October 8 and 9- Bounce big days 21 and 22- Life as a hop on hop off bus

Hello October,

I am looking at my posts since I decided to Bounce Back, and I need to congratulate myself for doing a very good job.

I have come back to London, overcome, or almost a feeling of sadness due to family issues back to France, financial and others.

At the same time, I catch myself here and there, feeling a bit down, tired or overwhelmed. So I need to boost myself a bit more.

Eat well. – More fruit and better breakfast in the morning

Ask for help on practical questions that get on the way.

What if we use the metaphor of a hop on hop off bus for our lives? Let’s say that the bus is our inner self, and maybe the people we are connected with: some hop on and hop off during our life time.

There are beautiful things to visit, we can hop off ourselves and then hop on again with more energy and dreams.

What happens if we have an unpleasant or difficult experience somewhere? A waiter is insulting, we don’t like what we experience? We can hop on again and take the time to digest the experience.

Something new is coming our way.

Because actually, we are on the move.

Constantly.

The earth is moving and we move with it!

So whatever is bad, will pass.

Some good things pass also.

But others will take their place.

And yes, we can even take a nap on the bus!

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June 20, 2018- Love and how to stay cool

Hello June,

it seems that I have a boyfriend, he is wonderful, loving, and he came out of nowhere, almost. Is he for real? It is so recent, I still pinch myself. It is too early to say.

But that doesn’t stop me for walking with a BIG smile in my face, and even if someone is pushing me at the busy London streets, I am in a very good mood and thank them.

What is he finds out I have been a struggling artist?

Or it shows in any case?

Let’s concentrate on work and stay cool.

So?

Any progress there?

Well, kind of.

I am waiting a response from a galley owner who seemed

interested.

And then?

I am putting together a hell of an art portfolio.

And I have a month to do it.

Expecting a miraculous intervention.

Because everything is possible.

So, making things happen or letting them happen and sitting back in a relaxed way?

Something in between 🙂

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "let things happen"

April 3 to May 3 2018- 30 day challenge- Getting the full-time job

Hello April,

here I am, with a month as a deadline to get myself the job to complete the part-time I have or to start a new one altogether.

I was told that hugging trees is giving you good energy, so now that the time is better I might try it and see how it goes.

Climbing trees is more difficult, so I will keep to the hugging part.

The most important thing, is my why, and I have one, related to creating.

I have been reading something on heuristics today and the kind of mistakes we make regarding our everyday judgements in uncertainty.

We could be a little bit as the different characters of this painting, part of a bigger complex, but now always aware of it 🙂

So, how to make the best decision when we ignore the whole picture?

We can ask around, pray, read, google our question… 🙂

https://maddoxgallery.co.uk/press-release/dan-baldwin-a-new-optimism/

March 16, 2018- Morning musing

Hello there,

so what’s going on this morning? Snow again this weekend? Well, after a work focused winter, spring seems to be following on the same tone.

And it feels like I need to flower, like a human being, have fun and a relaxed feeling of a beautiful day… poetry, love, animals, …

How is it possible to do both?

I was about to get critical of something I saw next to me and changed my mind… this is a sign I need a change of mind-set, some fun and hope that what I am doing is meaningful!

I had a conversation with a friend dating someone she found gorgeous but not so intelligent… which reminds me, where am I on that sector? Probably not to be seen… I don’t have time to plan, to think, to …

the last time I was so busy, I was still a first year student, and then somehow I regretted that.

So, if I am working a lot this time, I need to make sure I don’t let important sides of myself … without enough attention.

I also said I didn’t have time to create, and that wasn’t ok either.

Still, I learnt some things.

I learnt that for some people, creativity and connectedness are not optional.

And that my “work” has to be part of the pleasure of being alive. And conviction and readiness to move to the next level.

So either I transform what I do, or I change it.

Fiction, where are you?

 

https://www.thedailymeditation.com/training-your-imagination-how-to-train-your-imagination-in-easy-steps

 

October 19-20, 2017- The Samurai way and the loafer way ;-)

Hello October,

I am taking it easy today after particularly busy yesterday, to restore energy levels and get a sense of orientation. It’s great to have a Samurai attitude when it comes to work, but if you alternate it with a bit of a loafer attitude, it could be also interesting.

My idea is that we need to balance our energy, and some productive loafing could do that. That’s what we do while we sleep for example.

It is very creative to leave our mind wander with no purpose.

And the responsibilities, the bills, the people chasing us around?

The lack of means?

Well, we have survived that far, a couple of hours loafing will not do any harm.

