The last month has been really busy. I thought I’d write a little creative month in review.
Just over a month ago I launched my blog. I say launched, but really it merely went live. I tried to do a small launch and give away a few copies of my book Beautiful Soul, but it failed epicly. I did a video announcement, ran a targeted FB ad (in other words spent money to create awareness), let people know, but my efforts were futile. Not even family or friends signed up for my giveaway! Yikes!
I’m not gonna lie, I did have a moment of pity, but it didn’t last too long. Some things work, some things don’t. I’ve failed before, and in much bigger ways. I’ve learned how to move on and adjust. God sees the bigger picture, and I understand that failure both educates and subtly shifts the path before me, which means I don’t have to get too upset when things don’t work out because there’s always another (and often better) path.
While I was launching this blog I was also studying, writing papers, and taking practical exams for my Yin Yoga Certification, which I just completed. I am now officially certified to teach yoga!
I was drawn to Yin Yoga because it’s the perfect yoga for stress release. It’s a wonderful way to learn to honor individual differences, honor the body, and learn to sit with discomfort–which helps people work with their emotions.
Yin Yoga is often used in trauma treatment and it’s all about slowing down, so it was the obvious choice for me with my past emotional trauma, my physical and emotional sensitivities, and my addiction to stress and busyness.
As I’ve practiced, I’ve watched myself become slower and quieter on the inside and outside. I will always be a person who does a lot, but the vibration has shifted for me. And I continue to learn to live in healthier ways all the time.
In addition to these two big projects, I also began learning surface pattern design techniques, purchased several art courses; one for pencil portrait drawing, and several on the basics of watercolor. I began a pencil portrait, did some other drawing, upped my Photoshop skills by learning how to create repeat patterns and half drop patterns, and created 4 digital decorative paper collections (see two of my vintage inspired collections below). I did four photo shoots, made fall flower crowns, posted four flower crown tutorials and a meditation video, wrote a couple of songs and worked on sewing a dress for my daughter.