Leanne Barrett

Friday 17 May 2024

Creative Life: Week 20 2024 - Discovery and Fun

Week 20: Playfulness - Today find time to connect to the child within me. (SoulSistersToo - Creativity)
Intention Setting: Spirit, please show me ways to connect to my child.

Discovery and Fun...

While my chores and work do list is long, there is always time -  even if only for 5 minutes - each day to connect to the child within. 

What does it mean to connect to your inner child? I think it is about connecting to the joy of play, discovery and doing things just for the love of it, that children innately do. As an creative noticing what I love is important because that is what inspires my art.

Mmmm what can I do to connect with my child within? To start I could do some of the following;
  • colouring-in
  • drawing with textas or crayons
  • collecting something from nature
  • seeing how many different coloured leaves I can find - especially as it currently autumn

What ways can you connect to what you liked to do as a child?

Friday 10 May 2024

Creative Life: Week 19 2024 - Tea Time

Week 19: Priorities - I choose to put myself first. (SoulSistersToo - Creativity)
Intention Setting: Spirit, please show me ways I can put myself first.

Tea Time...

This week's affirmation is a great reminder to for me to take time to connect with my body, mind and soul while I finish off all the small jobs in preparation for my upcoming exhibition. 

And one way to do this is by drinking Earl Grey Tea from one of my special teacups, saucers and teapots while I journal. One of these tea sets was my Great-Nanny's. Grace was an artist, so I feel the bond of her spiritual creative energy when I sip tea from a cup she used. 

Other ways I can also take care of myself during the last stretch towards the exhibition are;
  • get enough sleep
  • take an afternoon nap if needed
  • take breaks from desk work - stretch or walk
  • drink enough water
  • eat when hungry
  • get some fresh air
  • and to take time out to go to a cafe, watch a movie or spend some with family and friends.  

Friday 3 May 2024

Creative Life: Week 18 2024 - Let my hair down

Week 18: Commitment - I need to spend time on strengthening relationships. (SoulSistersToo - Creativity)
Intention Setting: I will make choices to strengthen my relationship with others, myself and spirit.

Let my hair down...

One way I can strengthen my relationship with myself is to take time to connect to music - using the mode shuffle. I love the unpredictability of this mode. I could be listening to classical to rock, country, pop, techno or rap.

I love to sing; it is enjoyable, makes me smile.
It feels freeing. 
I find myself moving to the beat which makes me feel alive from head to toe.

I can let my hair down.
I let my voice be loud!
Feel uninhibited.
Feel like me.

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Affirmations for May 2024

Affirmations for May 2024

Monthly Affirmation: Invest - I will spend time with people I care about. (SoulSistersToo: Living)
Monthly Intention Setting: I will make sure to spend time with people I care about. Connecting with loved ones while preparing for my upcoming exhibition will let them know they are as important as my creative dreams. Dream Balancing and Dream Nourishing.

Friday 26 April 2024

Creativity: Week 17 2024 - Sharing My Artwork

Week 17: Creativity - I choose to follow my creative dreams. (SoulSistersToo - Creativity)
Intention Setting: Patiently take steps towards preparing for my up coming art exhibition - sharing my artwork with others.

Sharing my artwork...

In the past few years I have shared only a few artworks with the general public at group exhibitions. But now I getting closer and closer to sharing my artwork in a solo exhibition, Interweaving: Gerringong and Beyond. It will be the first time since February 2020 - my last market stall - that I have shown my artwork en masse.

This exhibition is part of am making my creative dreams come true. When I create art I express the natural beauty of the world around me and by exhibiting my work I hope that visitors to the exhibition will experience joy, connection and a curiosity for the natural world too.

Friday 12 April 2024

Creativity: Week 15 2024 - Showing Up

Week 15: Journey - I am on my own journey. I don't need to compare myself to others. 
(SoulSistersToo - Living)
Intention Setting: When you go in a new direction your path is unknown, there will be new experiences and things to learn. Keep going on this journey, look forward and over come any new obstacles.

Showing Up...

I am on a journey of showing up. I have a bundle of artworks that have not been shared and so I am holding an exhibition 31 May - 6 June 2024.

While on this journey, I remind myself that my exhibition does not have to look like other people's exhibitions. I am curating it, organising every aspect of it and I will be hosting during the opening hours.

I can choose what I artwork I want to showcase.
I can choose my exhibition theme and name.
I can choose to follow the conventions of exhibitions or not. 
I can choose to do as little or as much as I want. 
I will choose to follow the rules laid out by the exhibition space  manager so I can exhibit with them again eg. using white tack to add labels to the walls.

In the process of organising my first solo exhibition I am on a new journey; learning lots and overcoming all kinds of obstacles. And I am showing up.

Friday 5 April 2024

Creative Life: Week 14 2024 - Mindful Music Listening

Week 14: Listening - Listening to music gives me comfort and pleasure. (SoulSistersToo - Living) 
Intention Setting: Make time each day to listen to some music in a mindful way.

Mindful Music Listening...

I listen to music every day. 
I put music on for background noise while I work. 
I play music for creative inspiration.
I play music in the car.
Sometimes songs pop into my head as a response to the world around me. For instance when I watch the sunrise I think of the songs; Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles or The Morning Has Broken by Yusuf / Cat Stephens.
I pop on the radio when I have an afternoon rest or before I go to sleep.
My days are filled with music 
I do not tend to stop and listen to the music and the words 
This week I have set aside time to...
Listen to music in  in a purposeful and mindful way. 
To notice the bird songs I hear.
To be still and listen to music without doing other tasks.
To listen to a song's lyrics...and sing them too.
To feel the music's beat within my body.
To move my body with the music's rhythm.
To hear music consciously.