Live

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I had a rough start to my day. After my second knee replacement surgery I was reminded of the intense pain management that is needed.

Once I pushed through it and finally found a way to rest my pain ravaged body, I awoke from a peaceful sleep feeling very glad that I was given this time to slow down.

Just like my art, time connects you to who you are, who you are meant to be and allows you to breathe.   Medicine for your soul.

Most of the time I can push through my pain by listening to music and or painting. This helps while away the time and gives my heart and soul a cuddle to strengthen my journey. I know I have an ending to all this and it is an ending I know will change my life. I live daily with pain and physical limitations due to the disease which has required my knee replacement surgery. I feel oh so lucky to have been given a new start.  I look forward to walking to the park with my granddaughter, going back to England, scenic walks and getting through my day physically exhausted yet not pain ravaged. So much to look forward to.

I have been making a piece of art through all this and today I calleFile_000 (9)d it done. This butterfly represents a life worth living even if it is short. Living is beautiful and a gift. Give yourself the gift of living even when it is tough. This time that I need to heal, is also giving me time to make my art and that is a gift.

Here is my beautiful butterfly titled simply ‘Live’.

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The Year, I Made it my Own

2016 is nearly over and I made it. Happy, joyful, changed, purposeful and holding onto my integrity with great care.

As I wrote in my last post, moments do not define me, what defines me is my integrity.

‘This thing that I am doing that is bringing me into my own.

Living in a way that is being true to me.’

Integrity

Man I have had a few moments this year and each one has helped me get closer to my integrity more than ever. I feel pretty darn lucky actually and I am oh so grateful for my year. I have had a few challenges and most of these have been with my work. I am a teacher, this does not challenge me, it makes me feel great, it is like going home. What challenges me is difficult, confusing and bloody frustrating. I understand it a bit more this year and maybe next year the challenges will be less. It all falls around my role as management.

My word of the year ‘Integrity’ has definitely helped me get through those moments that rose to challenge me. Being true to myself has helped me burrow through those moments that challenge my essence.

Thank you Integrity.

Thank you 2016.

Thank you truth.

Next year my word will be Allow, I am going to Allow myself to do those thing that bring me closer to my truth. Creativity is my thing, it makes my heart sing and colours my world with much joy. This is why I love my work as a teacher, I love the creativity. I discovered this treasure, when after 3 years of not having my own classroom, I am finally starting the year with my own class of Year 2’s and I feel so excited by it. That change has helped me better understand my role as a leader in education. I started my current job three years ago and the thing that got me the job, a leading teacher, I haven’t been doing in my own classroom. I missed it so much and I didn’t realise how much until I decided to return to my own classroom again.

This year I will:

Allow myself to make art

Allow myself to develop my creativity in my teaching work

Allow myself to plan daily

Allow myself to doodle in my art books

Allow myself to print my art and give it to the people I love.

Allow myself to print my art and sell it in my shop.

Allow myself to develop my lettering

Hello Allow

Hello Creativity

Hello Teacher

Hello New Classroom

Hello Art Shop

Goodbye 2016 and Welcome to you 2017

Top Tip 4: Allow yourself to discover a word to live your year by. A word that is close to what you need the most. Plan, reflect and set goals by it throughout the year.

Welcome to Your World

img_7462I learnt something today. It is extraordinary. I truly believe this is something I have been beginning to learn for over a year now.  It no longer sits on my shoulder and floats in my head, finally it has crept into my soul. Today I learnt that.

Moments do not define me, they do not demand who I am. It is what I create that defines me and brings forth my heart and my soul. This is what matters, my gift to the world.

There are still lots of lessons for me to learn, as this enigma of life and being has been truly complicated by the world I have grown in. I write this like I am separate from it all, yet I am not, we are completely connected.

Last year I ended my year on a very difficult level, I was wrecked, broken and feeling lost. What caused this was the working world that I live in. My work as a teacher, this I love. The destruction was coming from the turmoil I was feeling with the pull of my art and having to go to work. What I have recently learnt, during a lengthy time of rehabilitation from surgery, is that I love what I do and I have much integrity in what I do, as a teacher. That turmoil I was feeling was destroying my integrity and I needed to heal this.

