Day 279

Oops I did it again. I forgot to post about the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge yesterday. Luckily I remembered about 11.30 pm and plastered a smile on my face because the goal was to smile more. That is one of the things I’ve had on my happy list for a while now and it actually does make you feel good. Try it.

For my bedtime meditation last night I tried; Fall asleep fast guided meditation, A sleep hypnosis. This didn’t work for me at all. The only reason I fell asleep at the end of it is because it was after 1 am and I was already tired.

The first thing I did when I woke up was a workout. It felt so unpleasant. We had a little rain overnight but only enough to make it humid. I pushed through anyway.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him excited to be the owner of a hula bobble head for National Bobble Head Day.

The morning was spent creating the meal plan for the week. One of the meals was moved from last week and there are three vegetarian meals again. I’m going to have to spend some time finding some new vegetarian recipes. I also like to add a meal that produces a leftover meal from Monday night’s meal, so we can have a quick and healthy meal when hubby gets home from shopping.

Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata a Wraps : Tuesday
Green Curry Chicken & Veg : Wednesday
Cheesy Vegie-Ball Subs : Thursday
Savoury Mince and Potato Wedges : Friday
Steak + Spinach salad : Saturday
Veggie Pizzas : Sunday
Chicken Kiev Pasta Bake : Monday

I haven’t linked the spinach salad or veggie pizzas because both meals are recipes of our own. But if you want a rough idea; the spinach salad has baby spinach, cooked red onion and feta dressed with balsamic vinegar. The salad is also good with grilled eggplant, grilled capsicum and baby tomatoes. (I don’t eat raw tomato.) The veggie pizza has onion, mushroom, red capsicum, baby spinach, red chilli, pineapple, feta, pizza cheese, tomato sauce on Lebanese bread.

The mid part of the day was unproductive. I really want to blame hubby for being home and distracting me but really it was just I wasn’t disciplined enough to do things. Although I did get my French practice done and it was another top day of timed practice runs.

During the afternoon I went to Skillshare to watch a watercolour class called Painting a Watercolour Poppy: Explore 3 Watercolour Styles. I followed along with the poppy study, doing each sketch quickly in pen as the instructor did. I then watched how she would paint the petals, middle and leaves. That felt intimidating and I didn’t want to try. I then watched the first video which demonstrated loose painterly style. I will do the watercolour tasks soon.

I spent the rest of the afternoon looking for easier art lessons on Skillshare. I think I saved about 10 different lessons from drawing to watercolour. That should keep me busy for the rest of the week.

I hope your day has been filled with colour, creativity and cake.


Day 278

I tried Guided Sleep Meditation for Healing – Deep Blissful Sleep last night and had trouble focusing, again. There were lots of little things picking at my brain and that seemed to carry through sleep time. I had unfulfilling dreams and sort of woke up in a bad mood. On the positive, I did get 8 hours sleep again.

It took me a while to get into the day. I was grumpy. Little things annoyed me. Like when hubby told me he had locked the keys in the car the night before. I think I was more annoyed that we didn’t have a spare key than the actual event.

I mean, we’ve all been there. I remember locking my keys in the car when I was about 18. I spent the day at the beach, went back to the car and saw my keys proudly sparkling from the inside. I made the shame call to my dad who brought down the spare set of keys to rescue me. SPARE KEY!!! Hubby and I are so bad at adult-ing.

Eventually I sorted myself out and started a day of penguin productivity. Not only did I finish today’s cartoon but I’ve done rough sketches for the next three days. I spent about 6 or 7 hours on it. It made the day fly by.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him getting cuddles from a mermaid for National Cuddle Up Day. *BIG HUGS*

I had a great French practice today. I was getting about 18/20 on each run. It was very encouraging and kept me practising for longer than I had planned.

Tomorrow is the official start of the week but hubby won’t be buzzing off to work. He’s got the next four days off (then some more next week) but I’m a little worried I won’t stick to my normal routine. I’m trying to double my efforts of learning and art-ing and having the distraction could be, well, distracting.

I have whipped up my Happy List and have modified it slightly from being so art heavy to a few house things that need attention.

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. Yoga – 3 days
  3. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  4. Watercolour – 2 days
  5. Paint – 1 Day
  6. Nap – 1 Day
  7. Pack up books in back bedroom
  8. Set up piano
  9. Clean old photo frames (and paint?)
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

I hope your week is filled with productivity, creativity and friends who can make you smile when things get rough.


Day 277

I tried a different meditation guide last night; Deep Sleep Induction. I don’t really remember much of it but I did get about 7 hours sleep, so I’m going to call it a success!

Today is the first day of the weekend for us and it’s always a day of relaxing for hubby and a day of WoW for me. My Sunday is still missing something. While it wasn’t a bad day, it really wasn’t a good day either BUT today’s 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge is to ‘think about the positives’ so I will focus on the good parts.

One good part is today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles. We find him taking his first ‘flight’ with the help of some sweet little red birds for National Bird Day.

