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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The past few months!! and a NOTD from a crappy iPhone :(

First off HI YOU GUYS and HUGS to you all!

I would like to start off by thanking you all for everything. Your support, messages & emails have seriously touched my heart in more ways than you will ever know, and yes I did read each and every one of them! It really did help to know, that I am not completely alone, nor crazy in what I was going through. I am sorry to hear though, that many others have suffered with the same issues, and my heart goes out to you. Again, thank you all so much, I sure love you guys!

Okay, so I've made some HUGE, well in my eyes, steps, lol. For the first time in almost a year I was able to go into Wawa, a gas station, all by myself without panicking. It's amazing the little things that seem so easy to others, was so incredibly hard for me. After that, I even made it to the grocery store, lol. Hey, I'm making baby steps!

Well, last month, I became very sick with bronchitis, and after many days of refusing to call the dr., I had to give in. So while I was there, I spoke with him about my depression and anxiety again. Needless to say it turned into a little therapy session filled with tears and major sweating, sexy I know :) Oh and yes, Jack did take the day off so I didn't have to go alone :)  I've been on my new meds for a few weeks and I can already feel a big difference, YAY!

Another reason I know that I am getting better........ I've actually purchased nail polish, and I've even started trying to come up with new designs for you guys, whoo hoo!!! Bad news though, I have lost my camera, and it's cords, so I am planning a massive hunt this weekend.

I still wanted to share with you my mani I'm wearing today. I'm just in love with this polish. I wish I had better pics, but I had to use my phone, sorry :( It's SH Big Money. I love the gold glitter mixed with the light pink glitter!
























Anyways, I just wanted to check in and let you know what's been going on. Please wish me luck on my camera hunt this weekend!!!!

PS and completely OT - If you have not watched The Big Bang Theory, it's a MUST!!! Jack and I are completely obsessed with it! Sorry, I know that was so random :) Hope you all are doing great!!

XOXO,
 Erika

140 comments:

  1. Welcome back darling, so good to see you pop up on reader. lots of hugs for you. Must check out the Big Bang theory - don't know anything about it .x

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  2. yay you're back again ! I missed you and your posts so much!

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  3. Welcome back Erika. We missed you! Can't wait to see all the manis you have waiting for us! Good luck with finding the camera :-) and I LOVE Big Bag Theory too. Me and my husband watch it every night...Sheldon is just out of this world!!!

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  4. I had no idea you were in PA until you mentioned Wawa. :)

    I am so glad to hear that you're seeing improvement. I also struggle with depression and anxiety and it is so hard to put it out there and even harder to get help. I'm proud of you!

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  5. I'm so glad to see your doing well and are back to posting! I've been stalking your blog and you gave me inspiration to even try out a patchwork tape mani! I can't wait to see posts again, and if you ever need to talk, I have anxiety related epilepsy and know how it affects everything in your life. Good luck on the camera hunt!

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  6. A warm welcome back Erika! It's awesome to see nails from you, but more importantly, hear that you're doing better. To support your road to recovery and enthusiasm for TV, I offer some other shows you need to check out if you're looking for a laugh. How I Met Your Mother, Community (my personal new favorite), and Parks and Recreation all provide hours of laughter for me. How I Met Your Mother and Parks and Recreation are both available on Netflix instant watch if you have that, and of course, you can download almost everything from various internet locations. I'd be happy to give you the links or even the downloaded files I have if you're interested! I'm warning you though, your gut will hurt after watching some of these episodes.

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  7. Aw, great everything (or atleast some things) seem to go better. Baby steps bring us where we are now, so no need to worry, and I'm really looking forward to new designs from you! :) :)
    I don't find your iPhone pic so bad, btw, and the mani looks nice :)

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  8. Welcome back, Erika! My heart jumped when I saw your new post in my blog updates. So happy that you are making some baby steps - they really are something to be proud of! :) Your nails look amazing, as always. Good luck with the hunt this weekend, I'm sure your camera (and cords, etc) have to be somewhere. Looking forward to reading another post and hearing about your progress - you have my support and prayers.

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  9. Thanks you guys!! It really does feel amazing to start getting a hold on my life again and enjoying my hobby!!!

    Amy, are you in PA as well?

