Do you ever feel scrambled? This is how I have been feeling over the weekend. It could be just due to getting a cold mid last week and being a bit run down. It could be due to the endless list of things I want to achieve…last month! It could be due to the end of year nearing and starting to reflect on the last 12 months. It certainly leaves me feeling uneasy, nauseated, fatigued, and strange. My energy is frenetic, I’m certainly not grounded and my moods are random. Time to book in for a Kinesiology balance I think. I did something for myself though to try to remedy this uneasiness. I sat down for an hour midday yesterday while Flynn slept and Tully rested and thought for a moment. I’ve been longing to paint for weeks. I just needed to paint. I had no idea what to paint and really didn’t have time to, but I just needed to paint. Instead of grabbing a canvas I took a piece of cotton rag archival paper that I draw my illustrations on. I also selected 3 colour and limited myself to this by not painting in my studio but rather at my desk. This is what became of this short but very therapeutic exercise.
It is the total opposite to what my paintings normally look like, and not even close to where they would start. I am also pretty sure this is finished. I never complete paintings in less than an hour, little loan in a day! It is portioned, measured, and precise. It is more of a colour study I would say than a painting. But, I enjoyed it. I felt better for it. And my mood, thoughts and physical feeling shifted. The colours are very much what I’ve been drawn to this past month. I’ve been longing for more pink, yellow and white in my wardrobe too. Interesting. I’ll have to make do with my paint palette for now.
I have been reading a lot of my nutrition information and research again recently and also started following this blog. Sarah Wilson is a journalist, a blogger, a writer, and a media personality. Not usually the type that would grab my attention. However, she’s lovely, she’s passionate about health and wellbeing and has through her own health experience researched diet, health and nutrition and written an interesting e-book called “I quit sugar“.
Since suffering quite badly from Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my late 20’s and early 30s I am very aware of my diet and lifestyle. This condition had a lot to do with stress at the time but I have done a lot of reading on food, wholefoods and what is good for your body / mind health, implementing different things over the years and cooking more and more of our foods from scratch. Sarah’s concept of quitting sugar is interesting though as I have been well aware of the effects of refined sugar and too much sugar in our bodies. But, this goes further and talks about the actual amount of sugar in everything we eat, not just refined white sugar. It includes the natural sugars such as honey, agave, fruits and so on which I tend to consume a lot of without having thought seriously about it. I’ve always thought it’s natural so it’s fine and good for me and the amount doesn’t matter as much. I think it’s an important thing for me to take note of. I wonder about the effect on my memory, my energy levels, and I often feel like I have a burst of energy and then I have nothing left. I also suffer from low blood pressure so lots of water and a low GI diet is important to keep this in balance. Reducing or eliminating sugar could make a lot of difference.
More than anything reading this book has made me more aware. It’s also led me to experiment a bit. I went a few days very strictly avoiding any sugar filled foods, and then a day today as we would normally on the weekend. We baked a pear and raspberry loaf which we had for breaky, along with some cut up fresh fruit and a soy latte. Well within half an hour of eating this I felt crap. I actually feel hung over as if I’d had a big night out and got to bed late. Starting the day with sugar is definitely a bit no go for me I think. So I really want to see how I go avoiding sugar as much as I can and what if any difference it makes. It’s much easier than avoiding wheat, dairy and sugars all in one as I had to do some years back. But it’s still not easy to do this time of year, or with little ones, or with my love of organic honey and dark chocolate…!
Before I sign off for today I have been excitedly awaiting this fabulous news from a new dear friend of mine. Artist Shae Reid has proudly announced the up and coming new book that she has illustrated along with her close friend Brian McCully who is the author of this delightful new book “Why Goldfish Never Die“.
Shae has spent the past year realising her childhood dream of illustrating a book. She has produced over 100 of the most beautiful paintings to accompany and bring to life Brian’s thought provoking words. This is going to be one very special book. Lots of messages to ponder and many beautifully written, poetic words to enjoy. I can’t wait to curl up on the couch with my boys either side and sit quietly reading this to them. Brian and Shae have just launched their website this weekend, please pop over here and check it out for yourselves, it’s truly magical.
Well my lil man Flynn will probably awaken from his slumber soon and I have a mountain load of washing to do as usual so I shall be off. I haven’t forgotten about sharing my range of Christmas cards with you either. That is up next over the coming couple of days. Enjoy the rest of this lazy Sunday, ooohhhh to be truly lazy today…