Because I’m not about to re-invent every wheel. I desire to share how I climbed out of the deepest pits of depression and unhappiness, this means sharing the resources that helped me along with some of my own creations.

Here are some of the places that have really helped me out when I needed it most.

Beading Branches – This is our shop. A friend, Coleen, and I started beading because we love it, but we wanted to have a reason to spend all this time on beadwork. Both of us have a heart to serve the people in our community. Coleen really wants to start a group to help chronically ill mothers take care of their families. I send baked goods and care packages to our soldiers who are deployed. Our beadwork is how we fund these activities.

 Thrive by Le-Vel – Just wow! *note here… yes I am a brand promoter. Don’t let that stop you from taking a look around the site and seeing what it has done for others. I reference thrive quite often because it has been a key factor in my progress.

St. John Vianney Catholic Biblical School – Because of some other changes I made I was able to do something I’d been wanting to do for a while. In the fall of 2015, I started a 4-year course in biblical studies. It has been rewarding beyond what I had expected. If you are in Colorado, check it out.

A Holy Experience – Ann Voskamp’s site and resources have been my go to for encouragement and exercises in being grateful. In particular, her Joy Dare prompts have been extremely useful on my path from there to here.

Five Minute Friday – If writing is something you enjoy but you need a prompt now and then, this would be a good place to start. I have enjoyed this in the past and have more recently taken it up again.

Although it was years ago for me and the same resources I used are no longer available there is a lot of useful information on the Postpartum Support International website. I particularly like this one because they have information on getting help everywhere.  ** Special note on this one. I am not a healthcare or mental health provider. If you feel like you might have depression (postpartum or otherwise) call your healthcare provider immediately. We are not in the dark ages, they will HELP you. It’s scary, I know, but just do it.