I am so excited to launch this blog – A new adventure has begun and I am looking forward to writing again. When the children were smaller I wrote a family lifestyle blog. Which created many opportunities and experiences for us as a family but my career direction was developing and I wanted to finish my studies in graphic design.
It was a natural progression really. There are only so many baby products you can write reviews on and then your baby isn’t a baby anymore!
I finished my studies in between school runs, and general day to day chaos with 4 kids.
The thing that helped me most was getting diagnosed with ADHD. I know, you may think that sounds weird. BUT, my life was chaos and everything always seemed to go wrong. I experienced extreme phases of depression and anxiety throughout all areas of my life. I went through almost 40 years of undiagnosed ADHD. I felt like a huge mistake. I couldn’t go any lower so I had to find my way up which was scary, new and yet so many other things.
Fast forward through counselling, various self help courses, lots of courage and determination. Freeing my children and myself from a controlling environment. All of that was before I found my faith.
It was a long and hard journey. I achieved so much. Made lots of mistakes, learnt from them. Discovered a lot about myself, accepted myself, forgave myself and became a generally happier person.
Going back to church, attending an Alpha course and getting baptised was a massive turning point and I know it sounds cliche but full immersion baptism was such a positive and significant experience. I really felt so elated, blessed and thankful for being given a new life. The slate wiped completely clean, forgiven, loved unconditionally. Forgiving and accepting myself seemed like a no brainier.
God did this amazing thing for me and for the first time in my entire life I felt accepted and it was like opening a door to being the real me. It is very liberating when you realise how many changes you have been through to undo and repair what the world has done to you.
With the knowledge that life would still have it’s ups and downs and that having faith doesn’t mean that life will suddenly become perfect. I spent a year or so just learning and remembering all the scripture I learnt as a child. Finding answers to questions I had and discovering how I could bring my creativity and my faith together.
Covid slightly changed the course of the path and started selling recycled craft supplies in my Etsy store.
All the while I have been building on my portfolio and planning my next project. This blog has been in the planning stages for a long time and I wanted to make sure that what I’m doing has God at the forefront. I have so many ideas but I had to wait for things to fall into place in God’s timing.
There will be free resources, creative inspiration, giveaways, reviews, tutorials, scripture prompts and many more random things to look forward to. You can always find out more on my About page.