being something that is still taboo to a lot of people, I wanted to find a way to start a campaign that would bring us all together around feeling enough in our lives. We live in a scarcity society where we are bombarded by at least 30,000 messages a day coming at us telling us that we need to do more, be more, buy more, have more to be enough. Many of us are on a hamster wheel trying to do what we think we need to do to be enough and many of us are feeling depressed and anxious because we do not feel that we are enough compared to others.
Over the year while working on the campaign I interviewed friends and strangers and asked them to share their thoughts on what being enough means to them. I started a podcast, bought wristbands that simply say, YOU ARE ENOUGH on them and have been handing them out like hotcakes. Then when we were hit by Covid-19 I knew it was time to get a billboard up. People were losing a sense of hope and many felt lost and lacking a sense of purpose. We needed to come together.
The first billboard went up in Redondo Beach, CA on July 1. I raised funds for the billboard on GoFundMe and am in the process of raising funds for the second billboard that will go up in my community here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. It has not been easy to raise funds during the pandemic and I understand why. However, those who donate understand that they are helping so many people and that we are making a social impact.
The goal is to raise billboards throughout the United States that proudly display the words YOU ARE ENOUGH on them in an effort to help individuals feel into these words for themselves and share them with others. This campaign is about empathy, paying it forward, and building a community and a support system. When you think about it, we are all mirrors for one another, and all struggle with feeling enough. So if you donate to the YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign, you are showing individuals that there are people out there who care for the well-being of others. Now, more than ever, we need to feel as though we are not alone and that someone has our back.
While working on this campaign I am evolving personally and professionally. I, like so many, am searching for my purpose and I believe I am while working on this campaign. I am taking a passion, a cause, and getting it out there in order to make a social impact. Many people have come up to me and explained how the billboard has helped them feel into their worthiness and know that we are all equal when it comes time to figuring out our ENOUGHNESS. At a time where we are dealing with Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement, an election where equality and humanity are front and center topics, we need to be and feel as though we are ONE. I hope that we can continue to get these billboards up throughout the country so that we can be reminded of just how awesome we all are and that each and every one of us is needed.
Lu Parker, a news anchor from KTLA, shared my story all across her social media outlets because she saw the importance of the campaign and how we all are enough.