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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life; Creative Tools For Self-Care and Awareness

teacher avatar Dawn Cawthra, Artist, Designer, Holistic Educator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      3:31

    • 2.

      Project Overview

      2:18

    • 3.

      TEEM

      5:07

    • 4.

      Materials

      5:13

    • 5.

      Preparation of layers

      4:30

    • 6.

      Trimming & Measuring

      5:29

    • 7.

      Shaping & Decorating

      3:41

    • 8.

      Adding Words of Wisdom

      1:41

    • 9.

      Using the Affirmation & Wisdom Cards

      4:39

    • 10.

      Final Thoughts

      0:34

    • 11.

      A Little Extra

      2:38

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This class is about how to build your resilience and inner strength through creating practical tools for self - care and awareness.
It’s about gaining a better understanding of the events and people that we attract into our lives and how we can tap into our creative power to positively shape our present and future.

A beautiful way to change our thoughts and change the direction of our lives is to use affirmation and wisdom cards. These simple, and yet powerful cards can support us to refocus how we think and give us insight into how to find positive solutions when faced with challenges, ultimately enhancing our life and the lives of those around us.

If you ever wondered how to create a calm, peaceful life for yourself, where you feel at ease and stress free, despite whatever might be playing out around you, then this class will give you tools and techniques to kick start that process of re-defining who you want to be.

Extra resources include a list of 40 Affirmations and 40 Wise sayings, all developed carefully to promote positive thoughts and emotions.

If you'd like to know more about the energy of emotions, a good place to start is the book by Dr David R Hawkins: The Map of Consciousness Explained. You can find this in all good booksellers.

I'd like to say thanks to the following artists/designers/ photographers for allowing me to utilise their images for free:

Mohamed Hassan - Pixabay

Tim Mossholder - Unsplash

Pixaline - Pixabay

Openclipart - vectors - Pixabay

John Hain - Pixabay

Stefano Bucciarelli - Unsplash

Melmak - Pixabay

Gerd Altmann - Pixabay

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Dawn Cawthra

Artist, Designer, Holistic Educator

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A Little bit about me....

I am an artist, designer and holistic health educator based in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and it's a joy to share my skills and ideas with you.

I'm a great advocate of creative playing - always for the fun of it, as it supports our wellbeing in many different ways and you'll hear my mantra throughout the classes 'just give it a go'. It's a lovely way to slow life down for a while, and I'm all for that, as often as possible!

When we allow ourselves time to play it can have a profound effec... See full profile

