Friday, 22 June 2012

The Week that was....


I have had a busy couple of weeks,  It is still wet and windy here in London,  but luckily every now and then the rays of sunshine continue to tease us of pastures filled with palm trees, the rushing back and forth of the waves and the soft sand between our toes....in the meantime its a toss up of deciding whether or not to dig out my winter wear and thick socks.  The garden is picking up and the Arboriculturist are trimming the trees outside the house which makes them look slightly bare at the moment.  
The neighbours cat still seems smitten with my garden and just comes over and sits on an old chair at the back of the garden sunning himself.  He still has an expression of disdain as if I have interrupted an important meeting.
I have been doing a mixed bag of things this week, alongside work. I love being in the studio, and  I have been working on some of the sessions in the 21 Secrets and will be sharing some of the art that I have been doing.  
After coming to the end of the 365 days of colour, I celebrated with having a massage.  I will be doing another challenge and be sharing some of the digital art work that I have been doing with my photography.  I will also be contributing to Motley Soul and Mika's Create in Faith Group we share our faith, our creativity and so much more!  Here is a page from my prayer journal.
Health wise, started doing some walking again, I also came across nutritionalist Daphne Cohn and I am taking part in her challenge.  She has a range of recipes that she will send you and they are delicious. I made one this week using the following:  
Handful of spinach, 5 x cabbage leaf, Half iceberg lettuce, Nob of ginger, Cup of water, 2 bananas, 1 pear, Fruit sweetener
All of this made 1.5 litres primarily because of the fruits and especially the lettuce is 70% water.  Daphne has got a 10 day challenge going where she sends you ideas and advice for a variety of green smoothies.  

Last week I gave a talk to a group of social workers about my role as a carer and was able to use some creative exercises to enable them to look at how they relate to different issues in their own life and the experiences that a carer can feel, it was interesting to be on the other side of the coin and get a different perspective of my role through their eyes and talk about the role in a positive light. I will be doing more talks and sharing some of the creative tools I have been using.
Our City of London Festival officially begins this weekend and there are over 100 events running until 27th July, I am hoping to go to a few and will share any pictures I take. The fun starts tomorrow with a tour of the Bank of England, and on Sunday running until 13th July - there will be 50 Street pianos just waiting to be played at a variety of locations around London.  

And finally, my son has finished his exams - a big WELL DONE goes out to him, routines have changed and there is now talk of learning to drive and A'Levels which he will be pursuing in September.  He has his Prom dance next week and went out and got a suit, he looks so mature in it, and has grown a bit bigger and currently towers over me at around 6ft 2.  Time has flown indeed.... 


Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Just Dance!

Every now and then .......  

Letting go of any insecurity that may be lurking in the dark and really see yourself for who you really can be, taking that leap and grab on to the opportunities that present themselves....and wave your hands in the air!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

365 Days of Colour - Flower for the Day - 363 - 365

Celebration

There is a time for celebration, and if no one else will blow your trumpets, then blow your own, you have come this far, take a look back from where you travelled from and know that you have touched lives along the way.....

It has been a real blessing to be on the journey of the 365 days of colour.  I have been blessed to have been able to photograph some wonderful flowers, alongside scriptures and quotes that have blessed and inspired me.  I celebrate all those who have accompanied me on this journey and left comments, or just taken a peek.  I have developed my photography along the way and have a wealth of images that I am so looking forward to manipulating in one form or the other.  It is amazing to see how quickly the year has passed since my first post, and I look forward to starting another year long challenge!


Day 363

 Reflection
Celebrate your talents..

Quote 
As an experienced artist, I carry my work like a secret pregnancy. I am always aware of inner life and the need to protect it. ...Julia Cameron

Scripture 
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16


Day 364
 
Reflection
Dry off your wings and get ready!

Quote 
I haven’t a clue as to how my story will end. But that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don’t conclude that the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars? -- Unknown

Scripture 
The Lord is not slow about His promise...but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9


Day 365
 
Reflection
Your experiences made you stronger, use your strength

Quote 
Getting there is not half the fun—it is ALL the fun. ...Robert Townsend

Scripture 
The mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you  Isaiah 54:10

Because its a leap year this year, you get an extra flower!

Day 366

Reflection
Celebrate your blessings...

Quote 
The painting leads the painter, and it becomes an intuitive experience. ...Ardath Davis

Scripture 
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Sunday, 3 June 2012

365 Days of Colour - Flower for the Day - 356 - 362


Fundamentals

As you continue in your journey you have to hold on to the key lessons, the insights, and the wisdom alongside the discernment and passion you have to live your dreams.  You have to also hold on to the important aspects of your life such as the relationships that you make along the way..

Day 356
Reflection
Celebrate your uniqueness

Quote 
Enough is abundance to the wise. ...Unknown

Scripture 
My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.  Exodus 33:14


Day 357
Reflection
Allow the quiet moments to be...

Quote 
The aims of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.  ...Henry Miller

Scripture 
And we...are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord..2 Corinthians 3:18


Day 358
Reflection
Following your heart can bring joy...

Quote 
No one comes to self-knowledge without finding much to laugh at along the way....Philip Simmons

Scripture 
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5


Day 359
Reflection
Untap those hidden memories..

Quote 
The truly great artist has the eyes of a child and the vision of a sage.
...Pablo Casals

Scripture 
Behold, I am the Lord...is there anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27


Day 360
Reflection
You are sitting on a goldmine

Quote 
We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise. ...Emily Dickinson

Scripture 
Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.  Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great...Matthew 5:11-12


Day 361
Reflection
Celebrate your gifts

Quote 
Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does. ...Epictetus

Scripture
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God...John 1:12

Day 362
Reflection
Take flight again

Quote 
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. ...Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Scripture 
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord issure, making wise the simple.  Psalm 19:7
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