Friday, 29 November 2013

Creative Minds

There is so much creativity out there today, just head over to Pinterest and you'll see a mountain load of creative thinking and creative ideas.

Today I want to share with you some people that I think are creative minds.

If you have more to add please let me know as I'd love to see them.

Let's get started: 

Homelea Lass - she does an amazing crocheting/much more and her website is just beautiful.

Here In My Garden - she's so good with a ball of yarn

Meet Me At Mikes - Pip has so many creative ideas.

Home To Roost - wonderful page in handmade

Nurture and Shine - Amelia's passion for health is so contagious

NurturePod - Unearthing your true balance

Such Different Skies - Fantastic page, you just get so inspired with every read.

Zanni Louise - an emerging children's book writer

Allison Tait - another fantastic writer

Inked in Colour - Sash's insights are mind-blowing

Fat Mum Slim - I love reading this blog, really entertaining

Coffee Talk with Erin - Writers are so talented

A Brave Faith - post are always so well written 

I could just keep going and going as there is so many fantastic, amazing, incredibly talented people out there. 

(A Month of "A Blank Canvas" - mycreativespace - No. 8 Nature, No. 11 Someone Else's creative space, No. 15 Favourite Online Creative and No.18 A Great Creative Link)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Cardmaking

Friday was monthly cardmaking day. This month we did some beautiful dragonfly cards.

They are so pretty, my favourite is the black one - which one do you like the best?






(A Month of  "a blank canvas"- my creative space - No. 9 Colour, No. 16 I made it myself, No. 20 A creative spark, No 21. Something New, No 22 up close and No. 30 Finish something) 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Makes you think.....


Ironically that statement makes you think. I over think things way too much, to the point where I turn something completely on it's head and create chaos. The chaos really only affects me, as the chaos is all inside my head.

The other day I got sent a lovely message, apparently I helped put a smile on someone's face without even knowing it. I was having a bad week last week and a bad weekend inside my head but by clicking like on a Facebook page and writing a comment I helped brighten someone's not so good day. Something as simple as a like button made someone smile, that bought me straight out of my own head and my own worries. I did my personal life mission (to make others smile) without even realising it. I created happiness inside sadness.

We all need to wake up and get out of our heads and stop thinking so much. Just be!!!! Just live!!!! Make others smile and you'll smile too.

Who can you make smile today?

(A month of  ' a blank canvas' my creative space -  No. 5 Happy, No. 7 Makes you think, No 23 A Creative Quote)


Friday, 15 November 2013

A pain in the hand

What an interesting week this has been, what a pain in the hand (literally).

I had a chiropractic appointment on Monday just for a regular checkup. While I was there I mentioned I was getting some pins and needles in my left hand just in my ring finger and pinky. He checked it out and told me I'm in the early stages of carpel tunnel. Oh great - just what every data entry person wants to hear right? WRONG. This wasn't news I wanted to hear but sadly it was news I needed to hear.

Hearing I'm developing carpel tunnel has given me a serious kick up the butt - what do I want to do with my life. I can't keep processing data all day every day, it's damaging my health (plus I've been doing it for 2.5 years now).

Telling this news to work was not fun, it then involved having to get a clearance certificate from a doctor just so I can return to work. Then the doctor confirmed yes I do have it in my left wrist and now I need a CT scan (which was done today) and then a visit to a specialist to have a nerve conduction study done.

MJ and I have made the decision for me to drop my Thursdays to help with the pain while I start the long search of looking for a new job - not the best thing to be doing just before Christmas. Now I'm stuck with the dilemma again of what do I want to do? I'm sick of working in an office.

MJ asked me to work out what do I want to achieve in life. That was an interesting question and this is what I came up with.

"I would like to educate people on healthy achievable living. I'd like to educate them through my blog, in person, my own ebooks/books, recipe books, any way I can".

Now I just need to work out how I can do this and how can I make a living out of it. Can it be done? How can it be done? So many questions, not sure where to find answers.

Maybe this hand injury is a blessing in disguise as it's forcing me to re-evaluate my life and how I want to make my mark on this planet.

What do you want to achieve in life? Are you achieving it? If so how are going about it? 

(A month of "a blank canvas" my creative space - No. 4 hands)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Making Lists

Lists - I'm such a list person - are you?

I'd be lost without some kind of note, list, notebook and don't get me started on how much I rely on my diary. I like to be organised and I hate forgetting things.

If you came to my house, you would find post-it notes, shopping lists, to-do lists everywhere.

I've got notebooks for journaling, blogging ideas, grateful diary, family medical history notebook, foods I can eat, recipe notes/reviews, notes from sermons at church and some full of just random thoughts like what would I spend a $20 million on.