I am a teacher, an artist, a mother, grandmother, partner and a perfectly imperfect human being.

I celebrate all of who I am on this day and will each and everyday live my dream and let my art define me and moments leave me with everything I need to know.

Hello artist

Hello teacher

Hello Mother

Hello Grandmother

Hello Partner

Welcome to your world.

Hold Your Breath

This journey I took with Kelly Rae Roberts in Spirit Wings was more than about making art. It become a time of self discovery, in my joy, of making art that speaks to you. I made 6 beautiful angels that have such great meaning, joy and love for anyone who sees them. Each angel carries it’s own message of truth, courage, trust, sacred ordinariness, belonging and heart whispers. The journey in creating these angels were more than just paint and paper, the journey was about listening to your heart and finding your truth.  They are about sharing some of life’s lessons that help you grow into the tender, loving deserving soul that you are.

On a practical note, I got excited about making faces. Each time I created the face of my angel my art got a life of its own. The pleasure of seeing her face was truly heartwarming. This pleasure drew me into making more faces so I joined another artist group ‘Let’s face it 2016’ with Kara Bullock.

In this course of ‘Let’s face it 2016’ I have been learning a lot about the technical side to shading and how to draw eyes, noses, lips etc. The ‘hold your breath’ type of art making that can put you off making your art.

What I mean by ‘hold your breath’ is that the hold you have on your art is so tight and rigid it becomes too much about perfection. I prefer perfectly, imperfect pieces of art because that is how I see the world around me.

To get a grip on perfection steals away the magical moments of just being. I like to create as a free playful soul that has no bounds and limitless potential. However, the lessons I am learning, using the ‘hold your breath’ art techniques, only adds to the dimension of my very own art groove.

Finding my groove is why I am here, that is my journey, that is my lesson this is my groove.

 

Hello groove!

Melanie M

Dirty Little Secret

I changed my blog name  to ‘Finding My Groove’ because my dirty little secret was out. I originally called my blog ‘Having an Affair’ because this making art was my dirty little secret. I didn’t want anyone knowing, I felt like an imposter and didn’t think my art was worthy. Now, all that doesn’t matter, it still niggles me, but my heart is enjoying creating and sharing so much, the niggles are ignored, most of the time.

Plus my tribe are liking it too, so that makes my heart proud. Thank you.

Here is a time lapse of me painting this girls hair (scroll down to see her complete). I have been enjoying watching other time lapse videos so decided to make my own until my battery ran out. I loved watching this and I think you will too.

This peaceful beauty is my angel of trust.

Mantra

May you embrace the love and heart of your beautiful messy soul and always, always remember to Trust your wings.

Melanie M

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Cleansing Mind and Body

img_6892Okay I haven’t done much creative stuff for 24 days now. Prior to this I was in a great space, using my  new planner (pictures to come), creating everyday in small ways. Then, then…… I decided to start a 30 day cleanse. Holy smokes that messed with my head big time. I am such a creature of habit that any change blows my mind, leaves me cross,  not sleeping, worried and totally out of whack. I am not afraid of change in fact I embrace it, I just find it tough. Especially when it is to do with my body, which has been through A LOT.

Now I am 6 days from completing my 30 day regime, already I am planning how I can continue with what I have learnt:

  • eating – I need to eat more greens, much less carbohydrates and  a balance of protein, particularly at breakfast to sustain me and keep me from eating mindlessly.
  • balance of nutrition – my main meal needs to have a balance of greens 1/2 a plate, fist size of protein and about the same in carbohydrates.
  • fasting – this is really, really good for you. It makes you feel lighter, changes your relationship with food and research tells us about the amazing effect on your inner health.
  • being hungry – this is a welcome feeling now. It doesn’t build until you can’t handle the feeling, it comes in waves. I like this feeling now, I feel like I am in control when I am hungry.
  • feeling so much better – almost instantly my energy levels were increased, I take less pain killers to get me through each day and I feel really good about myself and my body.
  • having increased  energy – the changes in how I eat have definitely made a tremendous difference to my energy levels. I am really sold on good nutrition and have now had 24 days of practice putting my one meal a day together.
  • planning – you must plan your meals before you go shopping so you have everything on hand to prepare you packed lunch and your main meals. Very important!