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  10. Yay! Happy to have you back, glad things are going better for you :) Even with just your iphone, your pictures and nails look awesome! <3

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  11. I think my heart just skipped a beat when I saw your post come up! Welcome back, we all missed you! Keep taking care of yourself so you are back to stay :)
    P.S. My bf and I love Big Bang Theory as well (at least the early stuff... )

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  12. Welcome back! So glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better. It is hard to take those first steps between talking to your doctor and then starting to go out again (to Wawa! best store), but feeling such a big difference is great and I couldn't be happier for you.
    Here's to continued improvement, and I look forward to seeing you back in my blog reader! :)

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  13. I'm so happy to hear you are making such amazing progress! (((hugs))) Wishing you luck in your camera hunt and everything else! (((more hugs))) <3

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  14. So glad to hear that you are doing better! We've all missed you and are supportive of you because we are all here and were waiting for the day you came back. Keep taking care of yourself!

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  15. Welcome back! Very glad to hear you've been making progress and feeling better. Hope you're able to keep going forward and I'm very excited for posts to come!

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  16. I have been in your shoes. Welcome back and take your time. One day at a time. Glad you found something that is helping you. <3

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  17. So happy to see you back!! I have been there as well. It is a struggle but you just take it one day at a time! Hang in there!

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  18. Welcome Back! I sqealed with excitment when I saw your post. I am so glad you are doing better and only wish for more postive steps in your life.

    PS. my mom got me hooked on Big Bang Theory :)

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  19. I am so glad that you came back and that you are feeling a big better. When I saw your post I shouted to my boyfriend: "Chloé is baaaaack!" (yes, he knows who you are, I follow a lot of blogs and he knows the names of my fav bloggers!). :) Big hugs from Italy! :)

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  20. Welcome back!!!
    btw Love the nail polish and Big Bang theory!! Such an amazing show :D

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  21. So lovely to see you back here! I really missed your posts.

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  22. Yay! So glad to see you pop up in my blogroll today!! It's great to hear you're doing better--sending hugs and good thoughts!

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  23. Great to have you back! I hope everything is going in the right direction now for you:) Don't rush yourself, you have all the time in the world - we will wait for you:)
    And of course Big Bang Theory is hilarious, especially Sheldon:) Try watching The Scrubs - it's even better - funny, true and sad at the same time.
    big hug from me:)

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  24. such a beautiful nail polish !!!

    And good luck on your camera hunt ;) It's great to see you posting again !!
    My boyfriend is totally obsessed about the Big Bang theory to btw XD

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  25. So glad you're back. I'm a new follower but I know this must be a big step for you! You are truly an inspiration!

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  26. I missed your gorgeous nails! Good to hear you are doing better, even though it is with baby steps. Every kind of step is good! And even phone pictures of your nails are stunning <3.

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  27. I am so happy to hear you are feeling better, and glad you're back! I was a relatively new follower when you took that break, and I don't remember if my post ever made it after your last blog post here, but have been thinking about you as I have suffered from depression as well. I was very happy to finally find the right solution to the CAUSE of my depression, and to not take meds to just mask symptoms because most doctors don't take the time to actually listen to you, and think a pill is the solution to everything. Anyway, I hope you are on the road to a more complete recovery back to yourself. Best wishes, and LOVE the glitter polish!

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  28. Welcome back! Beautiful nailpolish :)

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  29. i think this looks great, especially for phone pictures! so nice to have you back & glad to hear you are doing better hun. best of luck on your hunt! xo

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  30. Good luck with camera!) Your blog is wonderful and inspirational! I'm looking forward to your new posts :)

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  31. LOVE the polish! LOVE Big Bang! and LOVE <3 that you are back!

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  32. Welcome back!
    I really was waiting for you to post something new!
    I'm very happy you are feeling better!
    Take care!
    Camilla

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  33. It's so good to see you're back! I'm sending some hunting mojo your way, good luck!

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  34. Welcome back! It's good to see/read you again! I wish you good luck with the camera hunting :)
    I am also a huge fan of the Big Bang Theory, this series is just awesome ^^
    All the best to you <3

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  35. YOU ARE BACK! You have no idea how happy I am. Just last night I was going through your old posts wondering how you were. I have missed you, sounds crazy, but I have. Thank you so much for posting again Erika. I am hoping that this is truly a new beginning. Good luck finding your camera, and yes, TBBT is so hilarious.
    <3

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  36. So glad that you are starting to feel better! And so happy to see your beautiful nails today!

