“Rest & Self Care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
I am so excited to share this new blog space with you! I have decided to take the plunge & branch out into one of my other creative joys in life which is writing...& what better place to do it than here in my virtual home.
I tend to have a love affair with words. I adore reading books, collecting quotes & weaving words into my art. For me the written word can be so eloquent & evocative. I sometimes stumble over spoken words but when I write I feel like I can fly! A dream of mine is to one day publish a book.
I am starting this blog after a brief social media hiatus. Almost a month ago to the day I realised that my soul was craving simplicity on all levels. The year to date had been such a whirlwind of art sale’s, new experiences & lessons learned that I was left feeling a little frazzled.
I realised that like most people I know, I was spreading myself too thin. Between motherhood, running a business, studying & the big dreams I was working towards I felt depleted both physically & emotionally. I made the bold move to unplug from social media for a month to see if I regained some of that much needed vital energy & also made the commitment to have a month of being kinder to myself via acts of self care.
As if to confirm my decision, the first morning after I ‘unplugged’ I sold a beloved circular painting of mine entitled ‘Fluidity.’ I took it as a sign- to be fluid & free and to allow life to happen rather than trying to drive it so much.
So began an interesting time of saying YES to the things that bring sunshine to my soul such as visiting art galleries, face to face catch up with friends, time spent in nature, resting when needed, restorative yoga, card readings by the sea, simple yet wholesome cooking, signing up to some indulgent e-courses that inspire me & of course being in the moment with my little love.
Life was still full of juggling motherhood, business & study but I found that the more time I carved out for myself, the easier everything became. I felt less overwhelmed & more focused. My spark of enthusiasm began to return and ideas began going off in my mind like tiny little firecrackers!!
An interesting flipside to all of this self care meant a rising awareness of what was not working so well in my life. I had to say some resolute goodbyes to things that had become draining & am still working on others that are not so easy to let go of (late nights being a big one!)
With the withdrawal from social media I was able to see things more clearly. I wasn’t bombarded with constant updates chiming on my phone or feeling clouded with ‘comparisonitis.’ In a new way I recaptured the joyful spirit from which I love to create - a perfectly imperfect fusion of colour, collage, love & inspiring messages. I was able to reconnect with my inner voice & listen to what it had to say.
One beautiful discovery during this time has been a love of painting intricate freehand patterns as seen in the image above. I also realised how much I missed the communities I had become a part of on Facebook & Instagram & how positive these platforms are to connect with like minded friends that span all across the globe.
I am now back into the swing of things with a new school term, a newly updated website, a new blog, a myriad of ideas, hopes & dreams. I still get weary at the end of the day but at my core feel the quiet strength that I have done my best & that includes an act of kindness towards myself that day. Self compassion has become a spiritual practice for me.
We all deserve to feel happy, inspired & energised. It truly is our birthright. We are each worthy of a portion of the time & the effort we so freely give to others. The journey becomes so much richer as a result.
I invite you today to do something loving for yourself & to gently notice the difference it makes- however subtle. If you feel unsure of where to even begin I have listed some of my favourite 'Self love cup fillers' below.
Sending you Love, Light & Gratitude for being here,
My Personal favourite "Self love cup fillers;"
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