2017 was a chaotic year for me…. selling a business, moving interstate, moving house, heaps of travelling…. and lots of new beginnings!
It’s not surprising that I cart wheeled into the Christmas period feeling exhausted and creatively drained.
So, I knew I needed a little something over the holiday period to help me rejuvenate and rebalance; ready for what I feel will be an exciting year ahead.
Escaping to a tropical paradise was exactly what I needed to recharge my creative batteries.
I found an ‘art retreat’ that was quiet and secluded.
There I indulged in a series of daily meditations that helped me connect more fully with my heart and soul. Also there was dreamy yoga sessions with mind, body and spirit benefits, healthy clean eating and time to simply appreciate peace, rest and relaxation. Then the fun really started when the art supplies came out!
The best part about this retreat….. I didn’t need to leave home to enjoy it!!
I took a fabulous stay-cation right here in my own backyard, surrounded by lush vegetation in the middle of a balmy, tropical Australian summer.
I recognised the need to ‘get-away’ and take time out from all the busyness of everyday life, so basically I just switched off from the outside world for 10 days and treated my home like a wellness centre and artist retreat all rolled into one. And of course, a combination of switching off devises, self-care practices and art exploration opened the floodgates of creativity.
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I’m trying to ease myself back into the real world this week, but I’m also enthusiastic to hang onto some of this creative energy, so I’ve signed up for a yearlong mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.
I feel that creativity needs to be exercised and used regularly to keep it flowing and by signing up for this course I’ve made a promise to myself to make time for my art in 2018.
I may not take all the classes or even share all my art publicly, but I know that the opportunity to take classes taught by world renowned teaches and moving artistically outside of my usual sphere will enrich my creative journey in 2018.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and creative 2018 for everyone!!
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