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  37. Woow! So happy to see a post from you.
    And even more happy to see that you are feeling good!
    <3

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  38. Welcome back! You have lots of admirers and supporters here :) I hope your health improves. Maybe the blog love can help too!

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  39. Welcome back Erica!!! I was so happy when I saw your post on a blogroll!!!! and I LOVE Big Bang Theory too!!!

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  40. So glad you are feeling better. Finding the right medicine is so hard but when you do it's like night and day! I look forward to reading your posts again. :)

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  41. great to see your post, welcome back :)

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  42. I'm glad you're feeling better! It must feel wonderful to do the simple things again!

    Good luck with the camera hunt! <3

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  43. So glad you are starting to feel better. And what better way, than to buy nail polish! Love the nails and sooooo looking forward to what you have to share.

    On the note of The Big Bang Theory, now there is a coninsidence, I am from the UK, it has just about 7.15 in the evening here, and guess what we are watching on tv at the moment?? YEP TBBT. You have to come back soon, Take care and big hugs to you. xx

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  44. I just discovered your blog and was sad to see you'd not posted in a while and to read past posts about your troubles. Glad you're feeling better now and I hope to see loads more of your work! x

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  45. oh my god, you are back :) i am sooo happy and glad. i honestly know what you are going through and what hard way it is. I was all the time feeling with you, and now i am really really happy you making these baby steps - which are really huge steps! be proud of yourself!!!!

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  46. Chloe, I'm so happy to hear you're feeling so much better! Little baby steps at a time. We've missed you so much! Take care and good luck camera hunting this weekend ^^

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  47. So glad you are back and feeling better! I too struggle with anxiety, not much fun! Big Bang Theory is AWESOME! I love that show too; it's hilarious!

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  48. Glad you're back and getting back to yourself. :)

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  49. Yaaaay! I'm so glad you're feeling better. It's amazing how different anti-depressants and stuff can make you feel. You feel horrible, and then after a couple days on the medicine it's like everything just shifts back into place.

    Ooooh, pretty polish. This is the first swatch of this color that's made me really want it... I've got four others from these new glitters. XD

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  50. I'm so happy your back! And I'm even happier that you are getting better!! Seeing your post just made my whole week!!!!!! :)

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  51. Big Band Theory ROCKS! My Boyfried and I love it too! :)

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  52. So glad you are making progress, and so great to see you back on your blog again - very exciting! Your nails look beautiful and your phone pics are great!

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  53. So good to see you, Erika! I hope you continue to feel better. It's a struggle, but it's so awesome when things start to turn around. (((hugs)))

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  54. So glad to see you are back! I have been back-reading your blog for a bit now. I was hoping you would be feeling better and back to gracing us with your amazing ideas. I also wanted to let you know that YOUR blog is what inspired me to start my own. I'm nowhere near as talented as you and I'm actually quite new to manis. But I hope to learn and grow as time goes on. I would love to hear your thoughts or advice. Posts will start appearing on my blog on Monday. Anyway, welcome back!!! So excited to see your future posts!!!

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  55. You are amazing! Love your designs and blog! Stay strong <3

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  56. I'm so glad you're feeling better! all the best to you :)
    and I'm so looking forward to reading new things on your blog again :)

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  57. I'm so glad you're back on the internet and doing better! I've missed your awesome manis and sparkles. Congratulations on your recovery, and keep being your awesome self :)

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  58. Welcome back!
    So proud of you!
    Keep going on the baby steps!
    This week's nails are so cute!! Can't wait to see the new designs you come up with!
    Good luck on the camera hunting! :)

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  59. So glad to hear from you again! Congratulations on your solo outings!!! Yay for any size step! I hope you find your camera!

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  60. I'm so happy that you made that call and you started feeling better!
    I'm sure you are gonna make it and recover completely very soon!
    The photos are very good quality!
    As for the Big Bang Theory I became obsessed too! I started watching the show in December and I managed to watch all seasons in one month!
    I send you a big hug and kiss!!!!
    Miss Starshiny

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  61. Welcome back and take it easy, don't be too hard on yourself ok? Glad you're back.

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  62. PS Good luck finding the new camera!

