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 59

I was reminded today that not everyone is a morning person. It’s been a long known fact that I am not a morning person. The only reason I even participate in mornings now is because hubby has to get up and go to work. I like to be supportive.

It was either this helpful reminder or a restless nights sleep and an urge to find my locket, that made today a little easier to start.

We started with meditation. I think I’ve missed out on it most days this week. I constantly replay it in my head, trying to calm myself, even more so since the saga of the locket began. It was nice to have the refresher. I soaked it in.

Once hubby had disappeared to work, I got to working out after another quick forage through the house for my locket. I still have no idea how I could have lost it. UGH! Anyway, the workout, it was good, although things feel tired. My pain levels always go up when I’m stressed so I really had to push hard to get through it.

I said I wanted to stay distracted today. I did that but have nothing to show for it. I did get about 30 minutes of French practice in though. Je suis une femme.

If I had to score myself for this week, I’d give a 5/10 and that’s high balling it. I guess if I want to look for the positive, I have a lot of room to do better next week. Topping the list of things to do next week, painting. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. I need more blasting.

Hey, did you know that you’re a wonderful person and you have kind eyes.

Here’s Day 26 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 26: Write about an area in your life that you’d like to improve.

I think it’s clear that I would like to improve in every area of my life. My health, my fitness, my mental stability, my creativity and my happiness.

If I had to focus on just one thing, I would say that I want to improve my happiness. Although to improve that, I need to get better in every other area. The more creative I am, the more active I am, the more mentally balanced I am, the happier I am going to be.

The area I would like to improve; My life.


Day 43

Two days of productive in a row. Go me!

Another day was started with meditation with hubby. I’m really glad that he’s so on board with it. He makes sure that we’re ready to go at 8 am. I know that it’s helping me to stay focused. I feel calmer and happier (most of the time.)

Then it was workout time. I keep pushing myself as hard as I can and I keep achieving the two workouts. I had a little mental speed bump half way through and considered only doing the one workout. Who would know, right? I would know and I really don’t want to let myself down. This is, by far, the longest I’ve consistently worked out. I’ll stick to the two workouts for the next two months, unless I don’t feel challenged enough. After that, I’m hoping for a much more exciting workout.

Once that was done I started thinking about other things I’d like to paint and drew a sketch of one scene. Then I spent some time browsing pictures for colour and texture ideas. The creative did not stop there.

I did some singing and while I was doing that, I added a couple more rows to the knitting practice I started the other day. It takes me at least two songs to get through a row.

After lunch I returned to the knitting and spent 5 hours doing it.
I definitely feel like I’m getting into the rhythm of this basic stitch. I need to learn how to get it off the needle.

I’m feeling a bit exhausted. Hopefully a good nights sleep will recharge me for a full day tomorrow.

Here’s Day 10 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 10: Write about something for which you feel strongly.

When talking to someone, always try and make them feel good. Listen, encourage, uplift, compliment. You never know what someone is going through, what they really feel or how long it’s been since somebody said something nice to them. You can be the difference.


Day 42

Oh my! What a productive day.

I started the day with meditation with hubby, then did my double workout. I pushed myself hard and fast again and felt pretty exhausted by the end of it. Recovery time was much quicker than normal. I must be making progress!

My first attempt at Acrylic Painting
To see the Ray Grimes demonstration of this Landscape

By lunchtime I had started to watch some painting videos from Ray Grimes. You can check out his Youtube channel here. I picked one of the landscape paintings to try and recreate.

A couple of hours later, I had a painted canvas and a painted me.

I’d love to try painting again tomorrow but the one thing I did learn was my lounge room is far too dark to paint. A lot of little things I got wrong with this attempt happened because I couldn’t see the change in paint colour. It all looks so much more green under dull lamp light.

Here’s Day 9 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 9: Post some words of wisdom that speak to you

The number one reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten. – Mac Miller*

Since starting my journey of improvement, this one has had a constant place in the back of my mind. Whenever I start to feel discouraged about the 2+ years I still have to go, I try and put focus onto how much I have already changed, even in the last 42 days.


