Current and future courses include:
~Pain/Illness in Focus Photo Project – March 1, 2017
~Photography and Journalling Course – 2017
~Healing Board Course – TBD
~Meditation and Mindfulness for Pain/Illness Course – TBD
~Choose Your Guiding Word – December 2017
My mission for Full Blume Wellness is to provide projects where individuals can use creativity and mindfulness to express and share their feelings about, and the reality of, living with chronic pain.
Inspiration for photography projects
Prior to being disabled with chronic pain, I travelled the world taking photos of sites around the globe. When my disability prevented me from ever travelling again, I put down my camera too. A couple of years later, I picked it back up when I started Susannah Conway‘s online course, Unravelling. The class was about exploring your inner self through the use of photography. As I worked through each of the “assignments” I was shocked by how taking, examining and sharing pictures of my reflection and even my feet could be as transformative as therapeutic techniques I had used with clients when I worked as a counsellor.
Since that course, I have rarely put my camera down. Even when I am bedridden I take photos of myself and/or my surroundings. Photography allows me to escape my current circumstances, provides an outlet for my feelings, offers me a way to share my reality and is an avenue to connect with others. My background as a Counsellor and Certified Life Coach led me to intently research and explore therapeutic photography, its benefits and how it has been used as a tool for people faced with physical and/or mental health issues.
The One Project’s course, Overcome Depression and Anxiety through the use of Photographic Storytelling encouraged me to move forward with my long-held idea of a chronic pain photography project.