Day 307

January has been a hard month. The weather and my health were big factors to a slightly unproductive month. There are two new habits I’ve developed though; nightly meditation and the Puddles cartoon. Last night I did Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool”. This has been my go to for the last few nights.

I wanted to sleep in but Homer dog had other ideas for me. The last couple of weeks he has let me sleep in but this morning he bounced up onto the bed for snuggles and plays. Luckily he’s adorable and it’s one of the nicer things to wake up to.

Once out of bed I got straight into French. I even started a new group of words; ‘Shopping’. So far the words have been about clothes, cost and the number eight, nine and ten. It’s the first day, so I have no idea what any of them are. Maybe dress is la robe, purse/bag is le sac and okay, that’s all I can remember.

I have watched this Youtube video, 5 min Easy Watercolor | Rowing boat, a number of times but felt very intimidated by the initial sketch. There were a lot of lines that needed to go the right way and my brain likes to draw them the wrong way. I tried anyway.

Hubby and I have been pretty unorganised the last few weeks and my normal meal planning went out the window. We’ve still been eating well, just, not planned. I whipped up a quick list. It should be a delicious week, with two vegetarian meals.

Chicken Kiev + Salad : Tuesday
Hoisin Pork with Fried Rice : Wednesday
Chicken Thai Red Curry : Thursday
Vegetarian Chilli Beans : Friday
Fish Burgers : Saturday
Corned Beef + Salad : Sunday
Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata : Monday

I always put off doodling because I never know what to draw. I have decided that I will just cycle through the alphabet until doodling feels more natural. For the letter A, I decided to draw an apple. I will complete these daily doodles in 10 minutes.


In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him waiting for the mail carrier to arrive. He has left a cupcake in the mailbox to say thank you for Thank a Mail Carrier Day.

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I haven’t been doing great at my Happy List the last few weeks and I have been less happy. I’m keeping the list the same as it was last week. I think it’s a good balance of creative and self care. Wish me luck.

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 3 days
  4. Sing – 2 days
  5. Write meal plan
  6. Use face mask – 1 day
  7. Eat breakfast – 4 days
  8. Be in bed before midnight – 3 days
  9. Workout – 5 days
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

I hope your week has an abundance of smiles, creativity and love. Big hugs for anyone going through a rough time at the moment.

Tilly

Day 301

I went to bed late last night and listened to a 15 minute meditation. I don’t remember which one it was. I fell asleep quickly and had a rather lovely sleep.

I got up just a little after hubby and was pretty ready to start the day after a little complaining to wifey about not wanting to start the day. She gave me a nudge in the right direction.

So when hubby left for work, I worked out!! This is the first time in weeks that I’ve worked out. I took it much slower than normal because I was worried about getting light headed but I didn’t seem to have any problems. It was good getting back into it.

After the workout I had a French practice. It was one of my better ones. I only got a handful of things wrong. Then it was on to the art-ing.

I tried a simple watercolour of popsicles with inspiration from Super Easy Watercolour Popsicle Pattern. I used new paper and it wrinkled. I knew that it wouldn’t be as good as what I had been using but seeing it’s watercolour paper, I thought it’d do a bit better than it did. I’ll use it to practice single items and leave the better paper for landscapes.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a nap with his puppy, Douglas, after working on a puzzle for National Puzzle Day. It was hard and they didn’t get far. The snack of choice was corn chips because it’s National Corn Chip day.

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I am a bit late with my Happy List this week but at least I’ve got it done and I’ve already done some things from it. Woo! Go me.

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 3 days
  4. Sing – 2 days
  5. Write meal plan
  6. Use face mask – 1 day
  7. Eat breakfast – 4 days
  8. Be in bed before midnight – 3 days
  9. Workout – 5 days
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

I’m pretty happy with today. I got more done than I have been including some cleaning. I hope your day has put a smile on your face. Happy hump day.

Tilly

Day 292

I think I listened to a different meditation last night and fell asleep very quickly. It’s all a bit of a blur. I’ve been getting to bed a bit too late and getting relaxed too quickly. Being relaxed and getting sleep is definitely not a bad thing, I just want to be a little more in the meditation before passing out.

Today is the last day of the weekend and hubby will not be bouncing off to work tomorrow. He has another week off. The way his schedule works out and by working on Saturday still, he’s ended up with three weeks off. We’ve both decided on a more productive week. I feel like whatever this sickness was that has been following me all week has eased up enough for me to get back to a normal schedule.

New week means a new happy list. It’s sorta like a to do list but a list of things that would make me feel happier if I got them done. I’m focusing mainly on art-ing, learning and self care. I’m going to win this week.

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 3 days
  4. Art lesson – 5 days
  5. Write meal plan
  6. Use face mask – 1 day
  7. Eat breakfast – 5 days
  8. Be in bed before midnight – 3 days
  9. Workout – 5 days
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

I then indulged in a day of relaxing with a little Puddles adventure et un petit Francais. While I indulged hubby went to get me a couple of art supplies including some new Sharpies. It’s nice to have a handful of new colours.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a picnic in the park with his friend Rosie for Penguin Awareness Day. They made a sign so everybody would know that they are penguins. They’re sharing a cheese sandwich because it’s National Cheese Lovers Day.

