Respect

first pages of 2022

Hello and Happy 2022 to you! If you are following for a while you know every year I choose a word to focus on during the year. It’s a tiny thing but always brings me back to the moment. This year I’ve chosen R E S P E C T.

Basically, RESPECT in relation to setting limits and boundaries for me. Setting barriers for protecting my values, mind and body.

In another hand, I need to give more space to my kids, young adults, to explore and to speak up their wishes and thoughts. I need to let go of my helicopter mother instinct. So, in this case, it is respecting their boundaries.

I’ve just come back from a long overseas trip. If you have noticed I haven’t posted for a while. I had many triggers during this trip, both physically and emotionally. I’m still processing them, but it’s clear that the lack of self-respect and boundaries is something I need to work on.

Journaling is my form of therapy. Using words or/and images I express myself and make sense of my thoughts. I’m pleased the page number for my first page of this year is the 100th. It has a feeling of resetting, starting anew. I used to have a new journal for the new year, but I’ve given up this habit. Now I just keep going with my pages, freedom of choice.

It’s wonderful to travel, to go away a little, but the best is to come back home, to come back to myself.

Hope you are home wherever you are!

Have you chosen a word for the new year?

Hugs,

E.

resilience

“I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”
Gail Borden

my art and me, me and my art. i’ve tried many media and styles over the years. sketch, canvas, collage, water color, acrylics … but what i really like is messy art. to give permission to the colors and pieces of paper to talk by themselves.

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
Margaret Thatcher

my messy pages are like therapy, i let my feelings pour on them. most of them i keep to myself, but a few i post on IG, i share with my friends in there hoping to inspire them. once a posted a collage and tagged art page. someone left a comment saying my page wasn’t an art! sadness took over me and i didn’t post for a while.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Confucius

many thoughts later, i understood the problem wasn’t on my page or with myself, but with the person that commented. up and down, resiliency, and time to take the stand and enjoy my art, messy art!

WQWWC

Tanka Tuesday and WQWWC :: Expedition and Exciting

inspiring books

diving into minds
excitation of senses
feelings pouring out
the ink bleeding on each page
laying down and flying out

Expedition and Exciting. Always exciting to be part of an expedition. Here, I’m writing about the excitement of going on a solo expedition into the mind. The journey into our own mind or into the mind of others. It’s exciting to let the mind guide our hands and to write our deep thoughts, an expedition to discover the mysteries in the biggest universe inside us. Another form of the expedition is the one into the books. Poetry books in special, where the writer has poured out his/her feelings into a blank page. Some writers have the power to transport us to inside their minds. We can feel their happiness, sadness, insecurity, anger … as if they are our own feelings. Without a doubt, opening a new book and diving into it is a powerful and exciting expedition.

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

Vera Nazarian

An exciting and inspiring future awaits you beyond the noise in your mind, beyond the guilt, doubt, fear, shame, insecurity and heaviness of the past you carry around.

Debbie Ford

WQWWC :: On my way

On my way to 5K! I’ve been training to run a marathon in October. I wake up early everyday and go out for a run. I love the fresh air and all the beauty I find on my path. Having a goal is important to keep my mind and body synchronized. I’d tried to keep fit many times, but I always let it go. My son run a 20K last year, and I saw many people of all ages running, each one at his/her own speed. Then I talked with my family about it, and they like my idea of joining the marathon.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

Tony Robbins

I have a treadmill at home for the snowy months, but nothing compares to the outdoors for exercise. My neighbourhood has many beautiful places to walk/run. I enjoy the view and I always find some excuse to stop and take a photo.

You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis

Noticing the little things on my way decreases the stress in my legs and inspires me to keep going. It’s incredible how the mind and the body are connected. As the years go by, I can feel how this connection plays a role in my health.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith

This week’s WQWWC is free theme. Terri from Secondwindleisure is hosting the challenge while Marsha is busy getting her new AirB&B ready. I’ve chosen on my way as a theme. Hope you enjoyed it!

Bright Cards

Abstract art is my favorite kind of expression. It can be photography, paint, drawing…, I like to make them and to admire the work of others.

I’ve been making art pages, cards for many years and for almost a decade I’ve been posting them on Instagram. I’ve a beautiful community in there, we inspire and cheer each other up. I’ve joined many art challenges, it is a great way to connect with like-minded people, learn new techniques and share my work. The 100 day project is going on now, I’ve joined it for many years, and it’s fun to work for 100 days on an artsy project. I’ve chosen abstract art cards for this year.

I was posting every day or at the weekend my cards. Around the 50th card, I received a nasty comment “You shouldn’t call it art, gluing images or dumping painting on a piece of paper isn’t art!” I got really upset and stopped posting them, I still keep up making them, here you see the 51st to 75th cards. My cards are one way to express my feelings, a card can take a few minutes to make, others hours or weeks. It’s not easy to transfer our feelings to a piece of paper.

I looked up the definition of art and Merriam-Webster.com says:

“something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.

I think that my tiny little cards can be included as ‘art’. What do you think?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

Bright Square

Hello 2021

Happy New Year to you!

It has snowed during the night and it’s all white outdoors as I write this post. Just now, I looked through the window and I saw a few snow flakes falling down from the sky. I’m in the kitchen, the coffee is brewing, I’ve waffles on the toaster, the Christmas tree is still up with the lights on. I can say I’m having a pretty cozy Monday morning, perfect to be the first one of the year.

New year, new possibilities! As usual, lots of plans, decisions, resolutions…, but in the end, the turning of the clock is only a formality, we are still the same, and the world is moving at its own rate.

2021 started with a makeover on my blog. It was the first creative task I did on the 1st. I changed the theme and moved things around. I will focus on photography this year, so this new theme is more appropriate than the previous one, which was a kind of writer’s blog. I added a new profile photo to depict a personal style to my site.

I hope to keep up eating healthy food and journaling to maintain a strong body and a peaceful mind. As I get older my body and mind are getting more synchronized, so when one isn’t doing ok the other endures the consequences.

TRUTH is my word for the year. Sometimes I let my true-self go out of focus, so I can please others and be kind, other times I say yes when I wished to say no, it’s enough! I’ll try to be truthful to myself in the first place and accept the fact that it isn’t my duty to make others happy all the time.

I have been choosing a word for the year since 2014. It is a quick way to make me grounded and make me focus on what I need to work on.

I would love to know if you’ve chosen a word for the year, or if you have made some resolution.

Wishing you a lovely first week of the year!

E.

Inwards

The is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.

You feel it, don’t you?

Rumi

I took this photo at 7 am today. It was pitch-dark outdoors. I could feel the stillness in the air. I lit a few candles and journaled. This last week of October is special to me in same way. I’m not sure why, maybe the darkness and changes outdoors, the need to focus inwards … It’s OK! I don’t need to understand, I need to be present and to be kind to myself.

Have a great and Nurturing Thursday.

October Squares – Kind