‘Still Lagoon’ – Day 250/365

‘Still Lagoon’ – Day 250/365

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Oh, the stillness that comes from stepping back.⁠
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Not every painting has to be a myriad of things.⁠
Not every day has to be filled with shenanigans.⁠
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Today is for you, today is for me.⁠
Let’s be happy together, apart, content with the stillness to be.⁠

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Inspiration: common licence photography

‘Bridge Your Gaps’ – Day 247/365

‘Bridge Your Gaps’ – Day 247/365

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I came across a Japanese saying today that definitely holds truth, but not much constructive advice, and I thought of a way to reconstruct it.⁠

“Beginning is easy. Continuing is hard.”⁠
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And so for anyone doing any kind of creative project – this is my advice: ⁠
Bridge your gaps with beginnings.⁠

If you think of your project as one giant task, with a beginning, a long drawn out middle part, and an end – it’s more likely to experience ‘the continuing’ as hard.⁠
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But if you think back to before you started and reframe the story as:⁠
– the beginning was where I made a brave choice ⁠
– the long drawn out middle is where I get to choose daily to reaffirm my choice⁠
– the end is when I become something I would never have been without all the ‘continuing’⁠

then each day holds purposeful value and is in a sense a series of brave beginnings. ⁠
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Hope that way of looking at things gives you the energy to keep at your creative endeavour.⁠
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And if you have a sh*t day of it, don’t worry – tomorrow you can begin again😉⁠
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Inspiration: common license imagery
‘Zen Logic’ – Day 223/365

‘Zen Logic’ – Day 223/365

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“To understand nothing takes time” – Zen Proverb⁠
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📸 inspiration via Johannes Plenio on Unsplash⁠

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Inspiration image: common licence

‘Remnants of Red’ – Day 193/365 – Triptych

‘Remnants of Red’ – Day 193/365 – Triptych

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Have you heard of Glennon Doyle? I adore her. I keep her and Cheryl Strayed and Liz Gilbert and Brene Brown all squished up next to each other in a chamber in my heart (because its the chamber of all things magic, brave, vulnerable, wild and warrior-like 😉). ⁠
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Invariably I find when I need the words of one of them, I soak up the wisdom of all three.⁠

I wanted to share this, by Glennon, with you today.⁠

“You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it’s hard. Not because you’re doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don’t avoid the pain. You need it. It’s meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you’ll burn to get your work done on this Earth.”⁠
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Inspiration image: artist’s own

‘Fig It’ – Day 192/365 – Triptych

‘Fig It’ – Day 192/365 – Triptych

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‘Figging It’ ~ def: the art of ‘winging it’ when you’d really rather say ‘f*%@ it’ and quit.⁠

We all have those days. Figging it gets us through those.⁠
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Ps: Whose got some nice, juicy tips or motivation for me for keeping my energy levels up – I’d appreciate your wisdom in the comments more than a ‘double tap’ on this one. 🙏😌⁠

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Inspiration image: artist’s own

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