Two days after my boyfriend of over two and a half years and I broke up, I had registered to take my first calligraphy class. Ironically, the class itself took place in a wedding store, perfect timing right? Not so much, but I still took the class, even though it brought up many emotions while I was sitting there surrounded by gorgeous wedding dresses and girls who had registered for the class to practice their calligraphy on their wedding invitations.
I have constantly been saying how little patience I have and wanting things to be perfect yesterday, but calligraphy is another one of my hobbies that has taught me practice makes progress. You can literally see the progress…
This was day 1:
This is now:
Each time I practiced calligraphy, I would research quotes that I wanted to emulate in my everyday life. When you write the words, “make it happen,” 50 times for practice, you begin to hope that while you are writing all of the positive mantras, something sticks! And for me, I think some of it has! 🙂
Besides calligraphy, throughout this past year, I have taken up many hobbies. I needed something to fill my someone. I think at first, it was to occupy my mind, my time, and simply to make myself happier. I would literally tell myself, “DON’T JUST SIT THERE, PRACTICE YOUR CALLIGRAPHY,” and sometimes I did, and sometimes I didn’t, but every little or big thing that I did was one step forward, even if it didn’t seem like it at the time. My dad always tells me to say to myself , “ONE STEP AT A TIME”. If you took that one step, its better than nothing and you are doing better than yesterday!
I do think that calligraphy, yoga, dance, reading, and honestly, my therapist, has helped me to get back to being myself. It took me a while but now, I think these are things that have just become a part of who I am and what I enjoy, and truly, what I have always enjoyed! I have always been ‘crafty’ my entire life, maybe not as much as my sister, who is UBER talented and creative, but I definitely got at least some of my moms creativity genes. 🙂 And it feels good to get back to the more creative side of Casie.
If you are going through a difficult time, go out, do something you enjoy, or haven’t enjoyed for a long time! Treat yourself, get a foot massage, go hiking, go walk your dog, or even start a new hobby with a pen and paper. Trust me, it will make you feel good, even if it’s only for a temporary about of time, but just remember, that’s better than no feel good time at all! 🙂