- My sister had a beautiful little baby girl
- I helped plan my dads wedding
- Volunteered to help get my friends shop, Crafty sew & so, open
- Arranged wriggly readers at my local library
- Had many stressful driving lessons
That list wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. My writing has taken a little bit of a back seat but I have been crafting away at the aforementioned shop and also making little lovely books to sell there.
Now I will shamelessly plug the delightful shop Crafty Sew & So.
It’s a brand new shop in Leicester’s St. Martins square which sells, fabrics, haberdashery, patterns, and lots of gorgeous hand-made gifts (a few note books made by yours truly). They also run fantastic workshops for novices and the more experienced sewer. I made bunting, stuck up letters, folded fat quarters, and put rolls onto fat quarters. I also acted as guinea pig for a fabulous denim skirt which shall be appearing here shortly.
All of this has involved an awful lot of socialising. Everything was a challenge from the simplest tasks such as getting a bus into the city centre or finding the courage to eat in public, to the more stomach churning experiences such as serving customers or being in a shop with well over sixty people for the launch party.
It’s been well over a year since I left my job at Waterstones due to severe depression and anorexia. If I were to do these same tasks six months ago I’ve no doubt I would have used food to manage my emotions and more than likely resorted to harmful coping mechanisms. Right now I feel like I’m treading water, not drowning. So long as I take things nice and slowly and take care of myself I might, one day, feel like a normal person….whatever that might be.