When the softness of the colours explains much more about my feelings than words and images. When I feel lost and I try to find the answers between lines and dots….
I spent the morning writing and thinking in my studio. The world is loud right now and I crave silence and solitude. I need to look inwards and listen to my soul. I’m an introvert and I always fought with myself about it, I tried to change my essence to please others. Acceptance is the key!
I’m reading The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book had been for months on my bedside table, but I was a little hesitant to start it. I do believe that the book finds you, not another way around! I knew I’d start it at the right time. Well, I did, and now I’m almost at the end. Not to be a spoiler, but the four agreements are:
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best
The author goes deeper into each of these agreements and at the same time in a concise way, it’s like we are having a cuppa and he is an old friend.
“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.”
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
I have concluded I need to reset! I need to end a few things that aren’t working for me anymore, and to start others that are in limbo waiting for an opportunity to show up.
“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward”
Have you read this book? If so, I’d like to hear about it. Have a great week!
I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. I’ve many things to solve/check but the world has stopped. Online services have slowed down and phone calls aren’t answered. I’m still working full time from home and I’m trying to be as efficient as when I’m at the office. I get frustrated when I’m trying to do my job and I depend on another person/institution that isn’t doing the expected job. I know most of the employees are working from home, but at least try to do your best, if you can’t answer or solve the problem at that moment at least send a message acknowledging that received the email or the call and will take care of it later.
Sorry for the outburst, this week has been tough. I should learn with the quote above and let go!
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
I hope you are doing OK!
Finally, I’m settling down into a routine of staying home. It isn’t the same thing as a staycation, where we are at home to relax, forget about work and enjoy time with the family.
Stay home now, means taking care of the home, the kids and still keep up with the office work. Everybody expects a lot from you.
How can I set up priorities? Should I get ready the lunch for the kids or should I work on a project deadline?
Little by little, step by step, I’m adapting to the new, creating a routine, and most importantly saving time for my me time, where I can spend few minutes journaling, blogging and enjoying my garden now that the weather is getting warm.
I love the sunlight in my studio early mornings. Both my kitchen and the studio face east. It’s a blessing to have the sunshine in these rooms in the morning, because if I’m at home for sure I’ll be in one of them. Everything looks/feels better with natural light, including our mood.
These days my mind is revolving around food. Breakfast, lunch, snack and supper! What do I cook for 4 people everyday? I’m running out of ideas, seems everybody gets hungry being at home. I, myself, have been craving cake, popcorn, candies, chocolates…
My cravings are showing up on my morning pages as well.
Only this week I’ve baked bananas cupcakes, a marble cake, and more chocolate cupcakes. Lots of popcorns during the afternoons too!
I’ll make a bread pudim soon, if I can have some bread leftover today.
Hello, I’ve just noticed that today is the last Sunday of November! Soon, Christmas and New Year will be knocking on the door.
I love December, all the beautiful lights, decorations, people getting together, all the merry and merry. But I don’t enjoy the business that comes with December: finishing projects, buying gifts, planning meals, parties… I try to focus on simplicity and minimalism, but it’s almost impossible.
One way to keep my mind centred is to write every morning, put on the paper my ideas and focus for the day.
And you? How do you keep your focus on the busiest month of the year?
How are you doing? I’m doing OK! Busy with certain things and lazy with others. Getting work and chores done, and letting ‘me time’ for the gap in between. In main while getting lost away from myself.
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
I’ve realized that there are few spring days left, I should be more productive and catch up with my projects:
Photography: My main subject is my garden, it’s blooming with flowers and birds.
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Journaling: I’m writing and writing, but I’m changing my style. I used to write in the 1st person, using I/Me. I’m trying to write using She/You, like if I’m a character in a story. Not sure if it makes sense, but when I read about the others, I’m compassionate, I’m not judgmental, I try to understand the reason behind the acts. I need to have more compassion towards myself.
“Art has a voice – let it speak.”
Art Journaling: Trying to put together colours and images that speak to me. I’m always attracted to abstract art, I think that our mind sees what needs to be seen. I want my pages showing freedom, no rules, only feelings.
Wishing you a great week, enjoy the last days of this season!
Pieces and bits! I felt all over the place this weekend. Many things to do and the time going by fast. I managed to squeeze a little bit of journaling and art journaling to my busy schedule. These little things helped me to stay focus and keep me grounded.
Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
I joined an Instagram art party on Saturday evening, the prompts were about spring.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Co
Hoping you had a creative weekend and have a great week ahead!