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  63. Glad you're back and doing much better!:)

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  64. It made my day when i saw your new post!!! I have never commented on a blog before, but i have been checking your blog everyday for the last 6 months because i knew you would come back!!! you are by far my favorite nail blogger and i am soooo happy you are better!!! Now get painting girl!! :D

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  65. Bazinga! Oh how I love Big Bang. Is it new tonight? :) Glad you're back! You've been sorely missed, but know that all you loyal followers understood.

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  66. OMG, you're back!!! Your post totally made my day! Welcome back, honey, it's SO good to hear you're getting better!! *hug* Oh, Big bang theory ... I almost know them by heart. Sheldon just rocks. <3 Good luck with your camera hunt!

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  67. I am so glad you are back! and even happier to read that you are doing better!! :)

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  68. You are an inspiration, congrats and welcome back!! :)

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  69. So nice to see a new post from you! I'm really glad that you are doing better. :) Good luck on the camera hunt! <3

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  70. LOVE The Big Bang Theory SOOO much. Bazinga!
    Also very happy that you are feeling better. This was the first blog I started following and I will follow till the end.

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  71. Welcome back! Glad to hear that you're getting better, so proud of you for the baby steps n_______n

    I was so excited when I saw your post on my Blogger feed, looking forward to being graced with your awesome presence again :)

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  72. Congrats on taking on the task of getting better. It can be daunting, but also empowering. My prayers are with you, wishing you many more baby steps and much happiness. Oh and that you find your camera :-) BTW, LOVE BBT, María

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  73. OMG...thank God you're back!!! I found your blog through pinterest a few months ago and was so hoping you'd come back and post. So glad you're feeling better. I love your blog! I've never even commented on a blog before but I had to tell you how glad I am you're back!!!

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  74. First of all, I am glad you are feeling better!! Second, I am glad you are back...I found you about the time you took a break...God Bless You!!!

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  75. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you. So happy you found some meds that work!

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  76. Thanx for being back.I'm a blogger newbie and luv to c ur mani and nail art:)

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  77. I'm typing through tears because I'm so inspired! I have been in a major slump, but my anxiety makes me lash out at those closest to me...well just my hubby mostly. It sucks and it hurts but it feels so good to hear from you and hear YOU...the usual YOU. It gives me hope I'll be the usual me again soon. Love your mani's btw! I'm a licensed nail tech and about 9 months ago your blog inspired me to soak off and I've been all about the polish ever since! Yet another way you've inspired me!

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  78. *YEAY* So glad you're back and, more importantly, feeling better! :)

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  79. So glad you're doing better AND feeling better!!!!!

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  80. WOOHOO Welcome back!!!! Glad you're feeling better :) I love love love your posts, your nails are gorgeous and I like the way you write :D Keep up your great work! X

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  81. YAY. It is SO good to have you back. I have missed you and your posts. I'm glad you're feeling better and I hope you continue to each and every day! <3

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  82. I am so glad to hear you are doing better. It really is a great thing! I have really missed you and am so glad that you are back doing polish! I hope you find your camera-I know you will! You being back has made my whole day!

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  83. I'm so glad that you are feeling better. :) I'm looking forward to see the new designs.
    I love The Big Bang Theory too!
    Huge hugs!

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  84. i'm so glad you're back and feeling better, hope it'll stay that way and you let us enjoy your manicures :-D
    you're not alone :-)

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  85. I'm so glad you're back and feeling better! :) Yours was one of the first blogs I started following and you made me realize the amazing wonder that is tape! :D

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  86. So happy to hear you're doing better! I think 2012 will be a good year for a lot of us. I don't know why, just a feeling! :) Pretty polish! I almost bought this one, but already had 3 or 4 in my hand, so I exerted restraint!

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  87. WELCOME BACK! We missed you and are sooo happy to here you are on the road to recovery!

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  88. I can't believe that I'm wearing that same exact polish, right now. Wow! Welcome back Darling, we missed you soo very much :).

