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.

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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.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly