I woke up at 4am the other night with that line in my head for some reason. Very bizarre. But it was important enough to me that I wrote it down. A couple of hours later when I got out of bed to start the day I had this crazy urge to create.. so I plugged in my Wacom tablet and picked up the pen and started some digital art. That was so weird. That practically never happens.
That is a big problem for me, or, a big obstacle at least. I am struggling so much with my creativity lately.. finding it very hard to write anything besides my daily gripes/cheers into my journal. I am continuing to do that however, and read a little bit daily. I’m trying not to pressure myself, but I really wish I could write like I used to. Oddly enough, I think I can only write when I’m sad or angry about something and I haven’t been lately. I should be thankful for that I suppose, but I definitely need to find a way to disconnect those two things. My writing should not be connected to only bad feelings, but also good ones.
I’ve started writing lists. I picked up this book called 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal and I’m about to write in my third list. I don’t know how I’ll feel about this at the end of the year, but I am definitely going to make a point to do this once a week. I’m willing to bet I’ll be happy that I did this project when I’m ringing in 2019.
Happiness is a concept I’ve been reading a lot about lately, having just finished the Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking. I’m about to start Lagom by Niki Brantmark. To me, Scandinavia is so fascinating. The culture, the design, the landscapes… everything. I’ve started following different tourism and local blogger accounts out of Norway as a kind of digital dream board for my future travel goals. I know I’m a long way from visiting Oslo or Bergen, but I figure if I always have these beautiful images in my daily view that it’ll keep me dreaming enough that it might happen.
I’ll leave you with some images from this month, a mixed bag of moments.
Don’t be shaky, be sure.
This is the first time I’ve owned a skidoo in 14 years and it is…. just like riding a bike. You never forget.
Transmitter road, mexican hat, and now I affectionately call this the merry go round.
Took this the night that I turned 32 (it was January 12).. this was just before going out for nachos with my best friend.
The quilt that covers my bed back home in St. Lewis. My room has a beach theme and it’s very comforting.
New winter Tsumoru boots from The North Face. So warm and comfy.
Most from Birch Island Creek. There is a beautiful boardwalk around the area, nearly finished. It’s a beautiful walk.
What it’s all about
The air is better here
A great way to spend an afternoon
Boardwalk for days
Do no harm
Keep on walkin
Fall is here
Boardwalk around the edge of the Churchill River
The city lies asleep tonight, while we play pirates in the sky.
My posts have been few and far between, life has been busy. I’ve been battling sickness since the beginning of August and it has intensified into a sinus infection which I’m medicating for now. There’s ginger and lemon everywhere in my house!
I’ve re-started Keto. I did this ‘diet’ when I was renting in another part of town where I had access to gym equipment. It really worked out well for me, and I’ve hit a point now where if I don’t make some drastic changes I’m in for a really rough winter mentally and physically. So far, so good. But damn I miss good ol’ white bread and milk chocolate.
I’m vice-chair of the Melville Public Library Board. I don’t know if I mentioned this previously, but I volunteered to be on the board this past June and suddenly became vice-chair so that’s exciting! We’re in the early planning stages of some new programming that I hope to be involved with so that will spice up the long cold winter months. P.S. We’re having a Christmas craft sale & silent auction at the College of the North Atlantic on December 2!
I bought my first Christmas present. This is meant to be funny, because for the last number of years I’ve literally waited until the last two weeks before Christmas to get gifts for my people… but here I am… planning and plotting in September.
I ordered business cards. Say whut? Yeah. So with a background in journalism and 5 years of experience in social media and web management I thought to myself, “Self, you could probably help more people navigate this business if you wanted to.” So I’m going to test the waters with independent marketing work on a very small scale. I have helped two small business owners in the last year who said they don’t know why I don’t do this for more people because the demand is there. So. I’m listening.
Planting blue spruce trees, Lip and Gordie.
May break these bones.
Labrador is really good at sunsets. Seriously good. Here’s one of many! Plus some other scenes that caught my eye this past Sunday.
Interesting foregrounds add to a sunset picture
That glow though..