I’m Lorraine Gapuz Edralin , an interior designer, blogger, art enthusiast and the founder editor of Insanely Divine. Launched in October 2013, the Insanely Divine covers my experiences and lessons in life, family journal, spirituality, inspiration and design with a focus on my favorite interests: architecture, fine art, black& white, travel, photography, food, fitness, simple living and philantrophy. The site is updated once a day. If the mood strikes you, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
I started my Facebook page in 2008 just to know whats happening with everyone. I soon found myself sharing just about everything - My experiences, my drama, my family and zest for life. So I started blogging to journal them.
Since this is about me page, I will share things about me! I was born and raised in the Philippines. I took up Fine Arts and majored in interior design. I worked with international design firms and I was on top of my game until a trauma from my childhood suddenly resurfaced and I found myself coping with alcohol. My life and my soul were going down the drain- and I almost gave up living! I guess God must have heard my plea and sent an ‘angel’ to wake me up from the trace of being insignificant. I was introduced to studying the scriptures and learning more about Christ. In a short period of time, I was baptized and embraced my new found faith. I slowly recovered from alcohol addiction. I was zealous being a disciple of Jesus so I decided to leave my career and went to being full time in the ministry.
In 1999, I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. What! Oh yes, it was a shock of my life and yet relieved that there is actually a name for the emotions that plague me through the years. I battled with it head on. I had my share of drama every now and then. Who knows why God blessed me with another angel who swept my heart away. His love was too much too resist so I said Yes!-and married him. When my son was born, I went through postpartum depression. It was a very scary experience for me but I had to fight it and overcome the overwhelming and confusing thoughts and emotions. After his first birthday, we moved to America and I had the courage to launch my own design studio. It was exhilarating. Soon I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Before her second birthday, she was diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. It is a complex disorder of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. A new chapter of our life begins..There was not a single moment where I asked God why. We embraced everything about her and we became her advocate. Our spunky, smart, animated and wonderful son has been one of her greatest support.
Her needs were my priority so I chose to close my studio and stayed home to care for her. It has been a crazy and yet fulfilling journey with her and our family. I still have my own share of drama having to deal with my own disorder. I am blessed with a spiritual man who has stood by me, supported, and loved through all my craziness. He embraced my ‘beautiful mind’! With my family and devoted friends, I am able to enjoy the beautiful things in life.
I had to search for new avenues to help me deal with my roller coaster behavior and calm the monkey in my head! This led me to eating plant base food, practicing yoga and meditation. I also developed a love of running and fitness. While in the middle of all the craziness in my life, I continued to practice designing at home.
All people are welcome on this page regardless of their background or beliefs. If you can relate to me, welcome to my world! The mission of my blog is to share my colorful journey and try to laugh and appreciate about the unpleasant things of this world of Autism and Bipolar disorder. So, this is a place to tell it like it is, not to sugar coat things…
Remember, that this is my page and on it I’m sharing my story, my life with my family, my walk with God, my passion for arts and design, my interests and humanity. Through this blog my goal is to inspire and believe that no matter what you go through in life, there is healing, hope and peace. There is beauty around us! -Yeah, sometimes life does not cooperate but still – LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!