That Thing

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My word, last year, was Integrity and in response to this I created this little beauty. I adore her eyes and grow strength from her words.

 

File_000 (11)Integrity: the thing that you do that brings you into your own. Staying true to the person you are today.  Definition Inspired By Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Hello Integrity

Melanie M

 

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.

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

 

 

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

 

Mandala Art

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I took part in a week long project #instajoyproject on Instagram and Facebook. It was so much fun, I managed two days and a bit of doodling after that as I am so, so busy with my work. That thing that ‘I have to do so that I can do the things that I want’. I love what I have to do, I truly do. It is an honour to be able to have the job I do, it just isn’t who I am.  So managing two days out of seven is frustrating yet I am pleased I completed what I have. The biggest achievement I made in this project was connecting to some wonderful individuals who shared themselves in more ways than just their mandala’s.

It is amazing how creativity is more than imagination, pen, paper, paints etc. It is who we are. Only we can create our own art. No one else can make art like we do.

Exciting news flash! I am off on a big journey to England to visit family and friends with my partner. We also have a very special wedding to go to. More on this soon. So in my walk on luggage I have packed pens, pencils, eraser and paper with mandala circles drawn so that I can play on the plane. I had put in my compass but after some excellent advice I removed the sharp pointer thing and put it in safely in my baggage. Sharp pointy things are not allowed on planes.

England here I come!

Melanie M

 

First Time

  It has been quite an exciting weekend with the opening of an exhibition at our local museum and I have entered a piece. Nervous excitement is surrounding it yet I don’t feel anxious. I thought I would because I feel like an imposter, that dreaded imposter syndrome that we all have at times.  I dearly hope it sells, I would hate to have to rock up there and pick it up at the end of the exhibition. Hope, Courage and Belief is my mantra at the moment.

My lovely partner also put a piece of his own photography into the exhibition and it sold on the opening night. I am very proud of him and so glad he has sold it.

Hello hope

Hello Courage

Hello Belief

Happy Sunday everyone

Melanie M

 

Time to Smile

  It has been too long since my last post. It isn’t intentional. I needed to prioritise with ‘doing what I have to do, so that I can do what I want to do’. 
This morning as I was putting on my shoes to leave for work I noticed my creative space and it made me smile. It tells such a great story, more on that soon.

Time for mor of what I must do.

Hello Creative Space

Hello Smile

Hello Trust

Hello Courage. 

Melanie M 

Learning and Playing

I have been using Creative Bug to learn new techniques with art journaling. The images in this post, where I took part in a series called ’10 easy things to draw with Molly Hatch’. I had loads of fun taking part. Learning how to draw is something I have been wanting to work on since I started messing about with mixed media art. I started out with Creative Bug using a free trial and quickly became addicted.

I will post some more photos of the latest workshops I have been working on.