Wednesday 19 June 2024

Breathe

Breathe in the pauses.

This page has two 'storms' with a golden space between, and made me think about how things sometimes seem to come in quick succession. We need to make sure we take the time to breathe in the pauses. Taking time to catch your breath is so important, especially when things seem out of control. Those few seconds of pause can make all the difference.





Monday 17 June 2024

Leftovers

This page is made with leftover paint from some swatching that I was doing. I was just cleaning off my brush, but I was so pleased with how everything came together that I just added a few bits in black and white and called it done. 

We can make the greatest pages out of something that is just flung together without much thought. We can make some great meals with leftovers. Just think about bubble and squeak :)

So don't worry if you don't have the most expensive paint, or you only have copy/printer paper, or you have a couple of brushes but they're those big children's ones with plastic handles. Use what you have, because it is you that makes it special.





Saturday 15 June 2024

Expectations

 

Expectations. People have them. We have them about ourselves. But they can be very restrictive or even downright dangerous for us. I recently read Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson. There was a great quote about this, which is what led to this page:

"We adapt to our situation like water in a strangely shaped jug, though it might take us a little while to ooze into all the little nooks. Because we adapt, we sometimes don't recognise how twisted, uncomfortable, or downright wrong the container is that we've been told to inhabit.

    We can keep going that way for a while. We can pretend we fit that jug, awkward nooks and all. But the longer we do, the worse it gets. The more it wears on us. The more exhausted we become. Even if we're doing nothing at all, because simply holding the shape can take all the effort in the world. More, if we want to make it look natural."

Not being authentic to yourself is exhausting. We all know that, because we all mask to some degree, depending on the situation, but the more we can be ourselves, the more relaxed we can be. Let's try not to be poured into a jug that doesn't suit us.

On another subject, I've been having a go at amigurumi - crocheting stuffed dolls. Here is a sloth, from a pattern by Lauren Espy:





Monday 10 June 2024

Celebrate!

 Celebrate! 

Take all the opportunities to celebrate, especially with others. Celebrating the achievements of others does not take away from yourself. There is more than enough 'success' to go round. 

I've posted about it before, but the Yiddish word 'fargin' – to wholeheartedly appreciate the successes of others – is a great one to live by. After all, if you celebrate with others, you get a lot more celebrating in your life than if you only focus on your own achievements. 






Saturday 8 June 2024

Yes and no

A 'yes' is also a 'no'.  

Whenever we say 'yes' to something, it means 'no' to something else because there is only so much time in the day and only so much that we can do with that time. As an introvert I am very careful with how much I say 'yes' to. There are people who may be upset if I say 'no' but I have to manage my energy. After all, they aren't the ones who have to live with me if I've over done it 😊

It is easy to feel that we should say 'yes' to everything that comes our way. Maybe it's something we'd like to do; or we don't want to let people down; or we don't want to miss out on anything. But running yourself into the ground isn't helpful to anyone. You may cause some disappointment by saying 'no', but in the long run it is better than saying 'yes' and having to pull out, or being so overwhelmed in doing what you said that you have no joy in it. 




Sunday 2 June 2024

Shade

Whose shade are you in? 

Stepping back from this page I could see a great big moon, shaded on one side. It made me think about how the phases of the moon are due to the shade thrown across it. Do we throw shade across anyone? Or are we standing in someone else's shadow?

Being the person behind someone else, a support, is not a bad thing, but it can be done without being cast into the shade yourself. Being a behind-the-scenes person is one thing, but neglecting your own needs is quite another. 

And let's make sure that we don't push others into the shade but make sure they get what they need even as they support us. There's enough light for all of us.





Tuesday 28 May 2024

The unknown

 


There is always an unknown. 

It is good to hold that in mind.

With people - what don't we know when we enter a situation? What don't we know when someone reacts in a way that seems over the top? What don't we know about someone's past that may be a trigger in their present?

With projects - We can plan for as much as possible, but there will always be things that will make us throw out the old plan and have to make a new one. There will always be things that may cause us to pivot halfway through. 

Knowing that we don't know it all is a good place to start.




Monday 20 May 2024

The clouds part

 


The clouds always part eventually.

The fog lifts.

The dawn comes.

Nothing lasts forever, even though it feels as if it does when you're in the middle of it. 

So keep breathing and hold on. 




Landscape


 I put the trees on this page and then realised that they are very Australian. You may think that isn't really surprising as I am living in Australia, but for quite a while after moving here, I was still drawing very European-looking trees because that is what came to mind when I thought 'tree'. It can take a while for our inner landscape to match our outer one. For some of us it never changes, or maybe there are areas in which it doesn't change. It just makes me realise how ingrained some things can be, and realising that, I know that I have to make sure that I don't assume things, especially about other people who have grown up in a different culture from my own.




Thursday 16 May 2024

What goes around...

If you keep coming back to the same place, make a different decision. 

Sometimes we find ourselves going round in circles. It's like we go down the road, make a few left turns, and find ourselves back at the same crossroads or roundabout. If we only ever turn left when we reach that point of decision, things won't change. 

Change can be hard. It's easier to follow the same routes, but then we make ruts. When we make ruts, it's even harder to go in a different direction. We have to put energy in to jump out of those ruts and go by a different route, but it's what we have to do if we want a different outcome.