My name is Yvie Johnson, and I am a photographer, illustrator, creative & mindful adventurer, endurance athlete, and anthropological investigator (of the hobbyist/genealogist sort) with a passion for making a difference to your mental and physical health. You could call me a late bloomer, but sometimes it takes hard life lessons to put you back on the right spiritual path.
It certainly restored my faith in humanity.
This year (2018) is set for more great adventures that continue to challenge the stigma of mental illness, whilst positively highlighting the wondrous, beautiful world that we all inhabit. Want to know more, just check out #Challenge5Alive.
Asking you to be a part of this journey makes the task much sweeter.
Should the work that I currently do or plan to undertake pique your interest, please consider becoming a patron and supporting me, it can be the equivalent of offering a brew once-a-month for my time and skills in return. I've set the reward structure intentionally low and open to anyone willing to dip their toe into the ring. I have been in the depths of financial despair myself and personally know the value of every penny.
Here's the score:
- I love to write stories—I am on a journey, this one is to write stories to fuel future adventurers and dreamers, to warm hearts, to pepper their lives with drama and intrigue, to make people snort out their coffee, or at the very least make them smile. I have two books in the pipeline, one deals with adventures with coffee, and the second recounts setting a new world record whilst managing bipolar disorder.
- I am super curious with an ounce of nosey—An official investigator in my former career and an avid researcher by hobby, I am interested in people and why they do stuff. Developing a narrative that explores areas of purposeful interest through a series of workshops, downloadable content and a print magazine, including areas such as mental health, adventure, philanthropy, creative industries, anthropology, meditation, and more, much more. It lets me peek into what makes humans tick.
- Photography is my mindful therapy—Taking photographs keeps my sanity in check, and I want to teach others how to make the most of their camera phones (I don't use anything more technical than that) so that their personal adventures can be easily captured and shared without a hefty photoshoot set up. Kudos to those who do that, by the way.
- Drawing Pen & Ink illustrations is an extension of my narrative—A simply complex creative at heart, being able to draw illustrations gives an edge, and a voice, to those who cannot say what they mean with pomp and flair. Some days, I just want to illustrate my feelings and ping those messages across the stratosphere.
- Challenging the stigma of what having an illness looks like—Through creating adventures in rural, urban and wild places, that aren't easy, that will entail risk, that are multi-sport and/or endurance in nature, but in all will make great campfire and grandparent stories, and will hopefully set records and raise squillions for mental health charities and local projects. I create events that are designed to make an impact and to break down barriers.
- Show reels of adventures and training tips—I love to share, my folks brought me up well, and as long as viewers don't mind occasionally seeing my goofy face as I gambol about the countryside, I absolutely love creating wee videos to entice people into training with handy hints, interesting views and sweet little ditties. Or I sometimes like to make rollercoaster drama clips that have people bawling their eyes out. Either way, an emotional result is a win!
These are what I am already doing, but what I want to explore further will include:
- Podcasts to further entertain my curious brain
- Downloadables/Printables to get creative juices flowing, dreamers-a-doing and fingers doodling
- Workshops to share the very best results of my experiences and let others stock up on their creative ammo
On the back of a personal plight of lived experience of managing bipolar disorder and motherhood, experiencing burnout whilst trying to develop four different creative businesses as a start up, it has also become an opportunity to embrace sharing what I love above most things (except my little family, of course): creating content that will inspire and help you to make peace with yourselves, to motivate you, and to inform you on your journey through life.
This is where I extend my cupped hands and draw your imagination to the dramatic scene in Oliver Twist: I'm asking for your support, if you can afford it, so that I can also give more. I love coffee, I'd be happy to share the price of a brew with you in exchange for promoting your endeavours across the stratosphere (have I used that word already?), and if you are willing, and able, to offer anything more, then I can give you unbridled access to my content, illustrations and photography, and more, in return for keeping me out of the red. The deal here is that I'm doing this journey anyway, but doing it with others makes it all the more worthwhile.
I feel very fortunate to have the incredible support and love of readers like you, who recognise that unity helps to bring the message to the world.