Thoughts on travels, making the most of days off and planning adventures
For the longest time all I ever wanted to do was to escape any present or impending work week drabs by going off to some far away places and destinations, where my worries and stresses about life and any other concerns could be long forgotten. The travel bug had bitten again and I was falling for it. This was what the word “adventure” meant in my mind and therefore the only way to have an adventure or feel that sense of care-freeness a part of going away was to travel far.
Until I found someone (special) equally as curious, open and willing to explore as I am that taught me “adventures” can take many forms and that sometimes it doesn’t matter where you are or even what we are doing as much as it’s who you are with that helps make any day an adventure. Simply experiencing those things together and making our own adventures close to home has led to incredible days and inspiration for future adventures and projects. So for now I am happy helping to create and explore places closer to home with inspirations to go a bit further in broadening our horizons. All in all it really doesn’t matter because those days were made into adventures by us just spending time together and seeing where the day could day take us.
The final insight and a summing up: To remember wherever you chose it to be- as far or close as you like- it’s who you are with that matters most, from there adventure will follow and you’re bound to have a good time.
*Thank-you for showing me that we don’t need to travel far to find adventures, and that what makes adventures great is us.*
A look inside creativity as a helpful outlet
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about creativity and how it’s helped make the everyday routines, structures and schedules of life more interesting, especially as I’ve been taking a gentle hiatus from writing and focused on other creative endeavours. Whether it’s been more baking, or in learning to knit or most recently in pastel work I’ve come into great insights on how pursuing these interests has helped add something to look forward to in day-to-day life and how each endeavour is it’s own creative adventure.
There are two main thoughts that each experience seemed to have in common for it to be helpful and worth continually pursuing. The first is it simply has to inspire me, and somehow aid in my curiosity to learn and explore as a outlet but with that said it also has to work for my own individual purposes and makes sense to me. Which varies depending on how I chosen to approach it. These are the initial thoughts I had going into each new month and being open to what it’s brought. Upon closer look I’ve discovered that diving in these creative projects there’s a third bonus and that is taking up any of these; whether it be knitting, planning next baking days or finding my confidence in using pastels; has not only given me new ways to be creative but acted as incentive to get through the week. I can go into work knowing that my reward for getting through is awaiting me at home. Almost like my own version of saving and planning for future trips, only instead of trips it’s projects to look forward to and plan.
This creative adventure has led me to some wonderful pastimes and ways to cope when things get long, tough or tiring without going far from home. I’ve gotten a new lease on my life and found excitement in what I do everyday to help make it more exciting when at the moment I’ve felt unprepared to travel far again. Keep in mind, that it doesn’t have to be creative adventures for you that’s just what worked for me. It could be anything you are involved in whether once a week, or twice, everyday or every few weeks that helps make where you or I are at more interesting, manageable or fun while we wish and dream for grander adventures far away.
That’s it for now,
The Curious Creative and Introverted Butterfly (P.S. It’s good to be back!)
Insights from a Creative soul, her journey so far and tips for starting a new endeavour!
In reflecting on my year and it’s exciting start- the Creative Challenge (2017) I’ve learned
a lot about what it means to be creative, how to become inspired and essentially make the best out of our lives. To name just a few thoughts on how overwhelmingly successful the process has been but none ring quite as true as the thought “Do what inspires you”. After all this idea has been the catalyst for this whole journey and beyond as the endeavours a part of it all have come from that search for inspiration and taking on interests that I’ve always wanted to try but have let my own fears- of failing- and perfectionist instincts take over.
When I’ve gotten out of my own way, and let my heart vs. my head led the possibilities became endless. Case in point: Half of leading up to trying baking I was making assumptions that working in the kitchen would be too scary or I’d burn it down or even trying would lead to disaster. Before even beginning at that point in my mind it would not work out… until I did it. Which lead down a series of discoveries and realizations all starting with “I can and I will”. When we follow our hearts, and choose endeavours that inspire us nothing can become a disaster. I’ve learned this through the Creative Challenge, these experiences are what we make of them, not what they make of us.
Here’s something else to keep in mind…
You will know by the feeling in your heart and if you put all your heart into it there’s no for it to not be a success. For me this translates to butterflies in the stomach, a sudden burst of energy or confidence, curiosity and most times when I can’t stop thinking about the experience then I know I’m on the right track. It’s that meant to be feeling that makes trying all worth one’s while.
