This is a page I finished from Lifebook 2013. The page is a folded like an accordion. I had finished this one a while ago but forgot to post it. It was fun to work on.
The behind the scenes, personal development peice of this lesson was on grounding. We had to think of a song, or poetry that helps us to ground, or stay in the moment. For me at that time it was Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul", and Coldplay, " Paradise" ( or the Piano Guys version, "Peponi"). Those songs can really take me to a special place-they help me when I am up or down and inbetween.
Being grounded and focused on the present is not easy. It is something that takes practice. It is so easy to waste time on the could and should haves, or worrying about what will happen in the future. What happened, happened and what will happen, will happen-what is happening right now, now, and now is what matters and no matter what you are doing as long you are doing it in a way that aligns with how you feel (even if it means being a quirky bird) then you should feel content knowing you did the best you could with what today had on store.
What do you do or listen to to feel grounded in your life?
Thanks for reading :)
Nothing more sweet than my man with Kieran( and somewhat matching hats, which was not planned). I don't want to jinx it but the weather has been beautiful. We went for at least two walks a day over the weekend. Having Kieran in his ergo carrier is so nice, no extra things to lug around, just him warm and cozie.
Big week this week. Kieran has started solid foods and he loves it. So far he has tried avocado, apples, and today squash. I don't know who us having more fun him or us.
Well it has happened. Kieran cut his first tooth this week. It just reminds me how fast time is moving. We start solid foods in a week and a half. I still remember thinking how far away that was- it feels like yesterday, until I look back through the pictures and realize how far we've come.
Working on the Legendary Self class. It is amazing how fast time goes in front of the canvas. What I think will take 15 minutes usually ends up being 45 or more. I am very happy with this so far. I still have quite a bit more layers to add.
I was just saying to Peter the other day I wish Kieran would snuggle and sleep. He did a couple times when he was a newborn but not a lot.
Then today (after a long night...because Kieran likes to practice how to roll
over 100 times at 3am) Kieran snuggled up to me with his Sophie Giraffe and I don't know when we fell asleep but it was definitely a snuggle nap. Yay. Crappy night...forgiven but not forgotten.
I started this 20"x 20" painting over a year ago. It has transformed itself many times before ending up in this form. It is one of the paintings I started from Flora Bowley's online class.
Two things I have learned from this particular painting are:
1) Inspiration is not going to happen unless I show up. If I don't go to my canvas then it will not happen. I can think about it all day, stare at it, but ultimately until I pick up my brush and put it on the canvas it is not going to happen.
There are many times I feel the excitement of inspiration rising on my body only to get to the canvas and not know where to start or go next. It can be very upsetting even depressing when this happens- because all the excitement and anticipation you felt had no where to go, which leads me to the next lesson....
2) Let it go (as I hear the song from "Frozen" run through my head). Play and see where it takes you. There were parts if this painting I got hung up on because I became really attached to certain sections and didn't want to lose them, and I had ideas and expectations for what I wanted the end result to look like. Once I let go of those expectations and sections and began to experiment and play- that is when the painting g really came together for me.
Applying these lessons to my everyday life would mean:
1) To commit to my passion by making time everyday to work in some creative way (how to do this another post entirely)
And 2) Let go of the past (easier said than done). Learn from it, move on, don't let if define you or stop you from playing and exploring life. Enjoy this moment because it is all we truest have- the past is gone, can't change it, and the future is full of many posibilities so why compromise your now worrying about them.
Learning from these lessons I feel myself transforming just like my painting.
My questions for you are:
What is one thing you can you commit to for now, and take it one day at a time?
And what is one thing you can work on releasing this month?
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.