I don't know about you, but I'm super glad it's a fresh new year. I needed it. If you know me, you know it's not something I at all hide, but it's not something I blog about ... in fact, I think I only wrote about it the one time, over on Cresendoh... Over the years, I have dealt with my fair share of depression. If I'm not super careful about how I take care of myself, I can really spiral out of control. In mid December, I found myself fighting hard to overcome a downward turn. After the horrific event in Connecticut, I spent the fair bit of a week on the sofa. I think I was headed there anyways, but that flattened me more than I wanted to admit at the time.
I know that from the outside looking in, it looks like I accomplish a lot. And the truth is that, that's one of my coping mechanisms. Keep on swimming. An object in motion stays in motion. I knew by a couple days before New Year's Eve that I had to *do* something to snap out of it. I started the stencil project that day, and I've been keeping myself busy since. It's really helped. If keep busy, my mood is better.
I finished the stencil wall before New Year's Eve because we were having a party, so I was sort of on a mission. (The whole stencil collection will be available very soon, an update is coming.) Finishing this really helped me to move on from my gloomy gloom. Here's how it turned out...
And here's a peek at some more stencils that are in the collection:
I've also been fast at work on my crazy quilt project which I hope to have done by the end of the week...
and like many of us, I got sucked into the scrappy trip along. I can't believe I got sucked in on this one, but there you have it. It was too tempting.
I have two more "fight depression" techniques ... one is cleaning. And I really got the room here in order thanks to that...
At any rate, now I'm rethinking pressing the "post" button here as I finish writing... But I'm going to put on my big girl panties and do it.
I hope that if any of you have the same sort of issues, this helps. I really do think that depression is something to be worked on and overcome. It's not something I feel I "suffer" from. It has probably made me a much stronger person.
Here's to a happy and healthy new year to you all! Lots of love,