*NOTE: I can’t remember where I first saw this quote. After Googling its origin, it seems it’s a quote from Mac Miller. If this isn’t the case, please let me know.

Day 36

Hubby and I started the day with meditation, again! It’s almost like a habit. Early start for hubby tomorrow, super early meditation it is.

Workouts are getting harder. I have worked out twice a day for the last three days and I really am feeling it. I’m feeling it physically and mentally. My body aches constantly and feels exhausted. My brain is telling me to stop working out but that’s a terrible idea, so it’s a constant battle, very draining. Good news, the struggle is making me feel more determined to be successful.

Second knitting attempt

My creative for the day was knitting. I spent a good 5 hours working on it. I am making progress and making some big mistakes. Having fun with it though.

Tomorrow I’m going to start learning how to finish off a knitting project. My dreams of just pulling it off the needle apparently won’t work. I’d really like to get some other creative in there too. Still haven’t tried any drawing or painting. I have such a long to do list.

Here’s Day 3 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 3: What are your top 3 pet peeves?

  1. People being rude, mean, bullies. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
  2. When someone asks a question but they don’t wait for you to answer it.
  3. Cats being allowed to wander the neighbourhood.


Three Peas, One Pod

Day 34

Today has been a productive day. Hubby and I started the day with meditation. Our (10 year old) puppy, Homer, was playful and made it hard to focus but we did it!

Then I doubled my workout. As I got through the first part, I questioned if I really did want to go on with more. I thought about doing it later in the day or just starting next week. I powered through and I sure am feeling it. I’m aching in place I’ve never ached. I know it’s a good kind of ache though. Of course I will workout tomorrow but at this point, the idea is unpleasant at best.

After that I started on the Let’s do 52 – 52 Week Photography Project. I will be tracking the project on Three Peas, One Pod and on Flickr.

Let's Do 52 - May 7: Flowers
Let’s Do 52 – May 7: Flowers

I did a few other creative type things like fixing the Three Peas blog and tried knitting again. Not making much progress, although if you need someone to cast on for you, I’m your gal! There was also some singing in there.

The rest of the day was housework and a nap. I was torn about napping. I know that I should be using the daylight hours for productive things but at the same time, I need to rest my body so I can keep up being productive. I’ll try and survive the whole day tomorrow, like an adult.

A garden project was started yesterday. We’re trying to grow celery from a cutting. Soon as it starts to sprout, I’ll start blogging about it. Let’s hope we see some shoots soon.

I said I’d start the 30 day writing challenge today, so here it is. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 1: List 10 things that make you really happy

  1. Hubby and Wifey
  2. My dog, Homer
  3. A hearty home cooked meal
  4. Music
  5. Being creative
  6. Spending time with good people
  7. Cruising on the ocean
  8. Photography
  9. Working out
  10. Helping, supporting, encouraging people

Feels like it was a big day. A big satisfying day. Cheers to the next one.


Three Peas, One Pod

Day 31

It’s one month since I’ve started my journey and I have made some progress. Working out is very much a part of my day now. I’m about a week away from adding an extra daily workout. While I find it a little daunting still, I’m very committed to continuing the fitness journey. I never thought I’d hear myself saying that.

My first task for today was knitting. I found a guide, got my knitting needles and yarn and spent hours fiddling only to realise I am not a natural at knitting, not even a little bit. I’m sure I’ll pick it up but right now it feels like I’m trying to knit with two left feet. Yes, feet!

My second task for the day was to draw something. By the time I sat down to this task, I was feeling far too unhappy to focus. I scrolled through some pictures online for inspiration but it didn’t help. I’ll put this task aside for a new day.

So why was I unhappy? I’m lonely. It hit me like a truck as I sat in silence with one of only three people that I talk to. I’m not sure I remember how to have a normal conversation. I don’t know how to be a friend. I mean, I’m a great listener, supportive and caring but I just don’t know how to interact with people enough that someone wants to waste their time on me. I’m grateful for those that do.

