My perfect day is made of good stories, good company, good food, and a lot of silliness. My perfect day. Do: I'm a Spring and Autumn fan. I love the wind, rain, bursts of sunshine and all the smells that go with those seasons. I'm also very happy being on my own, so part o a perfect day would be outside, walking the dogs somewhere peaceful and full of nature. If I can do that every now and again it recharges my batteries and I'm ready to go again. Think: Sometimes when I meet people who now need a lot of support, I wonder whether they have full control over how much space and time they have for themselves. I know I would hate being encouraged to do group activities all the time, having to sit with a television or a radio on full blast all day or being cooped up inside. Being outdoor in the elements brings me back to life - central heating makes me want to sleep all day! That's just one reason why I developed A Book of Me, because it's so important to get those things down somewhere for anyone supporting you in the future to read, understand and respect. My perfect day. Do: I'm a Spring and Autumn fan. I love the wind, rain, bursts of sunshine and all the smells that go with those seasons. I'm also very happy being on my own, so part o a perfect day would be outside, walking the dogs somewhere peaceful and full of nature. If I can do that every now and again it recharges my batteries and I'm ready to go again. Think: Sometimes when I meet people who now need a lot of support, I wonder whether they have full control over how much space and time they have for themselves. I know I would hate being encouraged to do group activities all the time, having to sit with a television or a radio on full blast all day or being cooped up inside. Being outdoor in the elements brings me back to life - central heating makes me want to sleep all day! That's just one reason why I developed A Book of Me, because it's so important to get those things down somewhere for anyone supporting you in the future to read, understand and respect. Whenever I do or think about this it always surprises me how far this is from my urban life in London! I crave nature and stars and sleeping.. hmmm.. maybe I have some thinking to do! My perfect day would be taking a walk in the countryside... there would be a slight breeze but the sun would be out. Birds would be singing and flowers blooming. My Grandma, with Dementia, loves walking. It's nice to be together but also quiet- taking in our surroundings and being calm. Do Imagine what your perfect day would look like. What would you do? Who would you spend time with? Write a short story describing the day, or if you prefer you can draw a picture. Don’t forget all the little details. The sounds, the smells, the way you would feel. Think How did that make you feel? When could you plan in your perfect day? What would you need to make it happen? Not every single day can be perfect, so have a think too about the small things that help make a day as good as it can be. Share Share your perfect day by going to the website dothinkshare.com or you can share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: @64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. Do Imagine what your perfect day would look like. What would you do? Who would you spend time with? Write a short story describing the day, or if you prefer you can draw a picture. Don’t forget all the little details. The sounds, the smells, the way you would feel. Think How did that make you feel? When could you plan in your perfect day? What would you need to make it happen? Not every single day can be perfect, so have a think too about the small things that help make a day as good as it can be. Share Share your perfect day by going to the website dothinkshare.com or you can share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: @64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. I started by trying to draw myself, but didn't really feel happy about that. However, it was good to spend a few minutes thinking about myself for a change and then I enjoyed making me. I think these challenges are a great idea to promote awareness of dementia- which my mum has. This challenge made me think about how I feel when I make something. And of the importance of sharing. Making is a safe space, free from all the noise surrounding us, where I decide what the moment will be made of. Sharing is accepting what I am and encouraging others to do the same. This is me with my first greyhound Ellie Jo. My Mum-in-law had dementia. Ellie Jo made her smile when people couldn't. Self portait Day, not easy to look I tried to write a poem, but it would not come, but I will not forget to try again when the idea has had time to mature. I drew this pic of me on a walk because my husband who has dementia and I love to walk, there is so much to see and to talk about, I have drawn some of them. We spend as much time stopped, looking at things and photographing them as we do walking, and there are always other walkers to say hello to and maybe chat a while. My husband loves getting to know all the dogs we meet and makes great efforts to learn their names, when he forgets he just calls them 'Rover'. I tried to draw a camera around my neck but rubbed it out, it looked like a name badge. Anyway my husband takes most of the photos, then we look at them together on the computer. He labels each picture so it helps him to recognise the walk and the event. I decided to use play dough for my challenge. It was great fun and really took me back to my childhood- especially the smell of it. I wanted to make my portrait playful and funny because my partner's Grandma has Dementia and she is always the life and soul of the party, smiling and having fun. I always start off by overthinking these things and then find doing something simple really enjoyable. Less is more for me, so focusing in on a lovely smiley mouth with lipstick on was nice. I'm quite happy with my portrait as I always tell myself (& others) that I'm not good at drawing! This is the first time in a while I have allowed myself 10 minutes to sit down and be creative. I really enjoyed it. I also think it's a great way to raise awareness for dementia - to see the person, not the dementia. I decided to only draw my eyes as eyes can communicate so many things without the need for words. My Grandma had dementia and sometimes she would look at me and I knew she recognised me, even if only for a second. Those fleeting moments were so special. Juanita chose to draw a self portrait of her favourite self, in the place where she feels best and most in her element. And amazingly this is on the race track! Juanita volunteers as a marshal. She has been doing this most of her life therefore really values that her dementia hasn't stopped her from volunteering. What an amazing hobby! I didn't know this about Juanita and it was such a lovely challenge to provoke stories and memories. I saw this orange and thought I had to include it because I have ginger hair and because it's what people often refer to when they think of me. I also drew myself wearing my yellow mac because I love it.. and also I think it says something about me that I am quite good at having a positive bright outlook on rainy or difficult days. I am jo and my grandma had dementia, I've started working with people with dementia now and I'm looking forward to doing these challenges. This is a portrait of Margaret at her art class, drawing a glass. Margaret has been going to weekly art classes so this was really fun for her and a great opportunity to share her drawing talent! She does admit that she finds drawing faces hard though. I made sure I did my portrait quickly because I knew I'd overthink the process and end up taking the fun out of it if not. I wanted it to be organic and playful. I was slightly nervous because it's hard to sum yourself up in one drawing (if you're thinking more than visual likeness). I wanted to try show my personality too. This was easier than I thought though because it seems you do this instinctively. I was surprised what you can convey in a quick drawing. Doing this challenge was great! I like the colour and pattern of my portrait and pledge to do more quick, fun drawings! I wanted to be involved in these challenges because my Grandma has dementia. Day 1 Do Draw or make or take a self-portrait that says something about you. It could be you wearing your favourite hat, or playing your favourite game or with your favourite people. If you’re drawing it doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t take longer than 10 minutes or so. It’s just about having a go and getting involved. Think What was that like? Did you like doing it? Have you drawn in a while or was it easier to take a picture? Did you feel nervous? Share Share your picture or just your thoughts about it either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW Day 1 Do Draw or make or take a self-portrait that says something about you. It could be you wearing your favourite hat, or playing your favourite game or with your favourite people. If you’re drawing it doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t take longer than 10 minutes or so. It’s just about having a go and getting involved. Think What was that like? Did you like doing it? Have you drawn in a while or was it easier to take a picture? Did you feel nervous? Share Share your picture or just your thoughts about it either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW