I have been working on this book on an off for quite awhile and covid-19 spurred me to finish it and get it out in the world and to make it free.
Observing nature is so grounding and brings me back to the present dozens of times each day. Nature doesn’t care that I can’t do all the things I’d like to manage, it still shows me things that bring a smile to my face, or a silly grin, or a sense of awe, or a feeling of being part of something so much bigger than myself and my worries.
I am sure it is the same for so many of you, and dear friends, I am grateful that we are part of this big crazy world that is full of beauty and amazing things that bring some respite from all the parts of life that are really hard and uncomfortable. Noticing the natural world can be as simple as watching the clouds pass out the window or lying in bed learning to identify different bird songs.
The book is laid out in a way that is really accessible if you have a chronic illness and don’t have much energy to focus or read. Look at the index and click the page you want to read and it will jump down to the page. Each chapter page has a link to return to the top as well. So many of the ideas are things you can do at home, even if you are fairly housebound.
I have a new YouTube channel with 6 yoga videos.
I challenged myself to record a video every Thursday which I have done 5 weeks in a row. This week I did two – one is a 10 min pep talk about how you can use mindful movement through your day to increase your circulation if you are spending a lot of time resting or working.
I am missing teaching the couple of gentle classes each week so recording these videos is keeping me moving and thinking about yoga.
Some of my students are watching too which is lovely and my brother has been doing some every day which is one of the things I am most excited about. He lives interstate so has only got to come to one of my classes- In February actually- one of the last weeks I was teaching.
I would love if you had a look, like and subscribe if you enjoy and got in touch with any feedback or ideas for future videos.
Lots of love
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Unlock Time and Energy so you can fit Creative Activities into Your Life (whatever your life looks like….)
Get Creative Book content overview.
We all have limited free time and energy for a myriad of reasons. I hope that this book will help you boost the creative parts of your life whatever challenging circumstances you face. By following ideas in this guide I know you will get a sense of satisfaction, progress, and achievement towards some of your creative goals.
I am really excited to share the ways that make it more possible for me to work on creative activities when it is hard just getting the everyday things done each day. When creative interests are at risk of losing any sense of priority and the materials gathering dust or getting buried under clothes or paperwork. My life is much more enjoyable when I can be creative and I am sure yours will be too.
Just getting started with many creative activities can feel overwhelming or out of reach. You keep thinking about doing them and never get much further. You may feel that if you start working on something you need to be able to get it finished in a timely way or it doesn’t seem worth starting.
This book can help you develop a clear plan of what creative things you want to do and to prepare everything so you will be able to start straight away when moments of time, energy, or capacity appear.
This book guides you through developing strategies to help you successfully make good use of your small windows of energy and capacity for creative activities, hobbies, or other goals. click here to continue reading about what topics are inside the Get Creative book.
Volunteering has made a positive difference to my life. It has allowed me to be involved in the community and connect with new people. Volunteering gives me something new to talk about and helps me feel like I still have skills to offer despite having a chronic illness.
Why should you volunteer when you have a chronic illness?
Volunteering builds experience, new skills and knowledge as well as giving you a sense of achievement. It can give you an idea of how far your energy goes in a work environment and gets you out of the house interacting with people. Volunteering helps you work out what sort of tasks you can still do with your chronic illness symptoms and energy limitations. You may discover patterns like that your energy lasts longer doing certain tasks but runs out in minutes on others.
You may find that an organization that provides support for your particular chronic illness can offer you a volunteering opportunity. There may be an annual fundraising event, blog, newsletter, peer support program, that you could participate with in some capacity.