Thanks. But you need to reread that advice paragraph once in a while, yourself!
"I think if you sit down in front of a canvas and let your heart come out in the brush it will take you to what you should paint. Put on some moving music and set your palette up and close your eyes. I think it will come to you, out of the depths." --One Wise Woman
Music is my favorite love closely followed by art. You should see my ITunes collection (and LP's). I never took the time to really learn how to paint. I have done pastels, but would love to learn watercolor. I found out that many things I learned to do, was in reaction to my brother being so talented, I copied him, tried to BE him for approval from my parents. It took forever to understand he was older, not more talented. He took Russian, I tried my best to learn Cryllic. He could do amazing oil paintings (truly gifted), I sketched like an Egyptian.
I think if you sit down in front of a canvas and let your heart come out in the brush it will take you to what you should paint. Put on some moving music and set your palette up and close your eyes. I think it will come to you, out of the depths.
So you think I'm the wise woman? Ha, you've got me beat hands down my friend.
From my past experience through early retirement, make some time for creative pursuits somehow. I wish I hadn't waited until I retired to do all of these things. It would have taken a major overhaul of my job since I took so much work home with me as teacher. But I should have done it. I know from the last 2 years I worked, I was doing many things because I had always done them. Not because it helped anyone, least of all me. But because someone had said "Do this," along the way, but I had never taken stock. Was never brave enough to say, "The emperor isn't wearing any clothes."
Music is so important to me, whether I listen to favorites, play some myself, or arrange pieces. I have had to put those things into my Spark schedule. I'm listening to my morning play list right now. I have a get up and go play list for my walk.
And Harp playing or playing around with sound is the last half hour before bed to ensure a good night's sleep.
I haven't figured out how to get the watercolor painting in. Perhaps painting visualizations or maybe the soul collage cards would be enough for now?
I have been pondering what exactly I want this year. Lose more weight is obviously up there. But, more importantly, I want a new challenge in my worklife (positive). I've been floating along, not very happy and stagnant.
My personal goals are more ambiguous and harder to define. There are ones I've got from a few years ago that I never did work on, playing my flute, rebuilding a garden in the sunny area of my yard, sculpting again. As I get older, the dreams and desires I have are shifting and metamorphisizing. Perhaps it's for the better.
Right now, I'm just trying to get over the bronchitis without enlarging the hernia any more than it's gotten (and it has gotten bigger from all the coughing) and preparing for the job interview this week. Then, it's what to do for Christmas. It'll be the second year in a row I've not been able to get to the grandkids in KC. Last year I was battling diverticulitis and desperately ill. I know it's upsetting to them and the kids when we can't make it down there.
I'll do more thinking on what I want to do. It is important to me to re-think my goals not just for weight loss, surgery and physical fitness - but for my own growth and development.
My 5% weight loss goal deadline is 1/1/13. I'll be at the house in NC and won't know if I made it unless I do in the next 17 days before I leave.
Anyway, I'm going to spend some time while up there reflecting on all of those goals that are on my "Other Goal" tracking page. Way too many. So I plan to decide which have become a habit and don't need tracking anymore, Which haven't made any difference to anything so I don't need to track them anymore, and which ones need to continue because they ARE important but I've not internalized or made it there yet.
Once I've done that, I'll see where my holes are. At this point, I believe I'll need to do something about fitness. I'm spending $45 a month for membership to the YMCA and never go. Need to either set that as a resolution or cancel the membership.
I also feel it's time for a coach, because it seems like I've "arrived" at a place where I don't have a clue what I need to do next to ramp it up. So I might start Spark Coach when I get back to Florida.
Mine are simple. To eat real healthy several small healthy meals a day. Cut out almost all sugar and sweets. Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and some of those being the high intensity interval training. (Walking my dogs is not enough anymore!) I want to get more organized with my drawers and closets, as well at the kitchen cabinets. Last and not least...to be a great Nana to my new grand daughter to be born the end of the month! I will be baby sitting her after my daughter goes back to work. That will be a lifestyle change for sure...getting that jogging stroller I didn't when I had my daughter back in 1985!
We do not quit Exercising because we grow old , We grow old because we quit exercising . -Dr Kenneth Cooper
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