Beyond Layers, Kim has challenged us to share '10 Truths' about ourselves. What a perfect fit for the Letter Loved journal. Here are 10 truths about me:
1. I am married to the most amazing man! So true. He is loving, thoughtful, considerate, supportive, understanding...the list goes on. I am truly blessed!
2. I am committed to doing art every day. Whether it is a long time in the studio or a few minutes in a journal, this is my personal therapy...my happy place.
3. I am incredibly proud of my son and the man he has become. Sure, there are still moments when he makes me crazy, but he is truly wonderful. 'sigh'
4. I am passionate about my art. (see #3) Whether it is fibre art, journalling, beading, photography...my art brings me joy and allows me to focus on all the positive things in my life.
5. I am a bit of a loner... I like quiet... I find it challenging to interact with others. (see #2, #4, #6, #9, #10) I am comfortable in my own company and sometimes crave 'alone' time to help me heal.
6. I am an avid reader... hooked on my iPhone Kindle app. Who ever thought you could carry an entire library in your pocket? Heard about a new book that you want to read? There's also a huge bookstore in my pocket that delivers in seconds no matter where I am. And I can read the first chapter for free to make sure I really want to buy the book! Awesome!!!
7. I love my coffee and my amazing husband's thoughtfulness in bringing it to me every morning. (see # 1) What more can I say?
8. I have just learned how to bake my own gluten free bread. Fresh, hot from the oven breads that don't leave me in excruciating pain. And the variety is endless: breads with nuts and seeds; classic French bread; sourdough... (If you're on a gluten free diet, check out Bette Hagman's Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes) [Thanks Sue and Kay for telling me about this great resource!]
9. I love to cycle (30 km/day ideally). (See #5 and #10) Cycling helps me heal body and mind. When I can't cycle outside I use my trainer indoors. Talk about going nowhere fast! LOL)
10. I struggle with depression and work hard to see the JOY in life. (See #2, #5, and #9) And I struggle with the stigma of admitting this fact but know that we all have to see it for what it is - a physical illness (because the brain is part of my physical being!).
Bonus: To quote Joanne Sharpe, "I am a letter dork". And I'm proud of it!!!