It's a lot easier to take a photo that looks like my studio is neat and organized than it is to actually make order out of chaos. And chaos it is. Switching back and forth between filming, editing, writing, photographing, drawing and painting means that I'm constantly shuffling piles from here to there.
But isn't that life, too. We're always in the middle of many things and even if we can't reign them all in and find balance and peace we can find and create moments of both.
Writing a Joy List is a perfect way to do that.
Joy List Monday:
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
I hope you'll join me and write a list of your own.
- a cooler morning and open windows
- 12 foot tall sunflower plants in my garden some of which are just starting to open.
- progress on my Skillshare class
- going to the movies with my family (even my brother!) to see Star Trek and Matthias feeling well enough to go
- a kale salad filled with other good veggies, lots of herbs and onions and garlic all from the garden
- playing with gouache
- laughing at myself
- the moon in the morning sky
- nasturtiums growing and blooming despite a total lack of attention
- books, books, books
Here's to a week of noticed moments, captured joys and cultivated stillness!
*I filmed the sketching of those maple seeds as part of my Skillshare class. At first I was going to grab my watercolor sketchbook, but then ended up grabbing this one, instead:
Do you remember it? I made it last year as part of my Make & Do Creative Challenge. And I was always hesitant to start working in it because it was too "nice". What good is a blank sketchbook sitting on a shelf?