Introducing Shannon and Her New Column, OCDIY!

Hi, I’m Shannon, writing from Baltimore, Maryland. I’m so excited to be a contributor here on Creating My Reality! (Thanks Chavah, xoxo) My column, OCDIY, is part how-to, part therapy. My whole life I have had an eye for details. Since I was very little, I have been re-organizing, re-imagining, and re-working things. Even if I couldn’t improve on reality, my mind was always working on ways to make a situation just a little better. Sometimes this was an asset, other times, a detriment. I found as long as I was able to channel all this energy in a creative direction, I could be productive, successful, and fulfilled.

When I was pregnant with my fourth child, this energy turned on me. All of a sudden, I couldn’t stand bright lights, people’s voices, or being touched. I became consumed with anxiety, just trying to keep myself from flying into a rage. I was like a bloodhound, my sense of smell and hearing was amplified to the point where I could barely leave home. I would HAVE to preform certain tasks, even if they were nuts. When I was 7 months pregnant, I took a utility knife and removed all the carpeting in my house in the middle of the night, because I couldn’t sleep. The mere presence of the carpet was literally keeping me awake. Eventually, the only place I felt comfortable was in my bed, in the dark. It was the worst experience of my life. Thankfully, these symptoms subsided after I gave birth. I was, however, diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, which I have probably had my whole life. OCD can be aggravated by pregnancy, which is certainly what happened to me. I have found that working with a doctor that I trust, practicing yoga and meditation, and taking good care of myself, helps me stay in a positive place.

What you will not see from me is any sort of perfection, no elaborate routines, no “before and after” pictures where my worst “before” looks like your best “after”. I have four kids, a limited budget, and my house is a disaster. I do tackle some big projects, which means I screw up.
You can count on me for providing the occasional shocking before photo, humorous story of an epic fail, and the truth about mistakes made.

What you can expect from me are fun, informative posts that will enable you to tap in to your creative energy AND improve your surroundings. Big or small, we all have some disorder in our lives. Turning that disorder into something beautiful, functional, and unique is what OCDIY is all about.

I have to create and improve, organize and plan. Underneath my “disorder” is a real knack for “order.” I am joyful and full of gratitude that I have found a way to embrace my quirks, and I think every one of you deserves the same!


PS You can read more about me, my family, and my hijinks on my blog, Mishmash Mama. And do email me if you have questions or ideas to share.

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