Those of you that follow my blog know that I haven’t kept up with it very well at all. Yes, there are a lot of valid reasons for this but I won’t go into all them because we all have reasons for things we don’t get done. I would honestly like to make blogging a bit more of a priority because I love sharing and communicating with all kinds of people. Well, I have just received a wonderful push in that direction….an online friend (who writes an amazing and personal blog) just awarded to me the Warrior Child Award.
This award originates with the Mental Health Writer’s Guild and you can read more about the award here: https://mentalhealthwritersguild.wordpress.com/the-warrior-child-award/
I was quite touched, to say the least. I really didn’t think I’d written anything that would lead to this award, but here is what was said in response to my post about Antique Storage: “What an awesome post, Sara! You’ve given us a look inside your heart and soul. It’s a very intimate thing, to share the things that occupy one’s shelves, drawers, desks…very courageous. And therefore, even though I had planned to do this before I stopped by, I hereby bestow upon you the Warrior Child Award.” You see, I follow Laura’s (my nominator) blog and talk with her off/on through her own posts. So, she knows me more than just from my own blog or that one post. And that helps me to understand it better. I am still very honored.
And, as I said above, I feel a bit of a push to do more blogging here. And including more of myself in what I share. I started this blog to share about my art and jewelry making. But I don’t think I’ve shared as much about what creating means to me, how it affects me, etc. I’m not sure if I’ve shared here that I was trained and worked as a psychotherapist for years. I mostly worked with kids and their families, but also did some general therapy with adults, play therapy, art therapy and some addiction/recovery work with those who wanted it. I am a strong believer in getting therapy and other forms of help for mental health issues. I became even more so after I went through a couple of years of therapy myself. I was diagnosed with major depression for the first time about 20 years ago. And I have lived with it at various levels for all these years, always taking some kind of medication for it. And what does this have to do with creating? Well, I started keeping a very simple art journal during my therapy and during very low points. It helped me to get my feelings out, even when I couldn’t really put a name to them. I was able to figure out a few things about myself from interpreting what I had drawn and/or written. I made word collages to get to know myself better.
*Being creative speaks to my soul and allows my soul to speak*
So, I will be sharing about this connection from now on. I do it for a few reasons. If my words and my art can in any way help another person, inspire them, bring a new idea or perspective to some part of their life, then I am grateful to be able to continue to help people in some away (I had to stop working outside the home about 16 years ago due to chronic pain and health issues). Also, I am very bothered by the way the stigma of having a mental health diagnosis remains so strong in today’s world. So many of millions of people live with mental illness and yet it is still looked upon as something horrific and is misunderstood. I think that if those of us with a mental illness share about our diagnoses, our experiences, our growth that it will be huge step towards stopping the stigma. I can do my small part in this. Lastly, I’m thinking that by thinking through and sharing my experiences and thoughts and feelings that I will receive the benefits of further self-growth…and I am all about that!
I hope that if you choose to follow me on this journey that you benefit from it. I am also hoping that readers will share their own thoughts, experiences, etc. in response. Often times it is through sharing with others that we are sparked to grow the most. All comments are welcome here as long as they are not of a hostile approach. I always appreciate constructive input even if it’s not of the same belief as my own.
Peace to your hearts, Sara