How did you get started in making art that empowers people:
It was literally an eureka moment. Drawing illustrations - combining my passion for minimal art yet maximal sentiment - came to me one day and the next I had my first post up on @skybanyes. It’s fair to say this 'eureka' moment was fully backed up by three factors: 1) a lifetime of art loving and creating (of various forms, yet never illustrations); 2) my therapist prompting me to use art as an expressive outlet (seeing as it was, for years, so hard for me to 'get things out'); 3) being a passionate life enthusiast, with a vast history of mental distress, I had myself embarked upon a challenge of mental health improvement. My creations are the output of a life lover ~ troubled soul ~ positive spirit ~ and creative mind in self-discovery. With growing empathy and compassion, my desire for transmitting positivity to others, through self-healing and empowerment. The whole scope of my illustrations going public is the hope that one more soul may be touched, inspired, brightened or amused today.
What do you do for self care?
My self-care first aid is mindful breathing. Taking a few deep, focused breaths is a simple yet profound aid for such a range of situations! The prime areas I have been investing in for self-care include: psychotherapy, sleep, exercise, meditation, books and sunshine. All my subsequent devoted time and efforts have been positively life-changing!In the past, I spent the majority of my life battling with my own self. Taking in a lot of negative feelings from life circumstances that were out of my control or beyond my understanding and taking them out on my own self. Professional help, alongside personal work (self-reflection, self-compassion, self-forgiveness, self-acceptance) and the subsequent positive actions, have been key to my self-love journey. No doubt a slow, hard and ongoing process, that has been lifesaving and incredibly rewarding. Realizing that life is really 'too short' and that I’m the prime responsive of living my own best life are equally my drive for wanting to be as healthy as possible (inside and out), and thus truly embracing and investing in self-care.
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