Incredibly we have not melted, though the daily sweating makes it feel like we are as we endure the oppressive heat and dryness. I upgraded the air-conditioning but try to take advantage of any breezes, letting light and air flow in rather than close everything up.
Not only a year, a whole decade has whizzed by! (though I'm told 2020 is actually the last year of the decade, I'm going to start at zero). It has been full of surprises, travel and adventure, unexpected changes, emotional challenges, work and play, routines, learning, rituals, understanding, creativity, goals and achievements.
Most of my mingling was at work as well as book club, embassy arts, creative workshops, travel and visits. I seem to spend most of my home time alone especially now A&A have moved.
exhausting roller coaster, unexpected situations and outcomes, uncertainty, hesitation, upset, hurt, release, freedom, awe, elation, the whole mix!
I have been exploring where my curiosity leads me, delving into and enjoying renewing old esoteric interests in tarot, astrology, numerology and meditation. Asking questions and feeling fascinated by the connectedness of everything.
How would I cope without it? A focus on bookbinding, I love the process as much as the finished result. My daily weekly monthly goals and journaling/blogging continued slowly and steadily, with a definite energy shift, which is more of a self discipline issue and despite regularity, I've not been well placed emotionally this year - much worry and distraction and feeling like I let myself get caught up in these spaces.
Overall, reading, bookbinding, monthly adventures and RAK have flowed fairly consistently. Poetry, sewing, letter writing and my unfinished pile barely have a don't in them! Clean outs and improved routines needed, goal setting and list making good, motivation fluctuating, inspiration overloaded, action and energy needed.
Health, safety, comfort, work, support - family and friends, creativity, opportunity, possibilities, travel, freedom. Feeling blessed.
ChchchChanges...a great tune anytime, definitely fits the bill for November! Transition, adapting to new situations, new adventures, new life cycles. It has been emotionally charged and exciting!
As A & A begin to slowly discover the world on their own terms, I’ve been reshuffling too. Creativity, always and tapping into my intuitive gifts through meditation and tarot. Totally fascinating stuff.
One might say I’m reworking my binding...many life connections, metaphors and analogies available through bookbinding!
I can feel the end of year reflective thought process beginning. It’s a natural for me...take it in, ponder, accept, breathe, shake it off and be grateful.
November ended on an unexpectedly challenging note. Just when I was feeling good about recent big changes, I received a very large dose of un-constructive criticism...the type that cuts to the core of your being, sadly, from someone close.
Despite the rawness of it all, (it will take me awhile to work through this), it has left me feeling peculiarly liberated and somehow empowered. So I will be focusing on redirecting the negative energy into positive life force. Go me!
🌞Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melodie Beattie
Making: new books for wedding gifts, Christmas markets & because I love it!
Cooking: chocolate love pots
Reading: Illumination by Karen Brooks (Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy)
Looking: after a little bird
Listening: Blue day by Mi Sex
Wishing: on a star
Enjoying: learning tarot
Liking: my new 2020 stay magical diary
Loving: the handmade book club by vintage page designs
Buying: red dolly swimwear
Watching: sappy Christmas movies
Hoping: it is a slow Sunday
Needing: Understanding & acceptance
Wearing: loose cotton dresses
Following: where the path takes me
Noticing: we don’t need much to feel content
Sorting: my stuff
Getting: my new old skool bicycle
Saving: for future projects & adventures
Bookmarking: intuitive by Craigh Wilson
Coveting: a book press
Opening: maker’s Christmas market @ Embassy Arts
Giggling: at myself
Hearing: birds chirping
Obsessing: I read books, I listen to books, I make books, I work in a library...
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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.