I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Finding Your Bliss Station ›

There’s so much stuff on the inter­net that it seems like an impos­si­bil­i­ty that you would read some­thing at exact­ly the time you need to read it. Austin Kleon’s recent arti­cle about find­ing your bliss sta­tion has man­aged to achieve just that.
Around a year ago I was just fin­ish­ing up a course of coun­selling aimed at help­ing me under­stand the depres­sion I was diag­nosed with in Jan­u­ary 2015. One of the things I learnt about myself was my need to do cre­ative things for myself and how over the year pri­or to my diag­no­sis I had stopped doing that. This evening as I read Austin’s arti­cle it hit home a lit­tle fur­ther, I might’ve lost my cave a lit­tle bit.
This week has been a tough one, the first tough week for a while which is some­thing I know hap­pens to every­one now and again. A give­away sign, which I’ve realised as I write this, is the recur­rence of the word intro­vert in a lot of my snippets/tweets. I’ve been crav­ing time on my own, and that usu­al­ly hap­pens when I’m start­ing to feel a bit unbal­anced in life. It’s a lit­tle clue that I might’ve lost my bliss sta­tion, or cave as I’ve referred to it in the past.

What’s clear is that it’s health­i­est if we make a dai­ly appoint­ment to dis­con­nect from the world so that we can con­nect with ourselves. 

In coun­sel­lor speak this is called self care. We need to take time out to take care of our­selves, to stop our­selves being bom­bard­ed by the world around us. To find a place that frees us from the stress­es of work, from run­ning a busi­ness and work­ing for some­one else at the same time. From being around peo­ple all day, to hav­ing a few moments to our our­selves each and every­day. To take a lit­tle bit of time to do some­thing we want to do just because we enjoy it and it helps us feel free.
By Sun­day evening I plan to have reclaimed my cave from the dump­ing ground it’s become, and in the spir­it of mak­ing bet­ter use of my cal­en­dar I plan to sched­ule in a time every­day for me to be in it just because I want to cre­ate some stuff for myself.