Sunday, March 17, 2013


I'm back from my hiatus. It wasn't planned. To be honest I have had a topsy-turvy couple of months. My world has turned upside down and up again, and it took me some time to regain my footing. Some personal challenges, thrown together with a promotion at work and the commencement of studying a Masters degree at Uni while working a 40 hour week has taken its toll on my crafting among other things.

Sometimes we need to step back and reassess our priorities. For me, surviving the last two months has meant letting my garden fall by the wayside. Not touching any crafts. And being okay with this. Not feeling bad about it. Not worrying what others think. Being honest with myself about what I am able to achieve at the moment, and knowing that this is good enough.

As a mental health worker, who works daily to support those living with mental health issues to overcome stigma, I would feel hypocritical if I didn't acknowledge that I have been struggling with my own mental health issues. I have made an effort over these past few weeks to just focus on my job, my education, my health and most importantly my marriage. And I have turned a corner with the help of supportive relationships, medication, and self care. I can concentrate for longer periods than I have been able to for a long time. My anxiety has settled and I sleep so well now. 

I am feeling happy again,

calm again,

motivated again,

 positive again. 

So on the the fun stuff...

Sam xox


  1. I've missed you Sam but I'm so happy to read this post! I'm looking forward to when you're able to come back, but am happy you're not pressuring yourself :) x

  2. I can't imagine working full time plus studying let alone dealing with the other stuff going on. You deserved a break! Welcome back!

  3. Very glad to hear it's all getting better now. Study plus fulltime work, wow! xx

  4. Oh that's tough, i'm glad to hear things are on the mend. Well done for having the courage to acknowledge and share with us all.

  5. Good to have you back! It's so important to take good care of yourself, go you! X

  6. I don't envy you with that load... but yep, you've gotta do what's best for you. It is lovely to have you back though :)