Since the last post where I announced Living With a Black Dog. Much has happened, infact too much to mention today. The biggest news is that I am finally out of advertising which is something I've been working towards for the last five years. I'm grateful for everything the industry taught me but I'm more grateful to be finally out of it.
I am now working partly as an illustrator and author (new book coming out at Xmas more on that later). I also do 3 days a week as a creative consultant at the Black Dog Institute which is NSW's initiative on tackling depression and bi-polar. It's part of the University of NSW's and part of the Prince of Wales Hospital. www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Primarily I'm developing a lecture for teenagers,their parents and teachers on understanding mood disorders. It's a big project but a really important one.
The irony for me is that I'm working in a place that researches, educates and has a clinic for depression and I've never been happier. It's fantastic to have a sense of purpose in my life and to make good of a negative experience.
My mother once said 'life is like a river don't get stuck on the bank.' It is truly amazing where life takes you if you allow it. I spent so many years doing what I thought what I should be doing and not listening to what my soul really wanted.
I promise I shall try and keep this blog more regular. Thank you for all your wonderful and encouraging emails. I really appreciate them. Woof woof!!
Matthew J the slackest blogger down under