Venturing Back to 'Normal'

And Visualising kite flying.

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This week we have been a little bit more sociable. I had a friend to visit, after all this time it seemed like the right thing to do for both our mental health and wellbeing. We caught up. Watched films. We ate out. We did things that seemed a bit more normal and it felt good. We hadn’t realised the isolation that had set in, that seemed not to matter at the time but now it did. The reconnection was necessary. We were cautious, we were careful, we kept to the rules. We had fun.

We took the children with their kites to the beach but the tide was in and it was busy, not windy enough, we walked instead, looking for treasure. The treasure was in the moment, the company, the weather, the threat of storms and getting soaked then hot cups of tea and drying out. Laughing.

My children and I visited a friend's house, they played. We two mums sat across a big table with mugs of tea and talked, caught up. Felt refreshed. A breath of fresh air. More connection. Friendship.

I finished painting my hallways and landings and had someone come and wallpaper for me. I changed a belief - I don’t have to do everything myself. I have not become an island after all. They have done a much better job than I could have done. It is okay not to be good at everything. Another belief released. I thought I was indecisive but I do know what I like and how I want my home to look and feel. Again - the belief that my decisions or preferences might be somehow ‘wrong’. If they are my preferences then it isn’t possible for them to be wrong if they are right for me. I learned I can stand by myself and challenge those beliefs.

How did your belief kite exercise go? I had a list of nine beliefs and represented them on my kite with numbers and did a visualisation of flying the kite and letting them go - it felt good.

This week’s challenge:

Have a look at some art. Find new artists. Try Instagram or Pinterest or Google. Look at old art, classical art, recent art, any art: landscapes, abstracts, portraits, modern, postmodern, pop art. Drawings, prints, paintings, collage. Find an online exhibition. Looking at art is something that I hadn’t realised I missed so much and I invite you to do the same.

Decide on what you like and leave what doesn’t inspire you.

What do you like about it? Form, materials, colour, style?

Choose an element and use it to create your own artwork.

Anything is okay, anything is possible.

Do it because it makes you feel good. That is all.

Have a great week and enjoy the challenge.

As people are slowly heading back to their offices and schools are reopening, from September my creative challenges will now be fortnightly instead of weekly. I hope this will allow time for you to try them as the more day to day aspects of our lives creep back in and there may be less time to spend on ourselves and our creativity. I hope the extra time means you can still indulge your creative self discovery as it is just as important as ever.

Sophie X

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Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.