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1. Introduction : When we become aware of our own needs for self care. When we start treating ourselves with more kindness, with compassion, we start putting ourselves first. Then it's because we've come to a realization that self care isn't an indulgence. It's actually essential for our self preservation. It's essential for us so that we can build an inner strength, inner resilience. And maintain that inner resilience given what's happening on the world stage right now. That's really important that we can find a way to build our strength that keeps us centered and it keeps us balanced. Thoughts and emotions are like giant magnets. Whatever we put out there actually comes back to us in some form or another. It's really helpful to understand the mechanics of how that works, because when you really understand how our thoughts that then get wrapped around with emotions create the life that we're leading. Because they act like magnets and they attract the same kind of thoughts and emotions back to us. When you understand the mechanics of how that works, it really helps us to make better, more positive life choices when our lives are going better, when we feel better about ourselves and about our lives. Then we then have a positive impact on the lives of those around us, and then on the wider community and ultimately on the world at large. Welcome to this class. Change your thought, change your life. I'm Don Dra. Most of you know me as an art teacher, but I'm also an holistic health educator. And what I like to do is to combine my art and design background with my health education background and develop and create tools for self awareness and change. The time is right for us to really begin to understand how in actual fat, we as individuals have a lot of very creative power. I'm not talking about whether you can paint or draw, or whether you can play the piano. Talking about the creative power that we have to actually shape our lives in the way that we want them to attract to ourselves. The lifestyle that we would like to be living for centuries, we've been taught to dismiss our intuition and hand over what I call our sovereignty to various authorities. The time is right now for us to regain our awareness of the creative power that we have. One of the lovely ways in which we can do this is to use what I call the tools of affirmations and wisdom. In this class, I've designed and created some affirmation cards and wisdom cards that you can then also design and use for your own self awareness. It's a, it's a very gentle way to refocus one's mind and to help us to see situations from a different perspective. That in itself then raises our vibrations, which is really good because we want to be living in high vibrations rather than low fearful vibrations. I also want to explain a little bit more about the thoughts and the emotions and how we create things with those, because they have immense power. Let's have a little look at what this class is all about. 2. Project Overview : Words are very powerful. They hold vibrations just like a musical note. It's really beneficial to our good health and those around us if we can use those words with awareness and with conscious intention. The project for today's class is to create some affirmation and wisdom cards, which can be really instrumental in helping you to replace low vibration words and thoughts into higher vibration words and thoughts, which in turn then supports our overall well being. We'll have a look at what kind of papers to use, whether you use old off cuts from previous craft projects, or whether you decide to go with brand new papers that you can buy commercially. Or whether you want to make it more personal to you by creating your own papers and choosing your own patterns and designs. I'll take you through the simple process of how to make the cards using good old fashioned paper, glue, and scissors. We'll look at how to attach the patent paper onto the backing card, whatever you want to use, and then how we're going to trim those up ready for making them into the cards themselves. We'll look at the different measurements that you can use, depending on which cards you're making, and then get them ready for trimming around the edges and adding the gold pen for decoration. We'll then add the high vibrational words and statements which you can find in the resources section where there is a list of 40 affirmations and 40 wisdom sayings. And I'll share my process with you as to how I lay out the cards and how I then use them and for what situation I might like to use them in. If it interests you to understand the mechanics behind how our thoughts and emotions affect us, then take a look at the next slide. Thoughts are electric and emotions are magnetic. Because there I give you some very simple scientific information as to how the mechanics of those actually work. Wherever you decide to jump in, let's get started and I'll see you there. 3. TEEM : We're going to take a simple scientific dive into. Team thoughts are electrical, emotions are magnetic. Together, they create an electromagnetic field around the body that is in constant communication with the electromagnetic field that exists throughout the universe. Your brain, in fact, your entire body is comprised of a tight network of nerve cells. And they all interact with one another and they generate an overall electrical field. In fact, where there's a nerve cell, there's electricity. Given that you're surrounded by your own electric field, your brain waves are governed by the same force as those tiny photon particles that travel through the universe at the speed of light. In fact, the light seen coming from a star and the energy of your mind are one and the same type. Pretty mind blowing e. This is where it gets really interesting because your thoughts are formed in this electrical field. What you're hearing now and the words that your mind is processing, are all the same electrical impulses that are made of the same energy as everything else in the universe. Just park that