The best way to approach such experiences is not through planning, plotting and prodding every last detail (although some planning may be involved) but to plan some and let the rest work itself out. Be patient with the process and TRUST that in time everything else will come to be. By doing so you end up stressing less, being more open to other possibilities and enjoying the journey many surprises. It’s made creating more of a adventure than and an openness to try many other experiences.
Stayed inspired and curious,
Signs we might be a…BOOK ADDICT!
Do you ever wonder into bookstores and/or libraries, finding yourself ogling at what lays in front of you like a kid in the candy store? Or on casual visits, where you are convinced that you are “just there to browse” find yourself at the checkout with another two or three books in your hand? Even though, deep down you know there’s a bigger stack at home, still waiting to be read!
If so, you might be a book addict. Don’t worry, though, I believe or well I know I am one too. Reluctantly, I’ll admit that in the last little while I’ve gotten carried away with my book buying purchases and reading list. In fact, its happened several times while perusing the bookstores and library. It seems that us traditionalist-active-learners (or book addicts as loving family and friends may refer to us in an intervention-type manners) cannot help ourselves but be amazed at the very expansive array of information out there to be read, discovered and absorbed. For someone, who not only thoroughly enjoys the written word; is enticed by new ideas; but writes herself this can be a particularly dangerous outing for me. As I’ve developed a deep appreciation for those who have been able to pursue my craft and achieve my dream of getting published as an author. And I
suppose, that appreciation somehow made it’s then to their works the books themselves. For I am well aware of the time-consuming process that goes into crafting the perfect book or novel. As a writer I can appreciate the process, and as a reader the art of story telling. On that note you could consider it a sort of homage to those who walked before me or a justification for my own growing library and longing to be like them through reading. Which to justify further, by collecting these works one can choose to see it as one aspiring author-to-be supporting another.
To conclude, I’ll say that although the library is great for and certainly more convenient at times. I am a sucker for buying my own books, as is my preference for the bookstore. My wallet may not always agree or bookshelves packed with books, but in the end there is no beating that new book smell and feel.
So, to my fellow readers, writers and book addicts: You are not alone. Read on my friends, and know there is nothing better than the smell of books at night!
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How I found comfort and clarity on a swingset
I have found myself with a lot to think through recently and some unexpected insights to wrap my head. This has really brought up some interesting questions and experiences, of course one can’t get away scathe free from these insight… On one hand, with each new decision and day I am feeling more certain that there really is a great big world out there ready for me to conquer. On the other hand, there’s still much navigating left to do especially in terms of connections and friendships. As it seems, many elements remain behind unknown doors, and the learning… well it never ends. Which is good, but also quite challenging. There are times where I wished the answers were easy to decipher, having already come up with the questions myself, and finding that both take bravery, and great deal of it.
It has been exactly these kinds of thoughts that left my head spinning and my emotions frazzled along with shot nerves. Exhausted from the tremultous back and forth, on one of my walks I found myself seeking out an old strategy from my past. As a child, I spent hours here, going back and forth trying to calm myself through whatever had jarred me of the day. At the time, this was one of the few ways that helped me coping with a very overwhelming world- at the time-. Since then, I’ve tried a few other strategies, a bit more complex or in need of more practice but none did the trick as simply or easily as the swing set. Magically, my thinking would be clearer and nerves in tack after trying many less successful strategies. Funny, isn’t it that the things we found self-soothing in the past always seem to work well then and now. For me, this has been the swings. There is something about the up and down momentum that helps calm my nerves; and leads to clearer thinking. Perhaps it’s the altitude, periodical
ly feeling like I’m elevated from all that plagues me on ground level or the repetitiveness of going back and forth acts as a form of meditative activity to bring upon a focused mind. Whatever works I guess, and that it gave me some of the clarity I was searching for.
This is what works for me. I’m curious as to what you’ve tried/what strategies work for you? Feel free to add in the comments below.
Getting a Healthy Outlook and Baking Adventures
So this week’s adventure is another one in baking, healthy this time. Feeling like it was time to get a fresh outlook and healthy one after coming to the very true conclusion of how I’d like to approach this year and my day-to-day living. I’ve realized that it all starts within to shine through on the outside. With that said, every so often I’m going to work on incorporating healthier recipes into my baking adventures. Cue big sigh and hesitant acceptance. But, it’s my year to make the most of, and a worthwhile one. Always worried that these intentions I set tend to catch-up with me by the time another year rolls around. I am determined to have an answer to the question “Well. What have you got to show for yourself this year?” And not let it get away from me.
