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For those who are new around here, occasionally I share what I call my Everyday Art.  Everyday Art is anything that inspires me  enough that I will stop and take a picture of it with my phone or camera.  It can be something I find beauty in or something funny or just something that makes me stop and think.  Just 3 pictures today, from the top left going clockwise:

  • That is a rainbow trout my brother caught on the river last week.  We grew up on the river and fishing is a favorite family pastime.  It is a way of life for us.  It is our culture and our heritage.  I have photos of my grandparents' lawn with rows and rows of fish caught on the same river and my Grandma still gets out to the ponds from time to time to wrangle a large mouth bass.  I see a beauty in that fish that most people would miss.  And I know how hard it is to hook one of those!
  • I was having a particularly stressful week last month and while walking through Michael's I looked up and saw this sign.  I started laughing right there on the clearance aisle.  Relax, Carey.  Just relax.
  • I few months ago I was working on a project for a class I took from Brave Girl's Club.  This quote spoke so much to me so I  created an art piece with it and I wrote below:  "I'm still here, there must be a reason."  There were more than a few times over the last several years that I wasn't sure my physical body would make it another year.  But I'm still here, and I spend everyday trying to honor that gift.

Until next time my friends.  And I hope you will stop and admire the Everyday Art in your own life.

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Oh my goodness, we made it to Day 7. I can hardly believe it. I didn't know if I would have 7 complete thoughts in my head this week. It's really forcing me to stop everyday and look at my surroundings and everyday activities with fresh eyes. Take tonight, for instance. I had a rough day. Not the worst ever, just physically and emotionally draining.

So I got home and and my muscles were aching and I decided the only thing that would help would be a hot, hot bath. And as I was sitting in the tub, letting the heated water ease my tired muscles, it occurred to me that I don't do this nearly often enough. Why? Because I'm too busy. I can't be bothered to take 30 minutes out of my chaotic day  to just sit still.   Pathetic.  Sometimes, it makes me feel guilty because I know that while I'm sitting there doingnothing, there is laundry to be done, dusting to do, articles to write, problems to solve. So I run around with all my jets burning until I burn out.

Maybe, just maybe if I were to carve out a little more time for a relaxing ritual like a hot bath, I could restore some of my energy before I crash and burn.

A bath is a pretty economical way to do it, too. Fill up the tub with water, sit down... voila! Of course, you could add the "extras": bubbles, a scented candle, relaxing music, a glass of wine or tea. I'm doing good just to sit still for that long, maybe someday I will work up to the rest.

A simple bath. It's an essential.