Friday, 20 July 2018

Keep moving forward

All the elements on this page seemed to be urging me to move forward. The triangles are pointing that way. The fish are swimming that way.

Some days all you can do is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It feels like plodding, but you still move forward whether you plod or run. Ground covered is ground covered, even if you have to crawl along.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The things that keep me up at night

I am at the age where I wake in the night wringing wet sometimes. Usually between 3 and 4 a.m. and getting back to sleep takes a while, if it happens at all.

Sometimes I'm too cold, just to shake it up a bit.

Sometimes I'm worried, but not very often.

What keeps you up at night?

Monday, 16 July 2018

Learn from others

Learn from others.

I was really inspired by some videos I watched on Youtube this week by Betty Krause. I love watching other people's processes. There's always something to learn. Those videos pushed me to pile on the layers and to pull out the palette knives my husband and daughter picked up for me. I had such fun! I'm still exploring, pushing my own style while using some new techniques.

You're never too old to learn!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Moving forward

It struck me, when standing back and looking at this page, that we tend to read from left to right - in the western world. With that in mind, if I read the red across the centre of this page as a journey, from left to right, then you have to travel the peaks and troughs and keep going forward to progress on the journey.

When we reach a peak, it is understandable that we might want to linger there. After all, when we're at the top of the mountain we feel great. Who wants to descend? But if you want to move forward, you have to go down the other side. Otherwise you're just stuck, resting on your laurels.

And when you're in a trough it can feel like you'll never get out. Sometimes you want to sit there in the dirt and feel sorry for yourself. (I'm talking about the everyday troughs, not depression, which is a whole different ball game.) However, if you keep going, even if you plateau for a long time, you are still moving forward.

Choose to keep going, no matter whether you're moving through a peak, a trough, or a plateau.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Be informed

If you don't want to be deceived, be informed.

I was reading 2 Thessalonians this week, and there is a command to 'Let no-one deceive you in any way' in chapter 2. It set me thinking about how you can do that in all walks of life.

How do you let no-one deceive you?

It seems the best way is to be informed through a trusted and reputable source.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Reach for the sky!

This page really wasn't going anywhere. I gessoed over it a couple of times. Adding the magenta and removing paint through a stencil made it come alive for me. It made me think of a cliff - a bright magenta cliff admittedly, but it's my art journal, so it can be whatever I want :) - and I could picture trees growing out of the top.

So I added them. As you do.

It was obviously a tall cliff because a flock of birds appeared, lower than the trees.

And it made me think: Reach for the sky.

Why would you aim any lower? Because you might fail? But how will you feel if you never try? Will you live in the shadow of the cliff forever, or climb up and give flying a go?

Friday, 6 July 2018

Secret identity?

Do you spend more time in your 'secret' identity or wearing your mask?

We all wear masks. Some of us wear them all the time; some of us only in certain situations.

If I wear a mask, I don't have to reveal the real me. I can be a 'hero', showing only the best of me.

In my 'secret' identity - the real me - I am weak and flawed. If I show you the real me, I will be vulnerable to your judgement. But if I am vulnerable I am also authentic. When I show the real me, I give you permission to be the real you.

Let the masks be our secret identities.

Let us be heroic in secret.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Refuge or prison?

There is nothing wrong with having a refuge that you run to when things get tough. Lying in bed with the duvet over your head is sometimes necessary. It allows us to get the raw emotion out and gain some perspective in a safe place. It gives us breathing space.

But eventually we need to emerge from that refuge and face the world again. If we don't emerge, if we stay in bed and don't face the problem, we've made a prison for ourselves. The refuge helps us to be better able to face things not avoid them completely.

Make sure your refuge doesn't become a prison of your own making.

Monday, 2 July 2018


Are you putting on fruitful growth?

We have a lot of brambles round the edges of our new garden. It's a large space and it's going to take a while to get it all under control.

I have noticed something about brambles: there are some shoots that grow like the clappers, developing thick stems, stretching several feet, but with no flowers. They produce luxuriant foliage but no fruit. These are the stems I cut out.

There are other stems that are shorter, but end in a sprig of flowers. They will produce blackberries and therefore I am allowing them to stay until winter. I don't mind brambles if they will feed me.

There are areas in life where we have a growth spurt, and that growth ends up looking impressive, but not bearing fruit. Hard as it is, those stems need to go. They take energy but give nothing.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Just breathe

Just breathe.

When you feel anxious.

When you can't think.

When you feel overwhelmed.

Just breathe.

When you want to clear your head.

When the sun is shining and the breeze is cool.

When the day just couldn't get any better.

Just breathe.

Life is short. Slow down. Breathe.