information for a moment whilst we ask the question, where does the magnetism come into it? The heart, in addition to its electrical activity, also generates a strong magnetic field. The heart and the mind together send out emotional information, which is then communicated to the electromagnetic fields of the people all around us. And they in turn are communicating their information to us. You know the feeling when you walk into a room that has a bad vibe to it, because what you're experiencing through your own energy field is the lower vibrational frequency of someone else's energy field. It's been scientifically measured that negative emotions make our field weaker, while positive emotions strengthen it. The scientist and philosopher Dr. David Hawkins, he created an energy map which shows the vibrational frequency of different emotions, which he numbered 1-1 thousand. You've got the emotions of reason, love, joy, peace. They're all between 400, 600. Whereas the emotions of shame, guilt, anger, and fear are all below 150. Now what he also discovered through this research is that any emotion below 200 actually cause ourselves to die. This is why it's so important, so crucial to our well being that we manage to regulate, and manage our emotions well. Let's just go back to thoughts. What happens to them when we release them? Do they disappear? No, they don't, because the forms of energy which is always in constant motion seeking that which is similar in a vibrational frequency to itself. When you attach an emotion to the thought form that then acts like a magnet, that energy will seek out other similar emotions from the universal electromagnetic field. If we can run with the idea that energy likes to find other energy that is the same as itself. In other words, like finds, like. Then the way I think about this and try to put it into a very simple explanation is if you can imagine these clusters of energy, in other words, the clusters of our thoughts and emotions. And we send them out there and they mix up with all other kinds of energy that are of a similar vibration. Then I like to think, in a way it keeps it really simple. For me, this is why I like it. I like to think of it in a sense that the energy clusters together and they create clouds. Now when a cloud gets full enough, it will rain. My lovely idea here is it's what kind of cloud do I want to stand under? Do I want to stand under the lovely cluster of energy cloud that has gorgeous thoughts in it? And have that rain down upon me with lovely kindness, compassion, understanding? Or do I want to be adding to the cloud of hatred, fear, resentment, jealousy? And that cloud gets bigger and bigger and bigger. And because those are the thoughts that I'm sending out, that's the cloud that then decides to reign on top of me. You might find that a very simplistic way of looking at things, but for me it works. I hope it works for you too. That's quite a lot of food for thought, isn't it? And I invite you to listen to it again at some point if it resonates with you. In the meantime, let's take a look at what materials you're going to need to make your lovely transformative cards that are going to bring about more awareness for you, for your own growth and transformation. And they're going to really help you to refocus the way you think about things. 4. Materials : Let's have a look at the choice of papers that we can use for both the affirmation cards and the wisdom cards. You could either go with a paper that's exactly the same all over it so that when you've got your cards faced down, you've no idea what's underneath it. Or you could go with a variety of different patterns, which looks really nice. Then when you're spreading it out, that's actually a great way to use up any old crafting papers that you might have that where you've used them for different projects, it's a nice way to be able to use up those things. Or you could buy a ready made pad, already got the paper in it, and you again, just use that for cutting it up or my preferences is to make my own patterns. Now obviously I run classes in this. I do have lots of patterns where I've created them myself. What I like to do is to use my own patterns, because then it feels really, really personal to me. Then if you're interested in actually making your own patterns, then do check out my class, Beginner's Color Contrast and Pattern part two, because that takes you through the whole process of how you can create these. But also, I've added a little extra video at the end of this class and you can watch there where two people are actually doing it. And that might just encourage you to have a go yourself in terms of the weight of the paper. Even if you buy a ready made one, it's still not quite thick enough. Often they've got another pattern on the other side as well, although they are obviously margini thicker than these that were, that are actually photocopied papers. You're going to need some kind of backing paper to put your cards onto, to glue your cards onto. My choice is actually watercolor paper. Now, you don't have to use watercolor paper, you can use any kind of card stock. The thing that I would say though, is, for example, this one is 300 grams, It's a nice thickness when that's coupled with that glue on top of it, then that actually gives a really nice thickness for cards, It's not too thick that you can't cut into it, but it's not too thin, that it's really bendy. Either a 300 gram card stock, whether you choose to do it with artist paper or whether you choose to just buy craft card either will do. If you decide you want to photocopy whichever pattern it is you're going to use, can I suggest that you go for a heavier weight copy paper? This one here is 120 grams. Obviously, you don't have to choose the Navigator brand. There's plenty of brands out there. But go for the slightly firmer paper of 120 rather than the cheaper alternative, because it gives you a nice quality paper. You're going to need a pencil for marking out when you're doing your measurements on your paper, you're going to need scissors for cutting them