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Depression has been a battle I've fought for a long time. I've struggled with feeling inadequate because of my depression. I've struggled with feeling like less of a Christian because of my depression. I've felt as though no one should love me because of my depression. There have been moments of victory over it and moments of being in the depths of despair and feeling as though there is nothing I can do about it.
This year my word of the year was Intentional. In a lot of ways I've totally failed with that word but in other ways I've seen so much growth. One thing I knew I needed to do was go to counseling to help work through some areas in my life that were depression trigger points. At the beginning of the year I bundled up my courage, got a nudge forward from my husband, and set up an appointment.
You guys, firstly, I have to be honest, I hate counseling! Seriously. Who thinks it's a good idea to dig up all the gunk and pain and grossness in your life and spill it all out there? Who thinks it's a good idea to spend an hour every week talking and crying and feeling like a mess?
Secondly, though, I absolutely love counseling. Yes it's hard, yes it's frustrating, yes you have to dig up pieces of yourself that you've pushed so far below the surface that you don't even realize they're still bothering you. But all that is so worth it. It's so valuable to simply speak the words that you're probably not able to admit to others. It's so valuable to simply speak the words that you're probably not able to admit to yourself. And it's even more valuable to have someone there listening, validating, and speaking truth into your heart.
After about six months of talking and processing I "graduated" from this season of counseling... Knowing full well that there will probably be more seasons of counseling in my future. My heart was so much lighter and there was a little light of hope lit in my life to help ward away my seasons of depression.
When the Happiness Boutique invited me to choose one of their products to review, my heart was instantly drawn to a simple chain with a small arrow. I'm a girl who likes meaningful jewelry and the reminder to keep moving forward and choose happiness was one I wanted to physically have on me during my seasons of struggles.
Maybe you need your own symbol of strength or maybe you just want a cute new piece of jewelry. Either way, I'd encourage you to check out the gorgeous pieces the Happiness Boutique has in stock! Use the code simplemomentsstick at checkout to get 10% off your order of 19 euros (20.64 USD) or more! Valid until December 5th.
Do you have any meaningful or sentimental pieces of jewelry?
Have you ever gone to counseling? How did you feel about it?
, by Susannah