Your constraints can help you create a better life.
Hi! My name is Emily Ann Peterson. I'm a songwriter, creative consultant, and bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous.
~5 years ago I received a terrifying diagnosis - an essential tremor in my right hand. The disease is degenerative, hereditary, neurological and it threatened my existence as a functioning human being. For a full-time cello player & teacher (who did marketing consulting occasionally) this felt like a death sentence.
In a very scary way, I became my own freak out symphony. My diagnosis threatened everything: my profitability as business owner, my livelihood, my creative expression, my ability to pay bills, and especially my identity as a productive member of society.
There was a tragic amount of grieving, struggle, and failure after my diagnosis. It was, what I now call, a "Season of Bravery."
I learned the hard way that a lifestyle and a business should work for me, not against me. I found a new and better (not even kidding! yes, better!!!) definition of productivity. I also found a new level profitability. I did it all in the midst of grief, depression, and epic amounts of transition.
Then last year, after a LOT of unnecessary exhaustion and napping, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism too. (!?!!) Rather than shake my fist at the sky, I perfected some snazzy tricks. I used my new unique constraints again to modify my lifestyle and a business to work for me, not against me.