Leanne Barrett: October 2020

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Walking mindfully in spring

I am imperfect. While I want to walk every day I often let life get in the way. I generally find that the best time for me to walk is as soon as I get out of bed. At this time of the morning the city streets are still quiet (only a few cars and cyclists) so I can walk more mindfully and notice the natural world around me.

We are now half way through spring and the trees are covered with leaves and there are new flowers blooming. Today the grey sky promises a potential spring shower and under this muted light the colours dance brightly before my eyes. 

In some spots along my walk I can smell the freshly cut grass. In other places the grass is thicker and longer (awaiting the gardener's mower) and amongst the leaves of grass I spy a special find that makes a smile form on my face...a feather. 

Tuesday 6 October 2020

How are you growing?

At the begging of each year I spend some time dream visioning and creating a time line to achieve my goals. My main focus for 2020 was to;
  • form habits to maintain a healthier lifestyle,
  • support, connect and inspire creatives to live their dream life and
  • create art to share, exhibit and sell.
When COVID arrived I realised that I would need support from a creative coach whose energy would help keep me focused and feeling positive. 

This week I have been reflecting on how have I grown during 2020.
  • This year is the first time I’ve truly said yes to support from a coach, accountability sisters and from other wise women.
  • I am learning how to not listen to my inner critic and create new stories to listen to. 
  • I am embracing my perfectly imperfect life because forming new habits is hard. 
  • I am listening more to the knowledge and wisdom that is already inside me. 
  • I am learning to be vulnerable and put my artwork into exhibitions and competitions. 
  • I have learnt to consistently do activities that I know will raise my energy levels when I feel low.
  • I now recognise which days I need to go gently on myself and I give myself permission to take this time to rest and recover, especially at the beginning of my menstruation cycle. 
  • I have grown spiritually. Finding peace within the energy of nature and meditation.
  • I also have learnt to pause between activities and celebrate all of my small wins. 

                How have you grown this year?