Allowing my hand to move to its own beat. Ahhhh this was like taking a long meditative nap… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
I appreciate being able to work things out with my relationships.
I appreciate recognizing that I can improve my confidence.
I appreciate learning lessons everyday.
I appreciate all the gifts that continuously come into my life.
I appreciate the silence.
I appreciate that my kitten knows when I get up in the morning that it is our meditation time.
I appreciate watching this beautiful hummingbird flutter in front of me.
I appreciate trusting that my emotions are all safe to feel.
I appreciate my bravery.
I appreciate that it’s okay wherever I am emotionally/mentally/physically.
I appreciate having a really awesome morning workout.
I appreciate allowing the tears to come out.
I appreciate a hot bath.
I appreciate good rest.
I appreciate that I am learning to trust my intuition better than ever.
I appreciate knowing that my body is doing the best it can.
I appreciate being capable of love.
I appreciate being loved.
I appreciate being ready to work through issues.
I appreciate my willingness to be vulnerable.
I appreciate my desire to show up for myself, for people I love, for strangers.
I appreciate leaving small gifts for random people to find.
I appreciate the slight rustling of trees in the breeze.
I appreciate the smell of my kittens when I stick my nose in their fluff.
I appreciate tiny beautiful moments that make up a day.
I appreciate being able to sit outside with my cat.
I appreciate listening to the leaves tumble across the sidewalk.
I appreciate that I have a wonderful relationship with my husband.
I appreciate that I am learning how to take better care of myself.
I appreciate seeing my kitten relish in the sunlight.
I appreciate holding myself accountable.
I appreciate learning how to focus better.
I appreciate having so many creative ideas.
I appreciate feeling the sunlight on my face.
I appreciate drinking a cup of tea on the porch.
I appreciate that there are a million choices I get to make today.
I appreciate trusting that I am always doing my best.
I appreciate making mistakes.
I appreciate being choosy with friends.
I appreciate having friends that truly know me and enjoy me.
I appreciate being capable of speaking my truth.
I appreciate the joy of making art.
I appreciate the feeling of sheer inspiration.
I appreciate recognizing how much there is to appreciate.
I am very fond of the scribble, so it was no wonder that I immediately enjoyed these scribble portraits from this Korean artist.
Wow! It’s amazing how real the portraits look and yet the lines that have been used to create them are unique. The scribbles give it such interesting texture and emotion.
Check them out!
As these cra cra holidays begin, I hope you’re giving yourself time to breathe, and time to play!
We can only be our best when we are taking care of ourselves to the BEST of our ability.
It’s December 3rd, I can’t believe it. It seems like yesterday we were headed out on a family vacation in the middle of summer. This last quarter of the year is flying by so fast, isn’t it?
I know I am allowing life to move easier when I suddenly realize ‘oh! This is normally when I would have beat myself up!’
This is the place I would have looked around and realized that I have NOT been working out the way I need to, and I would have been so mad at myself.
This is the place I would have felt a thick blanket of misery with all the ‘should haves and ‘what’s wrong with me’s, ‘I’m so lazy,’ and all the ‘I’m not good enoughs.’
But I don’t feel that way at all.
Yes, I am soooooooooooooo craving working out more than I have been.
Also yes, I am ready to finally get back into creating my SCHEDULE and sticking to it.
I recognize that sometimes LIFE IS STRESSFUL and full AND WE DO WHAT WE CAN.
That right there is huge for me.
We do what we can.
This month and a 1/2 has been more movement and more stress than the entire year combined. We were flying across the country to find a therapeutic boarding school for our son, days before our daughters Bat Mitzvah. This past week we were moving our son out of his wilderness camp and into his new school, 2 states away.
It’s okay I haven’t been going to the gym as much as I’d like.
It’s okay that my website still isn’t done.
It’s okay that the year is moving on.
I think sometimes I need to remember that the goals we set for ourselves sometimes get interrupted by life, and that is okay.
If I had made my goals my ONLY priority, here’s what I would have missed out on:
- Being present with finding B the best school for him.
- Being focused on creating the best event we could for our daughter.
- Being present at her event and feeling so proud of her, and so much love.
- Getting a chance to see B right after as he came down the mountain from LIVING in the wilderness for 3 1/2 month.
- Being present to hear everything he wanted to talk about.
- Laughing as a family.
- Getting extra sleep from all the traveling.
- Enjoying a moment at an Italian restaurant with my honey.
- Allowing myself to feel all of it after we dropped B off at his new school.
And so much more.
There is still time to do what I am here to do. There is still time for my goals and dreams. But I want to be present in LIFE, I want to participate in the events that won’t happen again ever. That is my priority.
It’s so refreshing to see this. Ahhhh All the times I would finish an art piece, or a creative idea, assuming it would ‘be good,’ only to find that it wasn’t. I felt like a failure once again. From now on I am going to do what Kadavy suggests, ‘Just keep making things.’ Some will be good and many, many will be not so good. It’s the starting and finishing that matters. That is what makes US BETTER.
I was browsing through Amazon about a week ago and saw some great reviews for this book called Heart to Start by David Kadavy. At first glance I was thinking maybe it would only be for people that just couldn’t start AT ALL. But I decided to purchase it anyway, trusting that there were probably going to be plenty of things for me to learn.
He mentioned that adults have a hard time ‘being curious’ because we all feel that once we learn something we need to monetize it. And yet, by him BEING CURIOUS and learning all that he was naturally interested in, he was able to write books and CREATE based on combining his interests! I love that he shared this! Just hearing another artist talk about ‘all their interests’ suddenly made me take a deep breath.
I have a lot of interests.
I always have, I have always been FASCINATED by life.
And yet, in my attempt to ‘not be the crazy artist lady with all kinds of random hobbies and interests,’ I have swallowed them down and decided only to paint. It’s hard sometimes because I can get lost in making art. It soothes my soul, it makes me feel.
What about all the other things I am curious about?
What David wrote snapped me out of it.
What if I am exactly as I am supposed to be?
What if I can create with all of my interests combined?
What if that is WHAT makes me unique and genuine and authentic, the way I want to be?
I am sure Kadavy’s desire was to share this tiny lesson for those of us that have judged our innate curiosity, and for that I am so grateful. I feel so free, and I have started creating a calendar of adding new interests to it.
If you’re interested in getting started in new ways with passion and drive and fun, check out his book. I am already starting some of his handy tips and they are WORKING.
I started this piece a couple of weeks ago when I was in the throws of extreme anxiety. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat. I was obsessing and my heart wouldn’t stop pounding.
So I picked up the paintbrush and let my hand lead. Usually I get super stiff when I attempt something large, but I was in such a state, I hardly noticed that I was working on a 16 x 20 canvas.
As I continued through endless hours of painting movement, I realized the lesson here. Life is always in motion, always in flow; if we allow it. The more that I can remember that, and allow the bigger picture to come into view, I can rise above anxiety.
So here is my first finished piece of flow.
ahhhhh I will be finishing my next very soon! xo