out. Or if you prefer and you're confident enough to use a sharp blade, I use a scalpel blade with a cutting mat and a grid ruler. But if you don't have a grid ruler and a cutting mat, you can just use an ordinary ruler for measuring out with your pencil and then cut out with your scissors. You're also going to need some glue or adhesive to stick your patent paper onto your backing paper. I'm going to be using Mod Podge, which is basically a PVA glue. If you don't have mod podge but you've got PVA, that's absolutely fine. It's also handy to have a glue stick. I've got Pritt stick here just in case you need to do any extra gluing around the edges once you've cut the cards up into individual pieces. Then finally, for writing and decorating, with, again I'm using a Posca pen. Gold Posca pen of a five M. And I'll be writing with a gold Posca pen that's a one M. But you can use any felt pen for you decorating round the edges. I've got just an ordinary black pilot pen and I've got a green fine liner there, which happens to be a Lira. But any brand'll do. You don't have to use these. I'm going to be using an four sheet, which is quite an easy one to work with. Because for the wisdom cards, which are 10 centimeters by 7 centimeters, that will give me eight cards per paper. For the affirmation cards, which is 5 centimeters, seven centimetres, that then gives me 16, obviously. Depending on how many cards you want to make, will depend on how many copies then or how many sheets you want to pattern. I'm going to be using two of the sheets for the affirmation cards and four of the sheets for the wisdom cards. Let's take a look at how we prepare the papers ready for making the cards. I'll see you in the next session. 5. Preparation of layers : This is the design that I'm going to be using for my wisdom cards. I'm going to be making the wisdom cards larger than the affirmation cards, and that's predominantly because they'll have more writing on them. I don't use the original design. I actually photocopy it. I keep the original here in a plastic sleeve, which then sits inside a folder so that I have easy access to it. But what I've done is I photocopied that four times. I'm going to be using the ten centimeter by seven centimeter size. That will then give me 32 cards as opposed to the little ones here. The little affirmation cards, they're only seven by five and they have a small amount of writing on them. But I want to be able to make these bigger so that they've got a larger amount of writing on them. The process for making either size card is exactly the same. The first step is to take whatever card stock you're going to be using as the base for your cards. Whatever glue you're using. In this case, I'm using the D pod, which I've watered down ever so slightly. I'm using quite a thick brush, quite a wide brush at the end, so I don't have to do quite so many strokes. And I'm just going to carefully past that on all the way across the surface of this base card. I'm using the watercolor paper in this case. Obviously the thicker the paper I use or the thicker the card then the more it will take liquid like this, a lot easier. But of course you don't want it to be too thick, otherwise you'll find it quite hard to then cut them. I'm just making sure that this glues all the way across and I've not left any gaps. I'm also making sure to get it right up to the edges. Now in a sense that's not absolutely essential for me because I know that I'm going to end up cutting some of the excess off here because this size is just a fraction too large. I will have a little bit of waste that depends on what size card stock you're using and what size your patent paper is. As to whether or not you'll have any excess, of course. Then I'm going to take one of the photocopies and line it corner to corner, smooth it down at the edge. And then from the center just press outwards and make sure that that is sticking onto that much podge. Something I find quite useful to do is to then I've got a little bit of excess there. Look, let's just wipe that off. Is to just turn it over and then give it a really good press down all over so that you're getting that sealed on there quite nicely. If you find when we've done the cutting that some of the edges are coming off, the edge of the pattern is coming off the card stock. It's not a big deal because what you can do then is just use a glue stick to just secure those edges around. If you don't get it exactly on at this stage, it doesn't really matter. I can see here that that needs a little bit more. I'm just going to put that in there. Press that down, I think up there as well. It probably needs a bit more. Get that on there. Wipe that out because I don't want any excess glue anyway. That's great. What I'll do now is I'll make sure that I've done all four pieces and let them dry thoroughly. And then I'll bring you back to camera and we'll start looking at how to measure up and cut them. That's all four patterns now nicely glued onto their base papers. We'll have a look now at how to do the measurements, obviously depending on what size you want to do then how we're going to cut them. 6. Trimming & Measuring : Here. I've got one of the boards ready. The papers glued on it really nicely. You can see it's got a slight curve to it, but that's okay. When we get them cut down, it'll have less of a curve. And I'll show you also how to straighten them out a little bit. What I need to do first of all though, is just trim off this white edge. I'm going to be using a grid ruler and a sharp scalpel knife. If you don't feel confident using a scalpel knife, then just use scissors to cut them off. But the reason I'm doing this is because my photocopy didn't go to the edge of the paper. I just want to make sure that I've got the exact size that I'm working with so that I don't end up with any white edges by mistake. I'm just going to trim all this off, then measure on the back to get the size of the cards that I want. Now obviously, depending on what size you choose to do, you'll be doing your measurement slightly different to mine. I'm wanting to