Last year I heard tell of a phenomenon known as “the market whirlwind.” Swept up, spun round, hair flying, barely able to keep your feet on the ground. This year I experienced it. It’s been a ride to say the least.
I love the dark days at this time of year. It puts me in a reflective state of mind. It reels restorative. Time to rest. Time to reflect. Which is exactly what my body and mind is craving.
Over the Christmas break I’m going to:
- Reconnect. Spend quality time with my friends, family and my man.
- Nest. Mid November I moved – in the midst of the winter market season! They say if you want to get something done the best thing to do is give it to a busy person. I was unpacked and settled in less than 24hr, but there are still piles of books that need to be put on the shelf properly, seashells that need a home. I’ve got some nesting to do.
- Bake. Cook. Cookies, soups, bread. It’s been a year of not much cooking. It’s time for that to change. I have a recipe for the best sugar cookies you’ve ever tasted, and I’ve been craving this soup since the rains settled in on the coast.
- Read. Watership Down + Still Life With Woodpecker + The Desire Map + Women Who Run With The Wolves + Creative Block (note to self: renew Vancouver library card)
- Paint. I have no less than 15 painting taking up space in my brain for more than a year. It’s time to put them on canvas.
- Rest my body, my mind, my mouth. It’s been an extroverted few months. I’m ready to snuggle in for some quality introverted-self time.
- Play. Creating art has forever been a part of my life. I’m well aware that choosing to make my living from it risks falling out of love with something I’ve held so dear. And so I’m challenging myself to make “ugly” art. I’m giving myself permission to play with no pressure for the final outcome. I’m thinking of focusing on self-portraits… something I’ve always shied away from because, well, I’m just not good at drawing people. It’s about to get real ugly round here!
- Practice yoga. My cutting and torching muscles are tight. My body is sore. I feel disconnected from my core. I’m missing my daily practice.
- Adult. There are a few areas of my life I’ve been neglecting with the excuse of being far too busy with my full-time-working-artist lifestyle. It’s time to wrap up all those loose ends.
- Hike. There has been far too much city in my life lately. Too much indoors. And while I love my studio space and what my Vancouver life is becoming, I always feel more at home on the outskirts of town where the trees are older, the traffic is quieter, there’s more space to breathe.
- Sleep. In. Sip Irish cream and coffee in bed. A luxury I never take for granted.
- Celebrate the close of another year.
- Reflect. I think there is so much value on looking back at where you’ve been, the lessons to carry forward, the junk to leave behind. I need to write it down.
- Dream. What do I want for next year? What do I need to make? What do I want to say? How do I want to spend my hours?
How are you planning on spending your winter break? What little luxuries do you look forward to each year? Inquiring minds (mine!) want to know.