💚 Daily Digital Pause / Creative Quotes Preview (& AN OVERALL UPDATE) 💚

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My busy weekend carried into this week and unfortunately...it looks like my time will continue to be tied up until at least next Monday. I have been wearing myself thin...trying to get everything finished on time and nothing seems to be turning out as planned. But that's okay! Because soon enough you will have not one...but three original daily posts to check out. This may seem like too much to tackle all at once but up close the workflow actually makes the most sense. The hardest part right now...is mostly just getting the time management figured out.

After hitting #20 with the newest reincarnation of my daily digital series...I realized that I desperately needed to put a fresh twist on the next set to keep things interesting. Both for me...and for you...hahaha. #21 and beyond will feature artwork that is a lot more quirky...uncommon and exciting! Color is healing and color is happiness so expressing even more of that bottled up boldness will help me stay motivated given my ongoing struggles with chronic pain and depression.

I swear that my attention span isn't normally this terrible! I have been feeling extra restless lately...and this means that my mind is always whirling with ideas for new projects and improvements that can be made to existing ones. The next daily digital themed posts will look much the same layout wise...but each before and after snapshot will be way more transformational. Even with side projects...I am never satisfied doing things halfway! I have more or less learned to just embrace this personality trait.

Redbubble is already the best place to experiment with weirder digital art that more closely fits the typical description of abstract. My previous ones where admittedly on the plain side. They generally offer things that are more niche anyway...and my future creations will be more at home among other strange and wonderful statement pieces. Just like my own imagination...they will also be a lot more surreal and dream like...with more layers to interpret and read into for leaving quality comments.

In regards to the new set of designs...you will either love them...or hate them! But when it comes to art...one of these emotional reactions is always better than an indifferent or lukewarm one. This series will take some time to re-create...and arrange and generally bring back even better than before...so please be patient with this perfectionist! In the meantime...I will be starting up another series of daily posts with my favorite quotes placed over artistic backdrops that use a considerably lighter touch on those dream generator swirls that I love so much. I couldn't resist finding another way to use them.

I have a certain book of quotes that is so unlike most cookie cutter collections...it never fails to put a smile on my face. I hope that sharing them with you will also do the same. The often irreverent and yet charming quotations from all manner of famous personalities...really has a way of getting me outside of my own head. With an added personal touch and further usefulness as free to use cover art across steemit and other social media sites...these posts will not be your typical kind of filler content. I hope to finish them sometime this weekend...after which I can more easily take my time on the other two series.

The comment incentive giveaways will resume once more creative content is ready...and some personal matters have been resolved. I currently don't have working heat in the middle of winter! So...that's been difficult to deal with. But...this too shall pass.

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I love how much time and energy you are able to put into all of this! It is an incredibly positive way to channel it all into wonderful creations. I admire your ability to focus on the positives and production life has to offer, regardless of the physical situation you are in. CRPS is made for warriors is my reminder. My positive quote project has kept me 'floating down the positive river' since I started, this will be perfect for you and your platform. Even on hard days, try to create something so you can get an alternative perspective. Or a reminder of your own ;) You are a gem! I look forward to seeing more from you, make today a great day! <3

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You are looking at about 95% of my energy for the day. The remaining 5% is basically just power saving mode for the next day...lol. I don't mind throwing myself so completely into stuff that will make my life easier later on.

Premade posts...or at the very least prearranging the hardest or main part of the content in future posts...on the good days...becomes a blessing when on the bad days all you really want to do is be a vegetable and not think too much.

Being hyper focused on a project...or three...is my own super spazzy way of coping with the pain almost totally drug free. Experimenting with art and other creative things...is also my escape from the harsh reality of living a very isolated lifestyle.

Funny you mention 'floating down positive river' because that is exactly what I have been doing while working on the graphics for the quotes series.

