I’ve been thinking about a lot of different things lately that impact my life. The type of work we do, and how we feel stuck and the lack of boundaries and planning that are keeping us in that stuck place. I’ve been thinking about the work we need to do, and the systems and processes we need to incorporate to get us unstuck. Running the numbers, we should be able to make a lot more money than we are, doing a lot less work than we are. Because I’m so tired. So we need to work smarter, plan and systemise as much as we can.
Sometimes the mere act of indulging yourself an reading a book about an artist or someone who creatively inspires you can pull you through the funk. No matter how long it’s lasted. Today, sitting outside reading a book about Cecil Beaton left me feeling whole again.
It was enough to sweep away the demons that stopped me from getting my camera out. So, I took some observational or documentary style shots around home. I shot Miss 5 creating and imagining. I shot our front door and the loft stairs. With a wide angle lens, in black and white.
I’m really digging both the wide angle and monochrome right now. It takes me back to my roots in film. I’ve always had a thing for high contrast. I’m going to keep reading this book, and make it my mission for the next month to shoot at least twice a week, wide, black and white.
You don’t. I don’t. None of us do.
We’re each on a different journey. And I think that self awareness and self love is the part that we’re trying to “figure out”. Because the further you are on that journey, the more you understand that you’ll never have it figured out.
Where you are on that journey can be the difference between chasing an impossible moving target of perfection, or accepting where you are right now. And loving yourself anyway.
Sleep has been something I’ve been writing about a lot lately. It’s so necessary, but so overlooked. Today though, is about rest.
The colours are there, through the window.
The flowing moving air is there, through the window.
The chirping birds are there, through the window.
The scent of gumtrees is there, through the window.
New friends to meet are there, through the window.
Paths to explore are there, through the window.
Adventures to have are there, through the window.
Are you there, through the window?
Alarms are terrible, they suck and should be banned.
I wake up angry.
I wake up mid sleep cycle leaving me groggy for hours
It’s a terrible way to start the day.
After writing yesterday about not getting enough sleep, I had another night of too little sleep. Today was a case of do it anyway because I had a big list of work and home things to do. I was too tired – but I did it anyway.
I’ve been reading Choose Yourself by James Altucher and he was talking about habits that Woody Allen has. There was one that resonated so hard with me about working for 5 hours – first thing – and then having the rest of the day to do what you want. Focus on consistently doing the work to get your ‘thing’ done.
The importance of sleep becomes so apparent after a night of not getting enough.
Last night, I worked late on the computer and the effect of the screen light kept me awake for another hour. The next morning, at far-too-early-o’clock I startled awake.
It can be difficult to create anything in the absence of uninterrupted time.
Do whatever you need to find uninterrupted time so that you can create the things that make your soul sing. Be more organised, find a productivity/scheduling system that works, find a babysitter, get up early, go to bed late.
Do what you need to do to get the uninterrupted time.
It’s important to take a few moments to take stock and honour the passing year, whether good or bad.
There are many different ways to do this and you might already have your rituals. Here are some of the ways I use to honour last year and welcome and set up for the new year.
Lot’s of the tiniest of steps can take you amazing places.
In the pool with my 5 year old daughter today, she taught me an invaluable lesson about tiny steps and perseverance.
Going back to the start, I need to tell you that’s she’s quite afraid of water. She’ll sit on the steps of the pool, she won’t trust the floaty vest to keep her safe in the deeper water. But today we learned our lesson.