Mini Marathons

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Timing is everything when you set yourself a dozen deadlines in one day.

My daily drawing habit has slipped.  But I know I can do it again, if I follow my own advice.  More recently housework has kept me distracted for the best part of a morning, so it’s usually mid-afternoon before I settle down to draw, if at all.

To quicken my pace I’ve been setting a 20-minute timer.  It’s amazing how much you get done when you know you have a deadline; you make every second count.  I’m allowing myself short bursts of housework alternated with creative work.  I’m getting better at not putting off, and scheduling ‘mini marathons’ of activity is helping me get more done in a day.

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Peripheral Vision

Sorry for my late post; I’ve made big leaps recently and it’s left me feeling puzzled.

Although my wardrobe overhaul is still in progress, I’m seeing myself in a new light.  Outside and in I’m not the ‘me’ I was a year ago.  I’ve made significant progress on my wardrobe overhaul, but there’s more to it than a few new outfit combinations.  I’ve leapt much further than I’d imagined, so I’ll have to tweak my travel plans.  A few more changes and perhaps my new self will move into full focus.

WordPress prompt: Puzzled

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Less is More

So far this month I’ve parted company with more items of clothing than I’ve gotten rid of in the past few years.  And I’ve rediscovered more too.

We’ve all heard the suggestion that we only wear a small proportion of our wardrobe a large proportion of the time (and until recently that applied to me too).  But with a recent wardrobe refresh (prompted by the discovery of holes in a few of my merino wool jumpers), I’m gaining a new perspective on everything I have and how things can be combined in ways I’d never previously imagined.

At the moment, my creative energy is directed towards my inner architect as I scrutinise the clothes I own and the outfits I pull together (and any damage that can or can’t be repaired).  I’m challenging myself to wear things I haven’t worn for a while, and questioning the point of hanging onto ‘vintage’ stuff when I just won’t wear them again.  (They’re off to charity, by the way.)

Dressing up or down at the start of the day is a joy I look forward to, and I have an inkling this new approach to decluttering will not be restricted to my wardrobe.

WordPress prompt: Inkling

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Happy Year Ahead

“Build milestones on the road ahead… Because the more finish lines you set, the more moments of pride you’ll be able to celebrate. Not only does that feel good, it will motivate you.”

Eric Barker, …How To Create Happy Memories…

I’ve wished so many people a “Happy New Year” over this past week, yet I don’t think I’ve ever wished it to myself.

As I looked back over my 2017 posts for the last two-weeks’ annual review, I realised how many big goals I’d set myself, and how bad I felt for not honouring them… I’m still planning a blog redesign, by the way.

So, I’m taking Eric’s advice and setting a few more finish lines this year, rather than just one major one that might just be a few steps too far (and this post is the first one done).

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A Backward’s Glance (2)

Some more things I learned this year:

If you don’t book them, they won’t happen – a 2016 retrospective, and a 2017 wish list.

But a year is full of surprises – lessons through logo design: series round-up.

…especially when it comes to drawing – habitual change.

If you don’t know where you’re heading, draw yourself a map – how would you learn to draw?

I’m waiting for 2018 to reveal itself before I make any major commitments.  However, I know who to ask if I get stuck.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.

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