Three life lessons from my last work year

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You can never be too prepared
I’m a to-do list person, but I never stick to them. I also don’t know, the day after, what do I do today with the tasks I didn’t complete yesterday? Do I re-write and start a new to-do list?
But I watched some of my colleagues and they taught me how important it was to be prepared for every part of my job. From meetings, to reports, invoices, to creating purchase orders, replying to urgent emails and everything in between. I learnt that being over-prepared could really help me stand out and be present. It’s a sense of accomplishment to finish and cross tasks off that list. Reaching small goals.

Follow your heart
And when I typed this little sentence out I said it really slowly (in my mind), slow motion, like…

f o l l o w   y o u r   h e a r t.

I embarked on a journey that has taken me out of my comfort zone into an unfamiliar space. A friend called me brave and daring when I told her, more than a year ago, what I was about to start. In November 2018, I started with a fresh look and all the wonderful possibilities it could hold. I started a new second job! Was it worth it? For me it was! Although I am not sure how the rest of my team felt about sharing me…. I learnt so much and have added something very valuable to my personal life and my career life. I’m grateful and happy!

Manage up
When you report to so many people, they manage you. Having a healthy positive relationship with all your bosses makes work life so much easier.
I’m not there for the canteen food and the beautiful glass building. Job satisfaction for me comes from enjoying my job, I love what I do. I love the people I work with and having a good boss and good relationship with her (them) matters a lot! It took a whole year to learn to work independently and far from most of them only seeing them once a week and still managing to stay present.

Gain power through positivity, getting through a tough day or year and dealing with a demanding job or project is all about maintaining a positive and optimistic mindset. That’s how we should look at 2020….Only time will tell, I’m going into it with the same positive attitude and I will leave it in God’s hands.

Something else I learned last year I talk to Him constantly and ask for His guidance before every hard task that I have to face ♥

A world of possibilities

Isn’t it funny, someone pointed out to me last week that I have answered the hero’s call.  For me it was just time to let go of the path I had planned for myself, a world of safety and where I was comfortable and to follow a new path that is waiting for me.

One day I just knew what I had to do, the voices in my head tried to scare me away but I didn’t listen.

Today I started with a fresh look to the future and all the wonderful possibilities it holds.

Today I started a new second job!

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That’s right I have two jobs!  One of them is in an art gallery!  ♥

Newbie getting serious

I’m a watercolour new newbie. It’s scary its very different

I’m used to oils and absolutely love painting with them, they easy to mix, and just have a soft feeling to the brush and canvas. With oil you can paint one cloudy colour over another until you have your desired result. White is created with white.

With watercolour you don’t really build up, its one layer and you have to leave it, maybe once its dry you can add another very light layer and then you have to quickly leave it to dry. The white paper creates the white.

It’s confusing and for me quite scary. So I have been playing around a bit the paper is not watercolour quality it’s a sketch pad, and the paints are very cheap (primary school quality) it’s paint for children to mess with.

The playing was fun, it was a good experience, and I did some more serious ones…

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What about trees…

…Oh I love trees, anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love trees.

And I played a bit with the watercolours and trees, just watching the water flow in any direction.

I didn’t want a lot of detail or individual leaves, just a suggestion of branches and leaves was what I was aiming at.  So I didn’t paint every leaf, and didn’t stay close to my reference picture.  I never do stay close to my reference picture.  Wetting the paper first, then carefully dropping colour here and there.

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The dancing palm trees were my favourite

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Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.   Joyce Meyer

 

If being near water is good for you

If being near water is good for you…leads your brain to open, more open means more inspired and creative. Helps you relax, by switching off from everyday stress….well then painting water should be just as relaxing and good for you. Right?

Yes, sort of. Except I felt like a kid colouring-in out of lines. I tried to get some detail down and again the quality of the paper and water colour did not help me at all. So smudging and running out of the lines seemed to be the new normal. The result was a bit messy and not as relaxing as I though it would be.

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This one was sort of ok, even for me. The little boat is a bit smudged too, but better than the fish experience. And it did leave me feeling a bit peaceful and calm just the whole background and wet wash made it look quite tranquil.

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Then for fun, I used coarse sea salt on a wet wash. It was a fun experiment.

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♥ ♥