Write Everyday! December Challenge.

Write Everyday

She was woken out of a heavy sleep by the shaking of the house and bed. It was an earth tremor, and a huge wake up call as she contemplated her life.  Her life had become stale and stuck. She was contented, grateful for everything that she had. She was even happy at times. Yet something was missing, some juiciness , some daringness, and some action in fact a lot of action was missing. She would constantly write the words ‘ I think’, ‘I wish’, ‘If only” and ‘I hope’ in her journal pages. She had forgotten how to be, and to do. Things were about to change; she decided she would do something different, she would actually write each day of December. It didn’t mater what she wrote as long as it was something. Soon the words poured out onto the page. Most of it was crap, but how she enjoyed her time writing such crap.

 

My challenge for December is to write everyday in my Evernote pages, it doesn’t have to be good work, the words just have to make it onto the page. It is about establishing a practice of writing.

 

My motto for the month, will be just do the work.

Wishing you all an amazing day!

 

 

Just do the work

Living A Life Worth Examining!

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Loved this afternoon as we collected Little Miss Popularity.  She had been having a holiday with her Grandparents, full of lap time, walks and lots and lots of attention.

We of course have just got back from our own holiday, and have missed her so much. Currently she is in the rumpus room, having lap time with Mr. Serious.

Loving tonight, as the young Mr. Serious cooked us a three-course meal, garlic bread, cheesy bacon macaroni dish, and chocolate pudding. Yummy! Also he did the dishes, scrubbing all the pots. Loving that.

Definitely enjoyed today!

To the Ultimate Blog Challenge: Who do you most admire and why? 

I admire Julia Cameron, for her work especially the books that  she has written to help her fellow creatives to break through blocks and get back in touch with their creative work or hobbies

I admire her for her own creative body of work. Mostly I am grateful that I have been exposed to her books and tools. My life is so much more deeper and enjoyable now that I do my morning pages daily and go on weekly Artist’s Dates. I have enjoyed the process of getting back in touch with my creativity.

“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way.

She encourages her readers to live fully, and live the life that is true to who we are, not the life we think we should live, rather the life that our soul calls us to live. We are encouraged to listen to that quiet voice inside us, and allow it to get louder and stronger. Our quiet voice is the inner voice of the soul, it guides us to really live life in a way that supports who we authentically are.

I continue to work through her books, to learn a little bit more about myself, and to know that my age doesn’t mater. It is never to late to work on your own creativity. Thankfully this opens the way for possibilities.

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too sill to work on your creativity.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Five Reasons I Journal !

Beautiful flowers brighten a winters day!

Beautiful flowers brighten a winter’s day!

Another quiet day with a sick child at home.  House work, journaling and even some home yoga. Soup simmering on the stove all day. Wonderful healing vegetable soup for tea. WIth a relaxing evening at home.

Thinking about why I journal each day. It is just a place that I can escape to and be me!

My reasons for journaling are as follows:

  1. I find it to be a comforting ritual
  2. It helps me to live with more clarity and focus
  3. It is a beautiful safe place for self-expression and self-discovery
  4. It is a place where ideas are incubated and explored
  5. It is a place where I can safely vent and complain.

So like so many of my days I set some time aside to journal.  I date my page, some times I paste or draw, whilst I always just sit and write. It is one of the simple pleasures in my life.

 

 

Back to the NaBloPoMo today’s question is:

What is the difference between hot-tempered and passionate?
Hot tempered is being angry about something or someone. Where as being passionate feeling really strong about an issue and taking constructive action to bring about change. Being hot tempered is very constricting and it tends to bring about more conflict. Being passionate about something is being intensely interested in all areas of the subject or issue, and being really involved in a more positive way.

 

 

Artist’s Date and Creativity Time.

ImageThis weeks Artist’s Date was spent making bath bombs. As much as I love those Lush bath bombs, they are just costing me too much money. So I decided I would make my own, at a fraction of the cost. These bath bombs are made using geranium and rose hip tea.  I found the recipe at the following web site:  

Now I look forward to having a luxurious bath and enjoying my bath bomb.

I chose geranium essential oil and diluted it in almond oil. Geranium can be described as  having a flowery perfume, and has an uplifting and calming effect. It also helps to lift your spirits and relieve nervous tension. Spiritually it can be used to release negative emotions and memories. It is also great for promoting radiant and beautiful skin. Sounds perfect for a bath bomb.

