Last week, I was moving a little slowly. I am still working on learning that this is okay. It still feels odd, after a few years of doing lots of things with deadlines, to not have to get anything done at a specific time.
This is the first layer of a BOD 2014 piece that is mingling with work in Root: A 30 Day Journey. I also discovered molding paste this week (that's the texture you can see), and I love it. I used it with a stencil, and when you first put it on, it looks like those little, flat frosting shapes on cakes. Very fun!
I am still really amazed at how hard not being busy is. We are a very busy society (I wrote about it here in October, 2012). It's really hard to be unbusy. But I am practicing, and I think this is a good thing to be doing. I think creativity spreads and grows, and creative ideas come through easier, when we leave them some space. Some space for daydreaming, lollygagging, goofing off. I think this is why so many good ideas come to us in the shower, while we are driving, in those nearly-asleep moments last thing at night or first thing in the morning. Those are some of the only times when we aren't so intensely busy.
Do you do anything to slow down and get less busy? Or are you busy and you love it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on busy busy-ness.
This past week I let myself combine my two lessons from Effy Wild's BOD 2014 and Moonshine into one art journal spread, and it felt so good to give myself permission to just do it my way and not worry that one was supposed to be a spread and one was supposed to be a painting. This is what following my intuition is supposed to be about, I think--finding the things that are right for me, the things that click and feel right.
Here's the combo spread. I'm very happy with how it turned out, which I feel is vindication for choosing to do things this way!
I also took a small step in self care that has made an unexpected and huge difference in my days. I changed my coffee mug. Seriously! That one little thing has brought me so much joy! I switched from a bright pink travle mug which was okay but nothing special and didn't feel great to a beautiful, hand thrown and glazed mug from Table Mountain Pottery on Etsy.
That photo is untouched--the colors really do glow like that. And even when it's cloudy out they still gleam just a little bit under my office lights. Looking at this mug, handling it, drinking from it--these are sensual pleasures that make my work days better. Sometimes it really is the little things...
So what little things have you done that have made a big difference for you? What little things do you think you'd like to try out?