This piece is a little different from what I usually post. I make more collage pieces, but they tend to be more personal in nature, so they don’t make it onto the blog. And they tend to be messy on the paper as well as emotionally messy. But this one is different. I had fun collaging bits from my desk that are part of my story: stamps (travel, writing), hearts/love, growth, circles and cycles, birds, measurement, music, a J for Jeff–and then a random goldfish, just because I liked it. 🙂
But it is the quote that really spoke to me and that made me want to share this piece. I am pretty open about my fight with depression these days, but I wasn’t always. And fighting through the process to healing was definitely the hardest and bravest thing I did do. And coming out on the other side loving myself, giving myself grace.
I did a presentation at a MOPS group a few weeks ago. I was supposed to be talking about faith art journaling, and I did, but what I ended up emphasizing was owning my story and the process that brought me to healing and the part art played in it. I think the coordinator was disappointed–she wanted more of an art lesson. But I had three women come up to thank me for sharing. They felt like they had heard their own stories, diagnoses, and felt they weren’t alone as I spoke. God sent me to them that day. God knew I needed to own my story and be brave about it to help those other women. It was worth it.
Love your self today enough to be brave today and own your story. You never know where it will take you.