This page is about me, it’s my introduction to you.
I am a woman of faith
I am what many would call a “conservative”. But I don’t fit the mold. Just because one has deep religious beliefs doesn’t automatically mean they are some kind of “nut job”. As far as I know, no one has ever accused me of being intolerant or judgmental of others. I will refer to my faith whenever I need to but it’s never with the intent of trying to convert anyone. I leave that up to God.
At the same time, I can’t ignore my faith just to make my readers comfortable. So I ask that you have an open mind and I will, too.
I have a number of followers who are as far removed from me religiously as they can be. I have other followers whose language certainly is far removed from what I’m comfortable with. I have yet another class of followers whose political views seem to be from another planet when I compare them to mine. I also follow bloggers whose views about everything are diametrically opposed to mine. Blogging has exposed me to a world I don’t play in very often but it’s good to step outside the box.
Here are some personal facts about me.
- DIY and home renovation
- Spray paint. I will spray almost anything. Even upholstered furniture. I’ll tell you about that one someday. I will include many of the projects as they evolve. That’s the DIY part of my blog title.
- To read and write.
- To paint, walls and pictures.
- Walking into a fabric store and just browsing through the fabric.
- Paint stores and paint chips.
- Scrapbooking stores where I buy lots of paper even though I rarely scrapbook.
- Antique stores
- Yard sales and thrift shops.
- Mostly, I love my family, friends and my God and consider myself truly blessed.
I focus a great deal on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders in general. That’s because I am a survivor of depression and my heart’s desire is to help others win their battle as I did. I can still remember the day I decided I was going to beat depression. That is a day I won’t ever forget.
Why I write about mood disorders
My depression was bad and my doctor added another medication. That medication caused a severe anxiety attack. I didn’t know what to do so I started putzing, doing nothing in particular but simply staying busy. I didn’t know what else to do. After maybe thirty minutes, I noticed I was feeling slightly better. I couldn’t understand what happened. I kept busy, making myself perform little tasks. The more I keep distracting myself, the better I felt. I began to think that maybe depression was manageable. I called my doctor the next day and told him I wasn’t continuing with the second medication and that I’d like to try and even begin to reduce the strength of my anti-depressants. He agreed.
Don’t misunderstand and think any of this was easy. I had many twists and turns and some days, it felt I was getting worse. But I never gave up. I knew God was with me on this journey and with His help, we’d figure it out. I slowly reduce my anti-depressants while at the same time paying attention to what made me feel better. It was a process of self-discovery and I learned that my own habits, words, and thoughts contributed to my depression.
The healing led to writing
That was over twenty years ago and in the process of my healing, I began writing a book. I put it aside for a time as life had other plans for me. Plus, I knew I couldn’t publish the book right then as other people were involved. During that time I started blogging. I wanted to help everyone I could who struggles with mood disorders because I know how it feels. I knew, based on feedback from speaking venues, leading retreats, teaching Bible classes, and my work as a hospital chaplain, that people found my advice helpful.
The time came when everything fell into place and my first book, Depression Has a Big Voice. Make Yours Bigger!, was published and I am currently working on my second book about discovering one’s purpose and mission.
I have real empathy for anyone who struggles with depression. Seeing my own mother struggle her entire life with this illness broke my heart. I have other loved ones I’ve watched as the darkness dimmed their eyes and stole their joy. Furthermore, I have counseled a number of people over the years. So this blog is my way of helping. I hope we stay connected and I hope your journey to wholeness is right around the corner.
I’m sure this blog will continue to evolve as I “find my voice” and as I continue my life coach classes. I hope you’ll stick around to see where it all goes.
God bless and have a wonderful day.