Is it just me or does this January feel longer than the year of 2017? I mean, It’s been so dark and dreary. The weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind. Ugh. I have been trying so hard to get a jump start on the new year by setting tiny personal goals for myself everyday to try and beat this inevitable funk. I don’t know what it is about January but it has me desperately wishing for Spring already.
Besides all of the sweet comments of love and support I received on my last post, I put my foot down and pushed myself to spend, at the very least, half an hour upstairs in my studio first thing in morning. I can’t believe how effective being creative is for me and promoting stamina throughout the day. I’ve fallen into quite a nice little routine that is the perfect balance of fun and productive. I noticed that if I don’t push myself, I’m more likely to naturally find the energy or motivation to get stuff done.
I usually sit and fill out my planner while I eat breakfast then head up into the studio. I start off by teaching myself something new every morning. Lately, I have been obsessed with coding and learning to knit socks. I recently redesigned and altered/added some code to my old theme. Before I get stressed out about a problem with either of those, I’ll dive head first into a creative project. It sounds sort of boring but I started curating a color scheme for myself. It’s actually been a huge help in identifying my personality. There is something so relaxing about it.
And when the days get really dark and dreary, I pull out my watercolors paints and practice. I’m not perfect but there is a certain happiness in appreciating what you can do at the moment. I could have never imagined being able to hold a paintbrush two months ago, let alone finish a painting. My mother-in-law gifted me a small leather journal with handmade paper in it at Christmas. It turned out to be the best paper for working with watercolors. So, I’m either painting the blues away or reading a good book.
My creative fun usually ends at around noon and I find myself having so much motivation to do house work. I don’t think anyone will truly understand how important it is to me to be able to physically handle completing chores. I’ve always pushed through them but to have enough health and strength to joy in doing them, is a real blessing. I feel like I’m able to enjoy being home and running our household. It really is the small things.