I step outside. The deck feels oddly cold under my bare feet. Strange for a summers morn. The clouds look threatening. It has rained heavy for many days and it seems the storm has unfinished business in this corner of the universe.
Six Lorikeets perched high in a nearby tree. The racket intensifies as the sun pierces through thick cloud. The birds, grass and trees so vibrant under a ray of golden light. I soak up the rich colours of the Lorikeets and the natural beauty of where I live. I am thankful for the air I breathe.
That may sound cheesy to some but I am now practicing gratitude every morning. I close my eyes and listen to nature. The sun warms my face and I am ready to start my day.
Following on from my last post I am choosing yoga in the mornings. I am trying to introduce small healthy habits day by day. My morning instructor reminds me: if I use meditation and yoga often enough, my insomnia and fatigue will disappear. I wonder what she is doing now, I have had the DVD for at least ten years. I bet she is still practicing. Once a week I also attend a local class for over fifties. That in itself makes me cringe (I’m heading for the senior citizen zone). But when I first arrived, it was surprising, most of the class were older than me. Though amazingly strong and obviously yoga an ever-present practice in their daily lives. I could feel the uplifting vibes in the room. (not joking).
Creating new habits is not easy. Meditation is difficult for someone with a creative brain that never shuts down. It is difficult to squash all the stories and ideas bubbling to the surface. You wouldn’t want to go in there, my father said I talked in a babble or backwards even when asleep. A product of an overactive mind he use to say.
My husband, I know I mentioned him last week but he is my cheer leading squad. Encouraging me every day with my health and picture book dreams.
Since starting karate with the kids he has transformed his mind and body to accept a new healthy routine and resists eating fast food or too much sugar. I’m not as strong and won’t deny myself those treats every now and again. We know our children can see the benefits of having healthier, more active parents.
For all you readers with resolutions, goals or big plans for 2016. Jeff Goins wrote a post that resonated with me.
It reminded me if I stick to a routine every day I will create new habits. Which in-turn will help me on the days my passion wavers. By starting with exercise and following with working on my picture book almost every day I can see small changes happening.
One sentence I printed out and pinned to my art board.
“When the passion goes away, it’s the practice that sustains us.”
I want to practice good health first.
I look back over my virtual daily diary and I can see the days I started with a walk or yoga were more productive.
I have almost finished my outlines for Sugar and Spice. Only seven outlines to go and then the real fun begins in rendering them. But I’ll have the back bone of the story completed. Never have I gotten this far before.
I realise It’s not going to be easy when school starts back we all get caught up in life’s craziness don’t we. But by creating new habits and practicing every day we can get there.
I hope I have inspired you to think about your life goals. Share with me something you have added to your daily routine or something you want to change? Lets make January our starting point to a healthier and more productive year.