|2014 Mandala *
It takes discipline and a great deal of clarity to discern where I want to put my energy and what truly restores me (reading one of the many good books stacked by the bedside versus vegging out before the television; creative practice versus facebook chatter) and then implementing routines to support those choices.
Yes, I am putting myself to bed early (thank you dear Mel) which makes so much sense given I am winding down with Cowgirl anyway. So now I segue from reading with her to reading my book in bed, preferably with a cuppa Sleepy Time by my side.
Then it is up early (again, thank you Mel!) for some meditation/mindfulness practice. Easing myself into the day with candle light, smudging, and time to listen for the shy, quiet, small voices that speak the essential truths needed to fortify me for the challenges ahead. Enjoying the stillness of the day before the others are up and about. Taking time to return to my art journals and play which is how I often stumble into the deeper matters that bang about the hallways in my grey matter. Painting those conversations and clearing space for new ones to enter and educate me.
Don't get me wrong ... I am still set to slowwww motion ...
But finding my way back in, finding my rhythm and making the moves towards new growth, new expansion and fun projects.
Already cast on another knitting adventure (oh, the fun of felting! You'll have to wait and see!) but a peek at completed pieces ...
|My cap is Dustland pattern - super fun and easy
|Cowgirl wearing slouchy version of knit hat found in Issue 8 of Taproot Magazine
So yes, change is in the air. Adventure surely will follow ...
And speaking of pigs (didn't you know that's what we are talking about now?) just a couple days left to get your name into the hat and possibly win an autographed copy of Misfits of Love by Katherine Dunn. And the author has promised to send the winner an art card with artwork from the book! All the details are here.
No doubt the upswing in my mood is the result of this amazing bundle of Winter Self Care goodies created by the equally talented and amazing Mandy of attualmente.
I hardly ever win anything (I once won nurse's timer at a work sponsored Holiday party) so this was the mother lode of goodies and given my winter funk, they arrived in the nick of time! In fact, I am off to enjoy a trifecta of treats: bath bomb, vanilla creme lotion and homemade limoncella. Buona notte miei amici e buona fortuna!
(* My mandala madness is in preparation for my contribution to 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop which will be released April 1, 2014. It is a a stellar array of artists offering techniques and ideas for creative art journaling and when you sign up, you get all 21 programs in one handy & beautiful eBook to keep and return to forever! Sign up now for the special pre-sale discount of $89!)