My Mindful Moment series are 12 pieces that will directly fund my own therapy this year.
I realised I really enjoy fundraising for causes that inspire me but I often neglect myself. In 2020 I started therapy again which has been incredibly helpful, however, in order to access what I need it is a paid service and I need to cover the costs. Therefore this year I will be releasing a painting on the last day of each month that I've painted mindfully that will directly fund my own therapy and hopefully I can raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma and create some good conversations and support to others.
This piece's quote is "Your feelings are valid". This is such an important message to remember, thatever you feel, it is valid. Even if you know it will pass, it may be illogical or it just doesn't make sense to others, you are still feeling that feeling and it's true. How many times have you been told "Oh you don't need to worry/feel sad/be upset by that, that's silly" or something of the sort when it is something that is a big deal to you?
The best way to respond to someone telling you something difficult or about how they feel is to validate how their feel first and foremost. You can say it sounds difficult or reconfirm what you've hear back to them, but make sure you know you've fully heard what they say and believe their truth about the issue. We all need good people in our lives who can do this for us!
I thought of two badgers for this quote as they show each other care and support, they often even hold badger burials for those who pass away.
The painting is A5 sized, painted with vegan acrylic and watercolour paints on to sustainable bamboo paper and framed in a black made to measure frame (currently a mocked up photo!). It will be sent next day delivery via DPD unless collection can be arranged.