January always feels like a difficult but highly reflective month to me. The excitement of the holiday season is over and the, “it’s a fresh new start” feeling soon fades and is replaced by a longing for more sunlight and warmer weather. I felt so pleased today to see little green stems appearing from the soil. Spring will soon be on its way.
This January has felt particularly reflective. I have set goals and intentions for myself as both a mother and an artist. My word for 2017 is, “growth”. I feel now I am beginning to finally embrace the changes motherhood has brought to my life opposed to resisting them in fear of losing myself completely. I have written lists of attainable actions. I challenge myself moving forward to be more present for my children – to be a more compassionate mother. I challenge myself artistically. I have started several sketchbooks; one for abstract work, one for figurative practice and one for a medium I have not used since school – collage, which I am currently really loving. I have also committed myself to using my camera more capturing an image for each day of this year, little snapshots of my life I know will bring me joy to look back on in the future.
This month I have been grateful for –
The sun shining on the way to playgroup
Fig and her unbearably cute “thank you mummy”
Waffles and syrup for breakfast
Bear walking home from nursery without a battle
Dinners cooking in the slow cooker
Inspiration and ideas
Discovering a shorter route up the big hill
Painting mornings and drawing in evenings
Chilly for his support, love and for building me the website I am hoping to set live soon
A lovely spa day with good friends
Long naps with Fig
The abundant mama project helping reflect and grow with support and encouragement.
Feeding the ducks
Remembering to be playful
A man picking up our lost new wellie
The sight of the very first flowers appearing.