Monday Musings :: Reset

morning pages

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.”

one of my 100 day project cards

“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!

Nurt Thurs – Writing

Morning pages

“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.”

Sylvia Plath

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. 

Stay safe!

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A random page # 16

morning pages

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.

A random page # 15

Journaling is helping me to stay grounded during this time of lockdown. I’ve been up and down with my feelings, but in a way or another when I sit at my desk and start to write it’s like the world is back to its usual flow.

I haven’t done much art journaling recently, but here are the pages I did a few weeks ago.

Acceptance and self-care
Letting go
Being comfortable at home

And you? How are keeping your sanity these days?

Nurt Thurs – Popcorn

popcorn for lunch

“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well

if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolf

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…

morning pages

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.

How are you doing during this lockout?

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Quiet

Happy New Year!

Resetting and starting 2020 with new notebooks. My word for this year is QUIET! Hoping to have lots of time for writing and being creative.

Wishing a wonderful 2020 to you!

Noticing # 72

Happy December! A new month, new pages and new challenge to me.

Morning pages and this book “Women who run with the wolves” had been part of my morning routine for many years until recently when I let go of my time of reflection and things started to fall apart in my mind.

I’ve decided to take more seriously my well being in this last month of the year and I’m challenging myself to write as much as I can every morning and use this book to guided me as a prompt. It has many pink passages that I’ve selected over the years. If you don’t know yet, I use a pink highlighter to mark the sentences that speak out to me. Today I opened the book and this little pink got my eyes:

“We need to only look into and learn from those soulful eyes that are wild and wise and lovely.”

Isn’t it perfect for my moment? And as a side note: my cup of coffee/tea as well a candle are a must during my morning time.

I’ll try to post my progress here, as much as I can to keep up with my ‘noticing’ moments too. I started so long ago, here, but I let go of it too, only showing up a bit here and there.

Wishing a wonderful month to you, full of creativity and ‘me time’!

Noticing # 71

morning pages

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?

Wishing a great last week of November to you!

A random page # 12

Happy Sunday to you! Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month, and as usual, I joined an online art journaling party on Instagram: #septgluebookparty19.

Journaling and art journal (visual journal, creative journal) are part of my being. I write morning pages almost every day and during the weekends, I also express my feelings using collage, acrylic and watercolour.

Here is my take on the prompts. They were all related to Autumn!

#1 – Autumn colours

Autumn is a season for coziness. To both, stay at home with a cuppa in the hands or outdoors enjoying the beautifulness of the season. My colours for the season are the outdoors colours: sunrise, sunset, and colourful leaves. Earthly colours for my outfit and shawls, like brown, grey, and dark green.

# 2 – A quote: “A fallen feaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye” – unknown

For sure, Autumn is a season of letting go! You do know that I love trees, I’m always hugging them and I’m never tired of learning from them.

I’m always impressed by their stillness, strength and now, during this season the lesson of letting go! It’s time to let go of their leaves, they don’t need them anymore for photosynthesis, no much sunshine, but they need to keep all the focus on the roots to get energy from the earth and survive the harsh winter.

We need to do the same, focus our energy on what is necessary to keep us strong and happy. We need to let go of what doesn’t add up to make us a better and healthy being.

# 3 – Picnic

Well, a picnic! When my kids were little, the picnic was simple. I only need to grab a towel, take some fruits in a basket and cross the street to go to a park in front of my home. It was a blessing, the kids playing in the playground and I’m laying down and reading.

Now the meaning of a picnic is other. The park close by isn’t enough, we need to plan a trip to someplace far away, this place needs to have lots of trails, I need to take lots of food, and the towel has been replaced for a large blanket to fit all of us. Still is a blessing to be cozy up with my family in the middle of nowhere!

Hope you enjoyed my way of expression and please let me know if you like to joy this party next month.

Hugs,

E.