Minnesota is known for it's brutal winters and unpredictable weather. Just recently the temps. went from -33F below to 35F above in just a couple of days! It is also known for the long winters too, like sprinter (when it's still winter but the calendar says it's suppose to be spring). This stretch from January till like...June or until the snow if finally melted, is the toughest time for me. Usually every year I go through a depression stage and I do many things to combat it.
Instead of talking about art in this blog, I'm going to get real.
This year I've started a new book study called "Switch on your Brain" by Dr. Caroline Leaf. It's all about the power of your thoughts and how they affect us both physically and emotionally. She talks about toxic thoughts and positive thoughts and how to really be more aware of what you're thinking about. I was on a roll with this book when I first started and just hammered away at the teachings and learning more about the brain. I was doing so well for several months and through the Christmas season and then the true tests started creeping in.
I've been dealing with some real fear issues, overcoming and also struggling. Depression and anxiety popping up again and fighting it. In fact it's been exhausting! It's definitely put a stop to my creative flow for now. But I'm not giving up.
I'm fighting to keep hope in front of me and knowing that this too will pass. Some days are good, others not so much. But I'm here to give hope to anyone who knows the struggles of depression and anxiety. To know that you're not alone in the fight and to never give up. There are seasons in life that come and go and some may stay for several seasons but it's not forever.
I'm keeping on with my book study, praying and being honest with God with how I feel. Winter may feel cold and dry right now but God has a plan, and it's a good one!
"For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11