Advice from Danny Gregory on how to judge your creative work

When peacocks are hatched, they are ugly grey balls of fluff. When you snap a Polaroid, it is grey, then murky, washed out. When a baker puts a cake in the oven, it is runny, mealy, and inedible. A great burgundy goes into the bottle as grape juice. When a marathoner crosses the finish line, [
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Celebrating: One year of Morning Pages

8th December 2017 So emotional. Last night I literally cried myself to sleep. I am struggling to cope with the prospect of T being gone from my house. He will leave a massive hole and I will be left alone. I will be alone. I am grieving, I think. I cannot begin to understand how … Continue reading Celebrating: One year of Morning Pages

Living joyfully: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

I love how the English language works - it's rules and inconsistencies, it's rhythms and cadences. I love that it's a hodge-podge of words "borrowed" from other languages and how new words are constantly added to it. John Koenig makes up his own words to help us express our unarticulated feelings. Read more...

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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Why publish an ebook?

The countdown begins. I am about to publish my first eBook on Everyday Delights.  The book is called "Documenting a 100 Happy Day Project" which is a compilation of posts from my first blog in 2015. That original blog site has now disappeared. This book is a two part compilation of those stories and high-quality photographs from 2015 written for the blog.