Empty my cup

Today will be an unstructured day - my favourite kind. Having this unstructured day has made me think about all the unstructured time I will have soon. So settle in and let me tell you all about it. It's a long story - this is just the first part!

The Effect of an Artist Date?

So I was inspired to do something crafty and creative again. Was the need to be creative a result of my first Artist Date, the gathering on Monday or a combination of both?

Dabelle’s diary [5] – Of dinosaur tails and things

"Being Small" - Stories from Dabelle's Diary

Focus and discernment: mid-year review

Despite all the travelling, I have done this year (Botswana, Namibia and New Zealand), I have stalled - I’m not posting every day, so I have massive holes in my calendars. I feel disconnected and uninterested. My project is not vibrant or alive.

Women’s Day: Thursday Thorts

A friend and I are just about to start working through Julia Cameron's Artists Way 12-week course. We have been hoping to find an uninterrupted 12-week slot to do it together.  And we have. We start this week. 

What kind of people live here?

What kind of people live here? Indulge me for a moment and let’s imagine that the Hobbits, Hobbiton and The Shire are real places. If you knew nothing of the movies or the books, what would you deduce about the Hobbits from looking at the details of where they live? Let me share some images with you to spark the imagination.

If we were having coffee [9]

Saturday's round up of weekly goings on. This week, I'm sharing things that have changed on my blog and my excitement for my upcoming travels.

Vision boarding update

Reblog of Vision boarding: everyday dilemmas and joys

“I’m not the kind of person who wants lots of material things. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to drive a decent car, I love a comfortable home and have many collections which I love adding to, but at this point in my life I am desperately trying to de-clutter and scale down in preparation for a big overseas move. So I knew that images of shiny things like cars, electronics and household appliances would not feature on my board.” 

When I posted this back in February, my vision board was only half-finished. It has developed quite nicely as the year has progressed. I wanted tactile: I attached a piece decorative rope and small pegs, some long-abandoned scrapbooking bits, fabric pockets to hold fresh herbs (I adore lavender!) and collected some natural goodies from the garden like feathers and leaves.

I rescued some transparent wrapping from a bunch of flowers and wrote out a Rumi quote. I thought the quote would be good to share for today’s Thursday Thort.

“Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled.
So wild flowers will come up where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different. Surrender.”  [Rumi]

Yes, I have been stony for too many years, I want to be softer (less judgemental) especially to myself, more open, less sharp. The quote appealed to my sense of wanting to change the way I have been for too long.

I also thought an updated photo would be good so you can see how the board has come along. Like my life, my board is a work in progress…

From this…

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To this…

Vision board update - July-2018

I would love the hear your thoughts! Have you ever done a vision board, or had one that changed as the year progressed?

Debbie blog sign off 2018

 

I belong to a women’s group that meets once a month. This month, we were invited to look for and prep images and words to create Vision Boards for 2018 for our February meeting, as a way to set our intentions for the rest of the year.

I immediately thought “how cool”! Partly because these were not intentions being set on the 1st January, so there is no hint of ‘new year resolutions’ to it. And because it has to be at least 10 years since I last did a vision board. Time to get creative.

I decided I wanted to do a ‘physical’ board rather than a digital one, as it is much more engaging and hands-on – and it would get me away from my computer for a few hours. The next thing was to find pictures. Normally sourced from magazines… But I don’t have any physical/hard copy magazines…

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The same, but different

Reflecting on my journey of discovering how New Zealand felt the same but different to being home. On one level New Zealand is the same as home but on another very different. By the end of my trip, I know deep in my heart that I have been in a different country for three weeks.

Taking care is an act of awareness

via Take care of your thoughts — Zen Flash This post appeared in my Reader feed today and it reminded me how damaging both our thoughts and words can be - to ourselves and others. Worth re-blogging as a Sunday reflection, my version of a Sunday sermon. Taking care is an act of awareness. It … Continue reading Taking care is an act of awareness