I am really trying to take time for myself this summer. I have been working non-stop for years and think I deserve it. Well, most of the time I feel like that, then there are those moments where I start thinking to myself “are you crazy!!! you have so much you should be doing!!!!!” I’m trying my best to shut that down, but it’s hard. As part of my summer of self-care I have been exploring some new art… I know what you are thinking, isn’t that work? My answer is yes, and no. It is art that I have had in my head for a while now and it always gets put in the background because I need to focus on my watercolors for my business. It feels good to work on it, even though the process of birthing something new is quite painful. I don’t feel like I have found exactly what has been gently nudging me but the creative process of allowing this new expression emerge has been a source of growth for me that is much needed right now.
I have also been spending time on my health. Living on my own has been a freeing experience for me and I find it much easier to take care of myself and make better decisions. There is this new energy within me that is fueling everything I do these days and I find myself wanting to make better choices and really care for myself in so many different ways. It’s pretty amazing. I have been walking and eating better and it is starting to show, this I am so grateful for. I don’t want to talk about it too much, just soft smiles on my face when I get on the scale and hope in my heart that it will continue and that my body will get as light as my spirit feels these days.
Here are some photos of my art exploration. It is mixed media, something I haven’t really played with. I don’t like messy and to be good at mixed media you really need to learn to let go. So, letting go has been a mantra going through my head these past few weeks. Let it go, be free, get messy, fly, fly, fly!
First, a new entry in my art journal about letting go.
Next, just playing. I naturally went to my florals. It was an easy place for me to start.
My new challenge is to NOT paint flowers! That is realllllly hard for me. But, a great exercise.
Fear not my watercolor fans! They flow from me so naturally, I will never stop painting them! They are a part of me. I am just searching these days. For what? I have no idea!!!!
I had a little visitor stay with me for a couple of days. Sweet little Winston was a joy to have as a guest but, no! I am not ready for another doggie any time soon. It’s just me, myself and I these days and I am cool with that!
Have a great weekend!
I am adding this note to my post… I must really be taking it easy because I just realized that I already shared some of my mixed media pieces in my last post! hmmmm… lol!!!!! Taking it easy or losing my mind, I can’t decide which!!!!