2023 journals

These are my new journals for the start of the year. The blue one is for morning pages and occasional writing. It has dotted pages, so I can write both ways, vertically or horizontally depending on my mood.

The small one is for art journaling, I love to create in tiny journals! I finished its cover this weekend and organized the first pages.

I had in mind my word and colour of the year when setting them up: Expansion and blue!

I added my own stickers on the cover to personalize it. I only kept the message on the bottom, it goes well with my journaling intention.

I still need to work on my gratitude journal. I have a few pages left in the one I’m using now, so I’ll keep going until I have time to set up the new one.

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation,
is not only life-changing but life-expanding.”
Jen Williamson

if you see red, click

One of the rules I’ve learnt in a photography class is “if you see read, click”! I applied this rule a few days back during a walk on a trail close to my house. I had my Nikon camera with me and I wandered around looking for red. The day was cloudy and dry, but I was lucky enough to find ‘red’ on my way.

This week is the last work week before the holidays. I’m looking forward to a white Christmas, but not sure if it will happen, we had some snow, but it has melted already. The forecast says snow is on the way and it will stay for a long time.

 “I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell.

If it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

With or without snow it is pretty around here.

Enjoy your week!

October’s beauty

My city is loaded with beauty these last days of October. I wish I could always be outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and the glorious trees. Impossible tasks, since I work all day and most of the time in a place without windows. I left the office earlier on Friday, yes, I deserved it! I strolled around my neighbourhood soaking up all the sunshine and fresh air.

Walking meditation as I like to say. Capturing all the views and sounds with my mind, and of course, taking breaks to save these joyful moments with my camera.

Leaves on the ground, an invitation to step on them and listen to the crunching sound.

“Fallen leaves on the ground are the golden song of immortal creativity.” 

Amit Ray

Have a safe Halloween and a great week ahead!

gardening

lavender in my garden

It has been a couple of weeks since I finished it’s the little things challenge. I haven’t posted since then and I miss this space. The summer is going by fast, it’s almost midsummer, and I’m enjoying every bit of it. My garden is gorgeous, with many flowers and vegetables.

We have lots of cucumbers and our first zucchini, of the season, was harvested this weekend. The tomatoes are coming along.

The queen of my garden right now is the hydrangea bush, just gorgeous. And it’s a perfect subject for my macro lens.

Hope you are enjoying the summer!

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.

Gertrude Jekyll

29/30 – it’s the little things

Crystals. Touching them brings me calm, it’s like I’m in a forest or close to the ocean. I have a few which I bought or received as a gift. I don’t believe they have any power, but they are a piece of the Earth and being in contact with the natural elements of Earth is wonderful.

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.

R. W. Emerson

21/30 – it’s the little things

First day of summer! We had a heatwave last week, wow, it was hot, almost impossible to be outdoors during the day. This week the weather is pleasant, long walks are welcome and I’m enjoying the flowers around the neighbourhood.

This garden is so pretty, I love messy gardens with a variety of flowers, including wildflowers. It’s Nature’s design. Of course, I admire a manicured garden with all its flower beds and trimmed plants, but wildflowers have a special meaning for me.

Hope you enjoy the summer and make time to appreciate the flowers around you.

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?”

Nora Roberts

13/30 – it’s the little things

A new week ahead, blank pages to be filled up with words, draws and most of the time just scribbles. The main point is to give me a few minutes of calm and reflection, to organize the day/week. I’ll write a list of stuff I need to accomplish this week. It’s so awarding to check each item out when completed. A bullet journal is what this kind of journal is named. I had a special notebook for my lists, but I’ve given up, I feel more comfortable having everything in one notebook.

Hope you have a great week, and below is a nice quote about journaling, it really resonates with me.

This pouring thoughts out on paper has relieved me. I feel better and full of confidence and resolution.”

Diet Eman, Things We Couldn’t Say

09/30 – it’s the little things

Spring/summer pleasures – just sitting outdoors and reading, it can be in my backyard or in one of the parks in the neighbourhood. I’m reading The Dictionary of Lost Words at the moment. It’s a lovely story based on true events about the Oxford dictionary compilation. The journey of a little girl growing up in a world of words.

Some words are more important than others- I learn this, growing up in the Scriptorium. But it took me a long time to understand why.

Esme – the main character in the book

06/30 – it’s the little things

Good morning, afternoon, or evening depending on the time you visit this post. The weekend was just gorgeous, I spent lots of time outdoors doing spring/summer things, including enjoying this awesome sunset by the river.

I walked a lot, more than 20 k steps!!! I also prepared healthy meals with lots of veggies, but between us, I couldn’t resist a slice of pizza on Sunday evening 🙂 it’s was a veggie pizza if it counts in my favour.

A new week ahead and I wish yours to be wonderful!

“No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.” 

Maya Angelou