A gentle awakening

It's been a quiet, non creative time these past weeks.

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No paintings were made, no journal illustrations, and yet - I can feel things percolating. After the completion of my website, it's like I slowly ran out of gas with each day and eventually ground to a halt. Which is where I am now. I'm told this is a normal part of the process of completing something big. My heart and mind were so focused on getting this done, and once it WAS done, I felt a bit lost at sea.

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And so, as I wait for the urge to create again, I've taken countless walks in nature and with Fluffy, cared for my dad, read good books, wrote some words, made comfort meals, and listened to good music. Self care is so important when things feel a little off for one reason or another.

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There's so much going on in the world today, I believe self care is more important than ever. Otherwise, we'd all be walking around like zombies. Some of us actually do. There always was something going on in the world, but the difference now is that we know about it instantly - thanks to social media. I don't think the heart and mind can handle such a tsunami of emotions on a daily basis.

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There are many human hearts out there who are overdosing on negative news and feelings of helplessness. Here are a few questions that helped me after I found myself running down the rabbit hole of fear and anger and frustration:

- Do I need to know everything happening the instant it happens?

- Can I be of service to anyone if I'm in panic mode all the time?

- Are there ways to express the fear and frustration thru art or writing?
(hint: yes)

- Can I help a person or group somehow to ease the feeling of helplessness?

- Does going on Twitter (or Facebook, or Instagram, etc.) first thing in the morning help make my day any better? (hint: no) 

- Do I want my life to be filled with more fear, or with more love? (hint: you know the answer) ;)

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Artists tend to be overly sensitive to the world around them. And by "world around them", I mean WORLD around them. Not just immediate family. Not just the neighbour. We go all out. The whole fucking WORLD. So naturally, it's so important that we take care of ourselves during the dark days.

We have far more power than we think.

YOU decide how you begin your day. YOU decide who to let into your life, and who to leave out. YOU decide how to fill your well. No one else can tell you that. YOU know what inspires you, or makes you happy, or makes you want to get up in the morning.

Do that.

As often as you can.

And never forget that there is always hope.

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My first blog post here!

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I did it!

I finally have a website!! 

For several months now, I've been working my ass off to make this a reality. I've been blogging (on Blogger) since 2010 but this is my first post on my actual website, and I'm so proud to have made it this far.

This past December, I decided to take an on-line course with Kerstin Martin called Squarespace 101 on how to design your own website with Squarespace. I could not have done this without her professional expertise. Thank you Kerstin!

When I began the e-course back in December, I didn't want to pressure myself with a deadline for fear of becoming overwhelmed. Then I quickly realized I probably should have a deadline, or it might never get done. So I aimed to have a website, ready to launch for March 1st, 2018. When March 1st came and I was nowhere near ready to launch, I gave myself an extra week and aimed for March 10th. I'm only one day past March 10th, and I'm ok with that.

I'll be adding more to this website in the coming weeks/months, like links to subscribe to my blog or to my ETSY shop, but for now, it was important for me to put it out there at this time, even if there are a few missing pieces. It will all come together eventually.

There's a lot to be said about finishing something you started. Regardless of how much (or how little) faith we have in ourselves, there are always those moments of overwhelm when we consider throwing in the towel. I'm so glad I didn't. And the secret to not throwing in the towel? Just keep going. Even if it's only one little step at a time. Do the work and just keep going.

I'll be blogging here from now on. I'm going to include a link to this blog on my "older" blog (in Blogger) so that no one thinks I'm missing in action. ;)

Thank you to those who have followed me on Blogger over the years, and I certainly hope we all stay connected here in the years to come. xo