Thursday, August 14, 2014

Coffee... My Favorite (Hot) Drink

I am starting to do what I like little by little, I am trying to make time for what I like here and there, in between work and home, in between cooking and cleaning, or anytime I feel like I need a break.

That said... I found a challenge that caught me attention at The Sketchbook Challenge, the August theme is Coffee and Tea. Hmmm... my favorite (hot) drink, the one I go to when I need a break, for some reason it relaxes me while I drink it slowly and take deep breaths in between, and after I am done with it, I am all energized. You have to LOVE it!

Anyways here is the Coffee and Tea art I made this week,



Not too complicated, just had some fun with a little bit of paint here and there. Then drew my actual cup of coffee and also decided to put cafĂ© in Spanish since that's what I drink, which is somewhat stronger than regular coffee.  And the Tea bag that I drew, is a regular size one.  I try to stain the paper with a real tea bag but is not too noticeable.

I hope this inspires somebody out there...

Bottom line... it felt REALLY GOOD to play again with my art supplies :)

Thanks for taking a look :)

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Update from last post needing help

Has been a month an a half since my last post and boy!!! lots and lots had happened in my life.

I really appreciate the responses and moral support I got from all of you. I am writing this update from my last post needing help with the intention to continue posting about things that help me relax and be happy. And what I do in my little bit of "me" time :).

Last time I wrote here in my blog I was overwhelmed because of so many things going on in my life that I don't have time for my hobbies and my blog, but I guess that wasn't enough to make me realize that I need it to take it easy. At the beginning of July I started feeling a lot of pain on my mid back, then a week later my fingers on my left hand started tingling and feeling numb, then two days later the same with my toes, the next day was my arm but meanwhile my back was killing me all the time. Then two days later my face started going numb. Now that scared me!!! went to the doctor and to make a long story short, I went for lots of testing from a full blood test to MRI's, CT scans and other tests that I never heard of before, all within a month!

The results... all testing were normal. Nothing structural that was causing the symptoms. Nothing but STRESS causing me to have muscle spasms putting pressure on my never ending causing my left side to have numbness all over.

INCREDIBLE!!! I knew that stress can do weird things, but I never expected that to happen to me. But I am so strong, mentally, I thought to myself... NOPE, stress doesn't discriminate either.

So what did I learn from this scary month... That WE ALL NEED TIME FOR OURSELVES.

Yes, as simple as stupid as that sounds.

Ask yourself:

What do you do for fun?

What makes you happy?

How do you spend your "me" time?

I felt like I was dying quickly "physically" from all the symptoms I had, all because I didn't take care of myself "mentally"

I do feel somewhat better now, my body is not tingling or going numb anymore, even though my back still tingles and hurts half of what it was before.

So what did I do to HELP MYSELF? Because if you are going to something similar, let me tell you: NOBODY but YOU can do something about your STRESS.

Start doing what I like. I still have the same amount of things to do daily, like working, cooking, taking care of my family, etc.  But I take a little time here and there to do what relaxes me, to pick up my crochet even if is for 5 min. or embroider, or paint, etc. You wouldn't believe the relieve you feel to do what you love even if is for a short time.

And what I have noticed is that at the beginning you do it just for a few minutes but the feeling you get doing what you love is so amazing that you want to do it more and more.

I finally started working on my hobbies, soon I'll be posting about them.

Thank you so much for all the support and awesome advise I got from all of you :)

I hope this helps somebody out there :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I Need Help Please

Time for truth!!!

This is pathetic, and I realized I need help. 

I've been thinking about this for such a long time, that I am about to close my blog. I love to share and have an online community but doesn't seem to work like that for me lately.

I like to do so many things, I have so many hobbies, and no time for it. I even had a week off from work, but I haven't been able to touch any of my crafts, not even read my books because all I have done is catch up with house work that was piled up until I had time to do it.

Yes, to me this is pathetic, but I can't seem to steer away from that pattern of being a time victim.

I have so many ideas, so many dreams... sigh... but nothing comes out it.

I even joined a couple of challenges, but doesn't seem to work like that for me. Prompts are not working for me, seems like I want to work on my crafts whenever I feel like it, without a time pressure, but that's when the problem comes... I never get to it.

Have any of you out there been through that?

Is there any advise you can give me to get out of this  rut?

As some of you know, I've been going through a lot lately or maybe not.

My husband had 3 car accidents, none of these his fault, leaving his back and neck totally messed up, I even have to put his socks on, tie his shoes, and bend down for him every time he drops something, thank goodness for my little one that does this most of the time for me.

So between doctors appointments, lawyers, car and health insurance phone calls, kids summer programs, driving here and there and house work, cooking every day since we don't eat out due to allergies and health issues, you can see I have a lot in my hands. But I can give you 30,000 excuses to say, maybe is not the best time for me to do this and have a blog, but I love putting my word out there.

Is there any way you can help me with free advise?

Thanks a million,

God Bless You all,

Clemencia