CREATIVITY || STAYING ON TRACK

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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I love cherry blossoms. 

It means spring is here with it's blue skies to bask in, sunshine to soak in and new projects to dive into. Where I live the streets become lined in cherry blossoms. Tree after tree, row after row, the pink blossoms fill the sky. As islanders we know to soak it in and relish in it for the rain could just be right around the corner. I've always loved cherry blossoms and the experience of watching my little girl laugh and experience joy in what we call the "snow blossoms" as they fly through the afternoon breeze and flutter across our heads, faces, twirling and dancing in the sky, was one of those moments I'll remember for always.

I always say when the blossoms are blowing and line the sidewalks it's like walking on heaven. A heaven of puffy pink petals. It's bliss. I think we stood there for at least 5 minutes today in one spot just laughing in the blowing blossoms. Thankfully I am not the only loony toon who does this. I'm happy to have passed down my weirdness to my children. Poor things.

Aside from cherry blossoms, though I could talk about those purdy things for a few more paragraphs but I digress, I must admit I missed February. Yep. Didn't get my "Creativity" post in. It was a nutso month and I think I may have fallen a bit off track if I do say so myself. I tried my darn hardest to stay true to my January resolution post (read it here) but life does like to put me up for a challenge. It likes to say "hey Shannon, wanna play?" and then take me for a life ride.

cherry blossoms on veryshannon.com

I want to try to write this post at the start of each month to keep myself on track for the year. I like that I can write in this post honestly and openly and that you can all see that I'm a normal gal just like the rest of you. I need more sleep, I need to exercise more, balance my time better, remember to slow down and enjoy the little things and so on...you get my drift. I'm not perfect. I work too much. I lose my temper. My house is a mess. I take on more than I can handle - daily. But each night I know my little family and I are getting by and that most hours are spent happy. It's those hours that I feel like things are out of whack that I need to work on. The ones when everyone seems to need me for something and I just don't have it in me to do it all. The ones where you just want to curl up in bed and drown out the "to do list" that keeps you up at night. I hear ya. I'm right there with ya. I know you all can relate.

So this past month I didn't do so hot. I finally got up the courage these past weeks to start eating gluten/wheat again since my doctor gave me the requisition back in May of 2013 to get the tests done for Celiac Disease. Truth be told it scared me so bad to eat it again that it took me going to Seattle the other weekend to do it. We ended up cheating on our eating plans and I figured since I had already cheated I might as well finally get the scary thing done. So I've been eating the enemy and feeling horrible. Like an alien version of myself. It has not been fun. It has been hard. I have cried. I have felt sick every day but today is my first day back on my plan again. Goodbye wheat. See you never. I can't wait to fill my body with green smoothies, salads and whole foods and get back onto my exercise plan.

Besides working on JOURNEY events and travel for that I've been busy behind the scenes on a new sewing pattern - yay! Watch for the call for testers this month (fingers crossed)! I'm so excited to show you all! I can't stop making versions of it because I find it such a fun sew. I've also got a few knitterly things up my sleeves too...you know me - never without my needles and a sketchpad. You can also read a fun interview about me and more funny things here on Nora Meets the Maker! I was so excited to be asked by Kollabora to be interviewed by Nora! It was a great time! I heart Kollabora and if you aren't already a member I strongly urge you to join. It's so fun! You can also purchase some of my patterns on there as well! Come follow me!

So what's next for this month? Family. My folks are in town for 2 weeks. They get here tomorrow which means things may be sporadic and slow around here till they leave. I only get to see them once or twice a year and I love them to bits and pieces and I promised this time that I would not be a nutso working freak when they are here. Normally I am a stress case...lol. So this year I plan to take the time to enjoy their company without fretting over deadlines and work. I cannot wait to see them! I miss them so! It will be a good test of my January post to see if I can balance everything this month.

We are also in the middle of tax season. And if there are any other "tax widows" out there, and those of you who are know what I mean, you know April is hell. It's my most dreaded month of the year. Except for the 20th. That's my wee ones bday so I can't hate that day ;) And hello....how did my first baby get to be turning 7? Wahhhhh! I cry every time I think of it. But yeah, April is not fun at all. I go into survival mode and we all just try to keep our heads above water until it's over and we can breathe again. I love hearing from other gals who live with accountants. We all need to support each other during this crazy time.

Even though April is usually insane for us I'm going to attempt to do my darnedest to make it better. I'm going to slow down a tad and find the wee bit of balance I had for January and February again. I miss it. March kicked my butt and I don't intend April to do the same. I'm going to try my best to stay on track and I hope you'll join me. I love knowing that I have these posts to answer to and that I can share my creative journey with all of you and hear about yours too.

