Tuesday, April 17, 2012

how instagram is helping me cope with depression...

Well there's a blog post heading I never thought I'd write!
This is just a short post...dipping my feet in to see how it feels. But first I want to say thank you so very, very much to the people who've been in touch with me...by email, on FB, by phone, sms....you are so generous and I appreciate your kindness. I'm sorry that I haven't been back in contact...I'm not quite ready yet to respond in the way your kindness deserves, but one day for sure...I will be :)
So....instagram? I've been doing Fat Mum Slim's April photo-a-day. It's given me something simple to concentrate on each and every day, and something to look forward to...although some days have been harder than others. Case in point; Day 14: how you feel today...
There were many other words I could have used but this felt the most appropriate, and one that was at least publishable!
I've always loved images and I'm enjoying taking more of my own...here's a smattering. I was in Sydney last week for a meeting and when it had finished I took myself off for a wander in The Domain...this sculpture is a tribute to Speakers Corner...
Day 16: flowers...
Day 13: something you found...memories of happy days on beaches or walks...
Day 5:tiny...a silver buddha on a bracelet...gifts from friends...
Day 9: younger you...much younger!
So there you go. I've also signed up for a 6 week photography course starting this month...that should be a bit of fun!
all images: tranquiltownhouse on instagram


  1. Kerry, I'm so pleased you've signed up to the photography course! I look forward to seeing the results but I think you have a great eyetakeaway.
    It has been great for me to see you on instagram. Taking pics is so much easier and less pressure than writing up a post to go with them, but you still get that nice contact with people. That's why I like it at least. When I saw your adrift photo I thought it very beautiful and a bit sad, but mostly just wanted to give you a big hug x

  2. Sorry, I don't think you have a great eye takeaway! Bloody predictive text! "A great eye anyway" is what I meant :)

    1. A great eye FOR takeaway maybe Sarah ;). Thank you for your lovely comment. I'll take the virtual hug with pleasure xx

  3. Gorgeous shots! Seeing little pieces of beauty helps me too.

  4. Keep moving forward with baby steps. It is also a time thing....it takes times. Hopefully you have lots of good people to talk to when you need it.

  5. I am so sorry I missed your last post Kerry, you are an amazing person and your attitude is inspiring. The course sounds like a lot of fun and something positive to focus on. I enjoy seeing your pics on FB and do love reading your posts, take all the time you need and if you ever need someone to talk to I would love to listen. xx

  6. Oh Kerry .. I hadn't been visiting blogs for a while and so missed your last post. Sending you a very big hug from afar. It's true that when you hit rock bottom and finally get diagnosed, it's like a huge weight is lifted from your shoulder. There is no more confusion as to why you can't cope with everyday things. Why the gloss is taken off everything. Why there are so many tears. I hope that if you are taking medication that it is working for you. If not, whatever methods you are using .. I also hope they are working.

    Sometimes, for no reason (or sometimes for very obvious reasons) our brains and hearts don't work like they usually do. I am very proud of you for writing it all down. I know it was not a call for sympathy - but of course, you also know that us bloggy crew are pretty in tune with each other and feel every bump and scratch as we all fly through life.

    I wish you all the very best. Take time, blog .. don't blog, cry, smile, rest. If you come back we will all be here. If you don't, then we will always remember one of THE best and most fascinating blogs.

    (note: I also succumbed to diagnosis of depression a few years back - which came as a relief for me as I was just so tired of being desperately desperately unhappy - I took the pills and they made life normal. i stopped taking them and life is still normal. i hope that works for you also.)

    take care lovely (-:

  7. Lovely photos.
    So glad that you are making little steps back to us.
    While you've been away, I've been thinking about you in your lovely house and hoping that it is comforting you. I know 'things' don't make us happy, but I know they make us feel better.
    Enjoy the course.
    PS I'm having a day off work with a bug, so going to figure out how Instagram works - I love Pinterest and Twitter, and agree with Sarah that having that contact with like-minded people, without too much pressure, is lovely. xxx

  8. I'm so thrilled you've found something that works for you, even if it's just in a tiny way. These photos are beautiful, thank you for sharing them.