Please note :Geranium is on essential oil you should avoid if you are pregnant.

A basket of bath bombs, made by me for me to enjoy!

A basket of bath bombs, made by me for me to enjoy!

Todays  question on the NaBloPoMo is as follows:  What is your favourite way to cool off? At the moment it is cold and I just want to warm up, so during the summer time I like cool showers to cool down and during the winter months I like showers to warm up.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Art Excursion The Archibald Prize.

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It was a long weekend in Victoria, we had a Public Holiday for the Queens Birthday. Although in my family it was my Dad’s Birthday so we enjoyed having a small family party for him. On the Sunday we went for an excursion to the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to see the Archibald Prize for 2013. I knew a little about this award, it always made it into the news each year. The Archibald Prize is an award for the best portrait of a distinguished Australian. The variety of ways artist chose to do this with their work was fascinating. The people they chose was often interesting and not so obvious. Whilst the winner was Del Kathryn Barton’s painting titled ‘Hugo’.  Whilst it was not my favourite it was certainly well done, and very detailed. That is the thing with art, people like different pieces. My son liked the one called ‘Jo’ because it had lots of animals in them. I thought they were all very interesting.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

After looking at all that art, we went to the gallery cafe, enjoyed a delicious lunch, whilst listening to some delightful live music. We then headed down through the rose garden to the Oak Hill Gallery, a local gallery run by volunteers, to see the Little Archies Portrait Prize exhibition.

Sculpture in the rose garden.

Sculpture in the rose garden.

We got to enjoy more art, it was such a visual delight. Once again totally amazed by the methods different artist use to do their portrait. Once again interesting, and delightful.

Oak Hill Gallery

Oak Hill Gallery

It was a lovely day filled with art. I love going new places and seeing new things. It was such a wonderful experience to finally see the Archibald Prize exhibition in person and not just on the news.

It makes me wonder what other amazing adventures await me in the weekends ahead.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Links:

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2013

Photo Play

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Today I spent many hours doing washing and ironing. As usual I got distracted and took a photo. Then I decided that it was a really boring picture. I have lots of pretty average pictures on my blog. So between the washing and ironing I went in search of a way to make my boring photo’s look a little more inciting. I came across Picasa photo software and decide to have some photo play.

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I thought for this blog challenge I would look at some ways I could improve my blog, some ways I could make it more interesting for people reading it and for me creating it. That is what I love about blogging it is an amazing way for me to learn and create. It is great to be able to create my own photo’s for my blog.

I have used http://picasa.google.com.au  to create these photo’s it works well on an MacBook Air computer and is easy to share.

Wishing you a wonderful day!Happy Suburban Chick

My Monday Morning Expedition!

 

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Monday morning was my Artist’s Date, this week I decided to explore The Victorian Artists Society gallery. I walked in off the street into a beautiful old building and asked if I could look around. I was in luck there was a photographic art exhibition on. It was interesting to look at and certainly gave me a different perspective of a different culture and also on the vast scope of what art can be. A photo has the ability to tell a story, make us ask questions, and wonder what it is we are being shown. That is what I loved about my Artist’s Date is that it made me see something new and different. Yes, I liked the photographic exhibition very much they were amazing pictures, of a Chinese city and it’s culture. I walked away feeling a buzz from doing something a little bit exciting.  When did you last go out exploring and what did you do? Please leave a comment.

The Victorian Artist Society

The Victorian Artist Society

My photos are not art, however they do express what I saw and experienced. They help me tell my stories. Although I would like to take better photo’s. I have fun taking them anyway.

Today was Yoga Tuesday, I really enjoy my Yoga class, it was so relaxing and energising.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Wreck This Journal

IMG_0350Today I started Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, and I love her quote: ” To create is to destroy

I am not artist.

I can not paint or draw however I will have a go.

I have never been talented at sewing or knitting.

I am not even a talented cook.

However I know how to destroy things.


SO 

This year my goal is to explore ways to become more creative in my thoughts and in my actions.

Here is my first page!

Page No. Inspire

Page No. Inspire

I have always wanted a book numbered with words. 

Doing something fun, doing something different, is one way I boost my energy.

I look forward to doing more Wreck this Journal and boosting my inner creative energy.

Having fun doing the NaBloPoMo  January  Challenge the theme is

Energy