Tomorrow I’m going to get some thing packed/unpacked and do one creative task.


Day 30

What a day!! Hubby and I started the morning with meditation. It was so relaxing and uplifting. A perfect reminder that life is beautiful.

Hubby went to work and I went to do my workout. Uh oh, it wouldn’t play. I got instantly annoyed that I couldn’t work out, then more annoyed that I felt like that after the peaceful start to my day. I shook the bad mood off, pressed some buttons and 40 minutes later, got to my workout. I pushed myself hard and it felt great.

Seeing I had gotten one goal out of the way, it was time to start work on the second. I spent the next five hours working on my home, garden and creative project blog. I picked a layout and got to editing. It was almost scary how much I didn’t know. I read guides, I clicked, I tested, I cursed and I got it pretty much ready for its first post. Soon as I have something to post, it’ll go live.

Here is a quick picture I snapped of the mint plant growing on our kitchen windowsill. It was a test picture for the gallery section of the new site but I really like it and wanted to share.

Tomorrow I’m going to watch a knitting tutorial (because I now have knitting needles. Woo!) and draw something.


Day 29

The day started off slow. I could barely drag myself out of bed and get normal morning things done. By 9 am, I was feeling lousy but determined to workout. I worked out and almost enjoyed every minute of it.

It definitely felt as though the day was dragging. I was waiting on my arts and craft supplies and it felt like I couldn’t do much of anything else. Thankfully, with the internet at my fingertips, I decided to do the two tasks I posted about yesterday.

I decided to start with meditation. I opened Youtube and typed in ‘meditation’ and then auto suggestions lead me to the search of ‘meditation guided for positive energy’. I figured because my afternoons seem to lack that, it was probably a good place to start.

After watching a handful of 10 minute meditation programs, this one had made me feel the most relaxed. I’ll add this to my morning routine. I’m really interested to see if it can keep me more focused through the day. Might even try and get hubby to do it too.

Then I started searching for a photo challenge. I jumped on Pinterest and searched for ’30 day photo challenge’. There were enough results for at least 10 years worth of months. Most started with a self picture, which I wasn’t that keen on. Some had photos I knew I could only take if I left the house, I also wasn’t keen on that (at the moment.) The joys of being agoraphobic.

I did find three photo challenges that I thought I’d like to try. One is a 52 week challenge. I’m guessing that since it’s one photo a week, you could probably do it at any time during the week but I’ll just do it the days it’s listed on. That will start on May 7.

I’ll probably start a second photo challenge in a week or two.

I also found a writing, drawing and painting challenge that I’d like to try. I’ll start the writing challenge on May 7 also, seeing that Tuesday is the official start of my week. (Hubby’s weekend is Sunday/Monday)

Considering I’m pretty new to painting and drawing, I might delay the start of those for a few weeks to a month and just practice the skills in the meantime.

Check out the challenges here: Challenges on Pinterest

My arts and craft supplies arrived in the afternoon. Sadly, there were a few things I thought I’d ordered, that I didn’t, like good sized knitting needles. Hubby will need to go hunting for some for me. Pictured below is my box of goodies from Lincraft.

While I still feel a little disappointed at my attitude today, I pushed through and got some things done when all I wanted to do was sleep. That’s a win in my book.

Tomorrow I will give meditation a try and start working on my home/creative project blog.

I hope I have inspired someone to start their own creative journey.


Day 28

It was another brilliant morning. I got my workout done first. Pushed myself a little harder than normal and I’ve been feeling it all day. It’s been a nice ache compared to the every day aches. Then, I spent forever in the kitchen cleaning. I definitely need to find an easier way to clean older baking pans.

While I didn’t feel down by the afternoon, I was feeling tired. I think I’ve been starting to feel a bit stressed about my progress and haven’t been sleeping the best. I napped. It was glorious.

Tomorrow I’m going to do some research on meditation and try and find a fun every day photo challenge type… thing!