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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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    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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    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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    Can art help with Depression? – my interpretation of surviving suicide

    “Can art help with Depression?” was one of the first questions I asked myself when I was admitted for my very first hospitalization for a depressive episode a few years ago.  I couldn’t understand how painting or gluing things together would help me express, let alone allow me to deal with what was going wrong. Last week I posted one of my latest works entitled, “Come Away from the Edge”. It was one of those inspired works in the sense that pure emotion drove me to create it. I’m certain it’s happened to you! My irritability levels were sky high. So, I locked myself up in my studio and turned…

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    3 months free from alcohol ROCKS – An Update

    I’ve been 3 months free from alcohol. That’s right, 101 days! I find it hard to believe that I managed to last 3 months without alcohol. I say this because I know how deep in the doo-doo I was. I drank daily. But I hear that’s not the the only determining factor. According to Merriam-Webster, “alcoholism” is the ‘continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks.’ They go further and throw around words like “neglect of physical appearance” and “chronic”, not forgetting “potentially fatal disorder”. Oh my. So scary! I felt that the definition was so scary that it immediately jolted me into denial. When I drank, it was sexy. Wasn’t it?…

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    I’m NOT a soccer mom

    This is a touchy subject for moms in general. I believe there’s space in this world for EVERY type of mother. Moms teach us, protect us and even smother us. More often than not, everything they do is out of love! So, in light of this huge aspect of mothering, namely love, I would argue that we are all EQUAL. We all are doing what we think is best for our children. No one can argue with that. Or can we? What is “the best” anyway? And what about what is best for us? You know, not as a mother but as a woman or an individual. Or is that…

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    I used to be

    The post below may come as a surprise to some. If you feel the need to judge, rather keep it to yourself. This is a safe space not only for me to express who I am, but for my readers to feel they can share their most shameful moments. No trolls will be tolerated. ————————————————————————————————————————————— I haven’t been myself lately. Well, to be more accurate, I haven’t been a self I identify with. So much has changed: circumstances, expectations, responsibilities and of course, me. I believe that all these factors have affected who I am today. Obviously, right? My parents, more so my dad, always pushed for my sister and…

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