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  1. Such an amazing post. Such an amazing woman, to be trying so hard to help others when you have gone through such a huge amount yourself. ‘Some interests may be harder to come back to than others’ really resonates with me. I miss my beads so much. And wonder if I am done, if the ideas have gone, if I just can’t anymore. It’s a sad place and a frustrating place. I am trying not to let it become a desperate place.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us, with your usual grace, humor and compassion. Much love to you.

    • Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words! <3

      I noticed you started playing with beads again since you posted this comment. Way to go! I knew it would happen sooner or later.

      You're such a creative beader and one one of the most talented people I know. I know for a fact that you're not out of ideas. I think dry spells happen to all of us.

      (Which doesn't make them suck any less, but at least there's comfort in knowing we're not alone?)

      When I go through a dry spell in one area, I try to see the spell as part of my overall creative process, a natural occurrence. I treat my creativity as an empty vessel that needs to be refilled. As soon as my creativity wanes, I'm like... oops! Time to fill that vase again!

      I look at and do other kinds of art (which you've been doing, and rocking!). Then I try to bring some of my other interests into the dry area. It's worked pretty well for me so far!

      I brought some wire wrapping into my bead embroidery, and that was the kick in the pants this particular project needed, for sure.

      Look at me, getting all rambly. Anyway! Congrats on getting back to the beads! And thanks again. <3

  2. Very inspiring. I’m sorry to hear what you’ve been through, it will get easier. My ex husband left me as single mum because I became ill and he didn’t want a cripple. It was hard but my pottery kept me going. Down the line I’ve even turned it into a business. It is wonderful therapy. Doing what you’re passionate about is a way of taking care of your emotional wellbeing and is never a waste of time. Go and enjoy your art supplies and keep inspiring us.
    Cath xx

    • Cathy, thank you! <3

      I'm sorry that your husband was such a douche kazoo. His loss, completely! But it sounds like you turned things around, thanks in part to your pottery and also thanks to being an amazing and strong person. Go, you!

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