The Golden Hour

Art work by Kath Unsworth

Art work by Kath Unsworth

When a new day begins, we rarely know what it will bring.

I hear you say….
It brings another day of work or monotonous domestics. Maybe, I know we need the regular routine and the mundane things to survive.

May I be so bold and ask, what you actually do for YOU?
Can or do you find a balance between the stuff we need to do and the stuff

We really need to do?

How many times did you make big plans to do something for you? Time evaporates as quickly as the secret stash of chocolate in my cupboard?  Or it did, until I told myself one golden hour a day is mine.

Nobody else can touch me in that hour. I have this belief that we must share our gifts with the world. When we delve into our passions, it shines through in all areas of our lives.

For a long time I have not worked, yes a stay-at-home-mum and proud of it! I have been there for my children in every way for their primary school years and enjoyed watching them grow, learn and evolve. Not everyone has this luxury. I feel blessed that we were able to keep afloat with only one wage coming in. I now need to work. Maybe not so much for the money, we lead a simple life (money comes and money goes, we always have just enough). For me and my sanity its time to go back to work.

Something started to happen after I gave myself that golden hour, I began creating art more often. I was a happier human being, mum and wife.

The golden hour has stretched into two, maybe three hours some days. My family sees and likes the art I create. They urge me to do MORE and know now, it is part of who I am.

I never could imagine this simple ritual, permission to take one hour a day for myself could be that empowering.

Find your passion follow your happiness. It will lead you back to you.  I look forward to selling my art to the world. Don’t worry, I am not selling my art here, it will always be my place to inspire others to create. There will be a link to my Etsy shop one day. It all takes time.

Time is golden. Imagine if someone offered to sell you a bag of time. What would you do with it? Would you stop and smell the roses? Would you sit and spend time with loved ones? Or work on that dream project you have always wanted to do?

There is no way to get time back.

So stop, breathe and give thanks for your gifts and life. Listen to your heart and inner voice. The creative energy is there. I am discovering that the things around me are all I need to inspire the artist.

The topic for Illustration Friday was GOLDEN. I love the word and used it to describe my hour of art and I hope you enjoy what an hour can create too. The picture above is my interpretation of golden. The Eastern Spinebill has splashes of golden feathers. They are beautiful to watch if you’re quick enough to spot them. Birds seem to find me and inspire me to draw, it is my passion.

Please share what a golden hour would mean for you? I look forward to seeing how different we all are.

And that’s what I love most about this crazy world we live in.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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59 Responses to The Golden Hour

  1. Lovely words, Kath. You inspire just by sharing what you are doing. My ‘golden hour’ has been the time early in the morning when my children are still asleep and my husband has left for work. (I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 20 yrs… I know how to stretch a single income really well now… it’s a challenge in this double income world.)My hour is spent reading the Bible and then journaling. In my journal I write down a verse, my thoughts, a short poem, and a nature sketch. I love this time.

    I’ve been doing research on Etsy, and it sounds like an awesome idea.

    Blessings on your Etsy store ~ Wendy ❀

    • Wendy your golden hour sounds wonderful, I am thinking of selling pendants with my art inside them, something easy to post…who knows where it will lead me. Let me know how you go with your shop too. Your words and photography are beautiful, fridge magnets would be good?

  2. Aquileana says:

    Kath, A golden hour is something that I am definitely in favor of… To do something for oneself which involves a passion.
    I love the way you have put your feelings and insights down in words here. Your golden hour might be also related to writing, that I can see… Keep on spreading the golden light and words all throughout!.
    Happy friday and best wishes, Aquileana 😛

    • Thank you Aquileana I am only discovering at close to fifty what I want to be when I grow up. One thing is for sure every spare moment I get is put to good use. Either writing or drawing. Happy day to you and thanks for the share.

  3. Honestly, at the moment I think I’d sleep for that hour. But ordinarily I’d write. I’m just not me without that, and with everything going on lately, I can say I’m missing me! But what work will you do, or will it be your art? You really do create beautiful work, and it’s awesome you’ve been able to spend time reconnecting with that while supporting your kids. Look forward to hearing about the next chapter.

    • Hi Alarna I have been selling my art at the Heritage Centre upstairs in their art/craft shop its called The Spotted Cow of all things. I have only just started and am surprised I am selling a few pictures here and there. Birds and cows being the most popular. Strange how you only just got this post. Sleep is another precious thing I dream of too.

  4. Also, I’m not sure why my reader just brought me to this post, as I see its from some time ago. Technology is playing tricks today, apologies 🙂

  5. Desi Clown says:

    Talking about how quickly the secret stash of chocolate evaporates really hit the message home :p I’m definitely going to start the ‘Golden Hour’ in my life.. Thanks for the wonderful idea 🙂

  6. Desi Clown says:

    and if someday I have enough money, and enough confidence in online banking, I would LOVE to buy your art!

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