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

 

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.

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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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

 

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