#PrettyThingsSurvivorsDo Blog Hop (+ Giveaways)

Hello, friends! I’m part of the #PrettyThingsSurvivorsDo Blog Hop today. You may see #PrettyThingsSurvivorsMake as a hashtag as well. The point of the hop is to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You should have arrived from Josefine’s blog. You can find the full blog list below.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of U.S. children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation)

The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.

It goes without saying that you should be sensitive in how you approach someone who has PTSD. Every person is different, and we shouldn’t expect people to “get over it” and minimize or dismiss their experiences. Let’s be kind, and if that’s hard to do, it’s best not to say anything at all.

A few bloggers have personal giveaways, but be sure to visit each blog for stories about healing through art or their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder. Thanks so much for visiting!


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Today’s post will be a little different from my usual posts. One, I don’t have anything “new” to share with you. My life has been extremely busy with my almost-9-month-old daughter and my family so they are a priority. Second, the art I’ll share today has been shared on my social media a few months ago, but I wanted to share some thoughts about what the pieces mean for me.

A little background about me: I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety disorder. I am a licensed social worker and have studied and worked in the mental health field. I have a partner with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It goes without saying that I have some experience with PTSD. I have never officially been diagnosed, but that’s another story. Talking about such things requires a lot of vulnerability and a safe place to be yourself. People are confused when it comes to depression because it shows up differently for everyone. When someone has depression and appears “functional,” he/she is often told to “get over it” or “just be positive.” If only if were that easy…

I won’t go into the healing journey I’ve been on because it would be as long as a book, but in my experience, I have struggled with identifying my feelings and finding a safe space to express myself. I used to write until I discovered crafting in 2014. Before that, I didn’t bother with “art” because I just assumed it wasn’t anything I would be good at. When I found out about stamping, I was ecstatic. I didn’t need to know how to draw because the work was done for me. That left me to enjoy coloring mediums and learning how to have fun with card designs.

From there, my healing journey took a different turn. Over time, my confidence grew as I created. I found I was capable of things. I accepted mistakes and failure. I re-defined what “success” meant for me. I learned fast and got really good at what I was doing. I connected with people. I lost “friends.” I learned lessons the hard way. I learned to do hard things. I had good ideas. I HAVE good ideas. My depression and anxiety was a regular battle. Some days are good and some days are rough, but I always came back to art. I think about it every day.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and I take a break. I am okay with not needing to create every day, but crafting has changed my life in so many ways. When I came back to it early this year, I embraced so many amazing opportunities and tried new things. One of the things I wanted to improve on was my watercoloring. I invested in good watercolors and tried sketching my own images. I’d like to share my sketch and watercolor series. For those wondering if I’ll pick up on the series again, the answer is yes! My love for art hasn’t gone anywhere, but my priority right now is my family so just figuring things out there first. 🙂

If you’ve read so far, you’re amazing! Thank you. Here are three sketches I did:

I named each artwork with words that I would love to describe myself or friends. Watercoloring is so relaxing when you give it the time that it needs. I don’t know about you, but I learn so much about myself in the process. And the process IS what matters. The final pieces look great, of course. I look at the process of building my confidence, of understanding what I am capable of and delighting in the fact that the learning never ends! Like how great is that? I have given each of these to different friends, and I hope they know how special they are to me.

If you follow my Instagram, you know I love to post relatable quotes, words, poetry, etc. I try to combine my love for words and art and trying to find my own path, while healing from my past burdens.

My four pieces include BRAVE, RADIANT, ENOUGH, and BOLD. These are four qualities I hope you’ll find in yourself as well.

Sorry if my post was a bit all over the place. I so appreciate you being here. I hope you have an insanely blessed day!

Next on the hop is the amazing Leigh Houston!


Here’s the blog hop list:

Sandy Allnock

Josefine Fouarge

Rubeena Ianigro ** YOU ARE HERE **

Leigh Houston

Mamie Carson Wadsworth

Tania Talat Ahmed

Ana Reese

Tracy Freeman

Amy Tsuruta

Tracie Pond

Sharna Waksmulski

Alix Davis

Janette Kausen

Mayra Duran-Hernandez

Kimberly Wiener


Joanne Maree Soukup

Crissy Salima Smith


Joanne is offering a I Care stamp set on each blog participating. You simply have to leave a comment below and a random winner will be selected by next week. I will list the winner on this page. Be sure to visit EACH blog since some of them are offering their own giveaway.

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  1. raggiodiluce82

    December 27, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Hi dear Rubeena, first of all I hope you spent a very merry Christmas!
    Dropping by to know if the winner was announced. Thank you in advance!
    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Jakki

    December 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    My husband has severe, chronic PTSD as a result of serving his country during Vietnam. Unfortunately PTSD affects not only the person with the trauma but those around him. It is only recently that my children and I have had tentative diagnoses of our own PTSD. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences, hidden disabilities need to be understood and acknowledged

  3. Janis in ID

    December 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Your watercolors are just lovely! Thank you for sharing.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Morwenna

    December 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Such beauty borne on such pain!

  5. Stacey Kowbel

    December 11, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, gorgeous artwork! Such lovely flowers and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing your story – such an important topic to talk about!

  6. Kaye Thrasher

    December 11, 2018 at 2:09 am

    The watercolors are amazingly beautiful. If someone sent me one of these I would treasure it always. Your work is simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful art.🐧

  7. Salima SMITH

    December 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I love your work my friend! Thank you for taking part in this. I love water coloring but since it takes more space and me being a little more “present” it’s hard with Charlie it’s time to take them out again! Thank you for taking the time to do this. I’m grateful.

  8. Mary Ellen Driggs

    December 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Your flowers are beautiful. I’ve been trying to do a bit of watercoloring. But I’m not nearly as good. I too suffer from PTSD and Depression. Some of it is due to my life experiences, some is due to genetics and medical issues.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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