After the birth of my first daughter Emma, I struggled with post-partum depression. For nine months, I kept this secret. Trying to find my own way out of the darkness. My days were full of negative thoughts and hopeless energy. Finally, the fear took over and I sought help. While medical support and love from my family were very instrumental in my healing, the discovery of scrapbooking was an unanticipated anecdote.
By putting my daily events down on paper, creating beauty instead of negativity, through my thoughts, I regained positive focus. Call it, the healing power of creativity. The artistic person I had always been was no longer squandered under those clouds of doom. And, it absolutely regenerated my world through a fresh network of other Moms and fellow scrappers. The sun began to shine in my life again!
This hobby has been an enrichment in my life ever since. For as long as I can recollect, I have yearned to be an author. My ideas are plentiful. And while the subject matter has changed over the years, my desire to write has never waned. Alas, reality has set in. With the advent of two babies, a house and a small business, I realize this ideal is on hold. Or perhaps… has just taken a different path. In launching my own custom album business I have the opportunity to be the “author” of many wonderful, fulfilling stories. My own life has been so blessed by the stories my clients have allowed me to “write” using their photographs and memorabilia. Through their generosity, I can weave a tale that will be embraced for generations; a treasured book among the other novels and literature on their family bookshelves.
In this joy of building legacies, there lies a silver lining. Whenever I feel a disconnect with all that is true in my own world, or the bigger picture we know as the universe, I can sit down and get lost in a wonderful tale or journey that I may never experience myself. I am so privileged, ten years later to still be doing what I love and…finding the therapy I need from the beautiful life stories that envelop me.
Thank you Kathy for the gracious invitation to your blog. Crafting can be the finest therapy, I am grateful you found me through the words that I used to hesitate to share…
Kellie is a scrapbooker who creates custom keepsake memory albums.