Sometimes I just have to get out of my head! You know how it is right? When your mind has been in high gear for a while and you have to shift gears. Funny story, the first time my now friend Kellie tried to teach me to SUP, I was not steady and fell a couple times. She looked at me (before she really knew me) and said ‘You think a lot don’t you?? You have to get out of your head!’ If she only knew …
For many years when I was younger, there was no other gear – always on, always thinking, all the time. Then the kids came along and in addition to the fun and chaos of raising three kids, they sort of force you to shift gears and pay attention.
People often tell me how busy we seem, how many things our family seems to be doing. What’s funny is I don’t see it that way at all. For me, its more like … hey, not working, so lets have fun. What shall we do? So much to do, so little time :-)
A few years ago I tried hot yoga and fell in love with it, and that was a great way for me to get completely out of my head and do something physical and calming at the same time. Love it! But somehow I have fallen out of the habit and not made space for it in my schedule in a way – and trying to get back. I feel so much better when its part of my life and routine.
Then late last year I tried a fantastic course call Gifts of Imperfection with Brene Brown and she did some creative or art journaling. If you have never heard of Brene brown check out my other post t and her Ted talk for starts – amazing and inspired speaker and writer on living wholeheartedly and authentically.
One of My Posts on the Gifts of Imperfection Course
Link to Brene Brown TED talk
But as for art journaling … now this is me of the barely recognizable stick figures – so it was completely out of my comfort zone. But SO fun! Then I happened upon a mixed media course by Kelly Rae Roberts that I loved.
I love my photography, and photo editing is fun too. Suddently I had these little bursts of creativity in my life – who knew! – and another great way to get out of my head.
And my latest discovery … Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.
(ok I’m a little messy!)
It’s a fantastic set of gorgeous paints for painting furniture. While my Mom was in town we took a class at a terrific little shop, Delightful Digs, then tinkered with a couple old frames that weekend and had a blast.
There are gorgeous colors, great techniques to master for finishes, lots of elbow great required for sanding to distress the wood, and fun waxes to finish and age them. Plenty to keep me busy.
During one particularly silly moment my Mom tried to stay very monochromatic with her frame and I could not resist splashing a little color her way – the small color battle that what ensued was hilarious!) Anyway, I am having lots of fun tinkering with Chalk Paint.
It’s great to see the boys swing by the dining room (which I have sort of commandeered) to see what ‘art stuff’ is going on in there. Who knew? Doesn’t even matter if its any good (though I kind of like what has resulted) – but its such a great outlet to be working with your hands. Always envied people who can work with metal or clay … hmmm … maybe that’s NEXT?
How do you get out of your head?