And so, where to from here?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I've been around on this planet long enough to know that the journey must be savoured because sometimes we get to the destination and realise it's not the euphoric ending we envisaged.

What I mean by that is if we allow ourselves to think about an end goal too much, we may shortcut our way to the end, or not enjoy the whole process (both the good and bad, the easy bits and hard bits). If we do this, we're in danger of feeling flat, possibly even let down by what we thought was going to be a cool outcome. It's like cheating on yourself and being the loser.

Nothing has backed up my feelings and got me so fired up as reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I'm in the final chapter and not wanting this book to end. I feel as if Elizabeth is talking to me, or that I'm having a conversation (or counselling session with her!). Added to that, she could equally be talking to my son... and if you've read this book, you may feel this connection too.

Reading this book has helped me get to grips with a few issues I've been having - the obvious creative problems regarding fear and courage. Reading this book has also allowed me the opportunity of talking to my son about his learning process and possible future. He is choosing his path for the future and it probably won't be a very easy one. But then again, who wants easy? And what path doesn't have difficult bits anyway? So very proud of him for what makes him, him.

So, as the year closes in on us, I spent a little time reflecting on the year for me to date. It's, at times, seemed hard, one foot in front of the other stuff. But so much has happened that I pinch myself about! The opportunity to be part of Becky Higgins Creative Team 2015 still blows my mind (and the call is out now for the 2016 team. Here are the details. I encourage you to go for it!).

I was also given the opportunity to write 2 classes for Big Picture Classes! I am writing a post about one of them - SELF-PORTRAITS, so check back here soon and I'll have some tips for getting you in your Christmas albums.

Meanwhile, if you've read Big Magic, you'll understand what I mean when I say an idea entered me. It was some time ago and I feel extremely lucky that it's stayed with me while I've been thinking it through. Now that I have read this book, I know I just need to get on with allowing this idea to manifest itself completely, work my a*se off and set it out into the universe!

Beach walk capture

Friday, October 23, 2015

It was one of those mornings I regretted not taking my camera on my walk. There were spits of rain as I left home and although I planned to walk over the hill to the next bay and back around the coastal walkway, I decided not to risk it in our fickle weather. Fortunately my phone takes good photos and I was able to capture some of the magic. Tide out + partly cloudy sky = beautiful.

A whole lot of the cliff has collapsed... the continuing erosion problem.

This is Murray's Bay to Mairangi Bay in Auckland. All photos taken with iPhone 5s.

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Project Life | Oct1

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

That moment when you realise you love October and it's disappearing before your eyes. In my world it's spring. For some of you it's fall/autumn. Whichever hemisphere you live in, I think it's a pretty nice time of year. Despite the terrible sinus problems from the pollen, my daily walks continue to fuel me with the magic of the season and these pages are pretty much a simple summary of that.
Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Designs A and F (trimmed)
Becky Higgins Everyday Edition kit and 
Ali Edwards Digital stamp
Elise Joy digital stamp

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

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Learn to enjoy the journey

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I think it's a common problem today; we get so caught up in striving to achieve, to find our purpose, to find ourselves, comparing ourselves to others along the way.  Let's face it, everyones lives look pretty darn good on social media and sometimes we get caught up in that and start feeling all the negative emotions when our lives don't always feel so 'wow'.

But hang on a minute, haven't you read this sort of thing many times before... from those people who look as if they have the perfect lives? Yes, of course. I've been on this planet long enough to understand that life comes in all forms from imperfect to perfect (sometimes all within one day) and that we don't know what lies ahead. We need to trust it will all work out and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

How often have you worked hard towards a goal, only to find that the euphoria you feel when you reach it, is short lived and you crave the next project? I'm guilty of this, for sure. I know I've always loved learning and working on assignments and briefs. That's where I've produced some of the work I'm most proud of. Of course, when I think this through, it's the planning and working on, that is so satisfying. The journey.

This isn't the case for everyone. I've had some in-depth conversations with my son about personality types. It's one of his interests. From this I've learned a lot about myself. I now understand I'm high in conscientiousness. Others of a different personality just wouldn't understand that whole planning thing - they function by winging it and if they can achieve that way and enjoy their journey that way, then great. It's all about finding what works for YOU. What is the part of your journey that you enjoy?

Obviously you need to do some research and learn about what makes your wheels spin. A good place to start is taking an online personality test and being honest. There's so much more to understanding how you are unique, but as I said, it's a good place to start.

And so heading into the next few months before Christmas and the new year begins, I want to intentionally step back and smell the roses. I have strong mixed feelings about the rush into Christmas, but yesterday on my walk, I smelled something as I walked past that jolted my memory to a lovely pre-Christmas time. It's those sorts of things I want to focus on. Finding the joy in the journey. Little steps. One day at a time stuff. It's time to go back to my mantra of finding the magic in my everyday. I hope you'll join me:

PS... I'm an ISFJ if you're wondering. I found this out years ago when I was working and I always felt inferior being an Introvert when Extroverts seemed to rule. Now, with my many discussions with my son, I feel very happy in my skin and my ISFJ type and realise there's a place for everyone. Knowing more about what makes you you can really help with your path forward.

Project Life | adding WITL to the album

Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm still working away on my Week in the Life book and getting there ever so slowly! I've never taken this long to complete a project like this and I'm sometimes a bit spooked that it won't get done, however rather than rush and be unhappy with the result, I'm trying to be patient and make it into something I'll treasure. I think this project deserves that!

I wanted to make reference to this week in my Project Life album. I loved how I did this in 2013 and used pretty much the same method here. Black and white photos, one for each day. Simple repetition. This is pretty much my favoured 'go to'.

I used the Everyday Edition and white cards. Simple and done!

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Designs A 
Becky Higgins Everyday Edition kit and white journaling cards
Ali Edwards Digital stamps

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

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