hello! how are you doing? i missed this space. i hope you enjoyed the rest of summer/winter and are ready for the new season. autumn for me. i love all the colours and freshness that comes with it. the sweaters and boots, scarfs, flannel pjs. i’m craving for all the pumpkin spice flavours and fragrances: pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin muffins…., and the pumpkin candles to warm up my kitchen, although i love apple cinnamon candles this time of the year.
summer was lovely. i went to the north part of my province for a few days. a beautiful place with lakes and mountains. lots of kayaking and hiking. i read many books and wrote many pages. the leisure of a summer afternoon in my garden was wonderful. now, i’m sitting here typing these few words for you thinking about the past, wondering about the future, and trying to be present. i’ve a cup of coffee by my side, the morning freshness knocking on my window, a new day ahead.
hope you are doing ok and ready for the new season. enjoy the tiny moments, they are the ones that matter most and the ones that will be our company in difficult days.
This week’s theme for WQWWC is vacation, well for a long time I haven’t had a vacation. I mean going out in the world and trying new things. It was impossible to travel last year, and I don’t think it will be different this summer. So, my best option is to travel inside my province.
It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time.
I’m also planning on a staycation! My city has many parks and downtown has lots of nice spots for exploring. I want to walk on the streets and take photos of buildings and people for practicing my photography skills.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Being at home and doing nothing with a schedule is another thing I’m looking forward to. I’m craving free time to work on my journals and paintings. I’ve a few unfinished projects I started last year while in quarantine that I want to finish.
A wise man travels to discover himself.
James Russell Lowell
The most important part of a vacation is being away from the daily routine. It’s refreshing for the mind!
Enjoy the vacation without going; enjoy the conversation without talking.
Nothing like starting the day with bright new pages. I’ve been writing morning pages for almost a decade. It has become a habit, like brushing the teeth and drinking a cup of coffee early mornings.
My favorite notebook for my journaling is Moleskine. I love the softness of the pages, and it just few right in my hands. This one is almost done. I’d like to try a new brand, but not sure which one I’d go for. Any suggestions?
Noticing how my handwriting follows my mood. This morning is loaded with scattered thoughts and as I result I have messed up pages. Transferring from the mind to the paper, questioning and making sense of myself.
Setting priorities and glueing pieces together this Saturday morning. Thoughts turn clear when words are written on a blank page. We make them concrete, we can fix, edit and at the end make sense of what was deeply hidden inside us.
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!
Is it too early to bring out the fairy lights? Generally, I do it in November when the clocks change, but this year I couldn’t resist, it’s already so dark and I need their warmth early mornings while journaling. Another act of kindness towards myself.