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My Creative [Life] Process

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It seems that everyone has a different creative process. I have found this to be true. Some people have vast differences in the kind of work environment they prefer, the types of tools they use, or the order they do things in. Others, however, are quite similar and only vary in a few areas. While this might seem to be an obvious fact, something even more obvious is this: everyone has a different life process. Every person reaches certain levels of personal and spiritual growth at different points in their lives.

I’m a creative person, and I often feel the most fulfilled when I’m doing creative activities. However, my life process has been marked by highs and lows in creativity. I contribute these variances to seasons throughout my life when I have been struck with depression. For me, depression seems to paralyze my creativity. And my motivation to do anything. When these seasons have come into my life, I have often had the mindset of being “stuck.” Like I cannot do anything until this passes. This got particularly troublesome when I had my son. The depression hit me the hardest about a month postpartum. There’s no worse time to be “stuck” then when you’ve got a newborn to take care of. Forget about getting your creativity back. We’re talking about SURVIVAL.

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After many difficult months, my postpartum depression finally subsided. I made it out and my life process resumed. My little boy even helped me by becoming extra cuddly when I was the saddest. I gradually felt more motivated to create again. I had served my time and at last I could move on with my life.

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However, I recently discovered that we shouldn’t wait to be “cured” from our depression before moving on with our lives. Rather than waiting until we feel better, those of us who go through seasons of depression should walk with God through those seasons. He gives us everything we need for life EACH DAY. Our daily bread and daily grace given from God is sufficient for today. Not for yesterday. Not for tomorrow. It is sufficient for TODAY (Matt 6:34, 2 Cor 12:9). And every day is different, especially for those of us with depression and anxiety. But instead of constantly wishing for it to be over, we should live in the moment, trusting God with every second.

I want to encourage you, no matter what trial you’re going through, to make it part of your life process. Not a pause and resume. Let it shape you. Let it bring you closer to God and those you love. It might feel like you should give up, but keep going. And remember not to compare yourself with others—because everyone has a different life process.

New Etsy Shop

In addition to freelancing from home, I’m now running an Etsy shop! I’m specializing in embroidery hoops with my unique designs. Embroidery is a new art form for me, but it has been really fun to learn the different types of stitches (by watching YouTube tutorials, haha). I hope you’ll check out my shop: etsy.com/shop/ReneeWilcoxDesigns.

 

Entryway Makeover

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Thanks to my latest house project, I have a sense of giddiness whenever I walk through my front door. I now have a designated place to put shoes, jackets and bags when I get home from a busy day. Organization makes me happy, especially when it looks this good.

To start out this project, I screwed strips of wood straight onto the drywall with a 2 x 0.5” piece at the top that acts as a shallow shelf (to place artwork or picture frames). I then painted the wood and the drywall a very light grey—almost white. I put an IKEA Expedit shelf on it’s side to provide seating and a place for shoes. On the coat closet doors I used the same light grey paint on the lower halves and a mint color on the top (same as the front door). The strip in between the colors is the original, unpainted wood. I found a unique, vintage chandelier on Etsy from this shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/smilemercantile. It has mid-century modern character, which matches the rest of my house. Plus it’s made of brass which I think is a popular material and it’s pretty. To finish off the entryway I added frames with photos of the coolest places I’ve been to remind me that traveling is awesome, but nothing beats coming home.

If you are looking for a project to spruce up your home, the entryway is a great place to start. It’s the first thing you see when you enter your home and the last thing you see when you leave, so putting your touch on it is important in providing inspiration for the rest of the house.

A Little DIY

Owning a home seems to get more fun every day. Here are a few projects that have happened around my house lately.

#1 Painting built-ins in the bedroom. It’s amazing how a little paint and some accessories can change the mood of a room.

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#2 Paneling in the living room. Now, it isn’t really actual paneling (don’t tell), but it looks just as good. 🙂

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More Expedition Goodness

Check out the complete holiday campaign from Miller Brooks. You’ll want to read about Sir Reginald Halldecker and his crew as they search for Kringle. Join the Expedition at theexpeditionnorth.com

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