I’m back :)

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After all that, and even more weeks months of releasing and personal transformation…

I AM BACK!!!!

I may be a touch excited about this πŸ˜‰

You may have noticed some subtle changes to the blog appearance…

I’m also changing my approach to content and posting.

I’m planning to post weekly for now – probably Friday/Saturday, but that’s very -ish. We’ll see how the schedule actually unfolds.

I’ll be sharing with you:

  • my creative writing,
  • reviews of books I’ve found satisfying,
  • other things that inspire me,
  • and a range of oddments of my life

(not necessarily in that order)

I’m really looking forward to posting to you again. And I’m really looking forward to some good conversations with you – I love to hear your voice, too ❀

Let’s talk more soon πŸ™‚

 

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Releasing so as to embrace

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I’m typing from my dining table, watching the golden moon rise over the hills to the east…

My son is asleep in my studio, where I usually write. His father is renovating his bedroom as I type.

I have dragged myself away from Pinterest, where I was hiding, as this is not a comfortable post to write.

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As I work through this process of releasing and embracing, and deciding which to do where, I have come to the uncomfortable realisation that one thing that needs to change is this blog.

It is uncomfortable because I have found myself a comfy rut with wonderful readers, so I am reluctant to change.

But in truth that comfy rut is getting uncomfortable, as I can feel words within me pushing to be written. I don’t know yet exactly what form they want to take, but I do know I want to find out…

Blogging helps ease my discomfort temporarily: having written something I can feel a pleasant glow of achievement and ignore those stirrings a little longer. But in truth my blogging has become a form of procrastination itself!

So, I have decided to release this blog a little. Do not fear – this is only a temporary release!

I need some time and space to breathe in without the strict rhythm of regular posting.

I crave time and space to explore my writing further, and to push the boundaries of what my blogging is.

I anticipate I will be away for at least a month, possibly longer. I fully intend to embrace blogging again well before the next Solstice (aka Christmas), but it may not be quite the same as before…

I ask your patience with this process, and hope that you will enjoy the end result as much as I intend to.

I will still be around on Twitter and Facebook, if you fancy a chat.

While you wait for me:

❀ you can find visual inspiration here,

❀ you can be encouraged in your quest for a simpler life here,

❀ you can explore words about creativity here, and

❀ you can find things to ponder here.

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I will see you again soon, my friends. Thank you for your reading πŸ™‚

I’ve joined Bloglovin

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Yet another place for you to follow along πŸ™‚

 

I want your input!

You’ve probably spotted that I’ve been making some changes to the appearance of this blog.

This is all the ‘fault’ of Have Your Cupcake’s “Blog Makeover Challenge”. I’m getting a lot of food for thought from the daily challenges: the inspiration is bouncing around like an upended box of ping-pong balls!

My inspiration for the new look comes mainly from Day 2 of the challenge, which asked the question:

if your blog was a place, where would it be?

My immediate answer to that was the coolest street in this city: Cuba Street.

Cuba Street is mainly a pedestrian mall with lots of colour and inspiration and funky shops and cafes and the coolest fountain ever:

Cuba St bucket fountain by darkbluestripes.com
This photo is by darkbluestripes.com as I don’t yet have a good photo of my own. I’ve cropped it for the header image.

The old look of the blog didn’t really fit that. It was more like a quiet walk on misty mountains. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I adore misty mountains). But it didn’t have the vibrant energy I want to share with y’all.

So I’ve been playing with themes and fonts and pictures and…and… and…

which is loads of fun, but…

it’s only actually useful if you enjoy viewing and reading it!

So… what do you think?

Do you like this new look? Or did you prefer the old look? Or something else?

Is it easily readable for you? Or is it way too distracting? Or something else?

Any other thoughts or reactions?

Please (pretty please) tell me what you think – good, bad or indifferent. I really want to hear your views – as my readers, you’re super special to me and I don’t want to scare you away πŸ˜‰

You can comment on this post here, or on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Thank you!

(for your thoughts, for your reading, for your support)

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What I’m reading (version 22.07.2015)

Books

Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte – a fascinating look at Western society (especially American) and our cultures of time. It includes some interesting and useful tips, and thinking points.

