…dear lori

I was feeling ever so low today. Sick of being hurt & having my life on pause. I received your email and it came at the right moment of my day. I took it in. Thank you, dear one. I hope you don’t mind me sharing.

Dear Christen,

Long story short……life falling apart…..need a diversion……never been creative……stumble across you on youtube…..buy some ASCP…..find my smile again!

I have you to thank, dear friend, and I’ve never even met you. Watching your tutorials gave me the confidence I needed to try out a new hobby, and I’ve learned to find joy in life again. It’s not just the paint, or the furniture….It’s the joy that I thank you for. I know you are hurting now, and I wish there was more I could do for you than pray. I hope you know deep in your heart that you have made a difference in my life. I’ll never meet you, but I can honestly say that I love you. I hope this makes you smile today! You are doing a great service for others just by being you and sharing yourself with us.

xoxo

Lori

Comments

  1. Christen ~ I feel just like Lori! Reading your blog every day has changed my life, painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The difference between me and Lori, is that it’s my life’s goal to meet you in 2014. Hopefully at Luckett’s in May!
    Posting the link to one of your blog posts today, on my business Facebook, to inspire others with your amazing design and outlook!

    Hugs and Love from South Carolina! Deb

  2. I feel exactly the same, I have suffered from depression for many years. Losing many family members 1 after another only made it harder. I sought counselling and was advised to do more things that make me happy. I didn’t know what made me happy?? then I decided to start painting some furniture but wasn’t sure how to do it but knew I wanted to use Annie Sloan paint, so after some research I found your videos on you tube. I have never looked back, I love painting & you taught me everything I know 🙂 I am always happy when I have a paint brush in my hand, covered in Annie Sloan paint. Thank you, sending love from a little island called the UK 🙂 xx

  3. Lori has expressed many of our thoughts!
    I always look forward to reading your blog…and yes, YOU are the reason I have a cluttered “bleu house” in my back yard which used to house the items needed for gardening.
    THANK YOU !
    You’ll be on the mend soon enough….but, in the meantime, DO take all the time that is required to heal completely.
    Psalm 57:1a

  4. Margi Beshore says:

    I’m continuously comforted when I see God use people like you to change lives and make a difference! KEEP up the great work! You are in my prayers I’m a big fan!

  5. Christen, we – your eager readers 🙂 – feel exacly the same Lori feels. We are so worried about your health and we do appreciate your effort to show us how to experience painting furniture with the use of ASCP. Most of us were probably afraid to start with this paint due to some earlier experience which was rather depressing 🙂 but with you things are different! God bless you, Christen!

  6. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA says:

    Wonderful letter. Thanks for sharing it with us, Christen. ox ox ox

  7. Arlingtonian says:

    Feeling the same as Lori. Love your uplifting website that keeps me coming back!

    I need the courage to do all mt furniture with chalk paint. I did a died table and picture frame and they came out lovely. The picture frame houses. “Keep calm and carry on” which was the mantra when mom was in a coma and died. It reigns in the loo, to always remind us to carry on after her!

    Prayers for your recovery and healing. Xxx

  8. Arlingtonian says:

    Feeling the same as Lori. Love your uplifting website that keeps me coming back!

    I need the courage to do all mt furniture with chalk paint. I did a side table and picture frame and they came out lovely. The picture frame houses. “Keep calm and carry on” which was the mantra when mom was in a coma and died. It reigns in the loo, to always remind us to carry on after her!

    Prayers for your recovery and healing. Xxx

  9. Mary Albrecht says:

    Christen, Like several others I just happened upon your blog researching AS paints. What a refreshing surprise to find your tutorials. I then went back and read all the older posts that helped me understand your present medical condition. I am finding myself thinking about you and praying for your situation. Isn’t amazing how the Internet can bring strangers together and all because we are all looking to create beautiful things for our world. You are refreshing and unassuming and that is so appealing. Try not to fight the rest, it is your best friend for now. Lori speaks for many of us. Be well. M

  10. Laura Tyler says:

    Christen,

    Do you know that because of you I have started painting furniture with my son?
    We have a special shop on our property where we have our painting set up! It’s
    Great quality family time together. Now we are embarking on a project with my
    82 yr old mother. If I hadn’t seen your YouTube videos, I wouldn’t be doing this
    Today! Thanks Christe for all you have done! Please keep blogging!

  11. Laura Tyler says:

    Christen,

    Do you know that because of you I have started painting furniture with my son?
    We have a special shop on our property where we have our painting set up! It’s
    Great quality family time together. Now we are embarking on a project with my
    82 yr old mother. If I hadn’t seen your YouTube videos, I wouldn’t be doing this
    Today! Thanks Christen for all you have done! Please keep blogging!

  12. Mike Blount says:

    I saw the word depression but must have missed the original post. I have suffered depression for 22 years and it just started practically overnight. I took the easy way out and took meds because I had and have a wonderful life. Married for 31 years and have twin boys in College. Went to my Doctor one day for my refills and ask the Doctor ” With a great career, great marriage, great Mom,Dad,Brother and Sisters how in the World could I be depressed ” Well he explained that I suffered from the lack of Serotonin which is clinical depression. Anyhow every 5 years or so I have to change around my Meds. Not too many years ago my Doctor was treating a Surgeon and he was getting electric shock therapy. Why am I sharing this is because 22 years later I am still taking my meds but I did survive a very misunderstood disease. Oh I also paint and distress furniture also with my Wife. LOL

  13. Lori Merrill says:

    Dear Christen, Thanks for sharing the letter! You are such an inspiration to so many!. You are so bubbly and informative with your tutorials I just love them. Just tonight I was outside watering flowers and I found a robin’s nest with 4 eggs…immediately thought of you! Love all that you do! Thank you, Lori

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