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  89. Welcome back!!! I'm a long time reader, but first time commenter. I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better. I hope things continue going up for you and I look forward to more beautiful nail art from you. :D

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  90. Welcome back, I'm so glad you are on the road to recovery, you know baby steps lead to giant leaps and you have overcome the first hurdle! Big Bang Thoery - watching it right now! and can't WAIT for more nails from you, you are truly my favourite blogger! Best wishes xxxx

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  91. Welcome back lady! Glad to hear doing better. Your. Doing awesome! I was at walmart last night and found this and couldn't resist after seeing your swatch. Its such an awesome color! I tipped my nails with it over Zoya's Dannii and the two go together beautifully.

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  92. you're back! YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  93. Hey! I'm so glad you're feeling better. I know what it's like to not feel like yourself and to not have any answers when you're in the middle of it.
    I want to share what I just learned today: You are a miraculous person. There is no one on the planet who is like you. You are unique in your personality, you have an original fingerprint, no one else has your same body chemistry (which is why the same medication does not work for every person), you have a one-of-a-kind DNA. That makes you awesome! Just remember that whenever you need some help. I just think it's good to know that God created us all, and he knows exactly who we are..because we're not all the same.

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  94. Its good to see you back! I've just recently started following your blog and I. Love the ideas!! Your so talented! Thanks for sharing

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  95. Hey there! I am a fairly new follower, and I read the last thing you posted. My heart goes out to you, and I am so glad you are feeling better! I love your designs and reviews, and i will continue to come back no matter how often you post! Thank you for inspiring me!
    ~ Mary Elizabeth

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  96. I'm so to hear you are feeling better! I bought my first glass nail file and bottle of cuticle oil because of you. I love polishing my own nails and have done so for almost 50 yrs!!! lol! I printed one of the photos of your nails so I could put it in my polish basket. My nails look so modern now!!!! Thank you! I enjoy reading and viewing everything you share. Keep taking care of yourself - you deserve it!

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  97. Welcome back!! I'm glad you're feeling better!

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  98. Woohoo! Just texted my friend you were back. We've been thinking about you. I'm so happy you're starting to feel better. Baby steps can be giant! And that you were open about this can really help people who are going through a similar thing or who know someone with anxiety and depression. And I just love how happy people are to see you back. Your 4th of July manicure is so refreshing on the cold, grey evening. It's a great reminder of summer. No matter how often you post, I'm just so glad you're feeling better!

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  99. I'm so excited you are back and starting to feel happier. I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Again uber excited you are back, talking about what you have been going through. We're all behind you sending you love and support as you get stronger. I not only love your imaginatively awesome swatches and mani's but your sense of humour and posts about your family. Take all the time you need. I'm glad you are back.

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  100. SO glad you are back and feeling better!! I checked in often and was always sad that you hadn't returned..and this time..YAY! First and most important is that you take care of yourself and are doing well, and then...YIPEE more nails. Yours is the bestest nail blog :)

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  101. Welcome back!! Love your blog!!

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  102. Buzzinga :)

    So glad you are back. Love this nail color, looks awesome on you. Keep working on those baby steps..

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  103. You are back!! Hooray! That is so awesome that you are feeling better, keep it up with the baby steps!

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  104. I am like...The happiest person EVER that you're back! Missed you terrible!!!
    <3 <3
    Welcome back!!!

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  105. OMG! I´m so glad you´re back, my favourite blogger ever and the one that got me exited about funky french and stamping! I actually squealed when I saw new posts :) I´m sooo happy for you. Keep up the good work!

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  106. I'm so happy to see you back! I've never stopped checking your blog! Your nails still look lovely as ever!

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  107. Welcome back and keep taking care of yourself.
    Hugs from Hungary.

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  108. Welcome back, Erika! Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear that you're getting better. Keep taking care of yourself!
    xox

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  109. So glad to hear you're doing better!!! I always loved your blog from the moment I saw it. I hope to see some more updates from you (but no pressure!). I understand how debilitating depression and anxiety can be, it's wonderful that you're able to overcome such a huge hurdle.

    *hugs from an internet stranger!*

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  110. Just glad to hear that you are doing better. I love your blog and was patiently waiting. You are very strong, even when you may feel weak. Each step leads you toward wellness

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  111. Yay Erika!!! So happy to see you typing and painting!! And I love you even more now that I know we share a deep and abiding love for The Big Bang Theory!! :)

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  112. I love all of your nail designs thanks for sharing. This is my new favorite site. :) Raych

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  113. So glad you are back and feeling better! I missed your posts. You are one of the ladies who really inspired me to start doing more nail art and to start blogging.

