And I saw a lot of things!
This past week has been just crazy but gorgeous weather. All over the UK we have been experiencing what appears to be a heat wave, and when British people see a tiny bit of sun they go nuts! It has also been Graduations at work, which is still continuing this week so I have been super mega busy (I do get to do some overtime too which is good for money!). All I did last week was work, eat and sleep! However I had a lovely relaxing weekend to enjoy the sunshine, swim, do some art journalling and meet my friends for coffee and cinema 🙂
I went to a place near where I live that has a beautiful garden and wondered about with my camera, stopping to look at the different flowers and trees. It would be a great place to come and read a book. Lots of people were out sunbathing or walking dogs, and it made me really want a bike too!
Here are some of the photos:
I’ve had a pretty hectic week recently so I was glad to book a few days off this coming week and have a four day weekend. I’ve already planned my days as indulging in my new journaling and scrapbooking obsessions! I got a Smashbook and just adore it, even though I have done one page! It is luscious. I think I need to have more focus on the kind of pages I want to make, although the page I have done was experimental and fun to play around with. I’m going to put up some pictures soon. I’ve also been having fun with mixed media in my art journal and my room just looks like it has exploded when I have everything out! I don’t have much space so I use a laptop table and have my materials and tools in boxes around my bed. One day I would really like a whole craft room!
I’ve felt a little under the weather recently, possibly a bit stressed, but am hoping this will go as I really enjoyed making my art video last weekend and am planning another. I have borrowed some equipment from work (handy working in Media!) and am going to make one showing how I do an art journal page. This time I will have more of a solid idea in mind, maybe a theme or word to build an image from. I am enjoying using different mediums and textures and how I can combine them for different effects. I’ve got a few other ideas for projects I have been thinking about for ages, so I am going to busy on my blog again! I’ve found blogging a cathartic experience and gained so much through connecting with other liked minded people. I think it is a great way to share your passions and interests, but also an interesting way to journal your life. I keep a written diary too which I wish I would write in more. Thank you to everyone who takes time to read and comment on my posts, it means a lot x
Sometimes it is easy to let sudden and difficult challenges in your life overwhelm you. You run for cover from the intense, negative feelings and pray they won’t swallow you whole. Yet I’ve come a realisation that, no matter how gut-wrenching fear, sadness and uncertainty can be, it won’t kill me. There is a survivor in me that will always push and fight for hope. In the wake of my recent break up I been thinking of the little things that make life wonderful and remind myself that there are so many fascinating and beautiful things in the world. Here are a few that are getting me back to myself:
• My new plant (see picture)
• Spring has begun and flowers are out, bees, butterflies. The sun is here too!
• Painting my nails bright colours
• A fresh new book to begin
• Making new friends
• My own space to relax in – quietness
• Birds singing
• Early morning swim
• A new diary for writing and doodles
• A bed filled with cushions and fluffy teddies!
• Exploring a new place
• Finding a Hobbycraft store
This last month has been a difficult time. I broke up with my boyfriend and moved out of our flat together, staying with a friend until I found a new place. I moved a week ago and am now settling into a nice houseshare, getting my things unpacked and trying to find a new way forward. It has been full of sadness, regret, anger, fear, anxiety, and some potential meltdowns. But, it was also the best thing to do for myself. I am in a transition from being completely part of another person’s life to finding a new and unexpected one, which is exciting and full of possiblities. One thing I never realised until now is how many people really care about me and offered such love and support during this time. I celebrated my 29th birthday and started thinking about the new things I want to do, focusing on the new life I will create for myself.
Break ups are always hard. No one can really tell you how to get through them, every person is different. But being kind to yourself is a start. Giving yourself time and space, to grieve your losses and heal. It has taken me a while to understand this and I am no stranger to break ups. But it doesn’t mean they dont hurt just as much.
I miss my art and creating. And my blog. Once I have settled in my new place, my room is my own and filled with all the things I love and inspire me, I will start some new projects. It is one of the things that really helps me get through challenging parts of life. And I will put some things up on here. That is all for now.
Night readers x
I just found this link online about the use of art therapy in helping the sick and thought I would share it: