Craftours Lifestyles Magazine December 2018 - Page 28

From Loss t How making man By Kathryn Costa I nspirational quotes and memes dot the internet with messages of hope in dark times. “Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs.” “Don’t survive, thrive.” “Let go and let God.” I’d crack a smile and nod at such sentiments, but the warmth they are meant to offer barely penetrated the surface of my grief. Looking back, it seems amazing that it was a string of losses that led me to find my calling and to begin living my creative passion. This transformative journey began with the loss of my beloved dog. Then, my son who had been living with me for seven years, moved 1,800 miles away for more time with his Dad. A year later, my mother unexpectedly died. Ten months later, my Dad passed away. As you can imagine, grief struck hard. Although I was high-functioning in my job, I felt as if I was sleepwalking through my life.  I had little energy for anything but what was required of me, and I considered pulling the plug on my popular blog and social media. man • dala (Sanskrit) -- circle. A spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. Sometimes the best medicine for whatever ails us is a time out to break our familiar routines and change our environment. Still feeling unsettled a year after my losses, I traveled to Colorado where I spent a week in a charming, rustic home nestled in the mountains. I brought with me a little handmade journal and a small set