It has been some months since my last blog, and I know I need to do better with balancing my time! I'm still getting coordinated. I hope you all have started off the New Year feeling fresh and rejuvenated emotionally, mentally, and spiritually! We are now in the third month of the year and time is going by fast. Though, it is always important to take time out for self care. With this blog post, I'm going to get a bit personal because I feel my story may be helpful to others. In August of 2017, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. For those of you that are not too familiar with the disorder; it is when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus in other areas of the body. This disorder affects around 10.8 million women globally between the ages of 15-44. This disorder causes severe pelvic and abdominal pain especially during the time of a woman's menstrual cycle. It took 6 years for me to be diagnosed, which is unfortunately the normal time frame for diagnosis. Since being diagnosed, my depression increased along with my weight due to the medication for treatment. Now, I have dealt with depression for years and have been able to manage it with therapy and medication. I'm not ashamed to say that I take medication for my depression. Everyone is different, and it is important that you have a treatment plan that works and is valuable for you. Though with endometriosis, I fell into weeks of deep depression. I felt so hopeless and angry. I kept asking myself why is this happening to me. So many sad thoughts tormented my mind, such as who is going to want me if there is a possibility I cannot have kids? I'm single, 33 and of child bearing age so this thought plagued my mind the most. Fear took over, and I began to sink into emotional distress. That is the last thing you need to do when you are dealing with a health issue. Thankfully, I found a great support full of women going through the same health issues as me, and that has been a tremendous help to my self esteem. I also learned to rely on my faith for my spiritual and mental healing as well. Just because I have endometriosis doesn't mean the disorder has me. Each day I have to make a conscience choice to stay positive and hopeful about my future. Now, this is easier said than done! But it can be accomplished with a lot of dedication and practice. I also want to note, that even with endometriosis you can still get pregnant and have children, depending on the severity of the disorder. Also, there have been many advancements in gynecology when it comes to increasing the chances of fertility in women. I know this blog is supposed to be about decor, but I wanted to share this because creating eclectic decor has been a passion of mine and has help me to push through the challenges of life itself in general. Each piece of decor that I create I put my heart and soul into. I always pay attention to detail, and won't stop until each piece that I create meets my level of perfection. So, now you know that whatever you order from me will be of top notch quality! I love decorating and creating floral designs, and I hope to my increase my presence out there by sharing my hard work. Is there a passion or craft that you do to help get you through the challenges of life? Please feel free to share in the comments below! I would love to hear from you. No matter what you're going through, do your best to stay encouraged. I promise I will keep up with my blogging posts on Wednesdays! I hope you all have a blessed and fulfilling week and don't forget to "Decorate the Eclectic Way"!