Self Care Isn’t Found at a Store

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I found this quote on Tumblr and immediately had to make a simple text image out of it. The original source is listed at the bottom of the image, but in case you want a direct link to the post, here it is: http://wheresagnes.tumblr.com/post/113095286140/self-care-is-not-a-bath-bomb-nor-is-it-a-face.

I also wanted to announce that I have joined Tumblr, under the same name as this blog, FindingOutFibro, and I will be trying to make as many images related to chronic illness as possible.

It’s so awesome to have Photoshop back, even though it’s like learning to use it all over again from scratch now because it’s been ten years, and even though I have to pay $10 a month for it (ugh… seriously Adobe?), I am still just happy to have a playground for all my visual ideas and a place to brainstorm my logo, header, media kit, and other branding stuff for my new business. It would probably be a good idea if I gave some thought to doing that on this blog as well.

Is anyone interested in me posting a Resources for Bloggers page with links to collections of free photoshop brushes, fonts, public domain image databases, patterns, royalty free background images and photos, html coding help, and links to a huge variety of goodies I have found as I go? I think a lot of people with chronic illness are intimidated by the thought of starting a blog. I certainly hesitated for a long time, but wish I hadn’t been so overwhelmed and had been able to start sooner when I still had a little more of my old energy. I want anyone who is even considering starting a blog to have all the tools at their fingertips to be able to get their voice out there into the world with the least amount of stress. Not that I know very much about this blogging stuff, just that I’ve been keeping track of the resources that have been useful for me as I get started, and I would love to share!

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About Jessi Finds Out Fibro

Hi, and thank you for finding your way to my corner of the web! I'm on a journey to empower myself and hopefully others through shared courage and compassion. I write Finding Out Fibro, a chronic illness and chronic pain awareness blog that is not just about fibromyalgia, as well as a new project making jewelry under the Etsy name Hopeful Spoon. Please check out the shop and share if you can! Thank you for your support! My other hobbies include defeating ableism anywhere I find it, upcycling old junk into funky awesomeness, raising my voice to erase stigma against invisible illness and mental illness, baking, collecting vintage kitchen ware, sharing body-positive messages, playing around in photoshop, abstract painting (especially in neons and metallics!), advocating for those living with chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, seeking safety and upholding visibility for LGBTQIA individuals living with physical and mental disabilities, researching and testing plant-based remedies for chronic pain, and spending all my spare spoons in my veggie garden. This is my opportunity to do more than just survive with chronic illness. This is me learning how to live well, even though there is no cure for the war my body is waging on me.

2 responses to “Self Care Isn’t Found at a Store”

  1. Rebekah Miller says :

    The $10/mo price is so much better than the nearly $1,000 Adobe used to charge for a photoshop license. At least now I more people can actually afford legal PS.

    Starting a blog hasn’t been extremely time consuming for me. However, I type insanely fast and don’t spend lots of time uploading other media and content. So, I guess this makes my blog not very good, but hey – it’s an outlet and I connect with lots of like minded people.

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    • Jessi Finds Out Fibro says :

      You are so right about connecting with like-minded people. I have to remind myself that I had no problems doing that even with the stock WordPress theme in place when I started. Lately I have purposely been making it more difficult than it needs to be, partially because I am re-learning everything I used to be great at ten years ago in high school and have since totally forgotten, and partly because I like to dawdle over the details.
      There’s no way that spending hours uploading media and compulsively editing published posts makes a blog better or worse! I don’t think the two are even related! Readability and simplicity is better in the long run. Easier to keep it looking nice, easy for readers to find everything they are looking for, and definitely easier as the author to stay committed to something that is less elaborate and more from the heart. I wish I could still type as fast as I used to, pushing publish ten minutes after starting and never going back for an edit, but those days live with my better, pre-illness brain. Now I’m the queen of unpublished drafts and “what was I supposed to be doing?” It can take me upwards of two days to write a post now if I’m having worse-than-usual levels of brainfog. Another weird symptom of my illnesses is that when I speak and type, I make mistakes. Lots of them. Mistakes I never used to make. Sometimes an entire sentence gets typed wrong, and not one word will be the one I intended to write. I am pretty sure that used to be scary, but I have genuinely gotten used to it. Now I’m more annoyed and inconvenienced by my mushy brain than scared, most of the time.
      I am glad that you have found a way to be more relaxed about your process and still get more real connections out of blogging than most people do! That’s awesome!

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