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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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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 …

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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- …

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Featuring Scott Eric WIlliams – Local Creatives in South Africa

Local creatives in South Africa – Introducing Scott Eric Williams One of the local creatives in South Africa I admire and look up to and who I have been promising to feature is Mr. Scott Eric Williams! He can be found on my Creative Colleagues page on my website. He’s an artist, photographer, illustrator (that’s the …