The creator of Inktober will be emailing a weekly prompt to help keep up the inking skills. I’ll be adding the prompt to one day’s adventure each week. This week’s prompt is ‘flight’. It fit in so perfectly with today’s Puddles plan.

I spent most of the day playing WoW. It was just a healer friend and me for most of it, with a couple of other friends joining for one dungeon. The hardest part of WoW today was being constantly bugged for a ‘selfie’ through one of the dungeons. I generally don’t cross my real life with my gaming life. Lately I have been more open but it still makes me feel very uncomfortable.

Once that was all wrapped up I got a face full of French. I did much better today and remembered how to spell ‘dejeuner’. (You can tell I typed it because it doesn’t have the accent!!)

I didn’t mention yesterday’s 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge because….wait for it…. I forgot! Luckily I messaged someone special so I achieved yesterday’s goal.

I hope you’ve had an outstanding weekend filled with sunshine, fun and friends.


Day 276

I thought I’d try a new meditation guide last night; Guided Sleep Meditation for Healing – Deep Blissful Sleep. I found it a bit harder to focus with this one but I did get very relaxed. So much so, I fell asleep before it ended. The voice at the beginning of the next video woke me. That was okay though because it was the other meditation guide with the ocean sounds, so I got relaxed and quickly fell asleep again.

I woke just after 6 am and briefly contemplated starting the day then made my way back to the comfort of a soft bed and air cooler. The day was already too hot and I wasn’t feeling good. The last few days hubby has been flirting with a head cold and I think it’s trying to have its way with me now. Bleh.

When I eventually got out of bed I struggled to get anything done. At first I felt vexed that I was giving up on a normal day only four days into the New Year. That wasn’t a very positive attitude to have. So I decided whatever I got done would be enough.

I finally got around to today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles . We find him eating a big bowl of spaghetti because it’s National Spaghetti Day.

I quickly moved on to French and didn’t have the best time. For the life of me I cannot remember how to spell ‘ déjeuner ‘. In the end I had to copy and paste it every time the word came up. I really don’t know why it’s such a tough word to remember.

After lunch I watched some Youtube videos half-hearted looking for an easy watercolour to do. I found some I might like to try but it was about 36C/96F by that point and I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything other than lay in front of the air cooler.

I hope you’ve survived the heat if you’re Down Under. Stay safe. I hope everyone has had a pleasant day and a positive start to the year. You can do it!


Day 275

Last night I meditated using Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation. Once again it left me completely relaxed and I fell asleep instantly when it was done. It was also another night of good dreams, I think. I don’t really remember them but I felt good when I woke up.

I started the day with a workout. I find it a bit mentally harder rolling out of bed and straight into a workout but the sense of achievement is wonderful. It didn’t really do much for the lingering tiredness which ended up following me for most of the day.

The morning was spent working on today’s Puddles cartoon. I did a rough sketch, then the actual sketch and then coloured it. The whole process took about two hours. It was followed by French. The lessons went smoothly but when I tried a timed practice run it was evident the new words haven’t stuck yet.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him in bed. He is celebrating ‘Festival of Sleep Day’ with a nap. I think that’s a grand idea. Naps are good for your health.

Then I found it really hard to start something new. I was tired. So I casually looked through more free classes on Skillshare and found a couple for viewing after lunch.

After lunch I started with Yoga for Desktop Warriors 1: Quick and Easy Techniques to Relax and Re-Energise. This is a free class that runs for 14 minutes. The actual Yoga portion runs for 10 minutes.

This was my first step into Yoga. The only other time I’ve tried it was back when I was 20, had stayed up all night and was watching it on TV at 6 am. I enjoyed it that day and never did it again, until today. It’s a short stretching program that ends with relaxing to the sounds of the ocean. I’m LOVING all this ocean relaxing. I did feel relaxed but not really re-energised. I’m going to do this daily to see if it can help.

I then tried The Watercolour Painting Series – Semi-Realistic Complementary Donuts. This was my first attempt at using watercolour paints and it was fun. I can’t believe I’ve put it off for so long. Working out how much water to use is hard but I feel pretty happy with my first attempt. The lessons covered composition, complementary colours and then how to do the shadows and drop shadows.

Yesterday I didn’t post about the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge because I forgot to do it before I had posted. The second day prompt is to list things you’re grateful for. I’m grateful for the people who love me unconditionally, who support, who care and encourage me. For having all the things I need to have a comfortable life. For my mums love and support that got me through my childhood. There seemed like lots of little things too but I wasn’t sure I should list them.

Thankfully somebody has already listed what I’m grateful for. A lot of the things I would never have thought of but I am actually very grateful for having them in my life like music, rain, making mistakes. So really, I should be grateful for every last thing that happens in my life. That’s a lot to ponder. Inspired by 60 Things to be Grateful For.

Today’s 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge prompt is removing negativity in your life. This is definitely something I want to do. I read through some posts about this and found 7 Steps to Removing Negative Energy from Your Life, very helpful.

