Welcome to our Mindful Wednesday group!
I could do with a therapy session today!
Doesn’t a day seem longer when you wake up at 3am!
By lunchtime today, I felt as though I had pulled a double shift!
That old washing machine head of mine started churning,
decided to get everything out of the wardrobe and give it a rinse.
Old stuff, new stuff.
Went into spin mode,
woke up ALL the sleeping trolls who live rent-free in my head,
until the only thing I could do to stop it was
All because one person got under my skin yesterday.
Isn’t that absurd?
That in the wee small hours,
when you’re left alone in the dark with your mad head on,
one seemingly insignificant thing can trigger a massive
36-piece orchestral crescendo.
All rational and logical thought had left the building at that point.
So I came up in my art room and did the only thing which
I know works.
I got busy with my hands.
Started making the artwork for this month’s New Design Club.
Got productive and stayed with my hands.
Literally got out of my head and focussed on the task.
By the time the sun was up and the world was coming to life,
I had calmed my mind, and was ready for a cup of tea.
And later on, when I was dealing with the aftermath,
which is akin to a hangover but without the booze,
it occurred to me:
If something is niggling me,
the only thing that makes it a part of my life
is that I keep thinking about it.
Who pissed me off?
It’s a funny old life, as my Dad always says.
Didn’t exactly have me rolling about in the aisle holding my sides
at stupid o’clock.
But on a positive note, aren’t I grateful to have a toolbox
of techniques and tricks which I can whip out in a crisis.
Years ago, I remember being in an awful situation.
Long way from home, no money, 2 little kids.
A proper, full on crisis.
I read a book by a lady called Melodie Beattie:
Codependent No More.
It was life-changing for me.
One of the opening lines read:
‘It is never the situation but how we respond to it
which ultimately affects us’.
I wrote that on little postcards and stuck them all over the house!
On the kitchen window, on the bathroom mirror,
on my computer monitor, on the car dashboard.
That affirmation is so deeply rooted in my subconscious nowadays,
it underpins my life.
That’s not to say I always get it right,
but thank God I KNOW I have a choice.
I think it’s time to offer you a
FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
And what better than
a Colouring Project and/or Zentangle project
of a Circus!
I composed and designed the first intricate one myself
by hand a while ago. It will be perfect for colouring in.
I composed the second one as a starting place for you to get doodling if you fancy that challenge.
The trick is to break the background down into smaller increments,
then fill them with your ideas.
Of course, if you are not sure where to start,
you can always refer back to mine;
that’s what it’s there for.
We actually have a brilliant stamp set of these images
and many more.
It’s a funny old life.
Have a good evening.
Love & hugs