Updates with Me and My Journey, And How My Passions Have Got Me Through Challenging Times

By Cara Difiore

Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been a hot min since I’ve been on here which I’m not apologizing for. I wanted to come back on here and blog about the update on me, my book, my artistic journey, what I’ve been creating, and how my passions and the things that bring me joy and comfort have been helping me get through daily life and challenging times.

So with my artistic journey, I’ve been creating a lot some I made for myself to make me feel better, and one for my cousin who passed on recently is a memory tree. which I will show you at some point. I’ve been trying to create and keep busy as much as I can since I’m going through a lot at the moment professionally, mentally, and personally. What I mean by that is I’m worried about the future, I’m feeling bad about myself, and I’m worried about my personal life. My family and I are going through a big loss right now so it’s been causing a big scar I believe I’ve mentioned this before but I have a history of mental health stuff like anxiety and depression (My mental health/autism story is on the blog if you want to check that out) So, of course, it’s gonna affect me and not just my family. I’m forcing myself to move forward. I mean how do you? However, my work and art, in general, have been helping me get through life and keep going which is an accomplishment and a positive at the same time.

More things that have been helping me get through me and keep going are not just my art and art in general but the support of my family but also my friends, my therapist, my cats, Bob Ross haha, watching/listening to my favorite artists, my class, journaling, and doing other things that bring me joy, happiness, and peace like going out, exercising, meditating, vent to my other loved ones and my therapist for support, spend time with my cats, taking time for me before I can for everyone else. Do you know why? It’s because they’ve been my therapeutic escapes they help me get whatever I’m feeling off my chest, get out of my head, and get to a happier place that isn’t reality. those things get me to a place I want to be and the feeling I want to have at the moment, I believe that’s the key to overcoming physical/emotional pain and grief. I believe that is and is going to get me through the next few days, weeks, months, and the rest of the year. If I can get through it so can you. If you are going through a tough time yourself just know to give it time, take time for yourself, do something that brings you comfort, and keep busy.

The artists that have been bringing me joy and inspiration and that I love

  • Bob Ross obviously haha
  • Dr Suess
  • Jane Devenport
  • Dirty Hippie Arts
  • Leah’s Art Is For Fun
  • Sam Rose Studios
  • Daisy Vibes Studio

What I’ve been using:

  • Paper
  • Canvas
  • Pencils (regular and colored pencils)
  • Paint
  • Paint pens
  • Markers
  • Pens
  • Digital materials like Canva

Other self care:

  • Journaling
  • Coloring
  • Yoga
  • Going outside (my brother and I take our cat Kota outside)
  • Podcasts
  • Youtube
  • Diying
  • Music
  • Bathing like not just beauty self care but body care too
  • binge-watching stuff not just youtube/videos but documentaries, shows, and movies

Memory Tree, December 2022

What I Used: pencil, paint, scissors, colored matte paper, and colored glitter paper

This was for my cousin Jack who passed away recently and brought it to his wake. It is now with my aunt, uncle, and my two other cousins

Falling Tears, January 2023

What I Used: pencil, markers, and pen

I drew this around the time my cousin passed away

Snowflake Wonderland, January 2023

What I Used: pencil, colored pencils, and markers

Birthday Cat, January 2023

I drew this for a friend for her birthday

Sunset Dreams, February 2023

Flower Girl, February 2023

Flowing In Color, February 2023

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