I have suffered for years. It wasn’t until this year that I was able to finally give it a name. Cold-Induced Winter Onset Claustrophobia. As the weather turns colder I venture outside less. Simple things like sweaters, scarves, jackets and hats make me feel trapped. As the days go on the house starts to feel smaller and smaller. I can’t open the doors and windows, it’s just too cold. A part of me just shuts down.
This year it has effected my camera. I am having a hard time finding beauty in the everyday bits of life. This wasn’t a problem during warmer months, so it has to be the cold. I have been turning to another creative outlet the past few days, art journaling. I was inspired by this post by Karen Walrond and figured I would give it a try.
I steal 5 minutes here, a quick second there to work on the pages. I try not to think or plan anything. I just want to let the creativity out.
As I start to back up the camera dyou will notice exactly how messy my desk is. It is a disaster, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know where everything is.
Ugh, I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture. There are unfinished projects, scraps from finished projects, things that I have to fix for the kids (yes that is a clone trooper mask in the back), and many of my supplies.
I have to work on getting back into taking pictures of the everyday stuff. Just because I’m cold and it is grey and dreary out doesn’t mean that I should loose track of the beauty in everyday things.