It was a hot, dry, sweaty and trying time for many in Australia. Conditions were extreme, between drought, fires, storms and floods, people have been struggling, some have been devastated. The air has heavy with smoke and dust and the heat has been oppressive.
While I ummed and ahhed, pondered and pottered and generally whiled away my time, January glided by as I contemplated the ripples. One out of twelve months gone already and I have a backlog of draft posts, like this one, waiting to enter the web!
Considering it took me a while to determine the direction of my creative goals,(thank the universe for my crafty sparkle, how would I survive without it!?), the list seemed to sort itself out...and despite a very relaxed pace during the holidays, I ticked all my boxes. Yay!
I enjoy making my lists and mind maps. They help me figure things out. I like their suppleness. It doesn't matter how fast or slow I go or if get things done or not. They are tools I use for guidance, for checking in on myself. Having a visual and literally crossing or ticking things off contributes to my sense of achievement/accomplishment. It helps me keep myself accountable and shows me what I breeze through and where I drag the chain!
I battle with my ineptitudes as much as anyone. Doing too much or not enough, feeling overwhelmed, juggling, balancing, strolling with the shoulds, doing what I have to, making time for creativity and letting myself do nothing too...which tends to be dangerously comfortable!
Some of you may know that I am fond of a good mind map. Whenever I need to develop ideas or pull things together, this is what I do and it works! Of course there is nothing divinatory about them...I could not have known in the early days of January what 2020 had in store for us.
Even so, apart from travel and road trips, this is all happening and I have even more time to indulge!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.