I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good I can do.
I've given a lot of thought to how best support the many Aussies affected by the recent bush fires. As a farmer, I'm also acutely aware of - and personally affected by - the ongoing drought.
Having experienced first hand the record breaking floods in 2011, I have seen how donations and beautifully intentioned help and assistance can play out - and how they can actually add pressure and stress to already traumatized people.
I learned back then that most natural disaster victims loathe being treated as victims, and what they crave is a hand up, not a hand out. I also learned (the hard, uncomfortable way) that experiencing natural disasters can have a profound affect on our mental health.
The other thing I learned, and believe with deep conviction, is that creativity heals.
I could offer a product with a percentage of proceeds to go towards relief - it might make me feel good for a little bit, but it isn't going to amount to lot of cash. It feels more about drawing attention to myself than doing anything really meaningful.
I know art journaling is a powerful path to transform and process our experiences.
I also know our mental health is impacted powerfully by our self-talk.
I have an online class combining art journaling with building a positive relationship with our inner critics - our self talk.
I want to offer something that could directly benefit any individual affected by fire, drought or flood, without them needing to jump through any hoops, or fit criteria set by some bureaucratic process.
My offer is to gift free access to my online art journaling class to anyone affected by Aussie fires, floods or this infernal, unending drought. No strings, no time frame, just gentle guidance to explore creativity as a path to healing and wellness.