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.

Lessons of 2020

2020 has indeed taught us many lessons. The vulnerability has been my major one. I’ve learned that I am vulnerable, I have limits and I need to respect them. I’m not stronger as I was in my 20s and 30s. My body and mind crave more attention. I need to set boundaries. This year I accepted that I’m an introvert and it’s OK to say NO and to prioritize my space, my moments of quiet.

My last post here was in October, I didn’t post anything in November. I had to evaluate my blogging path. I love all the connections and friends I’ve made during these 7 years of blogging. I’ve joined many challenges during the years and enjoyed them, but they were putting pressure on me. I was feeling obligated to post until in days that I had nothing to say. I don’t want this kind of pressure, it’s already enough everything that we go through with family, job… I wish this space to be free, a place that I can fly and create without boundaries, and not deadlines. So, from now on, no more challenges, only a few musings here and there.

Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.

Rumi

I’d be happy to hear how 2020 has been treating you, any lessons?

Art party

This weekend was busy in the online world for me. Saturday I co-hosted an art party on Instagram and Sunday I joined a blogging party organized by Bella from Thoughtsnlife blog! It was lovely! I met some wonderful bloggers and caught up with some old friends.

My friend Yvonne @yvonne.creates from Instagram invited me to co-host the #febgluebookparty2020 with her. We chose the theme Valentine’s Day, I know it isn’t the day yet, but it’s not too late to spread love, so we decided to do it all about self-love and -care. Below you will find the prompts and my pages.

Prompt 1: Be your own beloved

For this prompt, I chose images that pamper me up, like gorgeous shoes, flowers and healthy food.

Prompt 2: The colour Red

Red lipstick, so glamorous, but I don’t own one! I think it’s too much and doesn’t match my lifestyle, but of course, I can still admire it. And flowers, always the red ones call my attention.

Prompt 3: A quote

For the 3rd prompt I chose Rumi’s quote: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love”. Isn’t this quote wonderful?

I chose flowers to represent nature, one of my greatest sources of inspiration and quiet moments at home, represented here by the cup of tea and a kitchen table.

We had so many lovely ladies joying the party, including my blogger friend, Rupali. I’m so happy she decided to give a try and shared some awesome pages.

All the parties have a giveaway, so I put together a journaling set for it.

Giveaway: A journaling set

One of the new ladies at the party was the lucky one, I’ll mail it to her this week.

Hope you had a great weekend and wish you a lovely week ahead!

E.

noticing # 31

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i’m proud of myself! i’ve been blogging every day for 31 days! wow! it’s so awarding to notice that i’m really doing it. i’ve though in giving up many times, in the first days, but now it is part of my routine. i love to take a photo and write few words about the photo or my mood in relation to it.

this red rose is for you, for being in this journey with me.

hugs and love,

E.