Not every day is sunshine and rainbows (a collection of links).

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Not every day is rainbows and sunshine.  I really wish it was.  Wouldn't this world be such a magical place?  But unfortunately it's not.  I have bad days.  We all do.  I'm learning that it's okay to have bad days.  Or maybe days where you just aren't perky and don't feel like being Miss Suzy Sunshine.  I used to believe that I had these up-and-down days because of my anxiety, but I don't think it's 100% that anymore.  I think it's a mixture of anxiety, stress, worrying, life, and being an emotional little lady once a month (okay maybe twice).  But the point is, it happens.  And the best part?  I'm in good company.  Since I opened up on my blog about my anxiety and the stresses of life, I've learned that there's lots of people, friends included, that feel similar things.  It's such an amazing feeling to know that someone feels the way you do.  Mostly, people say that about love.  But to have anxiety or a panic attack or just be blah in general and have people say "I know exactly how you feel" has been one of the best gifts I have ever received.  One that I will hold close and cherish forever.  It reminds me of a song by Box Car Racer I have been listening to on repeat over and over.  It goes like so: 

Will I shake this off?  Pretend it's all okay.  That there's someone out there who feels just like me.  There is.
Of course this song is about a boy and girl falling in love, but you get the point.  So the point of this whole post was to share some links that have been helping me get through lately.  There is so much out there that can just make you stay calm or even just make your day better.  And I love collections of links so that helps too.  Let's do this:
  • by the numbers: It's amazing to see how many people deal with {all types} of anxiety every day.
  • pinterest may be full of lovely DIYs, but it also has amazing quotes that make you think and relate, like this one and this one.
  • tips on a lovely life.  I stumbled across these on pinterest.  I love them because they are little reminders of what life is all about.
  • more little reminders.  And the photos literally make me breath fresh air.  I don't know why.
  • art journaling is such a freeing craft.  (I haven't started myself yet, but plan to soon).  One of my friends introduced me to The Brave Girls Club(It's art journaling and so much more).  Sign up for their Daily Truth emails.  They start my day every morning.
  • one thing that has helped me so much is writing, but I don't have lots of time.  Then I learned about Oh Life from a fellow blogger.  It's amazing.  It emails you every morning or night (you set the time) and all you have to do is hit 'reply' on your email and write your post.  It goes into your Oh Life account and no one can see it but you.  That means no friends to add, no statuses.  Just you and your "e-diary."  The best part is when it emails you the next day, it includes one of your past posts.  So you can reflect.  (I have already poured my heart out in my posts and I love that no one can see it but me and I can reflect on it and learn and grow).
  • this amazing and honest blog post by this girl.  (remember the "I know exactly how you feel" from above?  Yep.  It's nice.)
  •  there's these cartoons.  They're pretty long and not for the faint at heart.  But they paint a picture of depression and anxiety to a tee.  (Even if you don't struggle with anxiety or depression, I know you can relate).  Look at these now: part one and part two.
  • Crafting can be so freeing.  It lets your inner soul come out and is a true break from the hussle-and-bussle of day-to-day life.  But mostly, our layouts and albums are filled with birthdays, holidays, and every day photos.  But what about more than that?  What about crafting to heal the soul, to learn, and grow?  One of my dear friends designs for this amazing company: Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.  I've followed along their blog each month and drooled over their monthly kits that correspond perfectly with each month's theme.  (I've been a bit busy but can't wait to jump in and participate.  I'll make sure to share it.  Hopefully soon!)  This is a must check out!
  • I got into a conversation with a coworker friend a few months ago about being an introvert.  She is one and we have quite a few similarities.  Learning about this has explained lots as to "why" I do or choose certain things.  I found a few links that helped me go deeper into this learning: 
    • This girl writes about her journey from being an extrovert to an introvert.  I could relate to this so much as it is similar to how I used to be and have been lately.
    • I've lately come to notice that I may have developed OCD.  Little things like doors and cabinets being open, washing my hands for longer than 30 seconds, and noticing and surveying all of my surroundings, including sights and sounds.  When I found this article, I realized maybe it is not OCD at all, but the result of becoming a highly-sensitive person.  The characteristics match me to a tee.
    • The article "Anxiety and the Sensitive Person" also explained alot.  It explains so well the link between anxiety and the characteristics of a highly sensitive person. 
And finally, because I just have to end this on a positive note, I must say that I have been enjoying every little thing in life lately.  Absolutely nothing has compared to the amazing bond I have with my husband, the smell of coffee in the morning, the feel of a bunny nose giving me kisses, friends that make me laugh, the warm summer sun on my skin, releasing pent-up energy through crafting, and finally, singing in the car at the top of my lungs.  It is these little moments that make the stress and worrying of life just melt away.
Kelster Jean

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  1. Thanks for all the links & info. Also sharing so much that is a part of your life. It does help to read these articles & be able to understand what a person goes through.

  2. Love your post Kelly Jean. It is so great to have art as therapy and friends that "get it". Have a wonderful day!

  3. I absolutely love that you're honest about it. I have anxiety too, and it's hard, but you have to think of all the good things, and keep from worrying. Everything works itself out in the end, or so I hear. ;)


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