do ten by 7 centimeters. I'll be measuring out the back of mine, so that, that's what I get. But if you decide to go any smaller, you might decide that you want to do nine by six or you might want to do the really tiny ones, the seven by five ones. Which means that you'll have to measure slightly different to how I'm going to the measuring. I'm sure that you will be able to work that one out. Let's just finish this trimming here of this white edge, then I'm going to turn the whole thing over and do the measurements on the back. Go take that off, just to swap to a normal ruler. This edge here actually measures in total just over 2,020.5 As I say, I'm going to be using this size here, which is 10 centimeters by 7 centimeters. I'm going to do this one here, this edge here in multiples of ten. I'm going to mark it off at 10 centimeters. And then at 20. And then the same down this edge here, 10.20, I'm going to join those two lines up together with the ruler. Now this is really handy to do this because it really gives you an idea then as to where you're cutting. Just turn and do that edge there. You'll see there that I've got a little bit of excess at that top edge. That's absolutely fine. We'll just lose that. Then I need to do measurements in increments of 7 centimeters along here. I'll start off there with a 71,421.28 And you can see that that will end up giving me a little bit of excess there. And that's fine as well. I'll just measure along that top bit also, 714-20-1208 and rule of those out as well so that I'm really clear where I'm cutting. Now, as I said earlier, if you're not confident using a sharp blade, then as long as you've got these lines on, you can just use scissors and you'll still get a really nice result. I'm just going to take my grid ruler back, because I like using a grid ruler because I can use the marks on it to make sure that I'm getting the whole thing fair and square, and I've got good right angles, because that does make a difference there. Well, not effort, that's the wrong word there. Carefully, you can do this stage then, the better the result at the end. But you'll still get a good result even if you don't have this measuring rule. Don't worry if you don't, I think I need to put a new blade into this. It's feeling a bit blunt and dragging a little bit, we'll just take off this excess here at the end and then use that guiding line there to cut down there We have the beginnings of the cards. In the next session I'll show you how we trim them a little bit further and decorate the edges as well, before we then start putting the text on. 7. Shaping & Decorating : That's all the papers now nicely stuck onto the thick watercolor paper. That's making them really nice and strong. If they've still got a little bit of curve on them, all you need to do is just bend them the other way. What you can do is put them between the pages of a thick book just for a couple of hours, and that will also help. Now what you'll see here is that I've actually rounded off the corners here. Instead of leaving them like that with those really sharp corners have rounded the corners off. I think they look and feel nicer to hold, they just invite me to pick them up rather than these sharp corners here. The way that I've done that is by just taking a pair of scissors and gently turning it along each corner like so that it just rounds that off really nicely. If you look at commercial cards, you'll see that they've nearly always got a curved edge, they're just nicer to hold. Now on the smaller cards, what I did there was I actually used a big gold Posca pen and five Mposcapen made a little line all the way around the outside. I also did it around the inside as well. For these larger ones, I don't want to do it around the outside, but I would like to do it around the inside. The easiest way to do that is to draw around it as if you were using it as a bit of a template. Because that way it leaves a little bit of the gold on the inside as well. If you can try and keep it in place, you might have to come back over it a little bit just like I've got two there can always fill in a bit if you need to And round that side, Whoops. Go back over it if you need to. Sorry, I'm making a bit of a I messed that one but you get the idea. I'm just taking that around the edge there. Now, in the demonstration there, I've had gold on my finger and I've managed to put that on there, but never mind. We're not meant to be perfect. As Leonard Cohen says in his lovely lyrics, there is a crack in all of us. It's how the light gets in. Please don't try to be too perfect. That will dry nicely. And that will be ready then for putting in the words of wisdom. If you want to do some around the outside as well, please feel free. It's entirely up to you. If you don't have a gold pen, of course, you can always use a felt tip pen or even a crane or a colored pencil. I'm going to do that on all of them, just around on the inside. And then in the next session, we'll have a look at how we're going to add the words of wisdom to these cards. I've already done it with little affirmation cards as you can see there. But we can just have a look at some of the words and I'd like to give you some food for thought with them as well. I'll see you in the next session where we start to actually put the text in. 8. Adding Words of Wisdom : As I mentioned, when we had a look at the materials needed, I've created a lovely affirmation list for you and a lovely wisdom quotation list for you. Both of which, if you remember, can be found in the resources section. You can, of course, create all of your own affirmations and your own wisdom. I predominantly from what I've created myself, but some from famous quotations that, again, you can easily find online and others are from lyrics from great songwriters. It's up to you where you decide to choose your affirmations. Feel free to have a look at different resources other than the ones that I've provided you with. So I've got another five cards to finish. As you can see, the smaller cards have a slightly different format to the larger cards. The reason I did that was because I wanted to use capital letters to just have an immediate saying at the top of it so that as soon as you turn the card over, that's what you saw straight to it. And then the explanation or the continuation of it I should say, is written underneath. But again, you don't have to do it in the same way that I've done it at all. Of course, you don't have to use a gold pen, you can use a black pen, you can use whatever you like. If you are not that keen on your own handwriting, then you can always print it out on your printer and then stick the saying down either on your affirmation cards or your wisdom cards. So I'm going to finish these last five cards and then I'll bring you in to show you how I actually use all the different kinds of cards. 