It has been a life changing experience but it was tough yet so, so worth it. My biggest achievement will be to maintain and do more about what I put into my body to fuel me.

Here’s to staying with this feel good feeling.

Eating to Live not Living to Eat.

Melanie M

 

 

How I Create and Top Tip #2

img_6643 Recently I worked on 3 pieces. Two I had already started including my 4th Angel from a series I have been working on with my Spirit Wings Painting Course with Kelly Rae Roberts. I also began my 5th Angel fromimg_6633 the same course.

I like having a few pieces on the go because I am impatient waiting for stuff to dry and get tempted to carry on, this will ruin your art pens, yes I know this…..  so I move to another piece. It is kind of fun to work this way because when I mix up a colour for one piece I can also add to another.

 

 

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Baby wipes! Yes baby wipes they are amazing, handy, useful and easy. I use them to wipe my hands as much as I prefer to use my hands to work on my art it is messy, really, really messy. So having baby wipes on hand help clean up messes that are getting in the way of creating. They are also useful for cleaning up stamps, stencils, paint brushes, any tools you might use in your art.

Happy Monday everyone!

See the hero in everyone ……and the unicorn ♥️

The Universe

Melanie M♥️

Love, Gratitude and Top Tip #1

img_6640-1I love making art, playing with paper, paint and pens. It is the coolest thing ever. I hate that I am often so tired or I get tangled up in the world wide web looking for inspiration that time zips away and I have done nothing.

A BIG part of tiredness is the Osteoarthritis I have in my knees. It is severe, so severe that my knees are about 25 year older than my chronological age. This causes a lot of pain. This problem I have has been accelerated by the cancer treatment I had many, many years ago. The chemicals whacked into my body have damaged me in more ways than one. However, I am truly grateful to be alive today because without that treatment I would definitely not be. I am also truly grateful to be moving around on my own two legs, as painful as that is, I can do it. Soon I will be moving around with a titanium body part. I am finally good with this and surprisingly am looking forward to it.

So here is the reason for my blog post, to overcome my tiredness and to stay motivated img_6631with creating I have something that works for me and thought it might work for you. It takes a lot of discipline because going on the web can provide many distractions.

Top Tip for making more art: When looking for inspiration ONLY look in the place that has your inspirational people or ideas. For me this is Instagram, I only follow artists, BUJO addicts and planner addicts. That is my go to place for my inspiration.

What do you have or do that inspires you?

Melanie M

 

What! Planning, Oh Yeah!

I have been investigating planners lately. Within me is a strong need to get organised and plan my dream. If you are wandering what the dream is, there are hints in my blog, blog title and sideline.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been studying planners on Instagram, Face book and the Web. There is an inspiring group of people out there getting organised and that has inspired me more. It has been a bit of a mind boggle and weighed a little heavy when it came to making the decision. Finally tonight I did it, after a great deal of studying what is around, I bought one. If you have a question about what planners to buy you can ask me anything. As for the planning process that will come. After I pushed the buy button I was totally relieved. I  thought I would stress about the money except it just feels like another step towards manifesting my dream. A great investment.

Can’t wait for it to arrive, watch this space. Maybe I will do my first Vlog. They seem to be the thing to do and they look fun.

If you are wandering what I bought, you will have to wait, like I have too.

Here are few hints:

  • leather
  • butter
  • dot
  • grid
  • blank

I am truly excited and can’t believe this could be possible over a planner.

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Hello weirdo!

Hello planner!

Hello organisation!

Hello dream!

Really inspired by The Reset Girl  Foxy Fix The Planner Society Kit Club Chic Sparrow Bullet Journal Junkies and so many more.

There is so much to discover about this craft, it is slightly overwhelming. I knew what I liked and what I didn’t and the Bullet Journal Facebook group inspired my like for the simplicity of planning. It was about that time that I made the big decision.

Happy planning fellow planners, leave me a note if you are a planner would love to connect.

Melanie M

 

 

 

Angel 3

This little girl was completed some time ago. She is Angel number 3. Can’t wait to show you them all hanging together in my home.

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Her dearest friends are creative spirits with cherishing, happy open hearts just like her.

‘Kindred Spirits, Laugh Together, Create Often and Love, Love, Love’

Melanie M