Now is a great moment to take a breath and think about how you would genuinely like to celebrate the Christmas/end of year festive season.
Plus, new products in my Christmas art shop, a free gratitude meditation and a soothing winter podcast.
This month, how to recapture the endless days of childhood summers, the anthology launch set for August 1st, inspiring Creative Pauses, and good news stories for the planet.
Hello You! (to borrow a greeting from Adam Rutherford when he presents the BBC weekly Inside Science podcast).
Here I am in England again, visiting my mother who is almost 90, and my niece has just given birth to triplets. The fields are full of lambs and birds are doing courtship dances on every branch.
Life is determined to be abundant whether or not we are confined to our homes, nervous about newly regained freedoms, or on a plane crossing uncaring skies.
This month, I have updates on my art and writing, the best of my recent reading, a free Permaculture book online and an AI Haiku app that generates a ‘poem’ based on where you are on the map.
So here in Calgary, the snow is almost gone, birds are arriving with the warming sun, and my mind is turning to the joys of being outside with fewer layers of clothing and less hassle!
Who knows what the remainder of the year will bring? Are you dreaming of new adventures, but reluctant to commit in case your plans are scuppered again? I feel exactly like that.
This month, enjoy my latest art, forest soundscapes, virtual tours of almost anywhere, therapeutic expressive drawing, and the best of my bookshelf.
Welcome to Spring and the balance of the equinox!
As time passes and many of us are still under Covid-19 restrictions, the need for more caring is at the forefront of my mind.
The need to care for myself, for the partner I live with, for distant or isolated family and friends, for those for whom this time has destroyed livelihoods and dreams, and beyond that for the future of our planetary home.
Caring doesn't have to mean expensive pampering either. It can be as simple as a few minutes in silence with the bliss of no demands; listening to your favourite music; a walk in the park, a phone call with a friend, or dedicated time on a meaningful project.
And it can also be taking the time to sign an online petition to safeguard our future.
So scroll down for some inspiration but first, exciting news about an art show!
I really really hope not! But here in Calgary, Canada, the vaccine roll out is a long way off and we are still being super cautious.
So I am doing a major digital pruning. What about you? How do you control the inflow into your life? Is it nurturing or a drag on your soul?
Just click here to open the full newsletter and enjoy your free 2021 Art planner and other updates.
I imagine, like me, that you have been watching the state of the world in the first weeks of this new year, and feeling - possibly - a bit helpless. Hopeless even.
So welcome to a dose of inspiration, because, you know, there is a lot that can be done, but in order to take meaningful action we need to be nurtured on many levels ourselves.
Clearly, I read and write fiction and make art for that reason, but there are other ways that make a difference too, so read on for inspiring lives, hilarious opera, a site packed with mental health and wellness freebies, activist training, and my own take on New Year Resolutions. Have you given up on yours yet?