This week we are featuring Annica of HappyElephantArt! Annica make a variety of creative, handmade items including scarves, hats, and jewelry! Check out her story below:
“Thank you so much for checking out my shop! I am so happy to share my creations with you. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and how I got started on Etsy.
My story is a success story of overcoming anxiety and depression. I could not have overcome my struggles without my faith in Jesus and the support of my husband and family.
My love for art started as a young child. My upbringing was a little different than most people, I was home schooled and my father is a minister. Due to being home schooled my parents wanted me to be well rounded, so I took art classes with a local artist. I loved drawing and creating things, I continued to take art classes until I graduate from high school. As an adult I got really busy with college and stopped using my artistic abilities. A few years after college I realized how important expressing my artistic abilities truly was to me. I struggled with some serious depression over the years and have found that first of all I need Jesus to save me. I would not be here without my faith in Jesus Christ. God never let me go and sent the people and tools I needed to get better. My mom understood that being artistic was part of who I was and that I needed to have balance in my life. My shop is therapy for me I truly love designing beautiful things.
I am happy to say that I am so much better than I use to be! I still struggle once in a while but I am confident I can live a happy life no matter what happens! I can say this because Jesus has saved me and has been there with me throughout my recovery. He has never let me down even when I did not understand this ugly thing called depression. I am so grateful to be alive and able to tell my story!
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!”