Help for the Homeless–How Affirming Arts™ Can Make A Difference


It was great to get to see the face of one of the people who received our 'I Love Affirming Arts™ Colouring Book' at YWCA last week.  While we were there, I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman who suffers from bipolar disorder.  She was extremely pleased to receive the colouring book and know that I fully understood what she goes through and how being bipolar affects her life.

I have suffered from depression, anxiety, bipolar and even suicidal tendencies throughout my life.  I haven't been on medication for many years, but would be lying if I said that I was immune to the tendencies to lapse back into depressive, anxious, or bipolar cycles or states.  I just refuse to allow that to control me anymore.  Instead I wake up every day and intentionally do things to get my mind straight before I even start my day.  
I've spent over 20 years testing things, studying people and developing tools to help empower people (myself included) to be empowered to discover and love who they are, take control of their thoughts and their lives.  

I took a few minutes with the young woman I met at YWCA and walked her through the colouring book I designed.  It is a tool that can be used to shift thoughts and to help people make positive choices and take actions that are going to serve their own well-being.  I explained the process of reading and/or colouring the positive affirmation images first to begin the thought shifting process, and then I explained how and why to write more positive things about her life, self, others, and circumstances, on the pages provided, while she is feeling in a more positive frame of mind.  

At the end of the colouring book, there are instructions for people to take their own positive affirmations and aspects and put them into their own Affirming Arts™ image that they can keep on their wall to serve as a reminder of the good, which can become another tool to overcome the negativity that may come up again.

We all know that it is much easier to make good decisions and take positive action when we are feeling good, and how difficult it can be when we are feeling disempowered, fearful, depressed, angry, anxious or overwhelmed.  So these colouring books I designed are a tool to help gently and lovingly shift our thoughts from being disempowered to empowered.  Everyone deserves to be happy, loved, safe and at peace.

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While I was at YWCA, I met one of the most marvelous women I know, who I hadn't seen in a long time.  Her name is Nicki Inch.  She is the Funds Development Manager and this video is her reaction to the getting the gifts we brought for her clients.

The YWCA Niagara Region provides shelter, food and assistance to women and families in poverty.   We are committed to social change and work to create a community that supports women in need and provides support through each step towards financial stability and independent living.

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