The Greatest of these is Love Print available in the Shoppe
It’s less than month before Bubba’s due date. I’ve been feeling the urgency to finish projects and the nesting instincts are starting to take over. So many to dos on my list and increased in scope instead of being crossed off! Yet I’ve also instinctively been working on surrendering that urgency to just focus on being mindful of this present moment. Yes, preparations need to be made but I’m also practicing letting some ideas and opportunities pass so I can focus on simplifying the number of plates I have spinning. It’s a new sensation, to relax into the space I have created for the unknown.
I’ve been mindful to focus on LOVE as an intention.
(It’s also the wallpaper I made for Society members this month.) With all the preparations I’ve been making, for the house, the nursery and my business as bubba is on the way, some days life can seem a little overwhelming. I’m barely threading water and fearful that I will drown in the sea of unknown challenges and I have to stop myself before I hyperventilate!
I focus back to love.
All that remains will be love.
Love for my child, my family and my art. Love will be an anchor during the stormy days and foggy days. When it all starts to crowd out my pregnancy sieve of a mind, I will focus back on it. Because I can’t hold too many thoughts in my head now, I guess it’s my bodies wisdom in making sure I focus on the important things.
Will you send me some love + encouragement juju?
As I wind down to begin my maternity leave in October, I will be a little nervous for my little biz during this time. I don’t have concrete plans, I have SOME plans but a lot of it is just me winging it + creating a lot of room for the unexpected.
Like my lettering sketches and drafts, there is a huge element of trust in not knowing what will turn up but having the faith it will work out for the good.
I hope to maintain our connection here on the blog and in my email updates to Society members as much as I can for the rest of the year.
It’s Spring here, new buds are blooming. A time traditionally of new life, stretching out from winter. Yet I am slowly retreating into a kind of hibernating mode. Normally I would feel guilty for not being ‘productive enough’ (whatever that means). Seeing my endless to do list as a heavy burden of ‘shoulds’ and ‘have tos’
But lately, I’m indulging in letting it go without guilt! It’s a big thing for me – I hate feeling lazy (which for me = ‘not being good enough, doing enough, not being perfect). But now I’m practicing simple routines of self-care. Being mindful of how my body feels. Doing little things that feels like I’m flowing (easily) with what needs to be done, rather than fighting against the grain of shoulds and musts.
I think I am practicing surrendering. Surrendering to changes in my body, my mind and my perspective of my life & family. Looking forward to Bubba’s arrival. By going slowly with the flow of things, I’m learning to forgive my pregnant brain’s slowness. Learning to embrace the fear of the unknown with a kind of nervous excitement + buzzy anticipation.
It’s resulted in a calmer mindset + increased creativity. Normally I’m fighting, rushing forward. That came from a place of fear that if I don’t get my perfect to do list done, the opportunity will disappear! Disaster will strike! I will fail and everyone will point at me and laugh! The horror! The horror! etc…
But I’m realising that actually, no, the art is still here. Giving time and space to what works for me now has resulted in increased depth in my work. I’ve allowed the work time to mature. I’m allowing play + time spent with my muse, which has led me down different solutions to what I would get when I rush through madly avoiding fear. The results? More fun and better work.
All this retreating and playing has meant I’m working on a few projects before I wind down for maternity leave. I hope to share them with you soon. Previously I would have more concrete details. Now, I’ll have to ask you to indulge me in a little flexibility. To flow with me as the work grows and develops in its own time.
I’ll be updating Society members first so be sure to sign up!
What are you practicing this new season? What can you surrender and allow time + space for?
©2013 Sunny Mangalore
Hubby and I went north to escape the cold Melbourne winter for a few days of sun and relaxation. Otherwise known as a babymoon – our last trip with just the two of us in the family! (Jelly was enjoying his own little holiday with the grandparents)
We’re use to having long fornightly vacations away, but this became one of our best trips mainly because we really took the time to chill out without too much pressure with only one anchor activity a day. This meant we could take the time to enjoy each other’s company and most importantly, notice all the little details around us. Yes, the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect shorts weather. But the joy was in being able to notice the small details because we weren’t too busy being busy!
One of our best meals was when we walked to the local Coles (grocery store) to buy some supplies and had ourselves a simple BBQ next to the pool (where we were staying). It wasn’t gourmet but we were relaxed, we laughed, we took our time, indulged in soft drinks and (this is key) gave ourselves permission to enjoy the present moment.
Mainly so we didn’t burn our lunch!
Plus the joy of reconnecting with the ocean!
We agreed there was something rejuvenating about being in the presence of such expansive energy. Breathing in the salty air, walking barefoot on the finest white sands and looking out to the endless watery horizon – it’s the cliche romantic walk along the beach. It made me wonder if the romance wasn’t so much in walking hand in hand with your lover, but giving ourselves the permission to have this space + time to enjoy the actual moment. The way the warm water feels as it crashes along the shore and swirls around your feet. The scrunchy way the sand gives way under your soles. The warmth of sunlight on your skin while the light breeze cools it down at the same time.
Plus, everyone walks at a slower pace along the beach.
love this man!
It’s made me ponder on the need for our creative minds to have rejuvenating space. Finding a moment away from the chatter of our busyness is what we need to live a full vibrant life.
It’s why I’m an artist! I create art to inspire and give you that moment to meditate and reflect on the beauty around & within you.
Tell me in the comments,
what little ritual do you have to enjoy a quiet moment?
When did you last take a little time to get away from your busy mind chatter for some space? I find even 5 minutes being present + grateful for a hot cup of milo helps me ‘get away’ + rejuvenate my creativity. That busy mind chatter can be exhausting!
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Wanted to share a couple videos I’ve found which have shaken up + encouraged my inspiration library and creativity Phil Hansen – Embrace the Shake I love the TED talks – there are some incredible ideas and experiences shared freely that opens my mind to new perspectives. Phil Hansen is an artist that developed tremors [...]