I get it. There’s a lot to be worried about!
Climate change, killer robots, those sinkholes that keep popping open in the Russian permafrost like champagne corks celebrating the end of mankind, global politics – otherwise known as The Animal Farm finally coming together with Brave New World in real life.
It sucks. It’s scary. But there is hope.
It might all feel horrendously messy, but we do have power over our own inner spaces – even if it doesn’t feel that way. That’s what this series is all about: How to bring calm to our inner spaces. Elizabeth Gilbert once described this blog as being "Right on the money, you guys, and very inspiring.” I hope we can inspire you, even if just a little.
Welcome to The Illustrated Guide to Calming the [email protected]#! Down.
In this series, illustrated by Sarah Steenland, we're inviting you to travel with us on a different kind of travel adventure: a journey inwards.
We'll be guided by an illustrated map of fear and anxiety, which spans our inner-most world inside the body, through to the environment we live in, right out to our outer most world of the universe.
Each week or two, a new part of the illustration below will become animated on the Fearful Adventurer website. Through personal narrative, gathered ideas, art, research and absurdism, this is going to be an eclectic journey through all things worry – from cell right through to star.
Our goal is to make warriors out of worriers.
We believe it's the more sensitive, anxious types who have the greatest power to make positive change, because they are often equipped with the superpowers of heightened empathy, perception and generosity. But fear can be clouding. Anxiety can quickly overwhelm. Terror cripples. Before we can become powerful warriors, we need to get a grip on the worrying.
Your subscription will help make this work out.
Anything from $1 a month upwards will help us to make this effort bigger, longer, wider, taller and louder. These blog posts are lovingly created over countless hours of effort by several people, and we'd love to make it financially sustainable.
This is how the funds will be used:
Paying my side-kick. Many of the concepts of this series only come to life only after Sarah Steenland ‘toons them up. She’s super talented and works deep into the night to make these illustrations amazing.
Paying my team. I have a researcher that helps me to bring wisdom nuggets to these posts in the areas of science, psychology and philosophy, and a storytelling expert, Mike Sowden, who chimes in with his briilaince now and then.
Paying my web dude. My digital wingman helps me with all things technical, like regular tweaks and maintenance to keep the website functional.
Paying myself. The longer I can stretch this out financially, the longer I can keep this effort going.
And then there are the back-end costs, which aren't as sexy, but just as necessary.
- Hosting: We need a quality host that can support our growing traffic without crashing.
- MailChimp: In order to send emails to our subscribers, we need to pay these chimps.
- Facebook "boosts”: These help us to get the word out about what we’re doing.
A huge thank you
Thank you for reading. Thank you for considering a paid subscription to this project. We hope you enjoy the series either way, but if you have decided to become a subscriber, your support is deeply appreciated.
Torre and Sarah