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  114. really cool!!! I'm also glad you are back and feeling beter. Also i think you are realy a strong women that you in front of so many people who not know you tell your story! You are really strong and whatever another people say; you are you and thats good!

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  115. i'm just glad you are doing better :)

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  116. Welcome back! I'd just discovered your blog (via Pinterest, btw) as you went on sabbatical. Sounds like bronchitis was a gift in disguise; glad to hear you're back and feeling stronger! I took the break to -- obsessively -- look at every single blog in your history, so I am a newbie that's now up to date. I looked around a lot in the meantime; your skill is truly superior. Thanks for sharing it!

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  117. Welcome back Erika, so pleased to see you posting again but most importanly that you're starting to feel better :)

    My very best wishes,
    Anna x

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  118. I am sooooo happy to see you feeling better. I'd only just come across your blog a few days ago and my heart went out to you. I hope that each day brings you strength and health. Kind regards, Annie.

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  119. I am sooo happy that you are back and feeling better!!! I'm looking forward to your posts and to re-creating some of your designs on my own nails... feebly, of course!!

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  120. I'm so glad you're back... I missed seeing your perfectly done nails!
    I hope you're doing much much better.

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  121. So glad to have you back! And glad you took the time to take care of yourself, that is the most important thing!

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  122. YAY! You're back! I've been checking back every few days since October and I'm so glad you're feeling better.

    Keep at it girl!

    xoxo

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  123. So so happy your back! Have missed you and your blog. Really happy that some new meds are helping you all these baby steps add up!

    Suz x

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  124. OMG - I missed you SO much!! Welcome back! I can't wait to see what you've got in store for us but, mostly I hope that you're doing well. Depression IS NOT a fun thing to deal with. I know this from personal experience. When you're depressed, it feels like you're being held back from doing *everything*, even getting out of bed. And most of the time, you're so deep into the depression before you notice and by then, everyone around you has suffered. But, I hope that you're doing whatever you need to make yourself better! I'm so glad you're back!! <3<3<3<3 xoxo

    PS - I'd love to know what meds you're on .. I'm dealing with the same thing and I haven't seen a doctor yet. I don't know the first thing about medications and I don't want to go in there empty-handed. If I know what you're on, I can use it as a stepping stone to do some research and find out what meds I think is best for me .. plus, it would be nice to talk to someone going through something similar. Depression/anxiety can be very lonely. :( You can either contact me here or shoot me an email. kelliealtieri@gmail.com - xoxo

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  125. I am SO GLAD you're feeling better!! Thanks for walking through the darkness and coming out on the other end! NEVER be ashamed of the baby steps!

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  126. I am so glad to hear you're doing better and you kept faith in yourself. That's most important. Secondly, I'm glad to see you're back blogging, but your well-being always comes first. Remember to take care of yourself.

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  127. I missed you, nice to see you are back and you are better now and that is the most important thing in life! <3 HUGS!

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  128. What a pleasant surprise! So glad you are back!

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  129. Sooooo glad you are doing great! I am really happy for you :-) I am also happy I get to start seeing your beatiful art again,the way you paint your nails is truly an art. I have read your tips and have purchased SV and you have opened up my eyes to the world of nail polish !!! I have never tried that product before and you are totally right it's wonderful! My collection has started to increase, I find myself looking at nail polish where ever I go and I can safely start saying I purchase at least one bottle everytime I go to the store! Anyway I am truly happy that you are getting better and better, depression is really horrible (I myself have been know to suffer at times from)and sometimes can take over your life. Anyway I will keep following you and thank you for creating this wonderful blog !! you are AWESOME!!!!!

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  130. Hi Erika, I just discovered your blog (it's all over Pinterest!) and I wanted to thank you for all the amazing ideas, tips, and wisdom. I'm so sorry that you have been dealing with depression, and I hope that this blog helps you to connect with others who have gone through the same thing, and know that you are not alone!!
    xoxo

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  131. Hi Erika,
    I am soooooo happy you are doing well and are well enough to post! I am a fellow Pennsylvanian (near Pittsburgh) and have been going through a rough patch myself---otherwise it wouldn't have taken me a WHOLE MONTH to find your blog again. :)
    Thank you for your honesty and candor, and for the beautiful designs you do!
    Jackie

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