Days 17 – 22 #5ways2wellbeing

Day 17 – #beactive

Boy did that feel like a long day! Option 1 felt like the one to go for – close the curtains, make some nice food and say hello to the sofa. Options 2 was to go for a jog…so I did…and I’m pleased I did because me and my running partner Katherine nailed the first jog of week two on the Couch to 5 k app and that felt great. I’ve found over thinking about going out is the worst thing to do. I almost have to surprise myself with it and although it’s been a challenge, I’ve felt really energised and actually dare I say, enjoyed it.

Day 18 #connect

I spent a lovely hour this morning with one of my neighbours chatting through some creative opportunities she’s been exploring. I even stroked the cat for a few minutes, which is quite an achievement for me … tricky creatures 🙂 and came away with a box of eggs which travelled all the way from the end of L’s garden over the road into my kitchen…fab. Betty the greyhound knows what eggs are now so I’ve had to move them out of reach after I caught her licking them the other day! Makes a change from licking the carpet I suppose.

Day 18

Day 19 #connect and #beactive

I need no excuse to get outside, especially on a beautiful sunny but cool day like today. A happy hour spent tidying the garden and doing a bit of (very) late planting helped, of course, by Betty the greyhound. I hope to start up or get involved in more outdoor Arts and Health projects this year and fingers crossed we can get some more funding to restart Points of Interest.



Day 20 – #takenotice

Last week I had a huge craving for tomatoes and this week it’s peas so I’ve listened to my body and made some incredible pea, mint and cannellini bean soup. Yum.

Day 20

Day 21 #connect and #keeplearning

This morning was the second of four intergenerational workshops in Ashby and we saw some creative talent, particularly by a couple of the boys who had never tried stitching before, but picked it up straight away with the support of the project’s participatory artist Lisa Pidgeon Photos to follow soon – we were too busy making things 🙂

Day 22 #takenotice #give and #connect

I worked from home for a couple of hours this morning so I could get on top of a few jobs. Sometimes the week flies past so quickly I get to the weekend, look and the house and think ‘how did that happen!’. A quick snap of the washing machine in action as proof was photo bombed by Betty … Sid does still exist, he just sleeps a lot 🙂

Day 22

A friend has just texted to ask if I’ll add another photo in. I know she’s been working super hard recently and some days have been more uphill than others, so I bought some flowers. They’re from a local florist too, so everyone’s a winner!

day 22



About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (
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