    Thinking of you. A lot x

  9. Kerry~~

    I just went back to your last post and read it as I missed it. As having suffered (read: suffered) depression for well over 20 years, I think I know a bit about what you are going through, Medication helps me but it's a never ending battle. No advice here. I leave that to the professionals. Be well, my friend. The photography course sounds marvelous and I would love to take it with you. Sending you a big virtual hug.


  10. I have loved looking at your April photos! I so agree that the challenge gives us time to think, ponder and be creative...I'm finding it very cathartic too.

    Take care and keep instagramming your heart out!

    Hugs and best wishes always,

  11. I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through right now. I have a sister that is going through something similar. On to your photos now. They are seriously great!You do have a way with instagram, madam. Love "adrift". I think we all feel that way sometimes. Take care. xx

  12. Oh my goodness - sending you a virtual hug. I hope you find your stride and joy returns to you very soon.

  13. I want to send you a hug too !!
    The pictures are lovely and I hope that you feel better soon.


  14. I love how a hobby, or something to look forward to really can make a change to your day and the way you are feeling about things. I am struggling a bit with this whole 'being a stay at home Mum' thing, and became an Avon rep to mix it up and get out of the house, it helps having appointments to make and a reason to put make up on. I definitely feel your vibe!! :) Hazel xo

  15. Hello Kerry:
    We are so very sorry to learn that things have not been well with you. We have so much missed you, but do totally understand, and will much look forward to your return, as and when that might be, to your rightful place in the Blogosphere. In the meantime, the photography course sounds to be an excellent idea and will, we are sure, be greatly enjoyable too. Take the greatest possible care of yourself.

  16. Good to hear you are enjoying photography at the moment. Like Sarah said: great eye takeaway! xx

  17. I hope you enjoy your photography course Kerry and find a path back to happiness again, as I'm sure you will. Photography is wonderful because it allows you to see beauty everywhere, which can't be a bad thing xo

  18. I had only just found when your blog when had a sojourn so nice you're back.

  19. You know what I think, my dear friend. I am so pleased you have found a pleasurable outlet into which you can channel your energy. J x

  20. I was so happy to see your post today. I've been thinking of you every day when I check in to see if you are feeling better. My very best wishes go to you for good progress getting your mojo back.

  21. Hope you can keep seeing the beauty in everyday and thanks for the update for all those who have been thinking of you xxx

  22. i think that anything that helps is a good thing - but this one, this is a bloddy great thing. i mean, look at your images, they're beautiful darl. My faves are 'adrift' and the flowers - just gorgeous. xxxxx

  23. It's lovely to see you back Kerry and it's very nice to know that you're smiling again :) xx

  24. Dear Kerry,
    It's so good to see a post from you....shows that you have a bit of blogging enthusiasm and are moving forward!!
    Keep smiling and try to be positive. I know that it's easy for me to say and so much harder for you to do but I just know you will. You are always so full of life and enthusiasm about so many things and it will all come back to you soon.
    Lots of love and always thinking of you. XXXX

  25. Dearest Kerry,

    So good to read all the happy things about your life. One always has something positive to look forward too; no matter how tough life can be at times. Thanks for helping Jules too!
    Love to you,


  26. Oops sorry,

    This is not my name... I've helped a dear friend yesterday - the way you helped Jules...

  27. Kerry I love your photography and that you were there for my friend Jules! So happy you had that time together.

    I am featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crowns and Cottages on my site! She is amazing!

    Art by Karena

  28. What a damn good post to read mate. I've been thinking of you heaps & know that in your own inimitable way, you'll be slogging through this time knowing that you'll stumble out the other side OK. Linda's comment was so beautiful & full of meaning 'Sometimes, for no reason (or sometimes for very obvious reasons) our brains and hearts don't work like they usually do.' Amen to that.
    Millie xx


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