So in previous years, I’ve taken on smaller challenges over the year but this year I wanted to do something big! I’ve always been keen to get involved with good deeds and kindness, but over the year, 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 business book for a long time and began this at the beginning of 2017. In amongst all the great 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 a startup 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 my business book is nearly finished and will be published in January 2018!! If you suffer from a health or mental health condition and think you could never run a business or 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’m going to spend 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 my on any of my social media channels.

Love, Kirsten

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