I am on the computer, adding shots to my Flickr albums, checking out the forums and the thought comes to mind - maybe you should do your check-in for the week. My inner procrastinator says "Well, maybe you should do it a bit later, you know - kind of think about what you want to say, then do it later." I almost listened, then I replied, "I don't think so! The kids are all still asleep, I don't have anything else that's urgent to do at the moment - why not just do it now." So here I am!
This week was a much better week, I felt better about what I was doing in most areas of my life, I am trying to be better to myself and not be so hard on myself about what isn't getting done, what needs to be done, what I should have done. It really is about perspective, and the fact that I didn't get the living room dusted and vacuumed this week, is really not going to matter in the long run. Though the issue of balance is at the front of my mind, how to balance work, play, and art.
Morning pages - what can I say! I love doing these - and I know why. I get them done, and I feel like I have accomplished something for my day! It's so good to see the tangible results, how the notebook pages get filled, and the stuff that goes there stays there. Really a relief! I really enjoyed how I was able to see that the fact that I pile too much in one day is counterproductive, makes me feel guilty and sabotages my efforts.
My Artist Date this week was a trip to Staples, and I had so much fun! I bought some pencils to put in the little bag I made for a sketch book and I plan to go out this week and do some sketching - it's been years, but I really want to go out to the beach and draw my heart out! It was hard to think of something to do, but this trip really fit the bill and left me feeling relaxed and happy.
My weekly walk was very nice, I used the first task as my walk and was very refreshed after adding up all of my blessings. One of which is living in a house that the sun shines on! I complain about being at the top of the hill because whenever I go for a walk I have to walk uphill to get home, but whenever the sun is out it shines right on me. Not like the houses down the street. Between the hills and the trees I realized that they only get direct sunshine at mid-day, and that would be really depressing to me. I don't want to be under the trees, I want to be out in the sunshine! I did a second shorter walk later in the week, and enjoyed that also. It'll be nice when it's not quite so cold out, but at least the sun is shining!
I chose not to do the Anger task. I was feeling so positive this week, that I did not want to stir up that pot. I think there is enough anger to go around without digging it up for no reason. I may choose to do this task later on a day when I really am angry, I think it would be a great way to get rid of those feelings, but I really have a problem with thinking on petty things that stir you up when you are feeling content - I like to feel happy and well with the world, thank you very much.
I haven't accomplished as much with my Dear Jane blocks this week, but I did get pictures up on my flickr page - I wonder if there's a way to put pictures in the order you want them? I'd like to put them in order, but I didn't upload them in order. I guess I'll have to play around with it and see. Anyway, here's a block I did last week that I was very proud of! I really was stumped on how to approach this block, until it hit me - Seminole piecing! Took me a couple tries to figure out the right angle for the cuts, but when I did - wow! I am really pleased with the results, it was a 2 hour block, but well worth the effort. It really pays to have a big repetoire of techniques!