I took a sabbatical this summer. I did not publish creative content online. My blog, as you may have noticed, lay dormant like burnt grass on a suburban lawn, and my YouTube channel saw small smatterings of glimpses into my daily life. These were conscious choices. As beautiful and clear as the summer days were, they were meant for the outdoors. I have spent the past six months preparing for winter, and have a myriad of hobbies, projects, and outlets I will be engaging in. I had a rough winter, and I am doing my best to approach the upcoming darkness with light and grace, not fear and anxiety.
Having spent my summer engaging in long-term creative projects, like my children’s book, and other writing endeavours, has meant I have submerged myself in a different type of creativity. In the winter and spring I was uploading weekly content on my channel and blog. The inertia of these weekly habits perpetuated upon its own momentum, and I had never felt so creatively productive.
I decidedly dislike new year’s resolutions. To abruptly stop in the middle of winter and decide that it is the beginning of one thing, the end of another, is too arbitrary for my tiny girl brain to handle.
A goal I’ve been putting off and picking up and dropping mid-sentence and losing track of and scooping up hurriedly again is my spiritual practice. Without getting too deep into it, I’ve embraced the ideals of paganism for the past three years with varying degrees of dedication. Witchcraft (not necessarily Wiccan religion) is something I’ve always, always, always been interested in. It’s only recently that I’ve realized that other people’s perceptions of witchcraft played a large factor in my inability to embrace it further.
Astrology is balls-to-the-wall amazing. It’s an incredibly old, mystical method of understanding ourselves, other people, and the ways we link together and communicate, in epic proportions. It’s no longer considered a science, and thanks to daily newspapers and the last few pages of Cosmo, astrology has (relatively) recently received a bad rap for existing. I’m here to defend some of the tired old “arguments” you yourself may have used in the past, and debunk 3 astrology myths.
Last month I wrote about the bully in my head, and how I am often my own worst enemy/critic/creative saboteur. Along those lines, I wanted to share my thoughts on “want versus should” and my personal (and seemingly universal) habits when it comes to telling myself I should do things I actually want to do. Take a peek at the video, and leave a comment to let me know what you think!
What words do you use to encourage and motivate yourself to do the things you want to do?
My husband has been enjoying some well-deserved time off this past week. I was able to take some time out of the library and away from the computer, as well. We’ve been going on road trips across Ontario, having impromptu puppy play dates, playing Scrabble, and lounging out on the water. Instead of sharing what’s current in my life, I thought I’d share some current reads from around the web.