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Good luck if you’re starting a new project this week. You’ll do amazing. I hope your week is filled with creativity and smiles.

Tilly

Day 272

It’s New Years Eve. Woo hoo! I’m really looking forward to jumping into the New Year. Before I do, I’d like to take a quick look back at 2019.

On March 4, I started this blog. I created the blog as a way of keeping myself accountable as I strive to achieve 40 goals by the time I turn 40.

The first 10 goals are health based and I have chipped away at a number of them. I have been working out 5 days a week for months and have continued to improve my diet and water intake. Next year I plan on doubling those efforts. More veg, more fruit, more water and longer, harder workouts. There has been more smiles and good feels too.

I was developing a pretty solid meditation routine but I stopped a few months in. I will make a return to meditating but most likely opt for a nighttime guide, so I can try and get better sleep. I want to learn to calm my brain too.

I have been more online social. It’s hard to be any other kind of social while I’m still not leaving the house. I have done things far outside of my comfort zone though like joining Discord channels with multiple people. I will continue the baby steps until I’m comfortable to step outside again.

The next 10 goals are house based and there wasn’t much progress in this area. We’ve tried growing a couple of veggies during winter but nothing has been successful. I’m kind of glad that we didn’t go ahead with a garden this past spring because we’re now heavily in drought and we most likely would have lost it all anyway. Fingers crossed for some rain before Spring 2020 when I am determined to get the garden started.

As for house renovations, cleaning, organising, we have definitely made some ground but no where near enough. Not sure how to get more focused in this area but it is going to take the support of hubby and wifey to pull it off.

Goals 20 to 40 are more creative and learning based. I have started my art journey by dabbling with pencil, watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink. I took part in many Doodlewash challenges and Inktober. I am still trying to find my feet in the art world and workout what I would like to focus on. I plan on taking many art classes in 2020.

I started learning French on Duolingo. I used Duolingo for 166 days and completed 1,499 lessons. I spent over 100 hours learning 5,247 words.

While I don’t have a lot to show for my writing, I spent a good couple of months working on some short stories.


Some of my favourite things I discovered in 2019…

Songs: Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, Randa – Rockbottom, Johnny Utah – Honey Pie, Billie Eilish – Bad Guy, Cloves – California Numb, Tones and I – Dance Monkey, Allen Stone – Unaware
Movies: Split, Taken, Avengers: Endgame, Resolution, Hold Your Breath
TV Shows: The Good Place, 911, The Good Doctor, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,
New Recipes: Indian Peanutty Noodles, Kung Pao Chicken, Cauliflower Pizza Bake, Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups,
Youtube Channels: Good Mythical Morning, InformOverload, First We Feast
Art Channels:  Art for Kids Hub, Chloe Rose Art, Jazza, Poppen Atelier / Doll Art Studio, Ray Grimes Art, Fine Art-Tips
Bloggers: MJ Seal Art, Quiet Water Craft , Decor Craft Design, Elaine’s Blog, Placid Painting, Tiffany Arp-Daleo Contemporary Art, The Alchemist’s Studio, Our Little Red House, Paul Militaru, LLUÍS BUSSÉ


My favourite self made art from 2019….


In the New Year I will be setting a monthly goal list of 10 things (it seems to be the magic number for lists.) I will also be doing a weekly ‘Happy List’. It’s like a to-do list but more focused on things that will make me feel happier if I do them. I know I will be happier if I am consistently learning and practising skills, so they will always feature heavily.

JANUARY GOALS

  1. Do one hour art class 5 days a week
  2. Eat breakfast daily
  3. Daily French
  4. Daily Penguin
  5. Write one short story
  6. Learn something new
  7. Make art wall in living room
  8. Rearrange living room and set up an art area
  9. Get the back bedroom cleared out to be painted
  10. Do the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge

HAPPY LIST – WEEK ONE

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 2 days
  4. Sing – 3 Days
  5. Paint – 1 Day
  6. Write – 2 Days
  7. Find belly dancing guide
  8. Find a nighttime mediation guide
  9. Find out about Patreon
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

MEAL PLAN – WEEK ONE

Thursday: Vegetarian Chilli Beans
Friday: Healthier One-Pan Chicken Stroganoff
Saturday: Cheesy Vegie-Ball Subs
Sunday: Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups
Monday: Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata


I would like to thank everyone who has followed, liked and commented on my blog. It has been very encouraging and helped me a lot to stay focused. You are an amazing blogging community for constantly uplifting and inspiring.

I hope you all have a very safe and magical New Years Eve. I hope that no matter where you are or who you’re with, that you smile. A New Year is about to begin and this is your year to make dreams come true. Good luck with dreams and goals in 2020. If you need encouragement, you know where to find me.

*BIG SMILES AND HUGS FOR ALL*

Tilly

It was 38 degrees today. This was what the sky looked like at 4 pm with the smoke haze.