Seeing I’m making life changing a priority, I think I’ve already achieved the first step. The second two points are very important for me. I have a habit of talking negatively about myself and my achievements. I also enjoy a good complaining without ever following it up with something actionable. From now on, I’ll just do the opposite to the normal. I’m not around that many people so I feel good about number four already. The sixth point about having an action plan really is just having some relaxing or focus shifting and I’m slowly gathering those skills. I’m on the right track. Woo!!

I also did 10 minutes of doodling and got my kitchen sparkly clean. The doodle was inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies that have been playing on TV this week.

It has been a super full day today. I feel that I was more focused and found myself smiling at the end of it all. I wrapped up things around 4 pm because just like Arthur Puddles, I wanted to honour ‘Festival of Sleep Day’ with a nap.

I hope your day has been free from negativity, filled with creativity and bursting with joy.


Day 274

I got into bed a little bit late last night and I sort of forgot that I was going do nighttime meditation and wasn’t prepared for it at all. I had the blankets pulled up around my ears and I was ready for sleep when I remembered. I very quickly grabbed my phone, found one of the videos I’d half checked out through the day and did it. It isn’t specifically for sleeping but it had sounds of the ocean so it was very very relaxing. Soon as it was done I instantly fell asleep. I even had nice dreams. I listened to Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation.

Homer dog woke me up this morning but that was okay because it meant I could do an early morning workout before hubby got up. I was about half way through when hubby woke. I feel like it’s been a decade since I last worked out. Felt great.

For today’s art-ing and learning I did a number of things.

I loosely followed a coloured pencil tutorial on Youtube; Draw with Coloured Pencils Part 4 – Landscapes. It was a speed walk through, so I made it a speed colouring. I also got a bit distracted and stopped following what he was doing. I used Crayola Blend & Shade pencils.

I signed up with Skillshare so I could check out a couple of the free lessons available. I browsed through some of the free classes and found one on Growing Your Creativity. The whole thing took about 40 minutes. I think the biggest take away for me was the ‘Letting go of Fear’ section. I need to FOCUS on the consequences of success rather than failure, STOP telling myself that I’m not creative and RESPOND to the negative thoughts positively. I haven’t done the exercises from the lessons, even though it would have given me the chance to make another list. I do love a good list.

While I was watching Growing Your Creativity I started to doodle. I was inspired by the shape of the instructors hair and the gap in her teeth. The sketch looks nothing like the instructor though. The quote underneath was something from the lesson. I used ink and coloured pencils.

I found two other free lessons that I would like to watch. One is on writing, one is on watercolour. I still haven’t broken out my watercolour paints. I know the time is near.

Today in The Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him working on his New Years Resolution list. It gives us a sneak peak at what things he may be getting up to over the next few months.

All the art-ing and learning, plus some housework and lunch took me through til about 4 pm. Then I worked on French. I was feeling pretty tired so I’m not sure I got much out of it. Although, I only made three mistakes overall so I can’t complain. I managed to get the second round of lessons finished. So I feel this week will be learning, next week will be practising.

I finished the day with smiling for no reason and some singing. That was my day. It feels full. I hope you’ve had a fulfilling day sprinkled with extra smiles.


Day 273

Happy New Year!! Hubby and I had a pretty relaxed night of drinks and music. I also played some WoW in the hours leading up to midnight…and through midnight until about 2 am. I was the first one in the group to see the New Year.

I managed to get a little sleep-in. When I woke I wasn’t prepared to dive into the day. In fact, I had made a decision that I wasn’t going to do anything today but I would get into all my plans on Thursday when hubby goes back to work. The longer I was awake, the more I wanted to do things, so I did.

So the first thing I worked on was my first penguin sketch for the year. I’d like to introduce Arthur Puddles. He is a shy and awkward little penguin. He has some big dreams and wants to explore the world. Follow his daily adventures through 2020. I will be posting the daily cartoon on this blog and they will all be posted on

I started a new group of French words today. They are food words. How very delicious. A lot of the words I’m familiar with but the English use of the words are slightly different. As usual I don’t remember a whole lot but I know that this will be a fairly easy topic. I’m feeling encouraged. I got through the first set of lessons quickly.

The first day of the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge is to set goals that you want to achieve. I set two goal lists in yesterday’s post. I have a monthly goal list and a happy list (a weekly to-do list focused on achieving things to make me happy.) So I will say I’ve done this one and feel good about it.

I tried to find a nighttime meditation guide but there are so many different types and hubby wouldn’t stop talking, so I really have no idea which direction to go in. I’ll just pick one at random tonight and see how it goes.

That’s about it for my New Years day. It wasn’t very spectacular but I did do some things. Tomorrow hubby will be back at work and I’ll have a more productive day.

I hope you have had a safe and happy New Year. Good luck with any new projects you’re starting, New Years resolutions or whatever creative endeavours you’re indulging in.