Serenity Shop Woodworking came about during my journey into recovery from anxiety and depression.

I needed a healthy way to get out of my head. To stop the rambling thoughts causing me to repeat the behaviors that were leading me down paths that caused pain in some way. Years ago that meant running away from responsibility and or relationships. Drinking and using drugs to escape the pain, guilt and reality of the choices I made and the things that I have endured. After stopping the drugs successfully but still struggling with the increasing frequency in alcohol abuse, I decided, along with my therapist that woodworking could be that outlet.

For years I had always had a love for all things woodworking. I also had a decent amount of tools and a stock of raw materials. I was lucky enough to live in a place that had a shed that I was able to utilize as a work space. Focus shifted to getting that space into a more user friendly space. It took some time and a lot of effort to make it happen and finally it was usable.

Let me go back a little way. I had been working for Lowe’s as the Lumber Department manager and was also having some health issues at the time. I was out on disability and going for all
kinds of testing. Everything came back negative except for Hypothyroidism, Sleep Apnea, and Narcolepsy. I had the thyroid issue for a while and needed to adjust the medication. The same with the sleep apnea. The narcolepsy was new and frightening! My doctor gave my medication and said that weight loss, sleep apnea treatment, and the meds should all help the problem. In the mean time I’m still unable to work and disability is depleted.

So my options were pretty limited. I could try to find a work from home job. Not much luck with that, mostly scams and very little pay if not a scam. Or I could take what I love and try to make some money from it. I chose the second option! I started making designs, coming up with plans, making cutting boards, developing business plans, starting web pages, YouTube channels everything I could think of! But I wasn’t really making anything in the way of products. Slow down Vinny! You are getting carried away, I said to myself. Let’s start setting some goals.

That’s pretty much where I am today. Keep tuning into the blog to see what comes next!
Positive thoughts lead to positive steps!
I don’t know if anyone else said this, so if not-Vinny Aguanno¬†

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