So who's with me? Anyone else a bit off kilter with their balance this last month? Who else is starting a new eating/fitness plan? Anyone else feeling the need to slow down a tad and rejuvenate their creative energy? Please chat. I so love to hear from you my friends :)

// PS - the winner of our Very Shannon Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle from Fabric Spark is.....commenter #193 - Marti Taylor! Congrats! I'll be in touch soon!

11 comments:

  1. I've started a new fitness/eating plan. I'm not overweight, but I have do have a lot of belly fat. It just bothers me so much. I've started doing yoga 3 times a week. I physically and mentally feel so much better. Also, I kept having ovarian cysts, and my doctor recommend that to level out my hormones to limit refined sugars and refined wheat flour. She didn't say none at all, but only as a treat. Not as an ordinary meal. It was hard at first, but I feel so much better! My energy is up and my gut just feels good. It's fun when you remember what feeling good feels like!

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    1. That's great Gretchen! Good for you! I struggle with Ovarian cysts and Endometriosis as well so I'm always on a special Anti-Inflammatory diet too. Feels much better to be off the wheat. I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better too!

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  2. My favourite memory of growing up in Victoria is playing dolls with my friend under a huge cherry tree in her yard. So many petals had fallen on the ground, it was like playing on a pink carpet. And then the wind kicked up and the petals fluttered around, to my little eyes, it was magical. No wonder I've always wanted to get married under a cherry tree.

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    1. Awwwww...that's beautiful!!! You would look so amazing getting married under a cherry tree! So happy to hear you have fond memories of them too!

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  3. Wheat? Gluten? You don't need that crap! Fuel your body with the good stuff!
    Are you allergic to all nuts too?

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  4. That location looks very familiar....like across the street from my house....
    I love this time and I love the area I live in.
    Trying to be healthy since the new year. So focussed on healthy living, including a tidy home my other activities have slide. Motherhood is always a fight for balance I find.
    My husband isnt an accountant but a carpenter so depending on the job I find myself on my own regularly...not always fun with two kids.

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  5. Oh I'm still trying to find my balance with this third little one, who is quite temperamental and demanding. It's so hard to get back on track when things are thrown off kilter, eh? Gotta love springtime, though. It's the best.

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  6. We love clouds of puffy pink cherry blossoms on sidewalks here. Haven't gotten any blossoms yet though. Too much snow!

    I still feel like I haven't gotten organized since Hawthorne was born, and it's been 8 months! Everything just feels kind of crazy and unpredictable and out of control most of the time. My house is constantly a mess. My kids are wild. Hawthorne is needy (and super adorable so he basically gets whatever he wants), and I've gained some sewing opportunities here and there that I'm trying to get done. There never seems to be any time that I get to just peacefully concentrate on a project though. On the off chance that I finally get all the kids to bed before it's so late that I just want to plunk down with Tim on the couch, and I manage to get my kitchen cleaned enough to get by, as soon as I turn on my sewing machine I will inevitably hear Hawthorne begin to scream in his bed. Uuuuugh. Not cool, yo!

    This past week was especially derailed by another case of mastitis, which means that nothing got done. Damn it!!!

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  7. Oh how I miss the cherry blossoms. As a fellow islander I just wrote about the blossoms briefly in my last post! I would have continued reading the several paragraphs you could have written about them! I miss "home incredibly"! Thank you for the visualization. As for balance, holy batman I feel overwhelmed with my little blog, kids, home keeping ....on....and....on..! I can't imagine your demands! So take your time be with family and be well!

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  8. Creativity & balance - it's a never ending struggle for me! I'm in a similar stage of life to you with little ones, trying to build a creative business, hubby has his business, money can be tight, time is ridiculously tight!!! But I remind myself this stage in many ways are the most treasured years of my life. Blog reading hasn't happened for me in a month - I probably haven't posted in that long myself & I've got website issues right now! But the weather here is glorious, the start of autumn, I've enjoyed having my daughter home more again on her first little school holidays and I'm squeezing in my creative time where I can! Thanks for for post, so lovely to relate xo

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  9. I will go next year to Victoria in April only for the cherry trees. I love them. Here in Calgary looks like autumn yet.
    We have cow milk and gluten intolerance in the family and some nuts too. But I'm a rebel. I'm the only one without problems in the family and I ate pizza twice this week and drank a hot chocolate with heavy cream the other day. I'm tired of healthy meals but after the pizza and the hot chocolate with extra sugar, my energy levels went down. I have endometriosis too and no sugar is the best for it. xo

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