Hey everybody! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I don’t usually post on Saturdays but I wanted to share my own personal story of how sewing has healed me and continues to do so!
The beautiful and talented creative, Tabitha Sewer brought awareness to the sewing community the beginning of October about mental health and how many of us use sewing to cope with things we suffer with. I am one who can testify to the beauty of sewing and how it helped me overcome depression. Now I give all glory to God first and foremost. I don’t worship or give any glory to sewing but I recognize that through sewing and creating, I’m a different person! And I thank God for that!
Here’s my truth:
I didn’t always smile. Years ago, I was really depressed. I was smiling on the outside, but I was soooo unhappy inside. Like many women, I lost myself in the daily duties of being a spouse and mother. I literally felt like I’d lost my whole identity. I constantly compared my life to others and of course that lead to jealously. I was so blinded by it that I couldn’t see what God was blessing me with, and I was so ungrateful. All I could see was what I didn’t have. I knew I needed an outlet, something that I could have just for myself, but at that time I didn’t know what I wanted.
Sewing came into my life toward the end of 2013. I was much happier during this time and found myself in need of some clothes and I thought maxi skirts would be perfect. I watched a couple YouTube videos, and figured I could make a few. In February of 2014, I bought my first sewing machine! I was really excited, but didn’t really expect much pass making the skirts. One project after another, I started to feel…….joy! I finally had an outlet. Something that was mine, creative and allowed me to be me.
So, now I smile! A LOT! Because I remember what it was like when I wasn’t smiling. When I didn’t love myself, when I was jealous and wanted what others had instead of being grateful of the beautiful life and family God was blessing me with! I smile now because I remember and I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned! I smile now because I have joy, that good deep down unspeakable joy that I know comes from God!
I know this was long so I’ll end it now! I’ll share more about my new Moto Jacket in a later post! Have a wonderful weekend!