I’m sure you’ve read posts like these a million times, maybe even a quazillion times (number made up by my son, I think it’s real.). I stopped blogging. I know, you’ve noticed. It always happens with me around Advent. I get depressed, and by depressed, I mean withdrawn. Just ask my very, closest friends and they’ll tell ya. I text them and keep them posted, but even then, I’m mostly to myself.
Some say it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but let me tell you, where I was, it was MAD sunny. I really don’t think that’s it. Come sit next to me and I’ll tell you what I think it is…I think it has to do with some deep emotional something or other, that I am much too much of a novice to unpack. I know it’s coming every year. This year, was different. It was worse. I cried at the drop of a hat, about all the things.
My husband even took notice, and I keep this cycle so hidden that he didn’t even know it was a thing. He bought me a puppy and her name is Lucy. Lucy is a Beagle/Basset Hound mix, otherwise known as a Bagel. Can you stand it?
Studies have shown that taking care of a pet can help with depression. HELP, not heal. Lucy definitely helped. But, I needed more. I was still touch and go, crying and self isolating, clinging to prayer, always. Then my friend, and virtual sister got me to start walking with daily FitBit challenges, and that kicked it. God, I love Tiffany. She’s such a blessing.
I can see a light at the end of my dark tunnel and it’s earlier than usual. I think it’s a combination of exercise, eating right, Lucy, taking my vitamins and supplements (Chelated Magnesium and Evening Primrose Oil, if you must know), using essential oils (Eden’s Garden, thank you very much) and patience with myself.
Ever talk to yourself? I do, all the time. Negative thoughts love to run on the same track. If you want them to change, you have to stand in front of the negative train with your hand out, in a “STOP” position and push the train to go on a different track. Prayer helps with that tremendously. Specifically? I say to myself, how would Jesus, or Our Lady, or Mother Teresa respond? Putting myself in their shoes gives me an unbiased view of another perspective to change my negative thoughts. It’s hard work and not something that I succeed at every single time. It’s like a muscle and any muscle needs working out.
I also met a new friend, Amy. She’s been helping to keep me laughing, stitching and eating right. Amy is all about holistic nutrition and has a new Instagram feed that I love. The recipe shots she shares are incredible and she even gave me a recipe to try. It was gone in 3 days. I initially met her as an embroiderer. Yeah, and she calls me a renaissance woman – she is!
In the meantime, I’ve been stitching away.
🌏🌎New in the shop!!🌏🌍 This is a made to order hand embroidered 7" hoop, on unstained wood, with an embroidered world map and the words "Therefore, go… " The words are from scripture, Matthew 28:16-20 where Jesus tells the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations . This item is made to order because you get to choose the color of the world map, the words and even add a ❤ for where your home is . This hoop is near and dear to my heart because my younger brothers are LDS, and have spent years on mission in Mexico, California and China! The letters home sent by them of their zeal, fervor and humility still resonate – as they asked me to pray for them. I would LOVE to stitch one for your missionary family member, or yourself. Just leave your 🙏🙏🙏 intentions with your color choices (and where you'd like your satin stitched heart, if you want that) in the comments at checkout . Each hoop is gift wrapped with brown kraft paper, and tied with ribbon in a smoke free home. Perfect for gifting to yourself or someone you 💗
But what I am really excited about is this collaboration I did with Allison at Rosaries by Allison. I’ve never done an Instagram exclusive listing and I am excited to see how it goes. I’m a lessons learned type of gal.
I'm thrilled to collaborate with @rosariesbyallison on this special St. Francis de Sales themed set. Included in this Instagram exclusive listing is a 6mm rosary with Ruby Czech glass beads, 8mm Montana Blue Preciosa crystal rounds, a pewter St. Francis de Sales center and ornate silver plated, scroll crucifix. I have the same one, it's beautiful . The 7" hand embroidered hoop draws inspiration from the rosary in its palette with an original, hand-lettered St. Francis de Sales quote: "If He is with me I care note where I go" along with three, ruby red, french knot filled hearts representing the Holy Trinity . You can get this set for $60. That's a savings of over $20 and shipping is….wait for it, FREE!* All you have to do is leave your PayPal email address 👇👇👇 to be invoiced, and it's yours . Payment must be received within an hour of invoicing or the next person receives it . *Free US domestic shipping . St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of #journalists and #writers. Happy feast!
I pulled inspiration from the rosary palette and created a hoop to match!
If you want to see what else I’ve been up to, listen in on this radio show I did (and always do every 4th Monday of the month) with Allison Gingras of A Seeking Heart, this morning. We talked about Lent (my favorite), books I’m reading, stuff I’m working on, Godcidences, and more. It was a laugh filled chat shared between friends.
There’s so much more I can share with you, but the hubby just got back from foraging at the supermarket. We got 31.5 inches of snow this weekend. The kids are home again tomorrow, so I’m mommying it up.
This year, it took me a while to get on the new year/clean slate outlook, but I think I’m back. I have so many ideas and plans for this year that I can’t wait to share with you (including a new podcast in the works!), I hope you’ll stick around (and thanks for waiting).
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