Hope you have a beautiful day! <3

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Shut the front door! You're also almost drug free and dealing with this pain? I swear, we were meant to connect! I'm an herbalist and that's it. Many will judge that. But I find it least harmful. When dealing with the pain levels we have, it's amazing to see such positive releases for it all. You are a wonderful spirit, I look forward to seeing more from you and hope you are having a great day so far! <3

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Oooooh. We must have been destined to connect! I consider myself a wannabe herbalist because I do a lot of research...and understand quite a bit about how the body responds to completely natural substances...but don't have the financial freedom to explore any of it. One day though...this will be possible.

Some people seem to think...that if something as devastating as CRPS can be controlled with herbs...we must be either batshit crazy or just blowing it out of proportion and it can't be so bad after all. They are of course very wrong! It's a personal lifestyle choice that also happens to coincide with the fact that we have a neurological disease.

I wasted way too many years poisoning my body with prescriptions and chemicals and being too much of a freaking useless zombie to do anything productive or even just what made me happy. It's a testament to strength that we find other avenues.

Too many people with CRPS focus on the negatives...thus making the condition worse in the most direct way. As you already know...CRPS involves the limbic system. Emotional triggers actually translate into pain...and as many of these spikes we can try to internally control the better off we will end up.

We can't control all of the bullshit life throws at us..but we can determine at least part of our reaction to it. In this way...positive energy is actually a tangible form of medicine. The brain picks up on whatever signals you send. Well this...and doing whatever is necessary to keep the brain from actively dwelling too much on the pain...and naturally releasing serotonin and endorphins.

At the moment...I am not as drug free as I deeply want to be. I still take advil when it's really hard to get out of bed...gravel when the pain level makes me vomit and a sleep aid when the pain keeps me awake. Getting to 100% drug free would require access to a steady stream of expensive natural supplements including CBD and THC concentrates...which aren't 'drugs' in the sense that Morphine and Ketamine are.

Food and diet are also extremely powerful tools to improve quality of life while living with severe chronic pain.

We should chat in messenger sometime. I am on discord...same username...and the partiko app also had a chat function which I am using right now! <3

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I must admit, discord and the partiko app are both new concepts to me lol I'm still getting used to (and barely understand) steemit. It's embarrassingly true :( I have the Instagram and email (@HippieRaysWays or [email protected]). I have found that finding other patients and sharing experiences, both within the same country and internationally, has been possibly the best treatment yet. I often remind others that things are out of our control, situations are as they are. What matters is how we deal with the situations and how we allow them to affect us. You are truly reminding me of my connection to the bigger picture here. I have always been the one to 'heal with words' for others and you keep giving me goosebumps :) <3 we have incredibly limited lives in many ways due to our physical situations, but your rainbow tiger rays are beautiful and inspiring. You are one of the most amazing warriors I have come across so far. I was a pharmaceutical head for far too long and decided herbal was he only thing worth keeping. Mind you, it is not a cure all. It doesn't make you magically able to use your limbs like a normal person. But this is another time conversation. Perhaps not on a public platform. You are an amazing soul <3 I hope you are having a great day so far! <3

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We can definitely chat more through email. I don't have Instagram right now...but as part of my new years resolution...am in the process of rebooting many of the social media accounts that have caused mega anxiety over the years. It would be nice to see a familiar and friendly face on one or two of them. So glad my words made a difference for you...and appreciate the sweet words too! Will email you soon... <3

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I hope you had a great week! Sorry for delay in response! But I am very much looking forward to reading your email. I think we are connecting for a reason :) will reply in a bit :) <3

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We can definitely chat more through email. I don't have Instagram right now...but as part of my new years resolution...am in the process of rebooting many of the social media accounts that have caused mega anxiety over the years. It would be nice to see a familiar and friendly face on one or two of them. So glad my words made a difference for you...and appreciate the sweet words about me too! Will email you soon... <3

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Hello @creativesoul, thank you for sharing this creative work! We just stopped by to say that you've been upvoted by the @creativecrypto magazine. The Creative Crypto is all about art on the blockchain and learning from creatives like you. Looking forward to crossing paths again soon. Steem on!