Sign up to be the FIRST to see what's new on my easel and of course, what's happening on my mental health journey!
 

  • one year sober Yvette Hess blog
    Blog

    My first year of sobriety brought 4 unexpected lessons!

    Reflecting on one year sober Wow, who would have thought what could be possible in one year sober! This post is quite delayed as I celebrated my first year of sobriety on the 5th August 2018. But the fact remains: Yay Me! Since my last post, where I spoke in a podcast to a counsellor, author and friend, Freddy van Rensburg, about my spiritual journey and the 12 step program, a lot more has happened. I decided to share a few lessons I learned during my first year of recovery. I’ll be honest and say that these lessons definitely solidified as  I got further into my recovery journey. But for…

  • painting miniature female figures But I can't watercolour art
    Blog

    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…

  • Maintaining a positive attitude in life Yvette Hess blog
    Blog

    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…

  • 3 months free from alcohol drowning feeling
    Blog

    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?…

  • Blog

    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…

  • Blog

    Weight no more

    Weight no more? I wish. And I wish my fat away if it’s not obvious already. “Some people have real problems,” I tell myself. Like poverty (more than being broke) or Cancer. Not that Cancer is the worst problem and other invisible illnesses are not problems but you know what I mean. Being fat isn’t the end of the world. Or is it? For most of my life I have been overweight. I wish I could get a prize for that (not edible). And if it couldn’t get any worse, I’d like to add that there were numerous times and long periods where even when I was “thin”, I didn’t…

Please free to enquire about any works of art or products in my shop! Dismiss