I challenged myself to go back to my 5:30 am wake up. It is not easy. I could not, would not, do it if Greg was not there to pull the covers back, turn on the light, and rouse me from my slumber! Once I am up and the coffee is brewing, I am grateful for the quiet time. It is my writing/blogging time. My alone time with my computer, my coffee and my dogs.
I have issued a self-challenge to break my computer/iPhone addiction. I spend too much time throughout the day checking Instagram, emails, and blog updates when I should be living my life. This is something I have struggled with before. There are times when I am just over all screen time, including television. I love my Downton Abbey but we watch back seasons on Netflix and we dvr the current episodes, or stream them through PBS. Right now, I am not even sure why we are paying for cable. We could watch everything on the computer and eliminate a huge monthly fee as well as free up an entire corner of our living room which is currently dedicated to a large flat screen television.
Our home is more peaceful when the television is off. Every night this week we have been in our studio creating. When Greg walks through the door he is greeted by children sewing, drawing, making valentines or reading. If I expect the children to cut back on screen time then so too must I!
I need something to occupy my hands. They have to be holding a book, or a knitting needle or a pen, etc. Otherwise, I find myself seeing what new pins are in Pinterest or what the Twitter feed is up to. Each of these has a purpose, but not for mindless passing of time.
I am almost finished with Wonder. I have completed two art journal pages. I have helped Grace work on her pajama pants. We have explored possible projects to fund on Kickstart. We have had friends over for dinner. We have cleaned bedrooms. We have walked our dogs. We are moving in the right direction.
I have rediscovered my love of drawing. I love working in my art journal on pages that come from my imagination, not from a pin on Pinterest. My goal for a long time has been to have a journal with a theme. Each page a different picture of the same concept. All manga. All yoga inspired drawing. All matryoska nesting dolls. Same medium. Now I am enjoying marker and collage and stamping. Lilah has beautiful Prismacolor markers that she generously shares with me. It is like painting with a marker. The colors are beautiful and vibrant.
Before falling asleep last night I laid in bed wondering what my next page would be. That is so much better than wondering how many new pins were added or who has updated their Twitter feed!
Prismacolor, Spectrum Noir, Sharpie markers
Stamp and ink pad
magazine, scissors, Modge Podge and knife