It’s tough to be ambitious and dealing with limitations.

But just because you have limitations—whether they be caregiving responsibilities, disability, chronic illness, or any other life circumstance that causes you feel fenced in—doesn’t mean you can’t go on to build resilience and a legacy.

“[Esmé Weijun Wang] finds light in her daily quest to help others create, despite the limitations they may face.” —New York Times, Women in the World

Part of my work at The Unexpected Shape is to provide resources for ambitious people living with limitations to build resilience, excellence, and legacy. Tools designed to help writers and other creatives include Where’s the Electricity?, an acclaimed program about creating from obsessions and themes.

I’m also a woman who lives with chronic illness, including late-stage Lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder. These conditions create boundaries for my life; they also inspire me to guide and support others who are dealing with difficult times. I offer a free series of emails called Encouragement Notes, as well as entry into a supportive, thriving Facebook group made up of fascinating and resilient people of all sorts. A popular workshop has become a short, sweet, and effective email course, A**-Kicking with Limitations. My signature online course, Rawness of Remembering, is a much-loved program that teaches the skills needed for restorative journaling through difficult times.

“What the Internet tooketh away from me (a piece of my soul) it gaveth in groups of amazing people I never would have met otherwise. On the web I have so many remarkable communities I’ve been blessed to be a part of… I have my ‘[endometriosis] sisters’ and women like the remarkable Esmé Weijun Wang, who is turning her own struggle with chronic illness into a business to help other creatives living with limitations.” —Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter