I read these words in the midst of an article online and they struck a chord. Creativity takes courage. Things happen in life that knock your confidence and test your ability to trust the good. Keep hoping. Be tenacious. Sometimes a beautiful opportunity is just that.
Simple words felt like they should be inked.
I took my own advice today and took a break from my desk to get some fresh air. While I walked, I listened to this great new podcast from Fearne Cotton. This episode features a cosy chat with Dawn French about what makes her happy. It's a lovely, warm insight into her life. I particularly like how honest she is about her ups and downs. A lovely listen.
I don't know where I've been hiding but I've just discovered Emma Gannon's fabulous Ctrl, Alt, Delete podcast. On this evening's commute, I listened to #70, an interview with Melissa Hemsley, which was all about wellbeing, the joy of nutritional food and the benefits of meditation. An absolute treat. I'm excited to work my way through the other 90 episodes.
I looked up as I left a restaurant this week and saw this. In these times, it's all I want to say to everyone I meet. The full sign said, "Every day is a struggle, so we must be kind."
Every now and then I get a deep craving to see the sea. It's an inbuilt desire to be at the edge of the land, to watch the tide ebb and flow and to breathe in the salty air. I had been working all morning and decided it was time for a break. I was only going to take an hour or so but suddenly needed to get out of the city. I found myself reasoning that I could work on the train there and back and within thirty minutes I was on my way.
It was rainy, grey and misty but sometimes that's the best time to see the sea. There were hardly any people around and the colour of the sea was absolutely magical. I walked slowly along the pier and breathed in the air, listening to the tide. An hour was all I needed. A little fix. Sometimes you just have to see the sea.
I've been researching Qigong practices lately as I'd like to start taking some classes. My search led me to this lovely little video from a lady called Mimi Kuo-Deemer. She has several Qigong videos on YouTube but also some about her vinyasa yoga practice. This one was so nice I had to share it, perfect for a quiet Saturday.
I've recently discovered Breathe Magazine which is new to the shelves in the UK. It is just so lovely and I can't recommend it enough as a lovely antidote to magazines full of adverts. All the articles are considered, kind, interesting and warm-hearted. If you can pick up a copy, it really is a perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea.