So in previous years, I’ve taken on various physical challenges but this year I wanted to do something different! I’ve always been keen to get involved with good deeds and kindness, but over the years, my interest in self-care has been raised through personal experience and also the amazing health awareness days throughout the year.

I’ve been talking about writing a book with this in mind for a while and began researching this at the beginning of 2017. In amongst all the great author and business tips, I kept sharing advice for self-care and advising readers to take a pause regularly and look after themselves.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup”

Somewhere along the line, it turned into an idea for a guide for people struggling with anything from an invisible illness to very visible ones. I haven’t talked about this in my professional life but I was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome and fibromyalgia a few years ago and it does take a toll on my energy and productivity. I’ve developed a series of techniques and self-care routines so that I can run my business successfully while still looking after myself. Having a health condition hasn’t stopped me from being self-employed and it certainly hasn’t limited me in as many ways as some might think. Yes, there are limitations but I’ve found I can achieve my goals by taking a different path rather than giving up on them.

So I’m really pleased to announce that I’m going to invest the next year and a half researching and writing this book and aim to have it published in 2019! If you suffer from a health or mental health condition and think you could never write a book or run an author-related business, or you have lost confidence in yourself then this one is for you.

Also, in honour of #WorldKindnessDay on November 13th, I decided to take on a 30Day Kindness Challenge. I spent a couple of weeks coming up with ideas and then throughout December I will be doing a challenge a day. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them and you can share them with me on any of my social media channels.

Love, Kirsten

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