Relax. Pockets of ‘me time’ during the day, sometimes not easy to find room for self-care in the middle of the daily business, but it’s a must to be able to do so. Early ‘me time’ sometimes starts with morning pages and a cup of coffee, other times it starts with a run by the river.
Either way, these are moments for relaxing and organizing my thoughts before getting ready for the day. As an introvert, it isn’t easy to be in contact with people and socializing at the work place. I need down time, to think and recharge.
Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.
My garden is my private paradise. Taking care and admiring the flowers and the vegetables or just sitting down and looking at the sky and feeling the breeze washing over my face and my hair. When at home I make sure I have a garden walk at least 3 times per day, generally after each meal.
Nothing more relaxing than spending a hot summer afternoon with a book and a refreshing drink.
Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
Sharing with WQWWC, this week’s theme is Relax. And you? What you do to relax during the summer?
I’m happy to share with you that two of my poems have been published! I’ve never thought that one day my poetry would be good enough to be in a book. And it is almost unbelievable that they were published in a book that teaches how to write syllabic poetry!
The form of published poems is Haiga, Japanese syllabic poetry that combines a written Haiku or Senryu with an image. Both written form and image should stand independently, and they should be able to transmit emotion to the reader.
If you are following me on my blog or Instagram you already know that photography is my passion, a way to express my feelings in the same way I use words to scribble details of a moment. So, Haiga is an opportunity to combine my photography and poetry together in one piece of art.
Word Craft Prose & Poetry by Colleen M. Chesebro is an educational book for poetry lovers and writers. It’s loaded with information about the poetry forms, the history of them and wonderful examples to help you compose your own poems. It has awesome poems from a variety of poets, it is perfect to have it by the bedside at hand for some bedtime poetry, or as I do, I keep mine together with my journal to consult it when I want to try a new poetry form.
I’ve known Colleen’s work for many years through her poetry challenge, Tanka Tuesday. It was by joining her weekly challenge that I’ve learnt to appreciate syllabic poetry and to write them. Some of the forms are still a mystery to me, but I’m sure that with this guide book I’ll master them at no time.
It is awarding to have my poems sharing the same space with many talented poets in this book. T
I’d like to thank Colleen, for believing in my poetry and always encouraging me to keep up with the writing.
Here are my two original poems and the link for the blog post where they first appeared.
Thank you for reading and to follow my poetry adventures!
I like to use vintage paper on my art pages and hubby has given me 3 of his old math books. The top one was published in 1960! Their pages have that yellowish vintage tone and lots of formulas and diagrams. I really want to torn them apart, but I’m not brave enough to do it. I think they were only moved from one shelf to another one!
What would you do? Keep them intact or have fun with them?
Noticing how tiny gestures brighten my day. Flowers from hubby and a ‘me gift’ that arrived yesterday! I’ve read wonderful reviews for this book, and I decided to give it a try. I’m not into mythology stories, but I couldn’t resist and ordered it. The first pages so far are great!
It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m planning on baking a few yummy treats for my family and lots of reading and writing. And you? Any plans for today? I hope whatever you do to be loaded with love and self care!
Happy mail this week! A few of the books I’ve bought arrived. I’m excited to read them. I’ve started The Book of Longings, few pages into it and I’m already in love with the main character ‘Ana’. This is the newest book by Sue Monk Kidd, her writing is loaded with emotion. I Capture the Castle was introduced to me by Jane from Fragglerocking.org and A Gentleman in Moscow by my dear friend Grace. And of course, a mystery book for October, so The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the reviews are excellent for this mystery.
As you can see, new books are a few of my favourite things, I’m spreading kindness towards myself giving me the pleasure of holding a new book in my hands. I’ve just remember the song ‘My favourite Things’ – Julie Andrews:
Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
“TANKA IN ENGLISH: 5/7/5/7/7 or the s/l/s/l/l/ syllable structure. Your Tanka will comprise 5 lines written in the first-person point of view from the perspective of the poet.
When writing a Tanka, we consider the third line your “pivot,” but feel free to let it happen anywhere, or to exclude it. It is not mandatory. If you use a pivot, the meaning should apply to the first two lines, and the last two lines of your Tanka. Remember, we can read great tanka poems both forward and backward. ”
books. i’ve many, my bookshelves are overflowing! i read a lot, and i really like to feel the weight of the book in my hands. most of the time i order the hardcopy, or the real book as i like to say. i’ve my kindle that i use mostly when travelling, and now in COVID times i’m using it more, i’m not comfortable in getting books by mail.
i don’t keep all the books i’ve read, only the ones that really touched me and i’m sure i’ll go back to them, so i donate most of my books during the spring, but this year the donation centres around here have stopped receiving books donations. i’ve sorted out the books i want to keep and made this pile for donation. these books are waiting for new hands to hold them.
And you? do you prefer hardcopy or electronic version? do you keep all your books?
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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!
March is here, still cold and snow on the ground, but the expectation of spring brings joy. It’s like counting down to see the first sprouts breaking through the soil and smiling at us.
The rivers are still frozen, the earth is waiting to explode in color, but for now, the best is to be indoors. I’ve being writing, not as much as I would like, but bits and pieces here and there.
And reading, I’ve joined the GoodReads challenge, and I’m up to read 25 books this year. I’m already in my 3rd one, and I have this pile to read in March.
All of them from women authors about women trying to find her space in this world. Women with different backgrounds (from a math teacher to one that never attended a school), and different decades, but so similar in so many ways. I’ve started the ‘Where the crawdads sing’ and I’m loving it.