Creating art is a great way to draw inspiration and meaning from life experiences, both good and bad. It can be used as a form of therapy, allowing you to channel your emotions into something productive. Plus, you get to learn key life lessons along the way! Through creating art, we can explore our creativity while also processing our feelings and that’s exactly how this tray came into being.
No surprise here that I just so happened to have an IOD Buffalo Transfer so this mama got busy. Not only creating a piece of art but creating a message. Buffalos are definitely not the most romantic or prettiest animal out there but with my new appreciation and respect for this magnificent creature I had to go for it! Chalk paint, IOD Desperado Transfer https://www.vintageretailtherapy.com/product-page/desperado from my good friend Mara, and little color here and there I transformed an old silver tray into a one of a kind work of art with an uplifting message. You can watch how I created this here https://www.facebook.com/royalefunkyjunque/videos/724756052578278
Being creative is a form of therapy in itself and it is how I led myself out of a dark time in my life many moons ago. To this day I use my creative talents as an outlet and implore others to face their storms head first with a paint brush and some diamond dust in hand! What better feeling than to create something from nothing and then soak in the pride all while saying to yourself “I made that”!
Mental health – be a buffalo
After my son’s bout last week with anxiety I spent a great deal of time praying and researching. Together we tried to unlock the mysteries of his mind. Mental health is a finite tricky thing but with prayer, lots and lots of talks…some even with my fans, he was able to come out on the other side of the storm stronger, wiser and more educated.
I don’t believe in coincidences so it was no surprise when my husband sent me the metaphor of the buffalo. I took it as just another sign from God and shared it with everyone. As a protective mom I felt this one on a deeper level and now proudly boast to all, BE A BUFFALO! The timing couldn’t have been more on point and was something I was able to relay to my son, to stay strong and plow through any storm life throws at you. Storms come for all of us and we have to learn how to navigate them, not hide from them! I am a firm believer that the will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
It can be especially difficult for teens when dealing with anxiety and depression. As parents, we must remind our children that they are strong, resilient individuals who can face their challenges head-on – just like a buffalo! We should encourage them to find faith and trust in God. Talking through issues is always helpful, so don’t hesitate to sit down with your child and discuss their feelings and thoughts.
It is understandable to feel overwhelmed and scared when your child is struggling with anxiety or depression. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in this fight – it takes a village, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Consider talking to other parents that have gone through similar situations, or look into support groups for teens who deal with these issues. This can provide an understanding ear, as well as guidance on how best to handle the situation. A mental health professional may also prove to be a great resource in getting your child the necessary help they need.
In closing I want to thank each and every one of you for all the amazing messages, comments and prayers. I want you to know that I pray for all of you as well! We have one heck of an amazing family here and I am blessed to call you all my friends! xoxo