Good things come to those who create.

Hi, I’m Jacquie. I’m a 20-something cat mom living in Canada.

When I was 15, I was diagnosed with depression. It took me a while to realize how much making things helped my depression. It took me another while to figure out what to do with that knowledge.

So, here we are.

Rainy Day Optimist is all about creation – creating better wellness through being creative.

But what does that even mean?

Okay, so, basically, making stuff makes you happy. It’s like meditation. And then at the end, you have a cool thing!

The stuff you make can be anything – it can be a song, a painting, a poem, a story, a quilt, a dress, a tapestry, ANYTHING!

Making stuff can reveal a lot about yourself. There’s a whole discipline about that actually, called art therapy. I am not a therapist, but I like to use these principles to learn more about myself, this creating better mental health.

See what I did there? Creation.

We can create a better life – we can create a better world – through learning and making.

So, having said all that, what do we do here?

Well, we learn and we make stuff, mostly with our hands as well as our minds.

That means education about mental health and coping skills, but also tutorials, DIYs, tips on upcycling and recycling your stuff or stuff that you get for free/cheap.

Which brings me to my next point…

Pretty much all of the materials that I use are second hand, and I urge you to do the same.

For a couple of reasons:

One, it’s way cheaper. I know you’re a Millennial, probably paying way too much for rent and feeling guilty about your Starbucks habit so don’t worry, this shit is cheap.

Two, apparently we have until next Thursday to fix the planet, so by buying second-hand stuff you won’t be contributing to the metric fuck tonne of garbage already on the planet.

Three, there is some cool shit at thrift stores. Anthropologie who? Your stuff will be authentic vintage and totally unique because you made it yourself and every time you look at it you’ll be super proud of yourself for making something cool and saving the earth.

So grab your scissors and some old t-shirts and let’s get started!