Thursday, July 28, 2011
As a child I loved art projects. My mother could never keep enough of those books that you just paint with water and they make paint on the page in our house. Finger painting was my ultimate joy, much to my parents dismay . As I got older I found refuge in the art studio from the difficulties of being a teenager. My senior year I chose to pursue medicine instead of art school, even though the counselor from an art school told me I would regret it, because I thought medicine was a more stable and better paying field. I didn't imagine that art would completely fade out of my life but it did.
Now I fuel my creativity through my events and cooking and I am able to use it for healthy food as well but my sole focus cannot be food no matter how healthy it is. I had been looking for a crafting hobby for awhile. One that could hold my interest, did not require a huge initial investment in case I didn't enjoy it, and I could find everything locally. Etsy is one of my new favorite websites and I love anything to do with animals so I decided to browse and see what interested me. I came across needle felting. Basically you take strands of raw wool, roll it up and stab at it with the mildly barbed needle thing that you use to weave it all together and shape it into whatever you want. I am obsessed with Martha Stewart and I had seen some animals in her Christmas magazine that were made using the technique and they were SO adorable.
Last night I set out after work to a local bead and fiber store that I had read carried everything and was happy to find the needles and a couple of sacks of wool for very little money. After dinner I made my first round ball. I have to say it is a damn good looking ball hehe and I am trying to decide this morning what little animal it shall become. I think this is good for me. What is better for stress than stabbing something over and over with a sharp object?
The point of all of this is that there is life outside of our addictions, we just have to look for them. The world has opened up so much more now that I am not spending all my time hunting down my next binge or plotting how to hide it. Our weekends are so much active and it makes me relationship better because we are always exploring together. Find a hobby, whatever it is that gives you joy and you will have less time to spend it obsessing and eating.