Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Almost, but not quite.

The race for sanity in this household is still in full swing. I have been flirting with notions of chucking in the towel and abandoning the blog forever…

Naaaah. Not gonna!! Think I'll use the towel to stifle the little voice instead ;-)
Hope life's peachy for you all
Much love

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The problem is...

Everytime I go onto Pinterest to find a fabulous quote to share with you all, one that really gets me moving myself. I get lost. Lost in ideas. Lost in possibilities. Lost in a future that is different from my today. Lost in another world. The fantasy world of Pinterest!!

This invariably means that the half hour I allow myself to blog fizzles out in a puff of virtual possibilities that, while magical and marvellous, don't allow me to achieve anything productive at all!! This has been happening EVERY DAY! Arghhhhhhhhhh! Sigh... The spirit is wiling but not as strong as the draw of the screen...

So in a desperate bid to regain my psychological freedom, last night I set myself a goal! No peeking at what the rest of the world is up to - just getting the job done.

This morning I have exactly 15 minutes before I have to get ready for an all day book-binding workshop, which includes making a yummy lunch, a usually simple task that will be riddled with pitfalls that involve the needs of wee mess monsters...

That's it! 15 minutes up!! Eureka! Isn't it great when you set yourself a little, well defined challenge and you meet your goal. If I can keep it up, I'll be blogging more often at this rate. Then I could sneak over and spend a bit of time catching up on what the rest of you have been up to...
Think I'll dress like Audrey today ;-)

Much love!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BONNE ANNEE! Skidding in there, champagne in hand, to wish you a Happy New Year

Resolution number one: NO MORE BEING LATE! Gloups!!!
Having said that - I'm not exactly LATE. Technically in France we can send our New Year's wishes up until Jan 31st... However, apparently one's resolutions should be resolutely set before end December. Pfffff! Time is such a human invention!

If "To Change One's Life = Start Immediately! I see no reason to wait for Jan 1st to do so!! Anyone else with me on that one?

In fact, I've been collecting fabulous inspirational resolutions over the last few months on Pinterest and for all sorts of mental health reasons, got started working on them before the New Year popped over the horizon. One of them was a Facebook Sabbatical so you won't see me on there for a week or so ;-) The most inspiring of them I've decided to share with you every day until the end of January, starting with this one:

If I get the time while I'm Carp(e)ing the hell out of my Diems to actually scribble some of these down in my own style I'll be sure to substitute them in. It depends how long it takes me to light the wood stove in my atelier in order to keep my fingers warm. How much relative benefit is there in taking half an hour to light the stove for half an hour calligraphy? I'm thinking I may be better off going for an hour's run in the freezing rain, or 'saving' calligraphy hours for one long stretch when the time it takes to encourage some heat out of the stove is less disheartening, n'est ce pas?

In other words, sometimes Carp(e)ing one's Diem means knowing how to prioritise and best organise one's self in order to get the most out of the 365 things one should be probably be packing into a year rather than trying to fit into 24 hours!

While I'm prioritising and organising, however, you're welcome to pop by for a quick coaching session and a daily pretty Pinterest pick me up. Sort of like a visual wheat grass smoothie for you!

Have a wonderful DIEM yourself friends :) It's time I woke the kids for their homeschooling...

PS. I will be forever thankful to you Meredy for finding this on Pinterest :) It motivates me even on the darkest European winter mornings as the wind howls outside and the rain rattles against the window pane and I fight the urge to go back to bed and wait until Spring dawns...