We can meditate in the meanwhile, take care of ourself, give ourselves a foot massage if nothing better is not around…

So here I am, and I know this is the moment to give myself some pleasure.

Because we deserve it!

 

September 22, 2017- Keeping focused while life happens

Hello September,

Regarding painful past that comes up when you are going through interviews, the essential thing is what you can do for the people who interview you: NOW and in the future.

The past is a path to the actual PRESENT. And it could change, as we change our way to see it.

So yes, for example, there is this and that and the other. But look, this is why I can put together this exhibit in such a successful way now.

As for the rest, how to keep oneself focused, while things happen around, affecting our concentration and will?

Just by gazing in this direction, and saying, this is what matters most, I will give it my full attention.

https://hiveminer.com/Tags/cheetah%2Cface

March 17, 2017-How to value Creative CHAOS

Dear March,

I have read a lot of “how to” advice and I feel a bit confused: do you have a rule of thumb about the best way to be effective and to materialize my wishes?

For example, I wish my room to be tidied while I am writing, to see the trousers and sweaters go directly on the right drawers, I see a vacuum cleaner and even small etiquettes with the names of each category;

I also see myself dressed, clean, with perfect hair and nails, in my impeccable outfit;

I see job applications completed by themselves, and future employers astonished at the profile and qualities they read. Not to mention the style of the application, absolutely perfect.

I also see all my finances in order, bills, …

My handbag is also very much ordered, my library, my head.

How is this possible?

It is so funny but at the café I am right now, I listen to people make comments on other people. Two friends in French and a couple in Portuguese.

And me?

I see my book advancing at a rhythm I couldn’t imagine; and another book written; and a translation of my current book in English.

All this happens while I lay here, and I relax in front of my coffee cup. In London.

All this happens miraculously.

But even if all this order and perfection is not present at the moment, I am quiet happy with the messiness and creativity of my imaginary musings 😉

I see people inviting me to give lectures on my books, which have a great impact.

And the love of my life by my side but respectful of my writing time and need for alone moments.

After all, order is born from chaos and creativity needs a chaotic moment;

 

February 26, 2016: day 30 out of 60 day challenge for a quantum leap-update :-)

Hello February,

today I have arrived at the middle of my challenge for a quantum leap on my personal and professional life! 30 days have passed and an update is needed. Where are you April? I may ask myself. How does it go so far?

 

Well, it has been a challenging but rewarding period. Being in London means for me doing things faster than in Paris, but I mark a pause-cafe from time to time. Because, as the Chinese have said:

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”

Taking my time, to look around into people’s faces and emotions might be a luxury, but it seems to me the only way to be an artist

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

February 20 and 21, 2016: day 24 and 25 out of 60 day challenge-the fountain of Youth

Hello February

have you heard the legend of the fountain of Youth? Apparently, the Greek historian Herodotus is the first to mention it. Somewhere in Ethiopia there was a mythical place where people lived at least up to 120 years. They were good-looking and  fit.

How do I know about this? From Wikipedia of course. I googled it.

Now how come I write a post concerning the fountaine of Youth? It is because I was dragged to the cinema by a Spanish friend to watch Zoolander 2. And the fountain had an important role to play there. Should you go and watch the film? I honestly don’t know what to say. But I thought the idea of the fountain and all the people in fashion -and not only- going crazy for youth and good looks is somehow relevant.

Youth and good looks remind us of life. Somehow, part of ourself regenerates every day, that is how we are alive. If we get hurt, we can get well. Physically and emotionally.

So we all have a fountain of youth in our reach 🙂

Photo: Fountain of Youth illustration

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/archaeology/fountain-of-youth/

February 17, 2016: day 20 of 60 day challenge- afternoon tea at Covent Garden

Dear February,

after having worked for hours on my project with a Roumanian and a French artist, I only want to share my afternoon tea-time. The Roumanian artist, who is a 40 something year old, has lived for a while in London and she suggested a place for tea. She is working part-time in a cosmetics company and the rest of the time she writes.

In any case, she took us to BB bakery for our afternoon tea, and we looked a little bit like these three characters in the photo. I would be the one in the middle holding a macaron, only that I chose a macaronpistache” and I had a lot of fun: “Amidst the hustle and bustle of busy Covent Garden is the relaxing sanctuary of BB Bakery. Come here to relax with a coffee and cupcake before you hit the shops or stop for high tea or even a bite to eat before your evening out”.

There is something very girlish and playful about this place which is just what I needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of my serious every day life 🙂

Afternoon Tea