Saturday, 5 March 2016

Back (again)

A lot has happened since I last posted here. I realised about halfway through last year that my job was having a very negative impact on my life so after much trying to fix it, taking time out, reflection and soul searching, I quit.

Hooray! Best decision I've made in a long time. I miss my co-workers but that's about it.

I'm still getting my head round it as the side effects of my job have taken a larger toll than I realised. Hindsight is 20:20 and all that. I may write more on this later, or I may not. I started writing about it  just now and it turned into an angry and upset ramble so it's something I'm still working on.

Pushing that to one side for the time being, I'm taking a bit of time out from the rat race to rebuild me and work out what to do next. You'll be pleased to hear a big part of my rebuilding process involves craftyness.

Now, I have all the blog ideas, but don't always have the impetus to actually write things down. I've decided to start small, gradually incorporating new things into my routine so they'll hopefully become habit.

Regular blogging is hopefully next on my list. Somewhat ironic as my old job was running a blog site - ha! There's a warning in there...

One activity I really miss and have been meaning to start again for years is doodling. I used to doodle all the time when I was a teenager but lost the habit.

I've signed up with Creative Bug after seeing friends posting their sketches on Instagram. One of their many courses is Draw A Day which has 5min videos with a daily drawing challenge.

The price is pretty reasonable, I'm paying US $4.95 a month which gives you access to all their courses. There's currently a free 14 day trail currently available if you fancy a dabble.

A photo posted by clarestorry (@gingerknits) on

It feels a bit odd putting my first attempts online but the Instagram community is kind and friendly and it adds a little external pressure to take part.

I have to step back a little as there are many, many talented artists taking part and I have to remind myself that I'm starting again after a, ahem, thirty year break. It will also give me something to look back on when I've improved.

Check out #CBdrawaday on Instagram to see what other people are up too. I enjoy seeing the different styles and interpretations.


1 comment:

Liz said...

It's great to see you back. Glad that giving up work has been such a positive change for you.