Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Coping through creativity

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The last few days have been difficult in dealing with my father's surgery and recent diagnosis of cancer. I find myself tucking away the tears/heartache in order to provide strength and encouragement to my father (lives in another state). Compartmentalizing is not easy, let me tell you!

I knew it would not be conducive or healthy for me to keep my own emotions bottled up for long, so I reached out into my creativity zone a little yesterday and tonight to help me "cope". As you can see, I've revamped my blog and even designed my own header. You will also find the [completed] doodles I featured a few days ago to the right on my sidebar.

There is one other thing I've challenged myself to do and that is to take my own personal, creative journey through "A Daily Creativity Journal - 365". So, keep an eye out for more details.

For now, my father needs me. So, I pray for your patience here in the blog world over the next few days/weeks as there are still a lot of unknowns that need to be determined.

Again, thank you for all of your amazing, sweet and tender comments.


  1. That's tough - so very tough. The more I think about it, the more I find that the best way of helping me to deal with difficult situations on an ongoing basis is to keep my creative side nourished.

    Easier said than done at times, of course. But I wish you well in navigating this journey ahead with your father (best wishes for his health and care, too) x

  2. Sophia, I completely understand what you are going through as the same thing happened with my father 2 years ago. Sending you all my love and thoughts and one thing I will say is to please take care of yourself during this time xxx Big hugs xx

  3. Take all the time you need Sweetie.
    Life comes FIRST. We'll be here.
    Many hugs~~


  4. Big hug Sophia! It's a difficult time made even more challenging by distance.

    Creative Every Day helped me with my sister's death (1500 miles away) last year. That journal looks great! hope it helps!

    Love your new header!


  5. Sophia, I am so sorry to hear the diagnosis. My continued thoughts and prayers so with you. Like Anne said, life does come first and the important people in that life. We will be here. Your creativity will be waiting as well. Even if it is a doodle a day - those images will all collect and build to something you might never have imagined otherwise.

  6. Life throws things at all of us...we will always be here for you Sophia...sending you prayers and hugs....may you get through this rough patch!!!


  7. Hugs and prayers to you and your family. We will be here when you are.

  8. I understand parents and cancer all to well...I am so sorry my friend, just know we are all here for you.


  9. Sounds like the best way to cope for me! Well done Sophia on the new blog header too. Now - nip over to Prairie Thistle to win yourself that bracelet. I'm sure it would look just beautiful with your strength ring :)

  10. hang in there little sweetie

  11. Sophia,
    I think you have devised a wonderful plan to help you cope. Your header is so beautiful...Take good care of yourself and seriously, your friends are here for you now and whenever you need us to be.
    Hang in there and prayers are being said for you!
    love and hugs...

  12. Writing should help. Good luck.

  13. Blog looks great! Love the new header!!
    Thinking of u daily and sending supportive thoughts your way.
    The journal and being creative in general will be strong healing forces for you I hope!
    Hugs of support

  14. This is a tough journey that you all are travelling, but one with amazing mountain views to inspire, dull desolate valleys to bore your endless moments of questions, truly loving friends discovered... hang in, doodle, create, it will all help to fill the tough moments of silence, of searching for answers.

  15. Stay strong for your Father and take care of yourself, too. Your journal is a good way to help you with that. I love your new header : )

  16. one day at a time, and even less when needed :)
    We will be here when you are ready. Hugs and prayers.

  17. Sophia,
    I am thinking of you. We'll always be here for you....take your time.
    In the meantime, I love your new blog header and the layout! Art is a wonderful way to work through things...love and hugs! heather

  18. my Prayers are always with your father..! Also, drawing is relaxing, so it is good if u keep creating stuff :)

  19. Thinking of you Sophia, hang in there. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad, let it all out! Journals are wonderful for that!

  20. Thinking of you and sending you hugs.This may not be the appropriate timing, but I have nominated your blog for a Stylish Blogger Award as I think you are super. Sarah x

  21. Sophia,
    I am praying for your dear father. I know what you are feeling and it is so sad. Prayer do help! ♥ hugs.. Darlene

  22. I like the idea of this journal, I hope that you will share some of them with us, if it is not too personal. It is a tough time Sophia, hard to not let it define you, but dont lose yourself in the process. Prayers for your father.


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