Inner Voices
17May/131

Gratitude Friday 05/17/2013, thank you fun times

Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello beautiful Soul !

It is grey today and it feels like the sky can open up to rain any moment now. But that's okay, the rain would water our tomatoes and strawberries, and the flowers we planted.

This week is one of those week: as the last one was pretty heavy negatively, this one felt somehow way lighter in emotions. They are true when they say it is all a matter of perspective.

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Facetime sessions with Anu (she even witnessed my dancing moves while I work)
  • Creative playdate with Melissa (and Mom)
  • Good food we cook
  • iMessage with Lynda
  • Mindy Lacefield sharing her beautiful (he)art
  • My new series of paintings (more on that later)
  • The ATCs I made for a swap, eventually loved the process
  • The tv show Criminal Minds (and that our library got all the seasons on DVDs so we can discover it from the beginning)
  • Music
  • The fun evening Cheridoo made us cocktails
  • New work opportunities that are opening up (bring it on, I'm ready and open)
  • Crazy dance breaks (while cooking. while painting. while pretty much doing anything)

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    14May/130

    Studio Buddies love

    Being an artist working from home can get very lonely sometimes. Usually, I don't really mind. However, it requires quite some self discipline as it is easy to find distractions and excuses for not actually going in the studio (you may know that painting is just the fun part of the job, but still...).

    Today, Melissa came for a few hours with us (yes, Mom is still here).

    I notice it everytime someone shares the studio with me (or in a class in person etc): the vibe totally changes. No talk even required ! just not being me myself and I seems to make a difference.
    A good thing that my Mom loves me unconditionnally and that Melissa is now used to my... quirkyness. I sing, sometimes burst a move or two *especially when my iPod decides to play all the Justin Timberlake songs, out of the 400-ish songs it contains, almost back to back*, I get excited, frustrated and have a hard time simply sucking it up.

    My Mom is very crafty (me, not that much), so she does all the things I wish I would do. For the past week, she has been cuting stencils for me. How blessed am I ?? A good thing that The Crafter's Workshop offers 6x6 and 12x12 blank sheets to do it (I wish I'd know the set up for using my Silhouette machine with it; if you know, please do share with me).

    Melissa amazes me with her sense of details and how she can do repetitive patterns with patience. Her journals are just pure joy, too (I think this will be my next art journal, folks !).

    I think that later, one of my goal would be to share a space with another artist (or two or three). We would all work on our stuff but still be together you know. Yup, I would love something like this in my future...

    13May/130

    Here

    (As always, Liz is inspiring me).

    I think that for some reasons, I need to be back on writing on a more regular basis. I have this secret project that I have been working on for ages but that I keep pulling in and out of my life. I have this urge of keeping track of our lives as they are right now so I don't forget, so they will remember.

    Here,
    I accept my energy flow and its consequences.
    Here,
    I enjoy seeing my Koala's eyes ignite when she puts her tutu on and starts dancing.
    Here,
    I scribble and sketch and dream.
    Here,
    I connect with people I care about.
    Here,
    I realize we are not immortal but can leave a trace.
    Here,
    I dare to dream.
    Here,
    I get excited about the time I'll meet some of the most beautiful Souls I've only met online.
    Here,
    I feel more in love with my Husband than ever.
    Here,
    My heart is full.

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    10May/131

    Gratitude Friday 05/10/2013, Thank you creativity

    Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

    Hola !

    Today, I just wanna make it short and sweet. Because I feel like I have not much to say better than what I've already said lately :)

    This week, I am thankful for:

    • Morning walks with Mom
    • The joy of receiving monthly kits from Studio Calico
    • My Gelli Plate and all I create with it
    • Lunches (and sometimes dinners) taken on our balcony
    • Snuggles & cuddles
    • The warmth from the Sun
    • Feeling better (not 100% back yet but better)
    • Taking actions
    • The Love from my close family
    • My Multi-Délices yogurt (and much more) maker
    • «What's app» that allows me to text with my bestie
    • Facetime that allows me to chat face to face with my Soul Sister
    • Advices given in such a kind way
    • Game nights with Cheridoo and Mom once the girls are in bed (we play Life and have lots of fun :D)
    • My Mom's understanding and her not being judgmental

    I feel filled with joy and a sense of accomplishment. I am finally taking actions for Inner Voices/Inner Worlds, I can't be seen if I don't put myself out there. I know my messages have people waiting for them somewhere, I just know it. We need to find each other :)

    Tell me, what is on your weekly list ?

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      9May/130

      The breaths in between

      I'm a Mom. Of two daughters, close in age. This is what we wanted and most of the time, we are thrilled that only 18 months seperate our daughters. But some days, I just want to throw my Mommy towel through the window and offer my kids to the first person who would like them (it's only an image, uh).

      This is currently like this. We are Thursday, and it feels like this week has been a huge nightmare almost every minute I spent with the girls. Yelling (them. me.). Anger (them. me). Being pissed at each other. Not pleased with what is going on (still, them and me). Not knowing what to do anymore to make it better.

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      Being a parent does not come with a step by step manual. I have been a Mom for almost 8 years now, and notice how it is still a Life adjustment. A slap in the face when it comes to what my ideas of a family was and what it really is on a daily basis.

      I love my girls to death, and I do mean it (it's not an image, this time). My heart aches everytime they're going through a rough patch, and it sings with theirs at each of their success and step made.

      What to do when you've already done everything that is inside your kids-in-crisis-i-can't-take-it-anymore emergency pocket ? Can't give up, being a parent is for life, it is a blessing, it is a miracle, it is a chance somehow, most of the time it is a choice made.

      Sometimes, when I see other kids and other parents that seem to all be happy and the kids listen to their parents etc. I wonder if we are doing something wrong, thinking it has to be something my Husband and I are doing not quite like it should (what other reason could it possibly be than our fault ?). And then I discuss with my parents friends, who tell me not to be fooled, they do face challenges as a family as well, they learn along the way too, it is not all fluffy bunny despite the apparences.

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      I am a teller and seeker of Truth(s). I don't want to portray what is not my reality. I know nothing is permanent. I do cherish every moment with my kids and family as I know it won't last forever. I cry. My heart breaks. I am grateful to witness such beautiful growth and lives blossoming, so so grateful for it.

      This hard part of being a Mom is also part of the blessing, but I can only see it when I take some time to actually reflect on it.
      I notice how when I feel down and in the blue, I have this urge to sketch, to let.it.out. Making art is my savior.

      It forces me to breathe in between. To take even just one minute to stop, and take a step aside. Focusing on calming my mind. Thanking for all the good times, doing my best to bring it back to a better atmosphere.

      I'm writing this to you, not knowing yet if I will dare clicking the «publish» button or not. I am writing this while with a heavy heart, feeling kind of lost.

      I would love to engage conversation about it with you, you probably have an opinion about parenting, and art, and the hard parts of the job (even if you don't have kids). Let us be honest, it is okay not to be okay. It is okay not to be always happy with our children, or with how we react to their behavior(s). It does not make us horrible parents, we are just human beings learning ways to improve ourselves. Tell me, how do you do it ?

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