Day 236

Oh my! What a lazy day. Hubby and I did a little housework, I practised French and I did a coloured pencil drawing and that’s what we call, Monday.

I haven’t worked with normal colour pencils for a while now and thought I’d like to revisit it. I found a Youtube tutorial; How to Draw a Butterfly with Coloured Pencils. I enjoyed it. It was uplifting using colour after a few days of charcoal. I will have to practice each medium more frequently.

It’s been a very relaxing weekend but it’s back to being productive tomorrow. I’ve already whipped up my Happy List (a list of things that will make me feel happier if I do them.) Art is, once again, heavily featured. I’ve also decided to keep the smiling for no reason. The first couple of days I had to keep a pretty close eye on the clock, to make sure I was doing it for long enough. Now I find myself just smiling for no reason all the time. Feels good.

  1. Workout, 5 days
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
  3. Art, 5 days
  4. Do 3 art lesson/’how to’
  5. French, 6 days
  6. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days
  7. Sing, 2 days
  8. Watch 1 world movie
  9. Start working on Penguin Project
  10. Nap

I hope you have a productive week filled with smiles, friends and creativity.

Tilly

Day 230

When I woke up my first thought was; ‘Ugh’. Another day was starting and it was a day I didn’t want to participate in. I also knew this was completely silly and probably just my mood lingering from yesterday. I sipped coffee and waited for hubby to leave.

Soon as he’d whisked off to work, I worked out. YES! I actually did what I was supposed to. It wasn’t a particularly good workout but I felt proud that I’d got it done.

That was the motivation I needed to start a new topic in French. This is a group of ‘At Work’ words. I don’t remember any of them. I do remember that I was able to say them easily and knew what a lot of them meant without having to check first. A week of practice and I should have them.

I usually add to watch a ‘world movie’ on my Happy List. I’m not much of a movie fan in the first place but I enjoy watching something French or as I’m coming to learn, Norwegian movies. Today I watched The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King. It was made in 2017. The landscape is breathtaking and the effects were believable. Seeing I read it, I can’t really comment on the acting. It was a nice little trip into Norwegian folklore. I really enjoyed this movie.

There were three art projects that I wanted to work on today. A watercolour, a portrait sketch and something for a friends birthday.

For my watercolour, I wanted to try something very simple and spend more time building layers of colour, so I wouldn’t feel the need to use ink. I used this opened window photo as my reference.

Yesterday I did a search on Unsplash for Ho Chi Minh City. I scrolled through pages of photos and found some amazing and inspiring cityscape shots. Then I saw this photo of an older man. His face had so much character, I knew I wanted to try and sketch it.

This was a rough sketch with one pencil. I played around with the contrast in an editing program so that it was easier to see. I have such a hard time getting the right ‘natural light’ for photos.

The last art that I worked on today was a penguin sketch for my friends birthday. I wish I could have done more for him. He has been a very shiny light in my world and I’m not sure a penguin adequately expresses just how much I appreciate him.

Today is new Happy List day. It’s mostly a to do list, with a handful of self care. I already got a few things done, so it feels like I’ve had a great start to the week.

  1. Workout, 5 days
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
  3. Art, 5 days
  4. Do 3 art lesson/’how to’
  5. French, 6 days
  6. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days
  7. Sing, 2 days
  8. Watch 1 world movie
  9. Massage legs, 2 days
  10. Nap

I have just spent the last 10 minutes smiling for no reason and it’s made me feel pretty good. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

I hope you’re in good spirits and good health. Have a fantastic week.

Tilly

Day 223

I woke up before 6 am and decided to stay up and enjoy whatever coolness the morning would provide. We had a forecast for 35 degrees (95 Fahrenheit) and I wasn’t looking forward to a day of productivity. I spent some time playing WoW until hubby left for work.

Once hubby had fluttered off to work, I worked out. I didn’t want to but I know I had to return to being disciplined. It felt good while I was doing it. Now stuff hurts and it’s hot. Yuck

The morning was starting to heat up and I quickly got to art. I found a colourful houses by water photo for inspiration. I tried but I really don’t like this one. There are some mistakes which I didn’t notice until after it was done. The colours don’t pop as much and… the ink. Hmph to the ink.

By the time I’d finished working on it, the day was hot and I was emotional. Let’s just pretend that I was emotional because it was hot.

I did a really quick French practice and headed to bed around 3 pm to try and avoid the hottest part of the day in front of the fan. I am not sure I slept but I am sure that it really did get hotter.

It’s Happy List time of the week again. I sure hope that if I get this stuff done, that I will feel happier with myself.

  1. Workout, 5 days
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
  3. Art, 5 days
  4. Make watercolour pencils colour chart
  5. French, 6 days
  6. Practice drawing lips
  7. Sing, 3 days
  8. Watch 1 world movie
  9. Massage legs, 2 days
  10. Nap

I hope you’re having a magical day filled with smiles, good feels and the people you love. I’m sorry if you’re hurting right now. It’ll all be okay. *HUGS*

Tilly