April 29, 2020- Cut down the old and allow the new to grow! On Flourishing!

Hello April,

Spring is hear, and this is a period to flourish for everyone: I observe the rose plant in my terrace, there are some dry branches but I can’t cut them because I don’t have a tool. And new life is pushing from beneath, but if this dead and dry wood is not cut, she can’t flourish as she could have.

With lockdown and all, I am not exactly ready for garden shopping; maybe I should try to find something on line.

But overall, this is teaching us a lesson.

If we want to flourish, we need to cut the dead wood, the habits, ideas, objects, relationships and parts of ourselves which are no longer “alive”.

To allow new life to take its course and to be able to FLOURISH!!!

Boréale

April 26, 2020- Sunday morning

Hello April,

is it logical to have a Sunday plan? Sunday is a day to relax, pray, … but not work. And yet, I have agreed to write a small report as an exchange for a makeover of my CV.

So, instead of a crazy Saturday night, I am making a plan for Sunday.

Ideally, wake up at 7.00- in reality, it was 8.00

Exercise, breath, interact with the cat (this is the cat’s choice- she found a way into my plan)

Working on my art students portfolio

taking a break

having something to eat

get back to a report I am to write

and interact with friends and mentors.

Have chocolate

and enjoy!

 

April 23, 2020- Self-pampering and resilience after a cat scratch

Hello April,

here I am again, at home, after being scratched by my parents’ cat-Bella; she wanted to be petted, but then it was too much and she scratched me. Well, how do you change your mood to positive without letting a random event become an excuse for grumpiness?

Some chocolate might help actually.

Also some self-pampering.

Showering ourself with extra love if our cat is not doing that today.

A piece of chocolate

Some affirmations

Grooming ourselves

Giving ourselves a hug and a medal for something we did:re

https://www.lifehack.org/845540/building-resilience

April 20, 2020- Eating healthy again, while planing Dream Life

Hello April,

I got back to my Dream Life journal, to give me a sense of direction: getting back to healthy habits can be a valuable objective.

Staying at home and cooking or baking, or finding a celebration as an excuse could put some people like me off track regarding healthy eating.

Either comfort eating or celebration eating, a strawberry cheese cake here and there, a chocolate treat, can get in the way.

Yes, they could be delicious, in the moment.

But not after a couple of hours.

Or more.

So, will I do anything to change,

To begin with, I can decide only to have extremely expensive cake.

In this way, I might not afford it, and that will make me more careful.

Secondly, I could stop baking, and find another creative pass time during my time at home.

Playing with the cat could be a way out of it.

And then?

And then, dance of course!

Dance  around the house!

April 16, 2020- Having a plan when we work from home with other people

Hello April,

this morning, after playing with the cat, I bought presents online, for my godson whose birthday is close, and I also send him a nice cake. The thing is, I spent all morning in this successful endeavour, and then I realised I couldn’t concentrate on work.

Instead of that, I played an online game.

Yes, I did.

How responsible of me, since I am “working from home” and my workload isn’t getting lighter?

This is why I stressed.

I had a reason.

This reminds me of my school years, when I had some issues concentrating which affected my productivity.

But I grew up.

I faced these challenges and conquered them.

That is why I am an adult.

Then how do I make a significant change?

Again, I want to be more active in the house.

Make a plan and stick to it, can help.

For example, I am torn between everyday work, work for something I write and household related stuff.

And in all this, something must be fun also.

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April 15, 2020- Do we matter in a Covid19 lockdown period? Dance, concentrate, act!

Hello April,

here are we, the lucky ones, working from home, because others are not well and others have to risk their lives more often and we are so grateful for that …

How do we concentrate when times flies, uniform and external boundaries are no longer there to place a limit?

As artists, or writers, we know something about it…

I find it hard to concentrate the last couple of days… having also a feeling of powerlessness to act in a meaningful way.

What if it were not the case?

Planning and sticking to the plan could be a way to tackle this.

Finding also time to connect and to take action -using social media or other forms- diffusing information from health authorities, funding in our limited way meaningful initiatives…

such as the research on the vaccine and the cure of COVID-19

And then go back to our everyday tasks and act act and act again again and again!

And most of all, Dance, Dance and Dance!

At home, in our room, corridor, stairs!

Because dancing is sooo good for our brains!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/why-is-dancing-so-good-your-brain

 

8 Benefits of Ballet

 

April 13, 2020- Old wounds masked as today’s lack of confidence

Hello April,

why haven’t I finished my work? Why didn’t I submit it after all the work I have put on it? Why have I left my stuff in Paris abandoned?

Because I thought I couldn’t face all these challenges and then I felt that the sky was falling on my head as Astrerix and Obelix in the famous cartoon would say.

But after all, all wounds are there and they stir up the sauce even if I pretend to ignore them.

Can I do something?

Let’s finish my work, to begin with.

As if it were somebody else’s.

Let’s act.

Let’s accept those hurt feelings and honour this girl who went through all these.

My past self.

Image titled Forgive Yourself Step 14

https://www.wikihow.com/Heal-Old-Wounds

April 9, 2020- Dreams, Present and Future

Hello April,

does it matter how old we humans are, or if we are going through a pandemic for our capacity to DREAM? Is there a future horizon over there, or should we focus on the present, with what it offers in blessings and challenges?

How about both?

Ok, if nothing we have is appreciated, living our life for a perfect future might not be a good idea.

Can we find a balance between a dream that motivates action and an appreciation of the blessings of our present, even in difficult and challenging times?

Maybe we can

Yes we can!

When I try to decide if I have accomplished my goals, I am like, maybe not in the way I was expecting, but yes!

I am still on my way, and it has been a hell of a ride!

I learnt a lot, I have changed, but also remained the same, I have developed more compassion and self acceptance.

This is a good time to evaluate: what is the most important?

What kind of community do I want to belong to, which is both nurturing to me and I also nurture it?

Is there something that needs to change?

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April 7, 2020- Waking up at 5am

Hello April,

yes, indeed I woke up at 5am, practically I got out of bed at 6am, and did all sorts of nice morning rituals: exercised, played with cat, had coffee. And now time to start working 🙂

I studied, finished some work I had to do and reflected on ways to pay the bills that seem to accumulate.

Well, in this period of time, I just wonder what is the best thing to do.

And the best thing probably, is that I worked quiet a lot from my small little room 🙂

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April 5, 2020- Sunday morning at home :-)

Hello April,

yes, from home again. I realise how important it is to have a daily schedule and daily rituals when days look similar and you don’t have the kind of variety that work and others used to paint your life with.

First things, first: being grateful for being here

Smile to the face in the mirror

Play with the cat

Feed the cat

Give fresh water to the cat

Have breakfast

Have coffee

Have a nice cookie

Meditate

Talk to family members

Dance

And dance again!