Hi, I’m Katie.
(Here’s some music* in case you’d like to listen whilst you read…)
I created Little Challenges after recovering from a time of personal crisis. It’s based on the simple practices, tools and ideas that helped me turn my life around.
I battled with perfectionism, overwhelm and a series of debilitating mental health problems for 32 years. At various times I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and was told to expect to be on medication for the rest of my life. It was frequently a struggle to hold down a job and take care of my kids. I often didn’t like myself much.
After a particularly bad time, I ended up being admitted to a psychiatric ward. It was the wake-up call I needed to help me realize that I couldn’t carry on living as I had; I needed to find something better. The only problem was that I had no idea where to start.
In the past, my instinct had always been to make huge changes and look for miracle cures. Over and over again I clutched onto the latest great hope, imagining that it would change everything – but in all the years I tried, I never found one that worked.
This time I tried something different. I began studying how habits are formed, how willpower works, how personality, thinking styles and energy levels influence us. All the while, I experimented with my lifestyle and behavior to see if I could change some of the things that had caused me such unhappiness.
It was only when I started to make tiny, positive changes and committed to them long-term that I began to see extraordinary results.
I gradually discovered simple, practical ways to create a calmer, clearer life and became happier, healthier and more resilient than ever before. Looking back I came to realize that many symptoms of my ‘illness’ were simply signs that I had been living in a way that was all wrong for me.
Within four months of being discharged from the hospital I was medication-free and had no diagnosis of any kind for the first time in my adult life. Since then there have been no further symptoms.
I had given up hope that I could change my life, but it turns out I could.
I think that if I can change, you can too.
*’Walking the Edge’ by Katie Elliott; performed by Jake McMurchie (saxophone), Thad Kelly (bass), Andrew Tween (drums) and Katie Elliott (piano); produced by Thad Kelly.
If you liked that, you might enjoy this album of original solo piano music. Click the image to preview.
You can listen to the whole album for free on Spotify, buy a digital download at iTunes (£7.99) or CD Baby ($9.99) or – if you’d like to support me in raising funds for my next album – you can arrange for a limited edition signed CD to be sent to you directly by clicking below (UK only) or by emailing me here (all other countries).