Even better, upon my return to the UK I also moved house (we'll ignore the house-move-on-top-of-travel-tiredness-equals-exhausted-Kim and skip straight to the good bits eh?). Just LOOK at my new views:
I LIVE NEXT DOOR TO A LOAD OF SHEEP!! Oh happy happy days :D I'm so blessed to be able to call Anglesey my home.
It's so strange to compare my life now to where I was this time a year ago. Last September I had a pretty severe flare up of anxiety disorder which left me more or less unable to function, even at a very basic level. It's taken a lot of hard work but I'm so much happier now, so much more settled and at peace with myself. A lot has changed for me, and I think things will continue to change (I hope these changes will all be for the better!) For now I am embracing my life and celebrating my achievements, however small they may seem.
...Which brings me neatly to the more on-topic reason for this post. As creative people, do you ever notice how often your creativity is a reflection of your health (mental or physical)? I realised this week that my 'road to recovery' has been documented in the projects I take on. A year ago for example - when I was at my worst - I lost my ability to knit (or rather my tired brain couldn't cope with the task). It was a frightening time. But slowly, I managed to get back into it, until it became my therapy - a time to think. I delved into BIG projects - blankets and afghans - which ate away the time I would otherwise spend anxious.
As the anxiety gave way to depression, and I started to look inwards, my creativity focussed more on the small. I was seeing the world in the tiniest of details...
But then my confidence started to grow, and I began to design patterns for myself. Making something completely from scratch helped me to relearn how to trust my decisions, how to solve my own problems, how to express myself. It gave me back my voice.
And now, I'm well on the way to recovery. A year ago I could not cope with the 'stress' of knitting. Today, I have 6 WIPs (that I can remember!); I can knit, sew, crochet, spin, or draw until my heart's content (and here are a couple of previews to prove it!)
Looking back over this post, I'm quite taken aback at how much beauty there is - how much colour and light. It certainly didn't seem that way at the time. But I can now see the steps I've taken, reflected in these photos, and I'm proud of each and every one - even the tiny ones!
This post has sort of turned into something a little deeper than I imagined it. Perhaps in a couple of days I'll be back to edit it, but for now I'm happy to see my progress collected together, and to be able to share that progress with others. I've got a fair few ideas buzzing around at the moment - and I'll be back over the next few days to share what's on the hook and needles with you properly. Until then, keep well and enjoy this fabulous weather!