Sunday, February 27, 2011

Recovering a Sense of Power

I'm up to week 3 of The Artists Way. . .  "Recovering a Sense of Power"

 So far I'm doing morning pages most days... sometimes at all different times of the day if I didn't quite make it for the 'morning'.  I listened to the tail end of a podcast Cheryl Richardson interviewing Julia Cameron and she really does strongly encourage first thing, stream of consciousness writing in the morning before doing anything else... well... I like to go for a beach walk first thing.. so aside from getting up at 5am... I can't quite see my way around this one.  

last week I painted a lot more than I have been able to for ages, so that's a bit of a shift.  

If you'd like to hear that interview, go to "Change Your Life with Cheryl Richardson".. in itunes.  When I've got time I'll find the link... 

I love what Julia says about anger : "Sloth, apathy, and despair are the enemy. Anger is not. Anger is our friend. Not a nice friend. Not a gentle friend. But a very, very loyal friend. It will alwyas tell us when we have been betrayed. It will always tell us when we have betrayed ourselves. It will always tell us that it is time to act in our own best interests.
Anger is not the action itself. It is action's invitation." p. 62

A significant part of me has been dancing with the enemy for a bit too long (sloth, apathy and despair) it's time to harness that anger and get the hell on with it!

I'm off to see "Hereafter" , the movie with Matt Damon as a psychic, I laughed when I heard him interviewed recently and he said there are more psychics per capita in LA than anywhere else in the world, .... probably joking, but yeah. 
..... I thought the movie was 'ok' nothing, nothing like I'd expected, a bit slow in parts and quite sad.  Would totally be ok to wait for dvd in my opinion. 

bye for now,

love Denise x

Sunday, February 13, 2011

clean...clear....spaciousness... not

I'm currently endeavouring to find some sense of order and clarity... so I think to be in a well organised space will be so helpful...

Maybe if I speak it out loud... I know I've told the Universe... and actually.. while I think of that I send out a prayer... I NEEEED HELP.... no, not physical help really... but that elusive inner strength and get-up-and-go stuff that makes wonders happen.

Contemplation Corner
(those are some canvas prints hanging behind)

Contemplation Corner with groovy hipstamatic app :0)

I've bravely shown you the BEST first haha... so below it's not quite so 'acceptable' but there you go.

Chaos ...

and more chaos!

I am reminded of Oprah shows with the groovy Aussie guy with the blue glasses, if he were to look into this room right now what would he say (haha, he wrote a book called "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big?") Well, to that I'd but it does 'p' me off!

I've been working on the first week of Julia Cameron's book... 'The Artist's Way" and am uncovering some of the creative monsters that lurk in my memories and subconcious.

So ... I guess I better get back to it.. hopefully I'll bounce back on here very soon and show you the rest of the completed lovely space... what next.... a clean clear desk space is always nice.

love Denise xo

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Artist's Way... again

... The Artist's Way... by Julia Cameron

I was gifted this book many years ago and it was definitely a road map that got me on the path to follow the dream of being an artist.  Last year I feel like I lost my way.. and am no longer sure where I wish to head, and whats happening on the inside to make me feel this way.  So after a year of struggle and some challenging health I have decided to take the little 'life changing' course again.

I've got a travel buddy.... so we hope to encourage and support eachother along the way.

I forgot how hard it can be to drag three pages of long hand writing out of my head each morning... and still want to fit in a beach walk... and return to my yoga/well-being class at least once per week.

the Chinese New Year began this week.. year of the Rabbit  so I am very curious to observe the changes that brings.

I've also found a very helpful naturopath.. and will recover my health too!  

Week 1 - Recovering a Sense of Safety.

love Denise xo