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I’m going to take a bit of time to talk about some other people in this blog post.  There are a couple of events coming up that I’ll be at, and I’m going to talk about the inspirational young women who are involved in them.

Katy Meehan is a talented young artist whose work is currently focusing on the mysterious qualities of water, exploring the symbolic relationship between women and water. There’s often something creepy and thought-provoking about her work; have a look at her artist blog, and the short film below.

 

Katy’s work will be featured in the up and coming DJCAD Degree Show that starts this Saturday (May 19th) and runs for two weeks (19 May to 27 May, Monday – Friday 10am -8pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm,  admission is free).  If you are going to be in Dundee around that time, please do take the time out to have a look at Katy’s work (and those of her peers if you feel like it too).  I’m going there tomorrow for the preview showing and I can’t wait.

Hester McQueen is the other talented young woman I’m going to tell you about. Her talents lie in the direction of business and marketing.  She’s about to complete her Master’s degree in International Management and Leadership. As a part of that qualification she is required to do some sort of ‘community input’, and she’s chosen to put her time and energy into trying to make a real difference by hosting an event to raise funds for St Columba’s Hospice.  Working to help others isn’t new to Hester – she previously gave up her summer and volunteered (as a full-time intern) for the Royal Association for Disability Rights (now Disability Rights UK) in London.

She hosting the fundraising event on June 2nd (which I will be teaching at).  It’s only a tenner, so if you have the time do come along and take part in some, or all, of the activities.  It’s for a very good cause, and it’s being organised by an awesome young woman.

I find it incredibly hard to take time out and just stop for a while, even if that’s really all I want to do.  But that’s exactly what I did these last four days, and I feel so much better for having done it.

I find it hard enough to take time out from work and other obligations if I am actually ill.  I have found it slightly easier when I had to take some time off to care for someone else (somehow that felt like a more acceptable thing to do).  But last week, on Monday, I decided I needed a break.  Not because I was sick.  Not because someone else was sick.  Not because I needed to do something, but because I needed to do nothing.  My mental reserves were pretty much running on fumes and I actually decided that that was a good enough reason to stop, to take time off, and to do nothing.

It was fantastic, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Look after yourself, listen to what your body and mind needs (and wants).  Your body in particular is pretty smart, smarter than you – at least my body is smarter than me. Get a massage, stay in pajamas all day, sleep a lot, do nothing that you don’t really want to do.  Don’t do housework.  Don’t catch-up on those odious things you’ve been putting off.  If they’ve waited this long they will wait a bit longer.

Give yourself the same consideration you would your best friend.  Take time out when you need it. You’re worth it.

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