IN THE STUDIO
First, I want to thank you for your great feedback and comments on last weeks blogpost. It is so nice to be connected. Thank you.
Next, some fun news
I am very glad to announce that I started a new kids-collection and it is now in a cute little babystore Draagkracht in Utrecht. If you have the chance, check it out!
Especially the butterflies with the name of the child is perfect to cheer up the baby room. They are so cute. And it is a wonderful gift for your friends or family newborns. They are all unique, handmade with mixed-media and all close to my heart.
If you are interested, please send me a message.
And I got something even more personal: I will help you do it yourself. I will provide everything you need to make a cute little piece of love in a workshop at Draagkracht Utrecht (or other places if you like to). You don't have to be an artist yourself, some curiosity and open heart is enough to make something beautiful! First workshop will be mid March 2017, more dates will follow soon.
A view inside my art studio
Today on the menu is a big, colourful butterfly.
Yesterday, in a shop I saw mindblowing butterflies, real framed reserved ones. I couldn't stop watching their STRAHLENDE colours. The beauty of them is just astonisching. It remembered me of the precious moments in Suriname where I could observe tropical butterflies. They make me smile, they make me joyful and remind me of the bright side of life. So I couldn't help but jump into my art studio this morning and start another butterfly painting for my collection.
Meanwhile on instagram
I love Instagram – it’s my favorite online home! Here’s a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, come and join me!
That's it for now.
Big hug - spring is coming :)
AN AMAZING START TO YOUR DAY
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point. I am fascinated by the many different ways how you can start into your day. Do you have a morning procedure, a strict structure or a morning ritual?
I used to wake up, normally grumpy and the first thing that comes into my mind was ‘hey, I got too little sleep’. Then I would snooze 2 times, get up with a little resistance, rush into the bathroom and to the kitchen for breakfast. All in high-speed, because I’m already late.
I liked the adrenaline of this ‘jump-start’, feeling alive and awake. But about 15 min after waking up, I already felt restless and stressed. And the day still had to start!
The other version of my mornings is when I don’t have to leave home for work. I wake up slowly, stay in bed, think about yesterday and what is ahead of me, and then…grab my cellphone and get totally lost in social media and endless browsing. Often, hunger or the urge to pee gets me out of bed. By then, I feel lazy, wasting precious hours.
There was room for improvement.
How does your perfect morning look like?
I started to think about my perfect morning. And it seems, I’m not the only one. The internet is full of blogs and videos about the first 60 minutes of the day. Btw, if you want to get lost online lying in bed, this is a great topic to do so. Some of my favorites are Win the morning or Power your Productivity with a morning ritual.
There are all kinds of advice for the most productive morning routine. Some swear on a run in the morning, others on a morning cup of hot water with lemon and tumeric. One thing, the world wide web agrees on, is that a good morning ritual has a lot of advantages and über-productive and successful people do it. So I thought: let’s give it a try.
And I found it: my happy morning procedure. It is a ‘work in progress’ and an ongoing experiment for me. And of course, I don’t do it EVERY single morning, there is always room for exceptions. But it is a nice way to start my day. I share it with you, curious how your first hour of the day looks like and maybe there is something, that inspires you to integrate it into your own practice.
My morning routine:
1. Wake up
Super important for me is enough sleep. I know, some say they are totally fine with 6 hours, but many of them fall asleep in the metro, in front of the telly etc. My life is so much better when I have 8 to 9 hours of sleep: I can concentrate fully; I’m more calm and relaxed, I am creative and have the full energy to rock my day.
My alarm clock: I used to choose a noisy tone that panics me to shut it down. It definitely waked me up, but also created tention. Now I wake up with a beautiful song by Snatam Kaur. I can’t be mad at her waking me up. I feel relaxed, start singing along and the song stays in my head, and often it gives me a smile on my face – is there a better way to start?
If you use your phone as your alarm clock, ignore the urge to check messages or emails right away. I sometimes do my phone in flight modus at night, to sleep and wake up totally undisturbed.
My first move is to reach to my water bottle next to my bed. Drinking water in the morning definitely helps me to wake up. I normally drink 0.3 – 0.5l water on room temperature. I recently learned, that the dull and fatigue feeling in the morning is often thirst and being dehydrated after many hours of sleep. The water wakes up the body and metabolism.
This is where the fun part begins. I write every morning in my journal. Mostly I do what is called ‘morning pages’. Writing down 3 full pages by hand whatever comes up in your mind is a great practice. It might take a while to get used to this, but try it and you will see. It helps me to clear up my mind, to silence my inner critic, to have more creative ideas, to be mindful and to come up with my to-do list.
Do you not know how to fill up 3 pages? This is my structure that I keep in mind when my inner voice is quiet. Remember, there is no right or wrong.
4. Creative time
I get my sketchbook and start doodling. I make some quick sketches and colour them with aquarel paint. I love to do this while I’m still in bed and make use of a brush with an integrated water container, that my dear mum gave me (before, it got a little crazy spilling water and paint in bed).
It doesn’t matter how tiny the drawing is and the result is not important, this is creative playtime. Doodling gets me into my creative modus. Often I get new ideas for future artwork. If you don’t know what to draw, you can look at the sketch from yesterday, choose one thing that you love and start from there. I like this short, daily practice. Especially on days that I don’t paint in the studio.
If you are not a painter or you don’t like doodling, you can use this time for anything that is very close to your heart. If you are a writer, write. If you want to learn guitar, play the guitar. 10 minutes for your passion.
As an extra, I combine the sketching with some personal development. I listen/watch to inspirational video’s. If you are like me, you have a whole list of topics where you like to learn more about. I listen to podcasts, TED-talks or videos from Brene Brown, Oprah, Tim Ferriss or any other inspirational show I want to learn from.
Depending of my schedule for the day, I meditate from 3 minutes with breathing exercises (I like alternate nostril breathing) up to a 20-minute guided meditation.
Often I use an app called Insight Timer or I do a 10-min meditation with the Headspace app, a really easy tool to introduce you to meditation.
It took me a while to get used to meditation, but now I love it and the feeling afterwards. It's worth it to give it a try!
In the morning, the body is stiff and needs to wake up and get flexible. A little stretch goes a long way. Recently, I do a 5-minute Morning Yoga with Adriene (I love Adriene!). A full body stretch and a twist, or you can do push-ups, work on your abs- you name it. It’s all done in less than 5 minutes.
7. Getting dressed and bathroom
Brushing your teeth, shower, make up… this is all up to you.
Mostly I make a green smoothie (I've finally found a combination I like with apple, banana, frozen mango, avocado, spinach and mixed seeds) or eat a bowl of muesli with fruits and yoghurt. While breakfast it is time to finally give some attention to my cellphone and I feel ready to get sucked up in the big, big world. Whoop whoop.
Okidoki, that's it. This can all be done in 60 minutes, but if time allows and you wanna take it slow, it might take 90 minutes.
After these practices, I feel relaxed, focused and ready to have a great day.
What about you?
Do you have anything in common? What does your unique morning ritual entail?
I’d love to hear about your routine, too. Feel free to share your morning schedule here in the comments.
All the best, happy mornings and see you soon!
Big hug, Lisa
On this blog I share the tiny steps it takes to realise a dream and to document the journey for myself. Maybe it is inspiring for you- I would love that and it is the reason why I share it with you.