I’ve never known how much personal information I should post about myself on here. Family Chic is essentially a craft blog – never really sure where to draw the boundary line when it comes to my private life. Several weeks ago, I shared some news with you about the death of my brother. I thought I could mention it, share my perspective on how to manage after someone you love has been killed, and then move back into presenting my usual crafting ideas. Now, I see that’s not possible. It’s painfully difficult to create happy and fun projects when your heart is fully broken and you’re terrified. It’s stifling to present only half of the story.
These days, my focus for our family is about finding our way back to “normal” after this most unimaginable hell has been dropped into our hands. The essentials are my priority right now; keeping the kids’ lives on track, keeping the home neat, finding healthy ways to cope with my anxiety and sadness and staying connected to my husband. Everything I do stems from a desperate need to heal — to feel something different. My needs have changed, my view of the world has changed, I am forever changed. I’m not sure yet just how this will transform my work on Family Chic. I hope to continue to inspire creative family living — perhaps with a deeper message. To be present, to be grateful, to be accepting of both the good and bad that can come to us all. Something is churning within me — I hope to come out of this with a stronger, more meaningful voice. Hang in there with me!