Notebooks and lists help free my mind of clutter for a little while and then it just fills up with more but it does help keep a track of all the randomness that goes on.

Do you have notebooks? Are there to-do-list everywhere in your house?


(A month of "a blank canvas" No. 2 Make lists and No. 3 Notebook)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Buzzed by

Wow what a week!!!!!

I haven't had a chance to get near this blog, life has been going full force, so much on, working 5.5 days (overtime again - 3 weeks in a row).

Charity dinner, Melbourne Cup, work, Orchestra, Ballet, Zumba, starting a new running routine (I know I've started running - what the????). So much happening. Life's been good, and yeah I'm coping - just - but doing well.

So I'll start at the beginning.

Last Saturday night I had a charity dinner to attend - never been to one before. The food was great and the entertainment was different. We had a comedic magician - his jokes weren't the greatest but he did get you sucked in with the magic. I still can't figure out how that massive real life duck appeared out of nowhere. I did get to dress up (what is cocktail wear?) - I love my green silk dress - even more so cause it only cost my 50c from an op shop sale.

My green silk dress
Sunday I got to hear a wonderful speaker talk about her life and how she overcame such hardships and can still praise God. She was amazing, very moving. I actually cried - which shocked me as I don't cry in public at all. 

Tuesday was Melbourne Cup day - another chance to get dress up. I didn't win on the horses but I did win the lucky door prize a $120 gift voucher for the restaurant we were at, so yeah!!! The food was so good, looking forward to going back now. 





Friday night this week we went to the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at Angel Place and Saturday night (last night) the beautiful Australian Ballet at the Opera house. Two more times to get dressed up and spend time with my wonderful husband. 




Like I said early I've started running this week. Oh my gosh - I don't run - never have. But I saw the call to try from Seven Cherbs blog - Christmas Couch to 5K - and I decided why not. I even bought myself a new pair of sneakers to encourage me - plus I did really need a new pair. I've only been able to do one training season so far as my 2nd was meant to be today but it doesn't help when it rained all day (not complaining as it's been so dry lately we haven't seen rain in weeks). 

Love the colour - even better on special too
I'm not sure if I'll get much of my month of challenge done this month but oh well we'll see. 

So much going on but that's life, some weeks fast and others slow. This week coming a little slower, coffee with a friend on Tuesday, a day off on Thursday (yeah - craft day at home) and cake decorating Christmas party on Saturday. 

What has your week been like? Fast paced? Slow? Let me know.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

A Blank Canvas

November is a new month, so a new month of challenge has started.

This month it's A Blank Canvas - My Creative Space


It's a different one to previous challenges but I'm excited to see what I come up with.

Head over to the Facebook group Pip Lincolne set up (click here) and join in some more fun.

Well first off - A Creative Space


My creative space would have to be my head - there is so much always going on up there and it never seems to shut off even when asleep (so many dreams). 

It's where my ideas come from, my craziness, my strangeness, my sense of being and who I am comes from up there. 

Yes it's messed up, untidy, all over the shot. It's confused, clear, muddled, insane even but it's my head. It's my creative space - it's ME!!!!

Where is your creative space? Please share. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Meltdown


Today I sit here with a sense of peace I didn't think was possible on Friday afternoon.

You see on Friday I had a mini meltdown of sorts. I felt so stressed, overwhelmed and pressured I crack, I was a mess, I was crying and making no sense when try to speak. I felt like I was running out of time to do all the things I wanted to do and achieve. I struggle with stress and anxiety and sometime it all just catches up on me and hits me across the back of the head with a hammer and sends me flying to the ground.

But like I said today I sit here with a sense of peace. How? Why?

I realised after I calmed down from my meltdown that I was responsible for being stressed, overwhelmed and was putting way too much pressure on myself. I was listening to too many people opinions and taking on what they thought was best. I was trying to achieve everything at once and wanting the results now and not waiting for later. I was placing my life, my heart and my happiness in the world's hands and not placing it my hands or God's hands.

Today I heard a wonderful speaker at an event speaking about the power of forgiveness, something I've been really struggling with myself lately. It moved me to tears and I don't cry in front of people (except close family). It was as if the message was written for me (God can be amazing in that way) and so I feel at peace right now.

I still need to work on a lot of things including forgiveness but I feel calm tonight knowing that I can and will get through this and shine brighter on the other side.

I can't achieve everything at once, life is a journey after all, but I'll get there and just let a few things go for the moment, step back and relax, for I will achieve all I've set out to achieve but in time and not today.  
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