In this episode, I chat with London-based Latina illustrator and author of the book “Period”, Natalie Byrne. Nat found her illustrative voice combining colour with topics and social issues important to her like intersectional feminism, sexual assault, mental health and equality. After seeing Nat post and make a video about “burnout”, I really wanted to chat to her about her experience, particularly because I think it’s becoming more and more common the busier and more complicated our lives get. So, first off, what is burnout? In short, it’s a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands. And at the tail end of last year, Nat burned out and she took a break in order to get some rest, heal and understand what'd happened and why. In addition to burnout, we also chit-chat about a whole load more, like: Art as a communicative device, stress, anxiety, guilt, the negative impact the news can have, discovering the internet, feeling connected to a movement, drawing as a means to maintain good mental health, passion, technology, part-time jobs, changing paths, CBT, meditation, community and belonging, people falling off track post uni, life’s inevitable challenges, routines, the inner critic, dealing with trolls, getting back on track and dealing with overwhelm.
You can find Natalie's website, here.
Her Instagram profile can be found, here (@nataliebyrne) and Twitter, right here (@nataliebyrne_).
The Amazon link for Natalie's book, "Period" can be found here.
And I totally forgot to mention during the episode, Nat also co-hosts a podcast with Venus Libido called "The Loneliness Collaboration", and you can find it on iTunes here.