So I posted back in November about how my next #30daychallenge would be 3 minutes a day of meditation...and I just realized that I haven't checked in!
Let's just say this - it was absolutely the perfect time to start this! I have embraced it fully!! Sometimes I do it twice a day AND I have started journaling - #morningpages of sorts and taking time to reflect. This is something that will stick with me.
It's awesome to take a mind break every so often and to dump my mind on a regular basis. I wear so many hats - Mom, wife, friend, writer (professionally and perso ally) -and now that's it's Christmas I truly want to keep peaceful and enjoy the season. I want to feel this year round.
I had journalled in the past but as I write so much during the day for work and on my own writing projects I had put my notebook down and not bothered with that part of myself for a very long time. And other than a few sessions with friends for kicks - this meditation thing is pretty new to me.
I'm super excited to keep adding things to help my soul and spirit for 2019. What do you do?
Lately I have been spending time with what makes me feel Alive, and it has been eye-opening to say the least.
I found that many of the things I used to judge asking for are actually the things that make me feel most free.
At the root of all things that make me feel alive is Performance. Whether it’s acting, speaking, dancing, storytelling, blogging...as I discovered this (which truly shouldn’t have been as shocking as it was), old beliefs flooded my mind.
“Don’t be a show off. Give someone else a turn. You’re too much. You look crazy. Don’t be selfish. Share the spotlight.”
But the truth is, I crave the light. I blossom in front of others eyes, I become electric when I step onto a stage or in front of a camera, and NOTHING makes me feel more like ME. Performance is how I share my Soul and my Gift with the World. I spent a year trying to find other ways, and guess what? I ended up just performing for colleagues in smaller groups.
So today, and every day hereafter, I’m going to work on accepting that, and embracing that if this is the thing that makes me feel truly alive, then my god, I’m going to strive to do it as many days of my life here as possible. If this electric current runs through me every time I entertain, this vibration that is so strong that I can’t even believe I can even hold it, then it MUST be reaching others.
I’ve judged saying I’m an “Actor” for SO long-about 11 years to be exact, and it’s time to put that down.
It’s time to put that story to rest, to drop the distractions and fall in Love with what brings me to Life✨
Time to focus. Work time. Writing time. Without doubt these deadlines are looming and the research I had planned are now not even able to come to fruition. Damn. What now? Where now? More coffee and candles and late nights at the keyboard. The writer life and dream needs clarity with lists and brain dumping through #morningpages and #journalling . This time of year is a tricky one for deadlines but my life awaits its manifestations with impatience.
6 journals of morning pages. I started this October 7, 2017, two months before I made the decision to live sober. One of my favorite podcasts, @spiritualish, recently said this about sobriety: “Getting sober does not fix yourself and fix relationships. Your life will not automatically get better. Getting sober will turn on the lights and show you how dirty your house is. And unless you start cleaning your house, at the end of 30 days, you’re not going to want to be sober anymore.” This is 💯. And #morningpages have allowed me to see how and where my house is dirty, and has been instrumental in the cleaning process. I write 3 pages in a Moleskine Cahier journal every morning, 5:30 am on the weekdays, by 10 am on weekends. It is not easy. I do not want to always do this, but I do. Because the changes in my life are amazing, such that I could not even imagine. I am strong and healthy in a way I never thought I could be. And this is after just one year. I cannot wait to see where I am next year.
Do the hard work. Invest in yourself. Dig deep and work through those decades of trauma. Stop numbing yourself with whatever it is your are numbing yourself with (for me it was wine.) Set healthy boundaries. Remove negativity. Feel all the feels and move forward all the healthier and wiser. Clean your house. #cleanyourhouse#dohardthings#write#sober#soberlife#sobriety
It was a late one. An epic one. My feet had flames. Getting off the floor was a pleasurable cross to bear with a tap tap on the shoulder and a new partner taking me swirling back onto the floor. One of the best dancing nights ever. 💜 sore today. Sort it Lou.
A cosy morning of writing with Write & Shine.
