Yes, there have been times in my life when things have been tough. I try to not dwell on the bad times, but I'm convinced that they make us stronger, though it's hard to see any positive at the time.
I've usually found that it helps to throw myself into something creative to take my mind off my problems. At the end of 2010, I was in such a position. Here's a couple of quilt tops I made then (and I'm embarrassed to admit that they have never been completed):
For some reason, I adore teapots. As usual, these are my own design and not taken from a pattern.