Balancing Art, Chronic Illness, Caregiving, and Community: The Journey of a Risk Taker with Elle Billing
What happens when caregivers need care? In this episode, we dive into the challenges faced by artists and caregivers, exploring the concept of "nourishing the risk takers. " Elle, an artist, caregiver, and podcaster, shares her journey of leaving a stable career in education to care for her parent with a degenerative disease and pursue her passion for art. We discuss the struggle of balancing commercial success with creating art that truly resonates with oneself and the audience, as well as the importance of supporting independent artists and caregivers. We also explore how to nourish and support artists in various ways, from signing up for their mailing lists to recommending their work to friends and acquaintances. We delve into the personal experiences of Elle, who moved back home to care for her ailing parents, and discuss the importance of mutual support and the challenges of asking for help. Additionally, we examine the concept of "body doubling" and how it can improve focus and productivity, as well as the importance of being present in a community to positively impact others. Join us as we navigate the complexities of intergenerational relationships in the home and the importance of creating spaces for individuals to interact with others beyond their family members.