Our morning writing retreat offers a peaceful environment for you to edit and refine your work-in-progress or test ideas. Space to write, with the supportive company of other writers.
Write & Shine will provide a comfortable, peaceful setting, with tables & chairs, and a basket of inspiring writing books, objects & materials.
Everyone welcome: craftmakers, dancers, filmakers, photographers, musicians, those who have experience of writing, and those just keen to explore their creativity in the morning.
Thu 13 December, (7.15-9.30am), Westminster Quaker Meeting House, Leicester Square, London.
Retreats costs £19 including a lovely breakfast: coffee, tea, bagels, pastries & fruit.
This retreat is part of Write & Shine's winter season of workshops, events & courses, brightening these dark days with creativity.
Slow Sunday stillness
Eyes once used to straining forward
Content to rest in this now
Hot tea curling steam
Cat purring soft and low
Puppy damp from Sunday shower
Darting from room to room
Her exuberant energy
Cat regards her
Feline eyebrow raised as if to say
Air redolent with incense
“Mystic yoga” today
The scratching pen on paper
The purple ink anchors of my life
Connecting me back to the stillness
Although often forgotten
Remembered again and again
Word by word by word
My handmade tether to Truth
Puppy worn out now
Joins us for
Slow Sunday stillness
On the cathedral of my bed
When that voice inside your head whispers fuck no - listen. @highlysensitive_person
I will be listening hard to the fuck no’s in 2019 and following them. I hope you do too. What are some things you know you need to give a big F No to? Share below!
Some for me are going to events that I know are draining and not my people, ignoring my instincts and life and business and honing in on the little moments that are f no, but I sometimes ignore because it’s easier. What about you?
Nothing gives me more anxiety than interviews. I hate how I can’t put into clear words the definition for terms I use everyday and know inside out. 😩 And I hate screensharing and being watched while I type- it makes me cringe.
So starting now this is my mantra. I just need to breathe and have confidence. 🥰
Looked up from writing my #MorningPages and what did I see? A few of my favorite things: music, getting into the minds of people who love cooking, making things, the @jcrew catalog 😬, and Bisbee, waiting patiently for me to put it all aside and get to walking🚶 💕🎹👩🍳📚👚💃
this is the closest that i can get to #compositionnotebook since we dont have that in malaysia.if ada,pls inform me.i have now started the #morningpages#journey since the past 4days n have managed to vomit about 35pages of words onto the #journal (stupid camera wont focus on the page 😤) n i really like the concept..i just twitch the timing tho..sumtimes i do the morning session..n sumtimes in the evening..but am planning on continuing for as long as i can 😊😊
I’ve been quiet here recently, but I’m working on some commissions (some of which I should have finished ages ago, sorry @kuma_crossing 😑) and also planning for the new year.
Since Flickr and Tumblr have gone down the tubes, I’ve been working on my website and making plans to actually update my blog. Next year I would really love to bring back For the Record - a Q&A project I started in 2015 to shine a light on journal-keepers of any kind, discuss their process, and show that there’s no right or wrong way to document your life. I want to hear from as many people as possible and it would be really cool if I could feature people that were part of the original series too! If you’d like to take part, please email me at: email@example.com with the subject For the Record - and feel free to tag people you think might be interested! 📚🖋
I got a new journal yesterday. It’s much larger than any journal I’ve ever had. It’s so easy to write it. I can’t wait to get started ❤️ what kind of journal(s) do you keep?
Journaling is good for processing thoughts, brain dumping, planning out life, getting rambles and jitters and worries out, remembering dreams, making lists, or literally anything you need them for!
Around three years ago, someone told me about #theartistsway by Julia Cameron...if you’re familiar with the book, you know about #morningpages . And you know that a big theme in the book is #synchronicity . This morning, as I completed my morning pages, one of my favorite songs by the incredible Joan Armatrading started playing...I was happy to hear the song and even wrote it down in my notebook. About an hour later, I stopped by my local thrift shop and this album was waiting for me!!!
