where it all began
resilience2reform is a platform that gives a voice to those going through significant changes and are working to rebuild their lives.
We are Jamie & Morgan Molitor from construction2style, and this is a new branch of our brand. In 2013, my brother, Noah Bergland, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for running a multi-state drug conspiracy.
Prison became our new normal, and we were forced to find a new way of life. Road trips to visit Noah in prison were not our ideal vacations.
However, once prison became a part of our routine, we quickly found stereotypes evaporating.
This new world was introduced to us. We found out quickly that we weren't alone, and there were so many good people behind those bars. We've heard one too many stories that shook us to the core, and we wanted to share them!
reslience2reform is about—supporting, building, educating, lending a helping hand, and wanting to live a better life. If this is you or you know someone and don't know where to start...resilience2reform is where you start.
There are no judgments here!
When I was at the depths of my addiction, I knew my life was terrible, but I had no idea how to turn it around. When your life is spiraling, you can only ignore the signs for so long. If you're reading this and you can relate, you are at the right place; resilience2reform is for you.
I do not want to drag people to change because it usually doesn't work. However, I want the information to be available when you become ready; consider this an open invitation.
I've learned through my personal experience how much I needed help from God and people along the way when I was addicted, incarcerated, and trying to transition back into society. I've learned there is a better way of life, and you can truly realize your potential.
When we were brainstorming names for this platform, resilience is what came to mind.
1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
2. the ability to spring back into shape.
It stands for every child who has dealt with the absence of a parent due to incarceration. It stands for every single mother or grandparent who has stepped in to raise a child. It stands for brothers and sisters who have forgiven and allowed second chances. It stands for every family member who has been part of a support system. But, most importantly, it stands for God and all the ways He works miracles into our lives daily and is always present.
I used to think I chose a better way, but I now know that's not the case because long before I ever took my first drink of alcohol, found myself incarcerated, or celebrated five years of sobriety, God always had a plan.
- Noah Bergland
Say hello to our team! We're so thankful for this crew and hope you see and find the value that each of the bring to resilience2reform. Each of us are on our own unique journey in this thing called life and we hope through our experiences you can find hope, see the light, and always know that you are never alone. We come from all walks of life, none of them are perfect, but we're here with one common goal to shed new light and value into your life, no matter the depths of where you've walked.
Production Coordinator, Co-Founder
Morgan is the other half and co-founder of resilience2reform, wife to Jamie, sister to Noah.
10 years ago I watched my brother Noah roll down a very slippery slope into the depths of his addiction and eventually incarceration.
Never in my life did I think raising my children to visit prison would become their normal, our place of vacation destination.
Through lots of love, support, tears and laughs, I have been able to not only withstand the pain that this entire experience has caused but came out on the other side a changed and better person.
My brother and I are real, raw, genuine and completely open books. We pray that through these stories of ours that we are reliving and living, you will find knowledge, comfort and love.
For ANY questions or simply just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
From the time we were two we knew how to take care of our physical self every day. We were taught to brush our teeth. Now, we do that every day. But what do you do every day for your mental health? Were you ever taught what to do?
Not long ago I asked my middle school students what comes to mind when I say the words “mental health”. Their answers varied from stress to anxiety to depression, addiction and suicide. I interrupted them as they were shouting out their response, “Hold on one minute. I asked you about mental health, what are we naming?” Boom! It clicked. Mental health is not mental illness. We need to rid our society of the inaccurate label of mental health and start seeing and practicing mental health strategies for what they are. When we speak of mental health it should be words like; self-care, stress management, rest, therapy, relationships, purpose, passion, and coping skills.
A person seeing a therapist should be treated no different than a person going to the gym. One is taking care of their physical health and the other is taking care of their mental health. We treat our physical injuries by asking for help. It’s time we treat our mental and emotional injuries the same way. There should be no shame in going to therapy for stress or trauma, just like there is no shame in going to the doctor for a broken arm or ear infection.
My purpose here is to rid the world of the stigma around a mental illness and addiction. To provide readers with daily mental health practices that can reduce the risk of developing mental illness or addiction.
Writer + Editor
Susan McCulley is a movement & mindfulness teacher, a writer, artist and coach. Her blog, Focus Pocus: The Magic of Inquiry & Intent is about taking body~mind practices from the studio into life.
Her two illustrated books Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed and Octabusy: How To Let Go in a Sea of Doing are available at her website.