My name is Zoe Simms and I am an Australian artist, ponderer, mum and wife.
I also happen to live with two main chronic illnesses: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type (EDS).
They’re very inconvenient and I’ve lived with them for my whole life. Sometimes they’re very manageable and other times they flare up to the point of making me disabled.
The past thre-ish years these illnesses have been really tough on me. I’ve spent a lot of time bed/lounge bound.
I am currently rebuilding my body and health and it’s going really well. Reeeeeaally slowly, but really well. I AM getting stronger and more capable of doing things I couldn’t do before.
It’s wonderful, but painfully slow. Sometimes feels like I’m not getting anywhere. I’m lucky to have a beautifully supportive family around me who keep me motivated.
I met mandalas during the worst of my current health crisis. I began drawing them and noticed how meditative they were for me. They helped to calm my mind as well as distract me from a lot of the discomfort I was in. And I also started feeling better about myself because I was starting and finishing projects. Something I hadn’t done in a long time. I also found a community of mandala lovers and creators, which was lovely to start becoming part of. Mandalas really saved me mentally when I most needed it.
To be fair, I’m not sure how much I will write about health issues. I’m far more interested in art and other things in life, but I’m guessing you’ll see the occasional post about my health issues, because I experienced something or I just felt like something needed to be said (living with such huge restrictions can be really difficult and talking about them can help.) I also want to destigmastise invisible chronic illness, as there seems to be a LOT of misunderstandings around chronic invisible illnesses.
BUT for the most part, I like to concentrate on my art and making colouring in books (something I NEVER thought I’d say!) and other happy, beautiful, artistic, funny stuff.
I have learned the importance of listening to yourself and following your passions and dreams, and I want to share my experience and knowledge with anyone who is interested in hearing it. 🙂
This space is also somewhere, for everyone who follows me for my art, to have a place they can keep informed on new art and colouring in books as they become available for sale on Amazon.
I hope you enjoy your time here. I hope you enjoy my art, and aren’t too confronted by my disorders/disabilities. Please ask (via the contact page) if you have any questions about any of it.
And lastly, the shameless promotion. I’d love it if you’d share and ‘like’ the things that really touch you. It’s a small thing for you to do but is a massive help for me. 🙂
Thanks a bunch for coming by.