Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

It has been well over a year since I posted to this blog and almost a year since I posted on lilmonkeyshinedesigns.com. I try not to share too much personal information on this blog because… well, it just doesn’t seem relevant. But I do feel like I need to give a little explanation for my hiatus.

I suffer from mental health issues that sometimes consume me. Last fall, about the time I stopped blogging and creating digital creations, my PTSD and chronic depression and anxiety took a turn for the worse. I shut down almost completely. Getting out of bed in the morning was an achievement, making sure everyone was fed was my only goal for the day and even than seemed like an impossible dream at times. Things that seemed like minor setbacks to most people seem like life altering tragedies to me. I have lived with these mental health issues for most of my life in one form or another but in the past few years, due to circumstances beyond my control, they have become increasingly more unmanageable on my own and occur with more frequency.

It has taken months to get the right combination of medication and the funds to see a therapist regularly but I’m slowly making progress, mostly one step forward and two steps back it seems, but progress all the same. I finally feel up to getting back into digital design and scrapbooking. Little baby steps at a time.

I have been working here and there on digital designs even when I wasn’t able to complete them in time for the blog trains. So as I finish them up, I will post them either as a freebie here or in my Etsy store. Starting in August, I plan to start participating in monthly blog trains again!

I hope you will join me as I try to get back on track with this blog and getting back to my digital designs! I can’t wait to release my contribution to the blog train on August 1st!

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