season of flavours and colours

Isn’t this season all about flavours and colours? Time for being cozy and turning inwards, to feel our feelings and understand our being.

Who can resist a pumpkin spice frappuccino during a work break?

Or a pumpkin pie slice early morning?

With all the colourful candies on display, hard to resist bringing some home.

Yes, Autumn is here! Happy new season to you!

05/30 – it’s the little things

Stop. Breathe. Listen. Three simple words, powerful words to bring me back to the present from wherever my mind is travelling. They are a mantra, sometimes a little prayer or a wish. I’m sharing these words with you today just in case you need them as much as I do. The weekends can be tough on us without the stress of the work days. More time to think and reflect on the past and guess about the future.

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are.

Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.”

Buddha

04/30 – it’s the little things

at the university

A little bit of cuteness on my way to my office yesterday. I spent a few minutes observing them before keeping moving. They are Canadian geese, lots of babies in the spring, and they love the campus. A great view, indeed a refreshing one for the eyes.

02/30 – it’s the little things

in my garden

Wandering in my garden this morning I spotted this dragonfly. I smiled! I know dragonflies and butterflies mean transformation, but only to confirm I did a quick google search and I found:

“A dragonfly symbol represents change and transformation. It is a reminder for you to shed more light and joy in your life. It tells you not to remain in the dark or the shadows.” https://worldbirds.com/dragonfly-symbolism/

Isn’t it wonderful? It goes well with my thoughts yesterday about being more in the shadow than in the light.

Tanka Tuesday this week is Share your day, I wrote the Haiku below about a tiny part of my day.

messages and signs
from beyond the facts and truth
a garden of joy

Hope the photo and the poem inspire you today!

01/30 – it’s the little things

Missing this space, I had two weeks off from my blog, my last post here was on May 14th: light and shadow. I needed this time off, my creativity is more in the shadow than in the light. I have many things going on in my workplace and with my family at the moment. Stuff that makes me unbalanced, both in my body and mind. I can’t do much about it and I need to find a way to focus on myself, create barriers and learn to filter what I should take in and what I should let go of.

I need to focus on Mindfulness and Balance: To control my thoughts and my weight. My thoughts are all over the place, most of the time in the past and in the future. I need to bring them back to the present moment. My weight is over the sky. I’ve realized that most of the calories are from snacks, the stressful eating while doing something, like when I’m working at the computer, cooking, reading…

I’m planning to post every day during the month of June, which is starting today. This way I’ll force myself to stop and notice the present moment and be grateful for it.

This morning hubby gifted me with a hibiscus flower that fell off our tree. He brought it inside while I was making coffee. A tiny gesture, but so lovely!

The marigolds I planted during the weekend are doing great. We had a few hot days and I was worried they wouldn’t make it.

A duck couple was visiting my garden this morning, it was a wonderful surprise to find them there.

And two other good surprises: my pink rose has the first bloom of the season and I found a feather in my yard.

Wishing a wonderful new month to you!

green

journaling in my living room
blue and yellow blast
i'm lost in a field of dreams
edge of the abyss

i look at my hands
the tiny emerald ring
roots me to the earth
it's time to grow and renew
the grass dancing with the breeze

Is anyone else feeling at the edge of the abyss? This winter has been so long and the creativity muse has left. Finally, this week the outdoors grey is giving some space for the sunshine and I’m starting to reclaim my creativity.

Tanka Tuesday this week is colours of the rainbow, green. My poem, consisting of a haiku and a tanka, intentionally doesn’t have the word green in it, but it has ‘green’ all over it. Hope you enjoy it!

Twinkle lights vibe

The days are getting shorter and shorter. It’s dark when I leave home in the mornings and when I come back later in the afternoon. I like this feeling of grounding and going inwards this time of the year when we start to pay more attention to being and not just doing. Although I miss the sunlight entering my studio through the window, I enjoy the twinkle lights I’ve in there. The softness that comes with them, little tiny dots of light. I’ve twinkles on my dressing mirror as well, they are shining at me while a get dressed.

Today starts Gratitude week with Michelle, I’m looking forward to it as I know her posts will be just wonderful to turn my focus on what matters and to be grateful for the tiny things I’ve close to me. You can check out gratitude week and other of her lovely offerings here.

Today I’m grateful for my journaling practice. Over the years this practice has helped me to know myself, to understand situations and people and to clarify my mind when I had it clouded with thoughts.

Hope you have a great week ahead and focus on gratitude.

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