this post is inspired by Jess Constable
and initiated by Ez from Creature Comforts.
i have never really shared many personal aspects about my life on this blog. i like to keep it focussed on design and inspiration and sometimes post pictures of my dog and bits and pieces of my house, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes that i thought i would talk a little bit about today in honor of being real and give you a little taste of "things i'm afraid to tell you."
MONEY IS TIGHT
choosing the life of an artist means making a lot of compromises and sacrifices. although i love what i do, it does not afford me anything close to a lavish lifestyle. over the years i have learned to do without and have cut a lot of corners so that i can keep my tiny independent business afloat.
almost every penny i make goes either to the house payment or bills or back into the business. i sometimes feel overwhelmed with trying to stay creative under the stresses of daily life, but i wouldn't have it any other way. i feel blessed to be living my dream and i LOVE being my own boss.
I AM A PILE MAKER
I AM EASILY OVER STIMULATED
being out in the world for any duration of time causes anxiety. i am easily over stimulated and often times need to curl up with the bulldoggie under the covers in order to recharge after a weekend away from home or a night out with friends.
I HAVE THE WORLD'S MOST SENSITIVE SKIN
i was diagnosed with rosacea about 10 years ago and am unable to use almost any type of product without breaking out in red splotches all over my face. including shampoos, moisturizers, perfumes and cosmetics. over the years i have found just a very small number of products that work without causing redness and itching.
my rosacea is also triggered by eating any type of citrus, tomato, sunflower seeds/oil, strawberries, bananas and artichokes...just to name a few...this means no pizza, potato chips, tortilla chips (unless they are homemade) lasagna, lemonade, orange juice, ketchup, most herbal teas, any fried foods prepared in unknown oil and most packaged food (either boxed or frozen)
as you can imagine, going out to eat can be a real challenge. i prepare all of our meals from non processed foods from a limited number of ingredients and my husband is so great about it...although i know he looks forward to the nights we fend for ourselves when he can open up a can of chili or pop in a frozen pizza :)
anyways, i think that's enough dirty laundry for one day.
i don't want you to think i'm a COMPLETE basket case!
and so many others to talk about being real today