Hello, and how has your week been? I'm feeling so happy right now. I'm full to the brim with ideas and thoughts at a mile a minute. This gives me a renewed sense of energy and I'm really working on me right now. Several of my flatmates are living away at the moment because of placement so I'm on my own a lot which is giving lots of time to focus on me and what I want. I feel like this week I could talk for hours about all the good bits so let's get on with it...
1. Designing my life. This is something I have been thinking about a lot this week. The concept of making decisions that help my curate the life I want to lead. To be the most me. It has included listening to my body when it says it's sleepy/ hungry/ in need of a good stretch etc. It's saying yes to the opportunities that genuinely excite me. It's creating goals and working out how I can get to them. I feel that some of the inspiration from this comes from what Laura Jane Williams talks about. I have linked her twitter here as she always talks with such wisdom.
2. Sunsets. I have found that our bathroom sky light is the perfect place to watch the sunset from. I've been cracking the window open and breathing the air just as the colours are lighting up the sky. Maybe it's just we, but this is when I can really feel the seasons changing. Obviously I have seen the leaves change colour and crunch through them as I walk, but the cool, crisp air that hits me when I'm looking out of the window really feels like autumn. It was mixed with just a hint of bonfire, that got me excited for that celebration too.
3. Plans. My brain is such a fizz of excitement right now. Although I could do with just a little more summer break, uni life is really inspiring me right now. I have mindmaps and notes littering my desk and pinned all over my walls. I'm constantly thinking of new ideas or ways to look at things. It's been ages since I've been this engaged in my learning and it's really exciting me. Long may it last!
4. Journaling. This weekend I listened to a wonderful podcast by Sarah from Me and Orla which you can find here. It was all about journaling and happiness. What struck me was the wide range of positive emotions that we experience not just the gratitude that is often journaled about. It has got me picking up my journal and just writing. All the thoughts and feelings and wonderful things that come into my head. It feels like an extension of these little posts but more of a stream of consciousness. A way to capture tiny moments, but also how I feel about them.
5. Art. Saturday was spend completely by myself, but wrapped in culture. I walked without much of an aim, but to see as much of the Plymouth Arts Weekender as I could. Meandering throughout Plymouth I stopped off to look out to sea, look up at beautiful architecture and look at some fantastic art. I met some lovely creators who really inspired me. They took time out of their day to explain their processes and help me with ideas I could use in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed Plymouth University's show at Royal William Yard. My favourite pieces were a beautiful installation commemorating the suffragettes that went on hunger strike and some life drawings with such movement in them.
6. Being outside. I have learnt that I feel so much more happy when I build time into my day to spend outside. From as small as taking a walk outside, it makes me feel so much calmer and motivated. This week I have taken myself out for coffee, sat on benches writing or just looked out to sea. This is something I'm continuing to build into my day. On instagram I saw #airhour which is inspiring us to go outside for at least an hour a day and has really spurred me on in this.
7. Not being able to put a book down. It has been a long time since a book has hooked me so much as Skylarks by Karen Gregory did. I felt like I was back to being a child as I read it late into the night. It's a fabulous young adult book about sexuality, class and money. It has really made me think about the privilege that I have and the disparities and injustices in society.
This week has felt quite cultural. I'm drawing on such a range of people and events for inspiration and it's really enriching my life. This is something that definitely needs to stay! For more wonderfulness head over to check out these lovely ladies: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Sally, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.