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    Meet Me in the Field interview – Spirituality in addiction recovery – with Freddy van Rensburg

    The biggest issue I faced in my recovery, specifically in the beginning, was tackling spirituality in addiction recovery. I struggled with the wonderful 12 step programme. Yes, of course, I’m going to be honest. With one year of being sober behind me, which you can read about on my blog (I include writing about that time I “woke up” wondering who the hell I am ), I can honestly say that if I had a better grounding, spiritually speaking, I believe it could have been easier. Perhaps. But everything happens for a reason, they say. In the long run, I suppose that I needed to do more work spiritually. I don’t speak openly…

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    Sober and Awake – in recovery from addiction – the journey continues

    I’m awake. I’m awake and living officially in recovery from addiction. Who knew in recovery from addiction would feel like being very awake Suddenly I’m alive and well. “But who are these people in my life and how did I get here?” “And who the hell am I?” These are some of the questions I ask myself now. I am not sure if it’s normal. I should probably have a proper session with one of my best friends and sponsor, Lynne Huysamen from Living with Addiction and Kaboutjie. She is going for 10 years sobriety on the 2 August. I’m heading to one whole year (which feels like much longer) on the 5…

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    Women and suicide – Kate Spade leaves us and I am not surprised

    Mental health is not a new topic for me I started blogging in 2011 with Yve’s Corner. I only started writing about mental health, specifically women and suicide, with my own experiences as the focus in 2012. In that same year, I started Our Lived Experiences, a South African blog that documented the experiences of others with my dear friend Ulla. She committed suicide in 2016. In my last post, I touched on the intrusive thoughts that have been plaguing me. And we know that intrusive thoughts are normal and very common. But it doesn’t feel that way when you are experiencing them. In fact, I know I feel guilty and I feel…

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    Maintaining a positive attitude in life sober and off psychiatric medication

    You’d think that having a general ‘positive attitude in life’ would be easy. Especially now that you’re sober, right? Well, not entirely. Why life, why? My first solo exhibition at the AVA Gallery is done and dusted. The official review was very well-received by my peers. I sold several works during the exhibition. I got clarity and focus and even got a break from the family and life when I went to Cape Town for the week. And then life happened. Ag come on, life is always happening Yes, I agree. Life is always happening. So? How we react is always changing. It is influenced by the opinions of others, our mood (yes medically…

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    Review of Yvette Hess AVA Western Cape ArtReach Solo Exhibition – Yvette Hess

    For me, as an emerging female visual artist, there’s so much more to just creating art. The process of creation itself is multifaceted and the complexity of being everything to everyone adds to it. If we include living with mental health issues and all that comes with that, it becomes much to deal with. But it also becomes richer and the journey much more fulfilling. Hosted by the AVA gallery as a female visual artist When I wrote about my experience at the AVA gallery in April this year, never had I imagined that I’d learn and be pushed so much in such a short time. And at the same time,…

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    Featuring Jo Petzer from Cosmic Creations – Local Creatives in South Africa

    Graphic design in South Africa When I think “graphic design”, I used to think “Photoshop”, “ag, come on, this is easy” and “Can’t I just do it myself?”. Now, graphic design in South Africa holds new meaning and understanding. This, especially since I move heavily in creative spaces.  With the influx of small businesses on the rise, business owners need to be fully aware of everything that has the potential to differentiate them and understanding graphic design is just one of them. Local Creatives I love Following my last feature post with the brilliant visual artist, arts writer and curator, Scott Eric Williams (who now is an assistant curator at…

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    280 days sober – And all I want is a cold beer – Still learning to control alcohol cravings

     Can you control alcohol cravings? I’m not shy to say it. I’m still learning to control alcohol cravings. And I’d bet a few hundred Rands (not dollars guys!) that even recovering addicts would definitely feel the same. Triggers don’t go away, so it makes sense that the coping strategies would still be a problem, right? So much has happened after my last update on where I was on my sobriety journey. To name a few: featured in the Cape Times. I recorded my first Youtube video! Have a look below!     I was also approached by KIS Furniture – an e-commerce platform for architects, interior designers and consumers that…

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    Yvette Hess -My contemporary art journey at the AVA gallery in Cape Town 2018

    I want to tell you a bit of my journey this past week (which focuses on me exploring contemporary art in South Africa). But, let me provide you with a short, uncomplicated definition of what “contemporary art” is according to Wiki: Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the late 20th century or in the 21st century. … Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definition. That’s it. Why complicate it, right? A shift in art creation With my last blog post, I updated my readers about my sobriety journey. But I didn’t mention exactly what I’ve been up to artwise.…

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    What it feels like to be alcohol free – Sober for 227 days

    When “they” ask “what it feels like to be alcohol free” When people ask  “what it feels like to be alcohol free”. I can immediately answer and say, “You already know. The last word you said says it all.” FREE. I am free of the chains. With my last post, I spoke about being a newbie alcoholic over the festive season. There was a brief guide there, so have a look if it may help. This post is more of an update. On my Instagram (@yvette_hess) I posted the image below. On this day, I celebrated being sober for 200 days So, go deep Yvette- is it really all that?…

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    Find out who is my survey competition winner here!

    It’s time to announce the survey competition winner! OH YES! The backstory behind the survey Surveys are designed to assist the creator to collect some important information. It’s more than about giving away awesome prizes, even though that is fun too! I wanted to know what YOU thought about my brand and the impression my work- both art and writing gave you. Is my story coming through to you? The results of the survey 47 respondents took on average 3 minutes to complete the survey. On average there were many who enjoyed my work- both my writing and artwork. To be honest, I haven’t published all my creations in my store. Why?…

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