Dressing your truth by Carol Tuttle – a guide to dressing that works from the inside out, rather than by your colouring and shape. You start by identifying your dominant energy type and work out from there; with the permission to be true to yourself rather than conforming to anyone else’s ideas of what your energy ‘should’ be – you ‘own’ your own energy πŸ™‚ . I’ve found this remarkably freeing. It’s taken a few weeks for this to sink in fully, but I’m now at a place where I can see the usefulness, sense and practical application. In case you’re wondering, I’m a Type 2. The link will take you to her free introductory course, which includes a copy of the book. If you’re not into e-courses, you can buy the book on its own from the usual places. At some point I intend to sign up for her paid course and learn more – it really has been that useful and revealing for me.

The big leap by Gay Hendricks – an interesting method for identifying your blocks and freeing your potential. I can see myself re-reading this a few times to let things sink in and take effect.

Currently reading Home by Francis Pryor (from Time Team), which is an engaging and fascinating read about British prehistory.

Blogs

Lucky Bitch (discovered via Hiya Tootsie) – a blog about money and giving yourself permission to make it. Aimed at women entrepreneurs. I check in regularly to keep kicking my butt along πŸ˜‰

Mama Said – honest parenting. Really, really honest parenting. This blog is written by a friend of mine who has had a full-on ride with her young kids. If you’ve felt as a parent like you’re the only one, have a read (as long as you can cope with raw honesty and swearing). I especially like her posts I am grateful… and Lessons from children.

Druid Life – I love this blog (as you may have guessed from all the re-blogging!) I find Nimue Brown’s posts thought-provoking and often quite healing (if not always comfortable).

Manga and Comics

Dengeki Daisy – I’m almost up toΒ the final volume (which has just been published) of this manga, which revolves around an unlikely romance and an even more unlikely computing conspiracy. I’m curious to see how it finishes, but I really don’t want it to end…

Blastosaurus – I was helped to discover this comic by its author, Richard Fairgray, at a stand at Armageddon Expo last weekend. This is a fabulous story about a mutant triceratops detective, and the complications of time-travel and ray guns. I bought volume 1; now I want them all πŸ™‚

My new favouritest web comic is Breaking Cat News – it is beautifully drawn, gently funny, and very, very cat.

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Now… what are you reading? Any recommendations?!

I’m actually not all here

At the moment, I am nowhere near my computer, and won’t be for all this week.

This and the next few posts are brought to you through the amazing internet magic of wordpress scheduling!

I hope you have a wonderful week full of creativity and joy (and enough sleep).

I’ll see you again soon.

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Survey results

My thanks to those of you who took the time to tick some boxes. πŸ™‚

That survey is now closed, though you’re still welcome to give me feedback any time (there’s the comments sections and Facebook and Twitter…)

But I’m sure you’re all dying to know: what were the results? And, more pertinently, what does it mean for what you get to read on here?

Well, the summary is “minimal change”

It seems you guys read this blog because you like it – who’d’ve thought?!

Most of you want to read creativity and inspiration posts and are interested in my creative journey (bless you!)

Quite a lot of you want to see what I’m creating and what other people are creating. There was also interest in how to or advice posts, so I’m working on some ideas around that.

A few of you are interested in Druid and pagan stuff, and others in de-cluttering, so I will include occasional posts on that topic. In my planning, May’s posts are shaping into a bit of a de-cluttering theme, so you folks can look forward to that (it still weirds me out that I’m planning – and how well that actually works). And there’s the odd person who wants to know more about my cat, so I will occasionally indulge you.

None of you ticked boxes for book reviews, belly dance or dinosaurs. You will still get some of the first two because I want to write about them (mwahahahaaaa), but I’ll save my occasional squees about dinosaurs for Twitter. Thank you for saving me from a lot of research.

So, what can you expect to find here in the future?

  • the current mix of pictures and text focused on creativity and inspiration
  • more how-to and advice posts – format yet to be determined
  • occasional forays into other topics including book reviews, pagan stuff, de-cluttering, belly dance and cats
  • an absence of dinosaurs – except when I manage to sneak them in.

I’m planning to post four times a week (Mon, Weds, Fri and once on the weekend – New Zealand time) and my planning extends into May already, so this should all actually happen.

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