My last post on this blog was April 20, 2015.
What in the world? I have no good reason why I quit posting, nothing too juicy, just a multitude of little things. A friend of mine was challenged to write in her blog every day in November, so I thought… maybe I’ll do it too and see if I’m still feeling it.
There have been many, many times over the last year and a half where I have thought to myself, “Hey, I should blog about that”. Then I got overwhelmed because I haven’t been here in so long, haven’t checked the blog email in over a year, and I couldn’t even remember the password. You know, things like that! Last night, I recovered my password, emptied the inbox, and updated all of the behind the scenes stuff on the blog. Facing fears and all that jazz.
Quick little updates: I have another nephew, Owen. He just turned one in August. He’s adorable, and he’s the last kid in the family until my brother decides to reproduce one day. I already miss having a little baby around to cuddle! Still working for the same company, still doing the same basic job, just with different people now. I went to Las Vegas for the first time in June of this year with my newest BFF / work husband… he’s gay and just the best guy ever. We had a blast and it was probably the most fun I had had in a long time! I started volunteering for the Resource Center here in Dallas in August, and will actually be teaching some kids about jewelry making in a couple of weeks! It’s something I believe VERY strongly in, and this is one of the ways I can help the most. I went to NYC in September to see ADELE! I went with my 3 best girlfriends from high school and we had the best time. Adele definitely puts on an amazing show, and it was also my first time in New York. I loved the city and cannot wait to go back! I started an Etsy shop to sell my jewelry (and whatever else I decide I want to make).
So if you didn’t notice the name of the Etsy shop, it is called Stress Crafting. It’s been a bit of a rough year, mentally. Anxiety decided to show its ugly face for the first time earlier this year, and in a big way. I started having panic attacks and now take a daily medication that helps keep them at bay for the most part. This year has been about finding ways to calm myself down and nip the panic attacks and irrational thinking in the bud. One of the things I found helps immensely is crafting, and lately it has been with jewelry. I had made so much of it, I was running out of space for it, and I certainly wasn’t wearing it! It felt good to make it and calmed my soul. I decided to open up an Etsy shop to see if I could make a dent in my built up inventory. It hasn’t done too poorly, especially since I haven’t exactly been pimping it out very much. Anxiety has a way of creeping into your whole life – your marriage, your friendships, your relationships, your alone time, your social life, your work life – and I have yet to discover what triggers it. Instead, I’m learning how to handle it. Crafting is one of those ways to deal with my anxiety. I have good friends that I have confided in, and they know the signs to watch for. I’m pretty lucky to have them!
Here’s a few pics of what’s been going on since, oh, last April!