Friday, 22 January 2016

ON MY MIND | The Magic of AWE

I read an article a fews years ago about the magic of AWE. I was reminded of this idea many times over the Christmas/New Year period when we spent a lot of time at quiet beaches and exploring the beauty in our natural surrounds




Having a lot of time near the ocean, and none of our "stuff" from home, reinforced how little we need to feel joy. 

I couldn't find the original article, but I did find this article written by Susan Greenberg: 

Experiencing something awe-inspiring — whether it’s the Grand Canyon, a soaring cathedral, or a Puccini aria — can expand perceptions of time, enhancing quality of life. The key, says Jennifer Aaker, Stanford GSB’s General Atlantic Professor of Marketing and an author of a new paper on the subject, is that awe makes us feel small, not larger than life, the way happiness can. “When you feel small, there’s a reapportioning of what’s out there,” she says. “Time is reapportioned also.”



I would stand on the beach and looked at the ocean that stretched out in front of me. I was in awe of how beautiful it was. I looked at my family and had such gratitude in my heart for them.




In those moments of awe, I forgot all my worries. My stress about not being caught up with my memory keeping seemed insignificant. My so-called troubles seemed to wash away and was hard for me to find something to worry about. Cliche but true.  

Those moments by the beach looking out into the ocean, it really was like time slowed down. Feeling connected and present gives the illusion that time is standing still, and I love it. That's what I want to feel more in my every day.




More than ever before, I want to slow down time. I have been feeling sad these few weeks before school starts as I am confronted with how fast my boys are growing up. They won't be little boys for long. It's like time speeds up as we get older. 

Being near the ocean is where I feel the most connected to who I truly am. Without the worries, the anxiety, the overthinking. For me, that's the magic of AWE.



In reality, I can't be near the ocean every day to be continually awe inspired. I wish I could be.

I can't slow time down, but I can slow down the mental pace at which I am going about my daily life. It's so easy for our minds to be thinking about the next task before we have even completed the task at hand. Focusing on one thing at a time is important.  

My energy is on really seeing my children, noticing the individuality of each of them, listening to their stories, savouring their gorgeous cuddles, being present with them. And noticing their true awesomeness by taking a deep breath in, and inhaling the little details of ordinary (yet extraordinary) every day moments.



Sunday, 17 January 2016

MY PROJECT LIFE JOURNAL | March 2015 part 2

I shared a few pages from my March 2015 personal PL journal a few days ago (here) and I'm sharing a few more from that same month. 

I like being able to use more girly cards and patterns in this album as it's just for me. 

Here's the first spread:




This next spread is a photo hubby took when he went for an early morning fish. He saw the dappled sunlight coming through trees and wanted to show me. I'm like the full page photo too -- something I don't do very often. 

The RHS page titled heart words is a blog post I wrote about my relationship with my eldest son and how hard it is sometimes to parent a child who pushes you away (read here). It was important to include in my album because it documents where I was at, on this mothering roller coaster.

The heart words title (below) and the "oh yeah, so good" filler card (above) is from my HEART WORDS kit here



And with that, I'm a quarter of the way through 2015. The question is whether I continue with 2015 or just start 2016...?


Supplies: Digital journal card from my online store {themakingtable.bigcartel.com), One Little Bird, and Digital Project Life. Stamps from Kellie Stamps and Ali Edwards

Friday, 15 January 2016

MY PROJECT LIFE JOURNAL | March 2015 part 1

Has it really been over two months since my last post..!? That was back in November.

November was jam packed with learning new skills, new ideas and knowledge.

I set myself the November Daily Scripting challenge where I scripted every day in November to practice my brush scripting and shared daily on Instagram. Read original post here

It was interesting to see the quotes I was drawn to for scripting. Here's a few of my favourites:







  
Also in November, I did the 30-day Low Tox Life course with Alexx Stuart. It was a LIFE CHANGER. I don't say things like that lightly. Here's a taster of what you can expect in the course. Alexx has released this topic for public viewing as she believes it's important for everyone be aware. There were so many gems in the course that I spent most of December going over each of the topics and watching all the interviews again. 

November and December was full to the brim leaving no time for Project Life. Here I am in January once again, and I have still not finished one year's worth of Project Life since I started in 2013.

I'm still plodding along with my personal Project Life Journal. Here's a few pages I did for March 2015.



I put my brush script practice into use for these pages and created the Beautiful Mother card (LHS), and the pink pancakes filler (RHS). 

I did a few variations of the pancakes filler as well:



I hope you've enjoyed a lovely start to 2016! 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My November Daily Scripting Challenge

I finally say down last week to make a card for a good friend of mine who'd recently had a beautiful baby girl. In my mind, I pictured a card with her daughter's name scripted. I've been trying on and off with my attempts to letter with a brush for almost a year without success. I was almost ready to let it go as one of those things I could not do.

But I couldn't let it go just yet.  

When all the brush lettering started appearing on Instagram a year or so ago, I was in awe. In love. And in envy. Why could my hand not script!?

My beautiful friend Tanyalee from The Drawing Board knows of this obsessive struggle of mine to brush script. I am grateful for her indestructible patience and sincere encouragement because it was Tanyalee who mentioned Random Olive to me. Seeing Random Olive's Instagram videos was the turning point and through practice I saw tiny bits of progress. I even got the card made for baby Charlotte.


  

I have learnt so much just from practicing every day over the last few weeks. 

I realise now that brush size matters. I needed a small brush as this was most comfortable in my hand.  

I was still practicing my scripting late on 31st October. As it reached midnight, I realised we were venturing into a new month, it was now November. It was then that I set myself the challenge to script every day for the entire month of November. And so the hashtag #novdailyscripting was created. This will be my motivation to commit to a daily scripting practice that will hopefully see improvement in my scripting.




Here's what I've shared so far on Instagram:








It's not too late to jump on board and practice your scripting this month. Use the hashtag #novdailyscripting on Instagram if you want to join in!