After living in NC for a year, it was time to move on. I taught as a high school, then middle school science educator for several years. Continuing to hone my teaching abilities, I worked at schools across the East Valley until I landed a teaching position in Phoenix, AZ, which was almost 2 hours away from where we live.
This was the time that anxiety returned with a vengeance.
My special needs son, Connor Lee, attends a school near our home that is perfect for his needs. For this reason, we decided that I would commute to work so that CL could continue making progress at his school. To read more about the beginning of CL’s autism journey, click here.
At first, it was fine. I had a routine and was able to manage the commute and the workload without much additional stress.
But as the year went on, I realized that I was spending more time and focusing more energy on my students, and I missed my family. I felt myself slowly spiraling back to that angsty and depressed state, mostly because I felt stuck.
I loved teaching, and I loved my students. But I missed my children and my husband, so I knew I had to make a decision. I decided to resign from my teaching position and found a wonderful academic advising position closer to home. It allows for flexibility while I pursue my doctorate in developmental psychology and spend more time with my family.
During this time, I reignited a former love of drawing and painting, and realized that art allowed me to live in the moment, stop overthinking, and focus on the task at hand. You can read all about the journey here.
Rick, my husband, is just as anxious as I am sometimes, even if he doesn’t always admit it. After I started painting, I noticed him peeking over my shoulder, quite interested in what I was doing. I suggested that he start painting to help with his anxiety.
Not only did drawing and painting help ease his angst; it increased his focus, motivation, and ultimately his confidence. Not only in his life, but with his art. He would be the first to tell you about all of his stick figures that adorned his textbooks and folders in school. Rick NEVER thought he would be able to draw, let alone paint.
But he did, and he can. You can see a lot of his art in our shop, and I am so proud of him!
We started Angsty By Nature as a blog meant to inspire and encourage angsty people to harness their creativity to overcome their anxiety. I write blog posts about the most angsty moments we experience because I want people like us to know that it is ok to struggle with anxiety sometimes. It’s really all about how you respond to it and coming back stronger than ever.
On our blog, we create free step-by-step art tutorials and videos for angsty people who are looking for positive outlets to relieve their anxiety. You don’t have to be an expert to paint, and we are definitely not expert artists. But we take care to break down each step so anyone with art supplies can join along!