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    Relapse is a bitch – a tale of mixed episodes and how YOU can help

    I didn’t think I’d be writing about relapse so soon this year. Yeah, especially since I was doing well. Right? But here we are, talking all things relapse signs (in) bipolar disorder. And I guess it must seem pretty weird that I write this post right after I shared my four unexpected lessons in my first year of sobriety, right? Well, such is life. Actually, it’s more than just life, it’s the nature of my illness, Bipolar Disorder, combined with life stuff- all the day-to-day stress that any other “normal” person may endure. According to Hilary Simmons from www.sane.org: In bipolar disorder, a relapse is defined as the return of depression or a…

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    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…

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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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    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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