Glancing through some of my photos taken over the past year I came across this page in an old sketch book. I produced this collage from old travel brochures and was pleased with the end result. The idea was to focus on my desire to go to Italy … it’s still on my list of things I aim to do!
Inspired by photos on my first follower’s blog – kelzbelzphotography – I’m having a go at some close up shots of my flowers. The light in my lounge is now dull but am relying on natural light with my IPad. It’s surprising how so much more is noticed when looking closely at each individual flower and how the markings on just two of the petals lead me to see them as hearts.
Surfing on my iPad early this morning I came across information on the London Creativity and Wellbeing Week taking place 4-12 June 2015. Apparently this has been taking place since 2012 and alongside this events take place outside London as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Plus. Kicking off the week in London is a one-day conference Arts, Wellbeing and Health: promoting good practice and evaluation.
For information on the above go to http://www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk.
i thought this was a great place to share some of my poems that I have written over the past few years. Most of my poems have been very personal and spontaneous. They may not be considered to be poems by some people but to me it has been a very special and therapeutic experience to get lost in creating lines of words which expressed my feelings. It was somehow comforting. I have yet to find my notebook where I have kept them all – when I do I will share some. In the meantime I have set up a separate Poetry page for you and started with a poem I wrote for a creative writing class homework exercise – The Orange Globe.
On the day of my first post in March 2015 what a lovely surprise to receive a beautiful bouquet of such vibrant colours. One week after returning home after a long stay in hospital, they were a heartfelt reminder of the kind thoughts of others and how precious they are. Going through a very unexpected and difficult time, it was the amazing love and support of family and friends that made such a difference to me.
I have a long journey ahead to fight my illness but I am not intending this blog to focus on my diagnosis and treatment. Instead it is about doing something that helps me achieve some of my goals at a time when I am very restricted as to what I am able to do. It is about making the most of life, often by enjoying some of the simplest things.
I believe in the value of memories and creativity. For me, journalling opened up the world of creative writing and poetry. I have long had an interest in photography and have discovered the therapeutic benefits of painting and colouring purely for fun. A life-long learner, I have had many interests. My bookshelves are filled with self-development and life coaching books, alongside many years of cookery books which include a precious Cordon Bleu cookery course set. More recently, it is the Social Sciences that have opened up a new world.
I am not sure where this blog will lead but I hope you may wish to join me on my journey and make some new discoveries that will inspire you and enhance the quality of your life.