I’ll Be Speaking at Healthivate 2013

I am excited to announce today that I am one of the speakers who will be talking to bloggers at the Healthivate 2013 event in Australia in March.

What Is Healthivate?

Healthivate is an annual Australian blogging conference with an emphasis on health and wellness. A snippet of info from the event’s website:

Inspired by the growing participatory medicine movement, Healthivate seeks to provide bloggers, as powerful influencers of their communities, with access to leading thought leaders as we discuss the individuals role in their own health and well-being in a completely different way. At some stage in our lives we are all patients and managing our  journey through health – wellness or illness must be a priority in our lives and that of our families. It is about empowerment.

I definitely believe that each individual person is in charge of his or her own wellness in this life, whether they are “ill” or just seeking to improve their quality of life. I also believe that bloggers are poised to help individuals be their own advocates for personal wellness by sharing the important information and inspiration that is available and emerging. And finally, I love that one of the main things that Healthivate is all about is individuals sharing stories … I believe fervently that each individual has a unique personal story and that exploring, articulating and sharing that story is immensely valuable.

My Speaker Profile

You can find my speaker profile for the event here. It says:

Kathryn Vercillo is a professional blogger, author and crafter who has written extensively about how creativity helped her in her own personal battle with lifelong depression. Kathryn first started showing signs of depression in her young teens but wasn’t diagnosed until her mid-late twenties so she underwent a true struggle to keep herself productive, motivated and moving forward in the face of depression. She literally crafted a life for herself thanks to discovering crochet, which came to be a vital part of her total wellness plan alongside therapy, medication, journaling and yoga.

Kathryn has written about her experience in the book Crochet Saved My Life, where she also chronicles the true tales of two dozen other women who used crafting to help them heal from a diverse array of physical and mental health conditions including OCD, PTSD, bipolar, chronic pain conditions and more. She uses her blog and social media accounts to continue to provide a safe space where people can share their stories about the health benefits of crafting and creativity.

I will be speaking about the health benefits of both writing and crafting and offering insight into how bloggers can use craft to improve their personal quality of wellbeing. The better a person is individually, the more that he or she has to offer to others!

Description of My Upcoming Talk

From a blog post about the event:

Kathryn is an award-winning writer with 10+ years of full-time experience in both self-published and professionally published online and print media. She will speak about her writing experience, her journey through depression and how blogging and social media combined with crafting to create a community of wellness in her life. She will show you how to use crochet to build your own community, tap into self-healing and discover a new side to your creativity. Don’t worry; you don’t need to know how to crochet to get a lot out of this experience.

Other Healthivate Speakers

I am just one of about twenty speakers at this amazing event that I’m so very much looking forward to being a part of. Just a handful of the other speakers include:

  • Twitter’s Claire Diaz Ortiz who was recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business
  • Jessica Gottlieb, one of the world’s most influential and widely publicized mom bloggers
  • Online health community Healthshares’ co-founder Rochelle Solsky
  • Jennifer Dye Visscher, an artist/ blogger who launched a campaign to raise awareness about a specific health issue called Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Founder and Managing Director of MentalHealth@Work Ingrid Ozols

I am excited to be a part of this group of great entrepreneurs and health bloggers!

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San Francisco based writer/ blogger with an interest in how words can help heal individuals and connect communities.

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