In that spirit of embracing new things and openness I had decided to bake a muffin recipe since it seemed to fit into the theme of “trying new things”. Not just any recipe, but an ultra healthy muffin recipe to start! Date and Banana Bran Muffins. Mmm, sounds good right?
Sure it does. Don’t worry, I was skeptical too at first, whether I could pull it off and convince myself that they would be just as good but open to the idea of trying something
even newer than just baking cookies I gave it shot and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to do and well the muffins turned out. (that’s the result in the picture above –>). Perhaps there is hope for more muffins to come in the future after all.
Blogger’s Note: Normally, I’d scour the internet to find any appealing recipe out there, but this time, this tasty creation came from an actual cook/recipe book (borrowed from my Mom). The Ann Lindsay The Light-hearted Cookbook if you’re wondering. Also I’ve nicknamed myself The Messy Baker!
Happy Baking and Outlooks to All,
Introverted Butterfly and The Messy Baker!
Thoughts on Wanting to Explore More…
Have you ever felt a longing for a place you’ve been before or maybe haven’t but have been dying to go there for some strange reason? Almost as if the destination is calling your name and only your name? It seems to get stronger and stronger (at least for me) every time I look back at pictures, read about it or hear of someone else going there. To my place, meant just for me… or I wish. Maybe that way, I wouldn’t have to worry about feeling jealous or frustrated about being stuck where I am.
I believe that this tortuous experience- which it can be if you can’t afford to go there at the time being- is called “Wanderlust”. Merriam Webster describes this phenomenon simply as “a strong desire to travel” minus all the feelings and envies you get when you want to but can’t travel. After getting bitten by the travel bug, going afar and finding that I can do it, I’ve felt that feeling as the call of the unknown and new places beckon. There is no experience quite like it out there. When you go abroad for the first time, it’s really nerve racking but extra exciting. You don’t know what awaits
you but are anxious to find out at the same time. At least this is how I felt. I wasn’t entirely sure I could handle it, but wanted to at least try to find out. Once I knew that it was possible, then the real yearning begin to go again, knowing that I could do it I have become up for round two. There seems to be so much to explore out in that great big world. My sense is this: The adventure had just gotten started. I want to go far and wide, high and low to see it all- while I’m young and able-. Feeling nostalgic and yet ready to discover new places in
spires me to start planning my next adventure again in the hopes it will be just as fun and successful as the very first one… The one with the travel bug!
Happy Travels to All Out There,
Oh how excited I am for all that you bring
The sights, and the sounds the activity and energy
Happening all around, the new life that is allowed
To peek through the earth, signalling a time of rebirth
Rejuvination, new possibilities and imagination
It’s a time to awaken, to realize these things
Time to take charge, and take hold of the
Blessings they bring, So I open my wings
I’m so ready for Spring, and all the adventures it’ll bring
As I look up to the sky ready to fly
Spreading my wings wide, heading towards the light
This is my chance, as now is the time to take flight
All just seems right!
Introverted Butterfly© April 2016
So I’ve been thinking about the Spring, and how it’s supposedly coming closer- even though according to the calendar it should have arrived a month ago, but that’s a whole another story-, and what it represents for me. To me, this seems to be a time of renew and rebirth. The sun is shining brightly outside our windows, the robins start chirping, and the springtime seeds start to poke up from the ground when it seems the most safest to do so without freezing up again. All around us, there is this awakening and so I’ve thought to myself “Hmm” what if I take this wonderful season as a way to renew and reinvent myself?
With the winter slowly winding down-hopefully- and April on it’s way out there is no better time to think Spring and grasp such a fresh perspective on life. To really appreciate the season, as well as ourselves. My new start I’ve decided to try a few things new, for me this would be baking (a new hobby I am learning to enjoy), as well as having a more optimistic and appreciative outlook on life. I find in the Winter it’s hard to remain positive when all one sees out the bedroom window is greys and whites- how gloomy is that after 4 months-. When Spring comes though, there’s whole bursts of colours, fresh air and music from our friends the robins. It seems not just nature is waking up after hibernating but we are too. There’s a new energy and excitement to the world that is contagious, as people embrace the weather and venture further from their homes. It is with this that I am chosing to take hold of life, the promise of Spring and be more adventuresome. Here I am Spring and I’m willing and waiting for everything you have to bring, looking forward to trying some new things!
What about you? How are you inspired by the Springtime? I’d like to know…