Good evening, Sunday lovers. Before Monday hits, take a moment…
This week’s playlist includes:
Sleep well, tiny ones.
Lately, I’ve been in what I’d term as a creative blackhole. Every time I’ve attempted to get excited about something I get distracted by the turmoil of real life and any creative intuition shuts off like a smartphone with a 1% battery life that you’re trying to eek out until the very last moment; the power source is right there, but you just can’t plug it in in time.
I hope you enjoyed that little analogy. Not only does that happen to me IRL it also is the perfect way to describe my creative world at the moment.
Back in 2009 I had a blog where I shared life, inspiration, and some pretty damn cool attempts at crafting, but somewhere along my journey I got totally lost. All creative energy got channeled in to my actual job. Yes, a job. Something that if I’m honest doesn’t sustain either my creativity or being able to live comfortably. I put all my energy in and get out… well, not an awful lot.
So why have I put so much of myself into something which doesn’t bring me joy? This is a question I’m asking myself today. Why is it that I focus all my time and energy on something that isn’t working for me? What would happen if I moved that attention elsewhere? Great things? And that, little ones, is fecking scary. Scary in the sense of the possibilities which could open up in my life, but also that I’ve allowed myself to turn down the volume on the things that inspire me; no one made me do that. I did that to myself.
So I’ve been sat in my concrete garden at the back of my tiny flat mulling over what I need to do to reconnect with myself. Firstly, let’s reassess where I’m putting my attention. Secondly, let’s figure out what ignites fire in me.
Put your attention on what fuels you.
1. Interesting and creative people // Interesting people lead to interesting experiences
2. Good design// Interior, graphic, architectural…
3. Coffee // Because..YEAH
4. Art // Pictures, poetry, performance
5. Nature // Sea and forest
6. Music // God I love music. Discovering really good music makes my soul grow
7. Honesty // Not a thing, but a neccessity. From myself and others.
8. Peace // Taking time alone to yoga.
9. Social media platforms // New ones and how communities build rules within the first few months. FASCINATING.
10. Books // Classics and wellness books.
Start here. Move forward.
There’s nothing like the strength of someone who stands at the shoreline, day after day, continually bashed by the tide and swell; who is relentless in their pursuit of a better life. They step into the incoming, letting the waves wash over head, as they are battered by an ever returning power that overcomes them, but the most inspiring thing is that once they have been rolled and tumbled by the wash, they find which way is up and fight to the surface. They never give up on the hope that they will float even when faced with the next wave and the next.
To know you are going to be knocked down, but to continue to rise, even against the greatest force: that is true strength.
As I wrestle with a cat that has discovered his own ability to lift himself up my jeans with his claws, I bring you playlist numero 8. I’ve already wandered out and about this Sunday but really I always want to get home to my comfy sofa and death clawed kitty.
This week I’ve been working on a mini-ebook for my email subscribers and managed to at least get a little done even though my body insists I require an insane amount of sleep. I’ve also, finally, got motivated to start the Daily Beeks. Oh yes. SnapChat, people. Loving it so much! Follow my snap stories at soulcartographr.
‘Til next week, little ones. xx
Flipping through the pages of an old, old blog I came across a short poem I wrote a few years ago that explains how out of sorts it can feel to learn about yourself and have some semblance of understanding of it.