I’m feeling a bit excited today because I’m contemplating a little retreat. I’ve been juggling so many things for quite a while. All the feelings, all the responsibilities, to do’s, to think about’s, the everyday, the big picture and then all the creative stuff I’m doing as well!
The thing is, at the moment it’s not practical to pack my bag and get on a plane bound for a retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland or somewhere tropical and exotic which would surely be amazingly restorative! Nah, I can’t ditch my family at the moment , packing just some art supplies, couple of sarongs, bathers, some underwear, my kindle and my toiletries and head to the land of no cooking, just healthy food served to me. There are some things I have no control over…
But …!!! That’s just totally O.K because I have come up with a little plan. Well it’s not really a plan just yet, more an idea that is growing and taking shape. This is the last week of this season of art journaling with Get Messy, the last week of my commitment to create and post weekly and I feel a bit ready to have a break. It feels a little bit like school holidays without homework. So I’m getting ahead of myself, posting this early, sending my images of for the Get Messy Habit blog post and then I’m having a little break. Just a couple of weeks to not be bound by self imposed commitments or deadlines for my creativity.
Maybe I will paint, or sketch, or art journal ( I am loving the thoughtful prompts from Essie Ruth for my Heart Journal and seeing my little journal grow ), but maybe I won’t. Maybe I will read some books that I have been wanting to read, or maybe I’ll sit and watch episodes of Grace and Frankie and eat chocolate covered raspberries! I might catch up on some blogging ideas that I have and spend time on Pinterest or Instagram or I might step back a little and see what happens. I’m not going to give myself a single goal or deadline and this is my retreat. Hey I might not even be guaranteed to make sure there is a meal on the table or ingredients to make one ( actually I probably will guarantee that and might even make some extra yummy food ). Just typing these words I can feel a lightening in myself, a kind of breathing out feeling.
It’s funny how I feel the need for a break from all these things I’ve taken on for myself. Can you relate ? The daily drawing challenges, the 100 day projects, the pile of books, the unfinished projects and the as yet to be started projects ??? They are awesome, but I am having a little break, I need it. Have you ever given yourself a holiday at home. a staycation, a retreat of any sort ? Any tips you want to share?