Weekly Round-Up: 11 – 17 February 2019

Hello, lovely friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It’s been rather quiet here lately, and for good reason – I’ve realised that I need to slow down a bit, especially when I feel like going faster. Over the course of my recovery from mental illness, I’ve found that my energy can ebbs and flow quite significantly. Sometimes I have no energy at all – it takes all I’ve got to get out of bed in the morning – and sometimes I have so much energy I feel as if I am ricocheting off the walls! During these more energetic phases, I tend to make the most of it and end up overdoing it, which usually leads to longer, more pronounced energy-less phases. I know I need to better pace myself so that I don’t have such exaggerated ups and downs, so I’ve taken a bit of a break this last week or so and have been gathering my thoughts about how to move forward.

It’s not just my energy level that suffers when I’m bouncing around and spinning all the plates; it’s my attention. I miss things. I stop noticing things. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this latest bout of mental illness, it’s that being mindful, being aware, stopping to smell the roses, is fundamental to my wellness and to my creativity. If I try to move too fast, I end up on autopilot and miss out on all the good things in my life. But if I go slow, if I live mindfully and intentionally, I experience the fullness and richness of life which in turn pours out of me into the things I create. That’s the kind of life I want to live.

I’ll write more about all this in a separate post, so for now, I’ll leave you with links to three videos that I’ve shared recently. I hope you enjoy them! Bye for now. xxx

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