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Signing off for 2014 under an Olsen sun at MONA

Or should I say, looking forward to 2015?

Looking forward is more my tune but the changeover of another year, especially with chronic pain, calls me to reflect and to ponder my future.

It’s been three gorgeous months in nurturing Tasmania where I’ve eased my work load, upped my fine art a little, and squished obligations to almost zilch (bliss!). The year will end and sadly I haven’t been able to incorporate driving into my abilities, nor a consistent and regular exercise routine, and Theo is still carrying much of our daily living load… but…

…as I keep stating, finding life balance with chronic pain is really very difficult and I believe ‘we’ are doing very well, yes it takes the two of us, Theo and I.

I’ve stopped my medication and thankfully that rid the night-time hallucinations. Although dainty, my fort has been held without meds, monthly massages and Traditional Chinese Therapy – for this I give huge thanks to the implant in my body.

Indeed the Sun is beginning to shine down on me, and yes, I will certainly be marking the months of this Tasmanian trial period in my spirit’s fashion with a small solo exhibition. I’m working on self-portraits that will exhibit at Penny Contemporary in Hobart. Here’s your diary date: Opens March 6 until March 25. If you want to follow this artistic endeavour, subscribe here.

There’s so much more I could write, but I’m going to keep this light and hopeful and keep my bigger news to kick off the new year…

Signing off now… sending love, health, happiness and the warmest of hopes for pain relief to those of you who need it.


Painting by John Olsen, The Source on the ceiling at MONA
By |2017-12-11T16:39:04+11:00December 18th, 2014|Blog, Living|2 Comments


  1. Frances Heneghan December 18, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Delighted to hear stim has helped you.
    I’ve had one (well, on my 3rd) in 2005 and it changed my life!

    Here’s to increased happiness, productivity, and pain-free time in 2015!
    Merry Christmas!

    • soula December 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Why did you have to try three? The very best to you too dear Frances.

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