Sometimes we just need to take the time to relax and allow a little gentleness into our lives. I often find myself always trying to do everything that “needs to be done” and “keeping everyone happy”. But, sometimes I really think we need to be mindful of our own needs; our own physical health and wellbeing. Keeping up in life I find certainly takes its toll and I need to be mindful to allow a little down time, a slower pace, and for things to just happen as they arise rather than planning, organizing and doing all the time. A little self-love is the perfect remedy.
We didn’t get up to much over the weekend, but that’s the beauty of some weekends. We just enjoyed some lovely time relaxing at home with friends with the kids enjoying some playtime together and spent time together working in our garden and enjoying playing with the boys. It’s been awesome Autumn weather too; crisp cool nights and soothing sunny warm days with gentle breezes. My favorite time of the year, I love it!
One downer though is I think I might have to go off coffee for a while or for good. Oh nooooo! I hadn’t had one during the week I was run down with a cold, but had started having one every second day or so once I started feeling better. However, instead of it giving me the lift and warming feeling it used to, its frazzled my brain, left me feeling kind of nauseated and fatigued. I know really weird and I can’t explain it. Other than I definitely feel better without it. I don’t know why I’m so upset about it. I guess it’s because I love the whole ritual and shared moments with close friends over a coffee, but it looks like I’ll be switching to more herbal tea for the time being.
I shared a few little photos on my Facebook page last week of a some fun I had experimenting for an hour here and there with my painting. I haven’t had a lot of time recently but decided to make the most of the few moments I had. Otherwise, if I don’t paint or draw or be creative in some way I kinda lose the plot a bit and get all grumpy and internalized. Not good and I’m definitely happier and lighter when I’m expressing my creativity in some form. Again, I’m still pushing the merging of my illustrative work with my painting techniques. I have a couple of larger finished paintings too that I must share with you all soon. Slowly slowly I’m adding to my “illustrations” and “paintings” pages on my home page here too. So if you’re interested in these, keep checking back for updates. Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to the past week creatively.
I also love Brene Brown as you know and watched this latest talk of hers this afternoon while Flynn slept. I love the way it opens up a whole new view on things for me and I’m learning loads of wisdom from her work. So I thought I’d share this latest talk with you all.
Wishing you a great week ahead. Have fun & just take a moment here and there for yourself. It really does do wonders!