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The Creative Zone

Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression and OCD for years. For a long time she was struggling and didn’t know what was wrong with her, but eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist, who then referred her to a psychiatrist. One of the factors that contributed to her depression, was years of abuse as a child. Michelle writes, blogs and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is self-settling and helps her manage her depression.

About this photo: “I was going to my daughter’s little flat to tell her something, but I stopped at the door.  She had left the door open and being a bit of an artist myself, I realised that she was in the zone.  I didn’t want to break the creative energy there…so I quietly just stole a little picture with my cell phone.  Writers, artists, and poets will most probably nod in agreement and understanding when I talk about being in that particular creative zone…which should not be interrupted.”

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36 comments on “The Creative Zone

  1. billiamholt
    September 23, 2013

    Very inspiring photo. Love the wash around the eyes in the painting also.. Children make this “zone” an illusive place for me. I am getting better at it though. 😉 thanks for the encouragement.

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    • thehappyhugger
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you for commenting. The picture was really beautiful when she finished with it 🙂

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  2. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 24, 2013

    Great photo of some great work going on. Love the eyes!

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  3. Rachael
    September 26, 2013

    This is stunning.

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  4. thehappyhugger
    September 26, 2013

    Reblogged this on Hope* the happy hugger.

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  5. John
    September 26, 2013

    excellent photo Michelle! I hope your feeling well. 🙂

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    • thehappyhugger
      September 27, 2013

      Thanks so much, John. A little under the weather but I will survive 🙂

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  6. angelswhisper2011
    September 26, 2013

    I love the picture. Very inspiring 🙂

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  7. mithriluna
    September 26, 2013

    Beautiful image Michelle!

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  8. whitefeatherfloating
    September 26, 2013

    I really get the “being in the zone” thing! When I’m working on a painting I usually listen to music on a stereo if no one’s around, but if any of my family is home, I use my iPod. So when someone comes into the room for something, they usually scare me to death without meaning to. But being in the zone is awesome!!!

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  9. Harold Green
    September 26, 2013

    Hugs, what a powerful capture. Thank you for leaving “the zone” alone. My wife senses when I enter “my zone” and leaves the room.

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    • thehappyhugger
      September 27, 2013

      Your wife understands it well then, Harold 🙂 So glad you like the picture.

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  10. whitefeatherfloating
    September 26, 2013

    This is really a beautiful shot, Hope!

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  11. bulldog
    September 26, 2013

    Know just what you’re saying…

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  12. adinparadise
    September 26, 2013

    Fantastic shot of your creative daughter, Michelle. I’m so glad that you’ve had help to manage your depression. Being abused as a child is something that stays with you always. xx

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  13. Jonathan Caswell
    September 26, 2013

    My wife went thro’ being abused until she was nearly 10 years old…by an elder half-brother. I’m the best “thing” that’s ever happened to her, she says.

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    • thehappyhugger
      September 27, 2013

      That is a wonderful compliment for you from your wife Jonathan…

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      • Jonathan Caswell
        September 27, 2013

        YUP. AND SHE’S BEEN THE LONGEST-LASTING BLESSING….SHORT OF THE LORD, HIMSELF…FOR ME TOO!!!

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      • thehappyhugger
        September 27, 2013

        That is good to hear…

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  14. Jonathan Caswell
    September 26, 2013

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THE WINDOWS INTO THE SOUL…OR AS WE’D LIKE IT TO BE???

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  15. SidevieW
    September 27, 2013

    It takes one to know one! Well done for not disturbing her.

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  16. poetsmith246
    September 27, 2013

    Let me give you a hug for being a sensitive and thoughtful mother, Michelle. Glad to hear that you have found creative and therapeutic ways to help manage your depression. Keep up the good work!

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    • thehappyhugger
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you for the hug and your kind words, poetsmith, I really appreciate it.

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      • poetsmith246
        September 28, 2013

        It’s my pleasure to encourage.You have shared your creative talent and have been honest with a very positive atttitude. Keep it up.

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