I'm not completely convinced I should be posting about this here, as I wanted to keep this blog less personal, but I thought I should mention why I've been somewhat M.I.A. lately. Maybe my sharing this will help someone else, that would be great.
I've been temporarily put on work leave due to depression, and was for a while experiencing some side effects due to medication I've been put on. I've been struggling with issues of depression for over a decade, and well, I've come to a turning point where I want to make some positive changes in my life. I think there's a lot of stigma associated with depression still, and this kept me from speaking more seriously about it for a long time. Still, I think part of dealing and healing includes sharing these issues with people who have supported me, and this includes you lovely folks who have been there through my art journey all this time. My life is really good, and I'm grateful for everyone in it... but sometimes, things get overwhelming. I haven't felt artistic drive, or any other sort of motivation since the summer... and it's been taking a toll for a while now.
If I'm writing about this, it's because I've thought for a long time that art and an "emo" state of mind go hand and hand, and I do think on some level, that this is true even now. I guess I'm putting out there that while negativity can be a great source or creativity if it is funneled properly, but if it becomes overwhelming, it's time to seek help.
Anyway, in light of all this, I'm doing well and I just wanted to use this experience as an opportunity to express gratitude to everyone who has shown support for my art and for me personally, all this time. (That sounds drastic, but I promise it isn't. It's just part of my goals to recognize good things for what they are
Thanks for reading, and I hope to find my artistic second wind again soon. I've been working on the comic so we'll see where that goes.
Much love, all!