So here I am.
I got up early and cleaned the kitchen, unloaded and re-loaded the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen floor and then tidied and vaccuumed the lounge. Space - and a clean carpet - for laying out my yoga mat.
Oh yes people! I have got my butt on that mat for the third time this year (!?), and I am cautiously saying that I do feel like it might just be the start of a new routine. I feel *so* much better about life, and about myself, with a regular yoga practice. My body needs this so much. It has been far too long.
So in keeping with my attitude about this month of creative practice, I am releasing my attachment to outcomes, and I am simply delighted with the fact that today, I gifted my mind, body and spirit with sun salutations before breakfast, before coffee.
...and I was was rewarded with giggles - and company.
[I didn't get footage while actually practising yoga, so you'll just have to imagine what I looked like with a little Asher Pup climbing all over me]
It was a couple of months ago that space was made in the lounge providing enough floor space for it to be possible. And here I am.
It was much much later in the day that I came across Flora Bowley's prompt for day 1 of Bloom True Boot Camp INVITE THE SACRED.
I did just that. Invited the sacred into my day.
A seemingly unintentional by-product of opening to my creativity. This month of creative expression has been on my mind for about 50 days now, and so I those seeds of intention will undoubtedly ripple across all areas of my life. And here is the first I have noticed - inviting the sacred into my day - and earthing/grounding too - before my day begins in earnest.
And! Gwynn Raimondi gifts me the Mindful Mantra this week "Reveal".
Oh synchronicity, how I love thee! These all weave together so beautifully.
I had begun preparations on Sunday for what I then thought could be quite a perfect completed project on day one...
A beautiful fine mist fell all day long; quite ethereal really. So that scuppered those plans. My brand new art desk was going to have to wait :o)
After cleaning, yoga, cinnamon coffee, and breakfast I whacked some brown ('light auburn') hair dye on my roots (and through the lengths of about half my head of hair) which I had been gifted in an amazing manifestation gift from friends (/The Universe! such as an in-date, unopened pack of ground cinnamon... I only put cinnamon in EVERYthing. And so many other random items that I use regularly or really need right now - uh-mazing).
What I have neglected to mention is that it is also Day 1 today of Mish Mash in which we work (play!) our way through the colours of the rainbow. Today is of course - Red Day!
So, the hair dye takes only 10 minutes to develop and then I am not at all surprised, but highly amused, by the fact that the Universe thought it only right that I should have red hair to go with my red food, clothes, and make up today :o)
After getting dressed and searching my room for red shoes (nup, I gave away the only ones I had which rubbed my feet) - which in turn, turns into a spring clean of my Sanctuary (! what is happening today??), it was time for my Skype coaching session with one of my 1:1 clients.
Boom! we are now late in the afternoon and 'lunch' has yet to be eaten (all red foods. obviously. Fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato puree, aubergines and red onions (with oregano, sea salt, pepper and gluten free spaghetti).
Hmmm.. it has gone 8pm and I have not completed something yet.
I had done some limbering up on Friday, flexing my creative muscles ready for this month, by splashing some paint around and using some stencils on A3 pieces of paper.
It turned out to be my first ever intuitive painting session. I simply stopped thinking. Didn't judge the results even when to some it might have looked 'childish' or 'messy'. I just enjoyed the process. When I came back to them after allowing them to dry, some of the random shapes that had been created were telling me what they were or what they wanted to be. Cool!
I make the decision to grab the red, orange and blue piece, which had been asking me to turn two blobs of red paint into feathers. It went from this...
So, I am pretty freaking thrilled with Day 1.
I crammed so much into the day, without forcing it. It was so productive in so many different ways, and yet it was slow, easy, enjoyable, fun-filled, play-filled.
I am thrilled because I did not create a masterpiece, AND I am still *so* happy with the day. This shows me I truly have released that need for accomplishment, perfection, or any other 'out there' goal.
I am thrilled because it isn't about the outcome of the day but the day itself.
I am thrilled because things happened without me consciously planning to make them happen. Intention and e-motion (energy in motion) manifested easily and with flow :
the spring cleaning of my house,
yoga at the very start of the day,
decluttering and reorganising of my Sanctuary,
more days of my Beautiful Boundaries ecourse completed,
play in the garden, play and laughter with the animals several times, play with red,
two completed creations : play with paint - entirely without stress, shoulds, pressure, or expectation,
a day allowed to happen and to unfold in alignment with my desires and my intentions, not a day forced to happen how I would will it.
I have no doubt that there will be many days this month in which I feel a sense of accomplishment and am thrilled with the item I create that day, and I have no problem with that at all. What fun! and how wonderful to feel that pleased, warm feeling of "I did that! I made that!"
I also know that I don't *need* that to happen, and that I can enjoy my day just as much, if not more, when I play, flow, and dance my way through my day without over thinking it.
Happy Day 1 y'all! Please do let me know if you too are creating every day this month - or if you have another focus for this 30 days - and please feel free to share links. I'd love to hear what you're up to. xx