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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Sometimes our greatest inspiration comes from our greatest pain. Not the ideal way to tap into things but there is such beauty in working through grief by honoring our creativity. From writing to sewing, cooking and crafting, I find creative expression to be an absolute saving grace in my life when it comes to working through the peaks and valleys. Today’s contributor is one with a story that speaks to me, friends.

After the loss of her son, Lucinda Snyder borrowed a sewing machine from a friend and kept her hands busy while her heart was on the mend. Her practice brought about a passion for creating that was unrivaled. Every piece in her shop, Lucends,  is sewn by hand, from start to finish, so that she sends out bits of love in the shape of bags and pouches, quilts and pillows. The idea that working through grief by actively living and creating is the kind of paradigm shifting idea that propels me. The fact that Lucends is chock full of quality craftmanship and gorgeous design is just the icing on the cake. This Small Zipper Bag just might find its way into my hands, friends. A handful of creative love.

Lucends is giving away one large and one small Valerie bag to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, November 14th.

Please visit Lucends and tell us: How do you work through your sadness? In other words, where do you find the love when you need it the most?

Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, November 18th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    My dad died last January, so I’ve had a lot of experience dealing with sadness lately. No matter how badly I feel, though, my dogs always make me smile and always give me love when I need it.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have found that nothing soothes heartache like a purring cat. luckily, i have one that has a loud motor. 

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    megan says:

    It looks like animals are very soothing to our sadness. I agree, a purring cat or two always brightens the darkness for me. 

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    Aleta says:

    I agree with the other answers… I have a cat too! Somehow he always knows when I need a little snuggle. I love taking walks, too… watching the clouds move across the sky is always so soothing to me. I guess it reminds me how big the world is and how small my problems are!

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    Heidi says:

    A long hug from my daughter and a conversation with my husband to release the feelings have been therapeutic for me in dealing with sadness and grief.

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    Nikki says:

    Getting hugged and held by my husband, parents, or sons.  I am very grateful to have people that love me and are available to give me love when I need it.  Ironically though, I feel a strong desire to be alone to work through sadness and pain.  People are amazingly strong and weak all at once, and usually I just want to cry and sob until my heart starts to ease.  Thank you for sharing, I can’t hardly imagine losing a child.

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    ren says:

    i feel like there is a way to give in to your sadness. it needs to be felt and let out. but not to take over. so i cry, i break a few things, and then i get on with my life. 

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    cindy says:

    I work through my sadness by nurturing myself. I think we are always so quick to nurture others when they are going through tough times, but can often neglect ourselves. Hot baths, stretching or yoga with hot tea, long walks and good food give me the strength to move forward.

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    Elizabeth says:

    After the loss of my partner, I happened to get an email from an old friend who had the following line as her signature:
    “Where love is lacking, place it and you will find it there.”  St. John of the Cross
    I have found that principle true time and time again.  I first discovered it when I was trying to soothe my daughter.  I was so stressed that she wouldn’t calm down!  And as I sang and danced, I found that it was ME who was calmed.  
    So, when I face sadness and I need comfort, I only know one true way to find that comfort.  It’s to care about other people’s suffering.  Everything else for me is just a band-aid.  I only REALLY feel something when I give it.

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    Courtney J says:

    Reading usually makes me feel somewhat better because it allows me to escape from reality during that time. Also reading books ABOUT dealing with sadness helps because you can apply it right away to what’s happening to you.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have babies so I don’t need to look far for some silliness to recharge me. They are a blessing I try to never take for granted.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I look to a higher being for comfort – He is real to me and I never feel alone when I’m with my family.

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    Trisha says:

    I journal and/or run to help process my feelings, my cat and my partner are both wonderful support when I’m sad, and if I just need to escape for a little while and not think about it, I play video games.

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely my family. my parents and brother and i are so close, we are blessed!

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    Heather says:

    Calling up mama. She always reminds me that I am stronger than I think I am and that I am still alive and breathing and things will eventually work themselves out! And to be kind to myself. 

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    Jenni says:

    I take deep breaths, think about all of the wonderful things in my life (my puppies, my husband/bff, my health, etc.) and I just try to let all the pain and hurt go. I read once that the true key to happiness is being able to accept things and let them go. I try my best to do those things and relax my heart when things get rough. 

    …although, sometimes a cup of tea, a soft blanket and a warm dog on my lap can help it along :)

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    Vanessa Maglio says:

    Hugs from family members are beautiful and comforting. But for me ice cream is a sure way for me to remember how enjoyable and delicious life can be.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I talk to my husband.  I spend time with my children.  They always lift up my spirit. I also try to keep into perspective that I have to go on because my family needs me. 

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    Sparrow says:

    This last month, my husband and I lost one of our best friends to cancer. It happened to quickly, I keep feeling knocked over by the feeling afresh. I can’t imagine the pain of losing one of my children, but I do know how pain can seize you in odd moments. In those moments I have to write through it, either in my journal or my blog, and try to find some meaning. It helps me process, find words to articulate the sadness, the meaning of loss and life, the purpose of suffering. And then, inevitably, I have to ask my sons for a hug. And at 4 and 2 they are happy to oblige. Small gifts fill the sieve of loss.

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    jane says:

    a classmate of mine just passed away 3 weeks ago from cancer at the age of 21. it hit really hard because he was getting better, had gone for surgery and all and was on the road to recovery, to living life again (he had deferred entering university by a year because of his surgery), when we received the news that he had a relapse, and then suddenly he was gone.

    I had a really difficult week adjusting to that new reality, and a lot of angst was directed at God, but by the end of that week I really sensed the Lord’s peace and comfort in truths that He revealed to me throughout that time of grief. My family and classmates were also such a great comfort, and I think we pulled through it together because of that community of love that was there to support each one of us.

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    sam says:

    When my (now ex) husband abruptly left the ids and I 4 years ago – I used a journal to help me get through the sadness and overwhelming feelings of hurt and loss. Being able to see how far we have come is amazing.

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    erin says:

    I turn off the lights,  light candles, turn on music I like, and dance it out. once i have moved mu body I am able to sit with the feelings and journal and/or talk to my boyfriend.

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    Anna L says:

    I find love when I practice yoga.  Stressful or sad days are perfect days to practice, because that’s when you can focus on yourself and your body, the one thing that never lets you down.  Your body loves you so much, and to show my body love, I practice yoga.  Through every move and pose, I find strength within myself, and with constant practice, I only grow stronger physically and mentally.

    During this time, I allow my mind the break that it truly deserves and I remind myself to breathe.

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    Rachel says:

    I have what I call my “Happy Box”.   It’s full of old cards, photos, letters, ticket stubs, and other small tokens from people I care about.  When I open it, I’m reminded of all the people who care and thought about me.  It makes me laugh, smile, and get out from under my dark cloud.