In a recent podcast episode of “Nourishing the Risk Takers,” host Marissa Loewen and guest Elle, an artist, caregiver, and podcaster, discuss the struggles faced by artists and caregivers. They explore the concept of “nourishing the risk takers” and how it is essential to provide support to individuals who take risks in pursuing their passion for art or providing care to their loved ones.
Leaving Stability for Passion and Care
Elle shares their journey of leaving a stable career in education to care for their parent with a degenerative disease and pursue their passion for art. The decision to leave stability and move into the unknown was a significant risk for Elle, but finding a community that fosters collaboration and provides the necessary support allowed their to thrive as an artist and caregiver.
The Struggle of Art and Commercial Success
Balancing the creation of art that truly resonates with oneself and the audience with the need for commercial success can be challenging for artists. To nourish and support artists, it is essential to recognize their efforts and buy art from independent artists rather than mass-produced pieces found in big stores. Additionally, businesses can support local artists by displaying and selling their work or incorporating it into their establishments.
The Importance of Mutual Support and Asking for Help
Elle delves into their personal experiences of moving back home to care for their ailing parents and the challenge of asking for help. The importance of mutual support within their family and the benefits of having their partner around for assistance are highlighted. Recognizing the need for help in various aspects of life, especially for individuals with disabilities, is crucial for promoting inclusivity and understanding.
The Power of Body Doubling
The podcast explores the concept of “body doubling,” which refers to having someone else in the room, even virtually, to improve focus and productivity. This practice can be beneficial for completing tasks, especially administrative ones. Nourishing ourselves as whole people, not just in our roles as business owners or artists, is essential for our well-being and the communities we are part of.
Being Present in a Community
Elle and Marissa emphasize the importance of being present in a community and the positive impact it can have on others. The value of an individual’s presence can bring support through shared stories, art, and conversations. Community should be about being there for one another rather than a transactional exchange.
The podcast episode highlights the importance of nourishing the risk takers, supporting artists and caregivers, and creating a community that fosters collaboration and understanding. By recognizing the challenges faced by these individuals and providing the necessary support, we can help them continue to create meaningful work and make a positive impact in the world.