Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Do something that scares you

I can't remember where I read this, probably in a motivational book or a blog post about beating procrastination. When you're fed up, stuck in a rut, want things to change - do something that scares you.

So what's my thing? I have moved around a bit and have ended up living somewhere beautiful but don't know a lot of people here. So I'm organising a social event for other creatives and crafters so I can meet people and maybe get inspired. It's a bit of gamble - what if no one turns up? What if they hate it?

Scary huh? Well that's why I have to try it. It could be good, it could be great, I won't know unless I try.

I've listed the event here:

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hello 2014

 Happy New Year everyone. I saw it in sober as still on the super silly painkillers, but that wasn't a bad thing as I woke today with a fresh head and a marginally better back.

2013 was a good year, my first in my little cottage in the country so I thought I'd reflect on just how nice its been.
 From top left:
1. Summer field in Tidmarsh where I walk the dog everyday | 2. Mousehole in Cornwall where we had a great holiday | 3. The nature reserve by my house | 4. Misty morning in the hills | 5. Port Isaac, Cornwall, on a glorious hot day | 6. One of the many beautiful skies we had this summer | 7. Brighton day trip | 8. The coolest car I saw all year | 9. Lady Godiva from a weekend back at home to see family and friends

The other great feature of the year was getting Ted, he is a constant source of amusement.
From top left:
1. The day we got him as a 3month old rescue pup | 2. He really tries hard to talk to us | 3. Zombie dog | 4. helping me work at my desk | 5. The cone of shame | 6. Staring at me with laser eyes till I walk him | 7. In disguise | 8. Booze hound | 9. Asleep under my desk while I work

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Making the most of a bad situation

Somehow, during all the excitement of getting ready for Christmas, I did something, I don't know what, to my back. Yesterday, I finally had enough of hobbling round like a crone and went to see the doctor who prescribed super strong painkillers (no drink no driving) and a course of taking things easy (no hopping over to Devon for the weekend).

So now I'm trying to find things to do whilst not actually being capable of doing much of anything at all - even drawing seems difficult as I can't get in a comfortable position long enough to really get into it. Hence, finally getting round to adding something to my much neglected blog.

5 ways I'm making the most of a bad back situation:

1. Cuddling the puppy  - Ted happily doubles up as a hot water bottle and gives me the sympathy I crave.

 2. Watching tutorial videos - to learn more about the software I often use, to find out what the short cuts and impressive tricks are.

3. Watching Christmas TV - something which can be good or bad but generally there are uplifting storylines which stop me feeling glum.

4. Writing lists - like this blog post, plus shopping lists, plans for 2014, thank you letters etc. I'm using Wunderlist as it has very satisfying tick boxes, syncs between my phone, ipad and laptop, and I can email the lists too which is very handy when someone else needs to pick your shopping up for you.

5. Listening to pod casts - I don't normally have the patience to sit and listen to pod casts but I'm choosing inspirational ones like the TED talks, 99u and motivational/business ones to keep my mind ticking over and ready for when I regain full mobility. Here is one of my favourites so far, especially as she swears like a trooper:

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Facebook portraits

I have had a lot of fun recently drawing portraits of the super colourful and interesting folk I'm connected to on Facebook.
I you want your portrait done click here to find out how.

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