What A Little Birdy Told Me

What A Little Birdy Told Me

Happy Sunday

Last week when I was walking to work, I saw a little bird on the road eating a little chocolate with sprinkles on it. The chocolate was melted into the road and the bird was pecking at the sprinkles and looking up every now and then to check for cars. He looked nervous and excited. It was all about eating the treat without getting squashed by the cars.  He was smart too, he wasn’t going in dodging cars left and right and grabbing a speck; he had timing.

This bird was gutsy! He found something he wanted so badly, that he was risking his life for it. Granted it was sprinkles and melted chocolate on asphalt, but to him it could have been the bee’s knees.

Seeing this prompted me to reflect on what is something in my life that I would go all out for and be so committed to.

What is your bee’s knees? What is something you want so badly that you will go all out for?

Maybe it’s something to do with your business, your studies, relationships or overcoming personal barriers like addictions or unhealthy habits.

Whatever it is, here are some points that I want to share with you guys.

1. Your Comfort Zone VS Where The Magic Happens

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When we stay in our comfort zone which is our little bubble of predictability and familiarity, we stay stagnant. If you want more for yourself, your family or for your business, you need to step out of your comfort zone. If you believe that you can do better, or that you deserve better than what your circumstances are giving you right now, then the first step is to get out of your comfort zone and stir things up. Step into the arena of the new and try something different. Challenge yourself and use that fear to your advantage; that is where the magic starts to happen.

2. Take Calculated Risks

what-if-i-fallBe mindful of what risks you want to take. Think of the best case scenario VS worst case scenario and then be realistic. You can learn a lot about yourself and what you’re capable of when you take risks, you might even surprise yourself

3. Making Sacrifices

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I know this isn’t the best thing to hear. You want it all right? Our culture says that we can have it all, you don’t need to give up anything. I can’t agree with this statement, because any successful person will tell you that when they reached their goal, it didn’t come without sacrifice. You need to accept that to go for what you really want in life, means that you will have to put less energy into other areas of your life at least for a moment in time.

4. Don’t Give Up

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You may think that what you deserve or what you want is unattainable. You may think that it’s too far out of you reach or the path to get there is too scary or too hard for you. Trust me, it’s not. If you are fully committed to it and have passion for it, you can do it. Yes it won’t be a walk in the park, yes it won’t happen overnight but the beauty that comes with that journey makes it worth it and when you get to your destination, the view will be spectacular.

Remember that you are precious with a strength inside you that’s just waiting to be tapped into. If you have a dream, a goal, or if you want to change something about yourself, think about these things and go for it.

Have A Blessed Day!

Amy xx

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5 Things To Help You Get Through Those Hectic Weeks

5 Things To Help You Get Through Those Hectic Weeks

Happy Sunday!

First off, how awesome is Garfield, especially the original cartoon 😀 I just had to use him for this blog.

It’s Sunday evening and I’m now able to sit and reflect on my week. It feels like there’s been a poltergeist following me around creating hurdles for me everywhere I went. One of my cats got sick (a burst abscess from a cat bite (from the neighbourhood jerk cat) but he’s doing much better now phew!), my scanner decided to give up on life all week until today and the place where I went to scan my work in, scanned them all too bright for me to work with them and to top it off, my bathroom sink blocked.

It’s been one of those weeks where I kept singing “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” over and over. Luckily, I have an amazing partner to keep me from falling into a bumbling mess as my goals for my work and my store has fallen behind and luckily, I have my little love who always reminds me that the sun still rises for everyone even when it’s looking dark.

So yes, I didn’t achieve my weekly goals for my work, I didn’t do a vlog and my blogs are behind… BUT I have gained more knowledge in Photoshop, I found a better way to create my watercolours artworks, I managed to make it to an art opening that I’m exhibiting in and I got to have some pretty special days with my little one.

So today, I spent some time thinking about what things help us when our weeks feel like we are banging our head on a brick wall. Here are 5 things that I came up with.

  1. An Environment that is in sync with your mind, body and spirit

Have a think about what kind of environment do you need to help you stay centred and at peace throughout the week. This includes things like space, colour, style and sounds. Some people need a minimalistic home or office while others need an ‘organised mess’. Some people need music in the background while others would rather hear nature or the murmurs of people around them. This will change over time as you grow so make sure that your environment stays in sync with you.

  1. Be in good company

The last thing you need is to come home to people who keep you in that heavy place and add more weight to it. It’s true that we are all battling our own battles but we should be in good company where you have each other’s backs, encourage each other when we’re down and help each other see the beauty in life when our world starts to look dim. It really helps to be around people who wish you well, and even if they may not have the right words to say, they can still make you smile by their actions and energy they bring.

  1. Sleep, Eat & Shower

These are basic human things that do a world of good. Starting the day with breakfast helps us take on our heavy weekly load. Eating well and not skipping meals is a must. Sleeping enough is important, starting the day feeling well rested gives us the energy we need as it allows our body and mind to rest. Showering is another one, having a shower every day helps release muscle tension, decreases stress and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

  1. Treat yourself

When you have a hectic week, when nothing is going right and you feel like you’re run off your feet; remember to treat yourself. Give yourself a break, no matter how small it is, it’s worth it because you’re worth it. Your sanity and peace of mind is important and at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make sure you maintain your peace.

If you feel yourself crumbling, you are entitled to take a break and treat yourself.

  1. Keep things in perspective

Remember, it could always be worse and whatever you are facing that week, you are capable of working through it.

As someone with anxiety, I have a tendency of blowing things out of proportion and feeling like I’ve ruined EVERYTHING when really it’s not that way at all. I have to keep my hurdles and setbacks in perspective and know that it’s OK to not be super mum and superwoman. I mean, shit happens… so make sure when it does, you keep things in perspective to stop you from losing your mind.

So there are my top 5 things that I came up with. I’m sure there are loads more things I could add to the list but I really need to switch off now by having some dinner and watch Netflix.

Have a wonderful evening

Amy x x

Why I Do What I Do

When people ask me, why are you an artist? why do you make stuff? Here is my response…

I am an artist and a designer because I am forever in love with creativity and I would lose my sanity (what’s left of it) if I didn’t create. The other reason is because it’s my way of connecting with others on an aesthetic level and a soulful level.

I have always had this need to create and work with my hands. Ever since I was a little girl, creativity was my escape and my outlet when my mind got too full or when I was feeling too much and didn’t know how to handle it. From creating fictional worlds, characters and drawing my favourite Disney characters, to doing sneaky sketches of people on the train and poems from observing the hustle and bustle as I wandered around the city; the creative process always left me feeling calm and at peace. It was a way for me to be present in our busy world while keeping my calm mind… and this is still the case today. As someone who struggles to shut off their mind, there are very few ways for me to achieve this. Creativity allows me to unload what my mind is observing.

Putting my work out there as a way to connect to others is very important to me. I believe that as we grow in this world that is constantly in flux, we can find it hard to find and connect with people that are raw and authentic. I believe that now more than ever, in a world full of veils, fakes and big business, we are searching for authenticity, uniqueness and connection, and my art and designs are drawn from that authentic place and rawness.

If you’re a creative soul as well and would like to connect with me and share your story of why you do what you do, please leave a comment or email me at info@ajoyinart.com.

I hope your days are magical!

Amy

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