Thursday, 24 November 2016

Eschewing busy-ness


There are seasons in life that are busy, whether we like it or not. I've just come through a busy month. Busy for me, anyway. Now, I know some people thrive on events, parties, spending time with others.

I'm not one of them.

I know this from experience. I am strongly introverted and contemplative. Yes, I like to spend time with friends, but in small groups. Approaching 50, I have learned some things about myself and what I need to do for self-care, and one of those things is to eschew busy-ness where I can. One event a week is enough for me. I know how to pace myself and generally do it well, but this last month just happened to have more in it than I would have liked. It has taken a week to recover, and I am glad to be back in my journal, pottering in my studio, and having some solitude.

Do you love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Or do you know that you need to find breathing space?


I shall be sharing this on Paint Party Friday. Check out all the wonderful work that's been created this week.


12 comments:

  1. I always need my space to breathe and be alone. Lovely, colourful journaling. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh I so love this gorgeous art in all it's vibrant spirit! Lets just say you are not alone here! I am a decade ahead of you and felt exactly as you did at that age...and now it's worse. You realize it takes so much energy to endure constant bustle of events and people! I need my alone time more than I ever have. Enjoy.... that's why I say " Boundaries set you free." Never been a more true oxymoron for me!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. I love this page of colour, patterns and spontaneity, a beautiful journal page! I bet it did you good to just play again here after all the hustle and bustle, I too prefer quiet time, alone time is precious and soul nurturing!

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  4. Color is just what we need now in this dark season! Looking great.

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  5. Beautiful work and such good advice on eschewing the business.

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  6. Luv the busy-ness of your painting. Turns out a remarkable collage. Happy PPF

    much love...

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  7. Your artwork is gorgeous, Tracy. I am of a like mind as you about busyness.

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  8. I am totally with you. Small groups of people, in small doses. But what better way to combad the 'silly season' than to stay home and paint! I'm going to do more of that, and your work is just lovely! Happy PPF!

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  9. I'm exactly the same as you Tracy! Social engagements tire me out. I need to be alone from time to time to recharge my batteries. It's not that I don't like talking to people - I do - I sometimes even initiate conversation with strangers in passing - but "in passing" is the key phrase here. There's nothing I dread more than organised parties and large gatherings. I just don't enjoy them at all. Love all the mark-making in your page - and I can see how it related to being "busy".

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  10. What a lovely page and a good reminder. I need lots of recovery time the older I get. Too much....too much...sometimes and when you are called upon. Saying no is an art in itself!!

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  11. I just love the journal page! ♥
    xo Michelle #49 at PPF

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