I'm mad at my stupid achy breaky body
No worries. That’s the best we can do is just try and try again. Do remember to look up breath work too. I have used it extensively to manage ravaging back pain.
You're doing a great job especially creating a book!! That's epic. Sorry that it's tough at the moment but definitely look at what you are still achieving as a win!
Boo to sore hand!! I was looking to pre-order but wanted to ask about international shipping? I didn't see anything about it on the webpage. I'm in Australia. Hope the hand improves miraculously soon!
The book looks awesome, but I'm sorry it's killing your hand. :(
Have you tried doing the ice bowl, and hot bowl thing? I learned it from my massage therapist.
Basically prepare a huge bowl with ice, and another huge bowl bowl with HOT water. Put a 30 minute TV episode on, and then go back/forth between the two. Staying in each as long as you can take. I do it for my hands, and elbows when they get achey. Really has helped in the past.
And honestly, I feel like I'm just in constant self-care mode to keep working at this point in my life without pain. Like I exercise just to keep making books bleh. BODY STOP NEEDING SO MUCH CARE, and let me just paint 24/7 and eat chips on my couch the rest of the time.
Lian!! I hope your wrist heals well!! [I'm typing this with a wrist brace as well :(. ]
Your work really inspires me! I had the chance to read "Oh, Olive!" at the TLA conference. The book really resonated with me as a self-taught artist with major impostor syndrome. I'm excited for everyone to be able to read it :)
So sorry. Your body is sending you a message to step back. Try to rest for a day. Use some gentle Vagus nerve stretches with rhythmic breathing to help you with your pain. Try again the next day and go very slowly. Vagus nerve stimulation helps me keep my MS pain at bay. Each morning after I meditate I slowly rotate my head from side to side trying to touch my chin to my shoulder breathing in 5 through my nose and out 10 through my mouth as I slowly move to my other side. Off and on all day I will do this again.
We are all different human bodies so what works for me may not for you but the Vagus nerve is a very powerful nerve in everyone’s body. There are many simple things to do to activate its healing power. You can search online for other methods.
You are an amazing artist with fabulous talent. The important thing here is to recognize the power of your thought and know nothing happens before it’s time. Be kind to yourself and know you will conquer this.
Blessings from Jamaica
DOUBLE WRIST BRACE???? Dude I’m so sorry, that’s so brutal and unfair. At least you created a literal piggy masterpiece that you can comfort yourself with as the cash and accolades roll in ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ And Olive promo will be a (physically) restful period for you! 💪💪
Ugh it's so frustrating when our bodies can't keep up with our ambition, but for some reason rest is essential??? Sending healing energy your way 🥺💖
Oh Lian, that sucks! I’m sorry about your wrist and the haunting self-criticism. My brain does the same thing and it’s hard sometimes. But from an outside perspective, your book is amazing and people will love it ❤️ Hope you can pull up your pants soon 😉
Ah Lian, I’m so sorry!! Sending you all the healing vibes! Those dang pigs, why must they be so adorable yet cause so much pain?!?! I totally feel the frustration with books when they’re finished (I usually disassociate until I work up the courage to look at my work again haha) OH OLIVE is stunning and so stinkin’ cute. Can’t wait to get my copy :)
Oh bless your heart. Frustrating! Maddening@ Impossible to reconcile our breaks and pains with our mindset. I totally get it, great opportunity to doodle with your other hand:) Well that might be too much of 'it's all good!' but you get the idea. Right with you honey! Love your work. And your words:)))))
Wait I forgot to say OH OLIVE is my most anticipated book of the year and it’s literally a masterpiece
Feel this so hard ❤️ (typed while wearing my same wrist brace)
GLADLY PREORDERED <3 here's to getting thru these next two weeks so you can pull up your pants again :(
Sorry to hear about your hand! My husband is having similar issues and can’t do his favorite activity - disc golf. Hoping for your speedy recovery!
Uggg I'm sorry about your hand!! I hope it realizes the error of its ways and lets you finish the book. Totally relate to not liking a book when you receive copies, 100%.