If you’ve been following along this year, you may have noticed that I’ve been talking a bit about self care, healthy habits and some major changes I’ve been making to my life. With my dad slowly fading before my eyes, I’ve begun looking at things a little differently. My family never would have expected my dad to be gone in this way, at the age of 73. He’s 75 and still alive – but he rarely knows who we are and when he talks, he doesn’t make a lot of sense. So “here” in a physical sense, but no longer the vibrant, funny, intelligent man that raised me.
This shift has made me look at my own life. Am I taking care of my health and body? Putting things off and wishing for things in the future instead of embracing and enjoying the present? Death and illness makes you get pretty philosophical – let me assure you!
Since January I have been making changes in what I eat and how I exercise. And I’ve fallen off the healthy habit wagon and gotten back on a few times – I am human after all and a big emotional eater… and as you can imagine, there is a lot of “emotion” around a father’s journey with Alzheimer’s.
I’ve also been looking at the connections between health, creativity and business.
The success of any art business depends on the artist or artists creating the work. ART and the creative process are the foundations upon which everything is built.
Contrary to popular belief, most successful artists are NOT depressed or suffering from mental health issues. Starving should not be the benchmark by which artists measure their success. In the 21st century, let’s embrace and celebrate the value of our creativity! Abundance – whether that means money, freedom, flexibility or anything else – is out there for the taking. The key is to tap into what makes sense for you and your business.
A little over a year ago, my acupuncturist suggested I try doTerra essential oils. She has had me use oils before but told me this brand is the best quality she has found and she now uses them exclusively in her practice. She is one of those people I trust implicitly so I gave them a try. Smelled good… and then other amazing things started to happen. I was sleeping better, stress levels were down, digestive issues improving… it was exciting!
Many of the people in my group coaching program with Tiffany Peterson were involved in doTerra so I was able to learn a lot about the oils and the business and continued to try things for myself. About 6 months ago, I decided these products were too good to keep to myself so I began sharing them with others – and they started getting some pretty cool results too. I have a website dedicated to doTerra but wanted to tell you about it too – my goal is to help artists and creative people learn how to use these all natural, therapeutic grade oils and supplements to stay healthy, improve health and energy so they can focus on their creative genius.
I have created a pdf, Strategies to Improve Your Health & Creativity to Help Grow Your Creative Business, that gives tips anyone can use – whether you have or want to try essential oils or not. It will only cost you your name and email and you will receive three more emails with more ideas you can use. If you decide the oils sound interesting and you want more information, please reach out! I’d love to share what I have learned and help you implement them into your life. If not, that’s fine too – there are still some good ideas here that you can use to take care of yourself and grow your business.
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Here’s to your creative success!
– Tara Reed