28 December 2012
A Hearty Artichoke or Two
Hello. Hope you've had a peaceful Christmas and now have some time for putting your feet up and relaxing. If giving roses is a symbol of love and irises a symbol of friendship then what do you think giving a bunch of artichokes means? Whatever it is, it has given me a fabulous photo opportunity! So here you have some artichokes in amongst my next set of Reverb 12 questions and answers. Do ponder some of these questions.
What's on your dream list?
This is an easy question with lots of answers ... where to begin? I'd love to live in a rambling, old farmhouse on a few acres of land. I'd love to visit Italy. I'd love to lose 20 kilos!! I'd love to master the art of my soldering iron. I'd love to travel through Cornwall in a caravan. I'd love to learn Italian. It's so lovely to have dreams, and one that came true this year was to have a piano in the house, and next year I will begin lessons again.
Your greatest gift received and given?
Let's just think about Christmas here, as it's uppermost in my mind ... the look of joy on the faces of my girls as they rushed into the sitting room Christmas morning, and the antique metronome that now sits on top of our piano, but hasn't improved my playing just yet! I'm hoping the greatest gift I gave was bringing my family together for our big Christmas Dinner earlier in December.
What will you let go of? Excuses/stories you tell yourself that are holding you back?
Doubt, lack of focus, and lack of time are excuses I'd like to let go of, but whether I do or not is another story! They're big ones really and if they hit me all at once I wouldn't achieve anything. To have written them down, to have read over them and put them *out there* for all to see, might go somewhere towards an acknowledgement of those thoughts I tell myself and may help to squash them.
Your most important habit?
I'd really, really, really like to think that I will form the habit of walking in 2013. I'd really, really, really like to believe that I will do this. I'd really, really, really like to look back on this at the end of the year with a smug, self-satisfied grin on my face and say ... "Well look at you girl, you did it!!"
How will you tend to your vulnerabilities?
Over to you ...
How will you make time?
I will find a little piece of old, faded linen, hand stitch some numbers on it and a couple of wonky hands to show my favourite time of day, add some pretty touches Julie Arkell-style, make it into a watch that I can wear around my wrist so that every time I look at it I will have plenty of time left in my day to do whatever I wish!
How will you honour your creativity in 2013?
I will keep saying "it's okay". The bath needs scrubbing, the windows need washing, the children need feeding!!! but I've just got this fabulous idea for a new project and I need to jot it down, do a couple of sketches, pull out some fabric and throw some colours together. The bath, the windows, the children (hmm, maybe not the children) can wait, " it's okay", "it's okay".
Are you thinking about your plans for next year? How you might do things differently?