Synchronicities are open to interpretation—most of which are too superstitious for my taste—but I will say that I find joy in these little coincidences...I see them as gentle reminders that what you put out there in the world will be reflected back to you. #vinyl#joanarmatrading
Every moment we have a chance to decide. THE CHALLENGE IS THIS: our whole lives we've programmed automatic responses to every situations. Your life is 95% automatic by the time you're 35 years old. You are unconsciously running programs, defaulting to the behavior or reaction that comes most naturally to you. 🌀Just knowing you have a choice, you have a decision to make, acknowledging your programming.. that's step number one babes. There is another way. You just have to decide.
Good Morning! Hope you all are enjoying a wonderfully cozy Friday morn with your favorite cup of yum sprinkled with a sunny outlook on life. There’s so much to be grateful for! You woke up today. Now kick some ass. 🔥🔥🔥 (photo by @trishaharrisonphotography w/ @iamlukebarnett ) *hit them up for sweet monthly mini sessions at a wonderful price*🍁🍁🍁
Do you ever think, “I just wanted them to say sorry!” I definitely have. But how quick are we to become angry and slow to say our apologies? Talking about self reflection ESPECIALLY during this season. Link in bio. .
This week’s been full of opened doors and beautiful opportunities.
One thing I’ve incorporated into my morning routine is “Morning Pages”. If you don’t know what they are I will be doing a small live video on Facebook at 210pmEST.
These pages have kept my mind so crisp and have really opened some magnificent spaces of self creation.
Be healthy. Stay active. Think positive.
Live well and prosper babes.
#morningpages#singlelegdeadlift#workout#getfitbrit207#motivation#inspiration#selflove#iloveyou *i do not own music *
Nothing better than starting a new journal for my morning pages 🤗💛 Fresh starts, of any kind, make me so happy. Anyone else feel just as giddy when breaking out a new journal? Or am I the only weird one? 🤔😬 // #jmoreads#morningpages#journaling
from yesterday's #morningpages 📝... "there were times I wouldn't even recognize myself
I was doing it all right but why couldn't I shake this feeling.. I felt betrayed by my body- completely sabotaged
Told a grocery list of things that needing fixing, I began to distrust my body completely. It was no longer MY body, but a list of syndromes and dysfunctions hyphened with prescriptions.. but each "fix" needed it's own fix and there was no end to finding fault in my design
Then, Yoga.... it was the first way I learned to speak my body's language.
The symptoms and syndromes were speaking stories of old wounds and subconscious habits. I learned to listen and work my way from the petals of the symptoms all the way down to their origin- the seeds of dis-ease.
It took: time, asking for help, learning from the right kinds of people, trail and error I began to see my design, this body as no longer the enemy with missing pieces and things that need fixing
Too many times we are told we are broken and need fixing. If you're still reading this, I want you to remember you are not.
The womxn in this image has good days and bad days. She's doing her best. She isn't perfect or broken. She is complex. SHE is me. She is you. She is a moment of self-love that comes from courage and truth. She is what she is...she is whole + well and so are you......."
I hope this share resonates~~~~ if so, I'll be facilitating a workshop in Vancouver in a few weeks, link the bio for details or PM me 💕 love love love @frankielovesyoga .
Captured on film by @jenn_river 🌙🕊
✦ 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔⠀
Has anyone read The Artist’s Way? It’s in my stack, but I’ve been so busy, too busy, to slow down and read more. But I do try to follow the “write three pages each morning” rule. This turret bedroom at @maccallum_house was my absolute dream ✨ a big cozy bed and a wide windowsill to sit in, facing east, overlooking the bay and town, with the quiet of being slightly above it all. The perfect place to wake up early 📓
Happy Friday Baby! 🌻
✔️ Text Someone something sweet to make their day
✔️ Take your coworker to lunch..and pay lol
✔️ Give Someone a genuine compliment just to see their face light up
✔️Ask how you can help..works like a charm and people appreciate it :)