9. Using the Affirmation & Wisdom Cards : There's no right or wrong way to use the cards. You'll find a way that feels comfortable and relaxing for you. Sometimes when I'm in a little bit of a rush and we all are from time to time, but I might want some clarity on something. Then what I'll do is I'll just give the cards a quick shuffle. Hold the thought in my head that I'd like some wisdom around. Hold the cards in my hand while I'm thinking that then when I'm clear about that thought, because that's really helpful. If you're actually clear and it's not too woolly, it's not too ambiguous, then I will draw a card that, well, I'm not going to say. It always gives me the answer. Now, interesting, this is saying to me, this is a reminder that I have the skills and wisdom to handle with ease and grace. Whatever comes my way today, that's really rather lovely. Now obviously you can set the cards out in a grid. You can set them out in a circle. What I usually like to do if I've got more time is to set them out in an arc. And I just a fan, I fan the cards out so that each one is visible. Now, it doesn't have to be a perfect fan, Remember, we're not trying to be perfect here. Then what I usually do is close my eyes for a moment. Just sit with the thought that I would like some inspiration around. As I said earlier, it's good to get clear with your thoughts and not have them. Yeah, open ended me. I do notice that I don't know if the word is concern or not, but I've got a little bit of frustration or resistance, that's the better word. I've got some resistance around Christmas this year. I'm not altogether sure why. I'm hoping that me and members of my family will get together and spend a really nice time together. I'm going to ask the question here. I'm just going to ponder for a moment and ask the question, might I be able to do to help me to release this resistance that I have around Christmas, particularly as I'm not even clear what that resistance is about, I'm going to take my non dominant hand, which in my case is my left hand. What I usually do, I put my hand over the cards. Now I've got my eyes closed. I find that helps. What seems to happen is that one of my fingers will touch a card at some point. That is usually the card that I need that gives me the solution or that gives me the insight to the question that I've just asked. Oh, there we go. That one just touched on that card there. Let's pull that one out. The question was about my resistance at Christmas. Oh, now that's very interesting. I've just pulled the card there. I create healthy yet flexible boundaries. Now, I obviously don't need to go into details with you about what may or may not be happening around Christmas, but that is extremely appropriate. Yes, very thankful for that. Just as a general reminder that it's okay to create boundaries. They can be moved slightly flexible, but it is really good to create boundaries. So that's my process for choosing a card. Do have fun with yours. Keep it lighthearted. You know, if you're in the mood and you've got friends there, invite them to join you as well and see if they'd like to pull a card. Whatever you do, keep it light and fun. 10. Final Thoughts : I hope you've enjoyed the class and it's given you some food for thought. As always, I would love to see what you managed to make. If you'd like to just leave me any of the images of your affirmation cards or wisdom cards under the project section, that would be lovely. That's a way that I get to see how you're doing with it all. If you'd be kind enough to leave a review, that would also be great until I see you in the next class. As always, take care everyone. 11. A Little Extra : Every month I get together with my two dear friends Angie and Chrissie, and sometimes Lottie the dog. We come together to support each other, do some creative activity, and just generally check in with each other how we're doing. We light a candle for each one of us and that just helps us to become present in the moment and engage with what it is that we want to do. When the girls heard that I was creating this class for skill share, they decided that they also wanted to do some affirmation cards, starting at the beginning and creating their own patterns. Girls, what do you feel like when you're doing this? What are the feelings that come up care free? I think it reminds me of when I was a child just being able to doodle and creating things for the fun of it because it doesn't matter what it looks like at the end, it's just using color. Yeah, it makes me happy doing this. Good. What about you, Chris? The good thing I start to stop thinking is very being, I feel this is very playful and I'm curious, wonder what's coming out. Now if I do this, it's good fun. It is good fun, isn't it? It is good fun. And have you noticed me, I don't know what you were both feeling like when you first came in because I didn't check in with you. But have you got a sense that your whole energy has changed since you started doing more relaxed? Definitely more relaxed, yes. Because actually you came in, you were a bit sort of feeling that you were late, you were a bit behind. Yeah, therapeutic. It's just it takes your mind off everything else. Just being present with its Yeah, exactly. It's very therapeutic. I feel I can just be me and play around. Wonderful.