Spring has arrived this week in full force. Each day while I'm outside I see new growth and green. The maple trees are about to sprout their leaves and the air combined with the sunshine feels different. Hopeful, fresh and abundant. Has spring arrived for you?
Each season I find myself writing out some goals, ideas and tasks that need my attention. I yearn for inspiring activities to fill my time and my soul. This season my focus will be about health. For physical health, I've been marking new recipes and ideas to try new foods at least twice before I make a judgement. How easy it is for me to fall into a rut of sameness. Sameness is my balm for feeling secure but spring heralds in a need to shake up the routine.
Another physical health goal is to continue my walking. I have two routes that are alternated at whim but maybe this spring, we will venture to new roads. Unfortunately loose dogs in the neighborhood will dictate how adventurous we are.
Most importantly is mental health, filling my days with creative endeavors. Knitting is a mainstay but when I read about Steph's embroidery-that made me want to embroider. Tracey pulled out her paints and easel and Ine's sketching is inspiring, will I draw or paint? Maybe... Camilla has an intimate way of photographing her trips, I feel like I was on the trip with her. My big camera sits where I can pick it up and go so I can improve my photo skills.
Writing 'more' is a focus this season, writing for myself. I want to capture childhood memories, feelings and events. To document biographies of my grandparents when they came to America (half were born in the US and the other half emigrated from Poland). The challenges they faced growing up bilingual and receiving a limited education due to the need to earn money for their families while still being teens.
I write daily in the mornings about what I'm thinking and feeling in a journal. A few years ago, I sat down with a favorite pen and my first blank notebook wondering what I would write about, afraid I'd write something wrong or silly. I'm so happy that I ignored those worried thoughts and embarked on a wonderful writing habit for myself. Now it's time to branch out.
What are your creative endeavors? Who inspires you?