Hello and welcome to the latest post of Your Creative Path. The last few months have been a funny old time, full of endings and new beginnings. As some of you know we are a family that fosters and sadly it was decided that the children were to move on to another placement. I have always found endings sad and this one was no easier. These challenges are life’s lessons and although difficult, they can be opportunities for personal growth and new beginnings. This one left me having to go through a period of intense grief and loss, but at that same time I knew that it also offered a chance to take stock, reassess what was important to me and what needed changing.
At times I felt so overwhelmed with sadness and could feel myself losing my spark. I knew that in order to get through this time, I needed to focus on the good in the world and practice gratitude. This was sometimes difficult to do, but I also knew that this was the only way out of the gloom and if I didn’t then I could easily become bitter and cynical.
So I did count my blessings, and actually there were many. I tried to practice small acts of kindness towards myself and others. Very slowly, I felt my light begin to flicker and shine again. We decided to look for another foster placement and were pleased to welcome a young mum to be into our home.
So things are better now. I still feel sad at the loss but am also excited about the future and am enjoying the “now”. I am grateful and looking forward to my daughter returning home after seven months travelling, to spring and summer and all the wonderful gifts they bring, a canal boat holiday with friends and a new baby in the house (and there may well be some kittens from Suki in June!).
When I was in the middle of the turmoil, it was hard to put in the required effort and self motivation to running and promoting a creative business. So I did a little painting, just for myself, and found it a release to express my deepest feelings on a canvas. I tried out a few other crafts, just to add some fun into my life. I loved doing paper cutting and am enjoying a pottery class.
Now as the dust is settling, I am looking forward to restructuring some of the teaching that I offer and working on some new creative opportunities. So as winter turns into spring, and spring into early summer, I am happy where I am and what I am doing. I shall continue to tweak and modify my life to suit and support. I am not back with a bang, but with more of a gentle sigh as I ease myself in to the driving seat once more.
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April 13th, 2014
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- Finding out what really matters.
- How to keep your paints from drying out and save money too!
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- How to introduce a little more fun in to your life!
- Breathe Deeply and let go
- Looking at things from a new perspective.
- Thoughts on the social media jungle and how I connect with my kind of people!
- The winds of change