CREATE – NOURISH – INSPIRE
Hello I’m Louise – welcome to Tiny Acorn Mighty Oak
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness – Rheumatoid Arthritis – in 2015 turned my life upside down. I had to stop working as a teacher full time and it is fair to say that I was at my lowest point, devastated and not knowing which way to turn. Life felt that it would, and could, only ever be a pale imitation of what had gone before.
My search for knowledge and answers took me down so many different paths and branched out into many alternative directions of holistic therapy. I was determined I was going to heal my body and get back to a place of wellness so I decided to tackle my condition naturally – without drugs – though diet & supplements, alternative therapies, a change of mindset, reducing stress and instead choosing peace.
My art, which at first was simply a creative release and a place where my everyday worries could be forgotten, became influenced by my newly developing mindset, and I found that the creative process in turn helped me to heal and allowed me to grow into this new life of mine. To feel much more secure in myself and grounded. Stronger. Positive. It nourished my soul and lit me up. It became more about what I could achieve with my life, not what I could not do.
At the end of 2017, my yearly x-rays showed that I had managed to halt the damage to my joints, caused by the Rheumatoid Arthritis, and I had reached a place of wellness without the daily pain, swelling and extreme fatigue. My determination and hard work had paid off!
On my journey to wellness, I realised that even though my life had changed to adapt with my condition, I knew I needed to do whatever I could to ensure I was living a life that I loved, doing things that lit me up and embracing as much creativity in my everyday life to nourish my soul. I was, and still am, determined to turn the curveball of my illness into something positive.
I truly believe that we all have the innate inner strength of the mighty oak and with lots of little steps (tiny acorns!), we can achieve anything we set our minds to and create a life that we love.
I hope that my art and writing can inspire and support you, or perhaps a loved one. Step by step, day by day, from tiny acorn to mighty oak.
Nourish your soul. Do what lights you up. Embrace creativity. Choose peace.