As you know from my Introduction post, I suffer from mental illness and it can be pretty devastating. As such, self-care is very important to me. It’s necessary for my survival. When I’m not actively engaged in self-care, there’s a good chance I’ll hit rock bottom or may even become suicidal. My self-care includes: reading; hanging out with friends; cuddling with my cats; spending time with my husband; and crafting, mostly in the form of crocheting and knitting. I do a little bit of quilting and needlework as well.

I learned how to crochet in 2001. When I worked at a call center, I crocheted afghan after afghan because of how mindless (yet satisfying) the task was. I learned to knit a year later and I’m still learning new techniques.

Welcome to the concept of my blog: crafting as self-care. I want to occasionally share pictures of my current projects, maybe even share some free patterns, talk about craft activities with friends, and discuss how it affects my mental health now and then.

Cheers! 🥂

Hi! I’m Jenni Elyse. 👋🏻 I suffer from a whole host of mental illnesses. I have since I was a teenager. I experience lots of ups and downs. I have officially been diagnosed with:

  • Fibromyalgia (not a mental illness but it does affect how I feel)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

My husband and I also suspect I have Asperger Syndrome (now called Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder). I’m currently in the diagnostic stage.

I know there are many people who live with mental illness like I do. I also know there are many people who don’t. And, I know there are people who think mental illness is something to be ashamed of because of the stigma surrounding it. Mental illness is a disease, a sickness. It should be treated the same as a physical disease. I hope that one day the world and, especially employers, will see it that way.

Writing about mental illness* isn’t my concept for this blog, but it’ll definitely be part of this blog. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Hopefully, with what I have in mind, you and I’ll both learn something from this.

*Trigger warning: some of my posts will be raw and emotional and not for the faint of heart.