One of my goals for 2020 is to create more art. In order to reach that goal, I've created the Chronically Hopeful 52-Week Art Project. It consists of 52 prompts, one for each week of the year, to guide my creativity, keeping me focused and inspired.
Having a fluctuating chronic illness means that I'm not always able to be creative, so I thought one prompt per week would be easier to manage than the one prompt per day that many other challenges provide. I cannot wait to get started - here's to a whole year of colourful art!
This is the first in a new series of posts where I will share all the art I have worked on for the month. I hope to be consistent with it, but life with a chronic illness is anything but consistent, so don't hold me to it. I am very grateful, though, that this month has been quite productive creatively and I am so pleased with the pieces that I have made. I hope you enjoy this little gallery too.
Most people with chronic illness have experienced anxiety or panic at some point. It's not always a condition on it's own, but commonly is a symptom of other illnesses that affect the autonomic nervous system. There are many ways to reduce anxiety and stress, but today I will be sharing a fun and creative craft project that will help you restore calm to your world - the Twiddle Muff!
If you've ever met somebody with mental health or even chronic pain conditions, you have likely noticed that they tend to have habits like fidgeting or making repetitive movements or sounds. These actions are called stimming, they are an automatic response to stress or pain and they have a specific purpose. A Twiddle Muff can be a great tool in helping with this need.
It's been a while since I posted my last round-up of paintings for The 100 Day Project. That's because I actually took a whole month off!
I am very pleased to be back to it though and have thoroughly enjoyed painting each evening. The sunny summer evenings are just perfect for painting!
This week I picked up where I left off at the start of May with Sunsets as the theme. I will also reveal next week's theme today.
As we head into a new month I am excited to show you my new bullet journal layout for June! I'll also share more detail about my symptom and mood tracker as well as a layout comparison with previous months.
I cannot believe we are already half-way through 2018, time is just racing by so fast. I only started this year's journal in March, so I don't have 6 months of journal updates to show you, but I will share the 4 months I have done so you can see how my journal has evolved over time.