This last week has been full of inspiring things and people and a whole lot of fun. I’ve also been slowly getting back to my creative work which has been a little challenging but my thoughts are moving again so that’s good.
That said, I need to try harder to remember these things. Often, especially working retail, I look back on a week and all the good things seem so much further in the past than they are, or can completely slip my mind. So, in an effort to solidify these moments and small accomplishments a little more I’m going to note them down, reflect on them, and share the things that might be interesting.
This is not a new concept at all but I’ve been inspired by my pal Samantha Mae, who does these great round ups of her adventures and discoveries each month, and the brilliant Austen Kleon and his weekly newsletter full of interesting stuff.
1 · DIY Southampton 7
Some of my favourite days each year are the ones when DIY rolls around. DIY Southampton is a brilliant all day festival with music and poetry and crafts and it basically an excuse for all the creative humans in the city to get together and support each other and it’s just beautiful. This year I got a load of cool things from the craft stalls (see above), had the chance to see my friends perform, and a lot of people I haven’t before. DIY always fills me with inspiration and a renewed faith in our community.
2 · Yoga
I’ve been dipping in and out of yoga for a long time because it makes me feel better, helps my back and all the other good things. I’m forgetful and also frequently lazy when it comes to structured exercise however, so finding time to properly take part in yoga has always been a struggle. If you’re like me I highly recommend checking out Yoga with Adriene on Youtube.
3 · To Your Eternity
This incredible manga series has been taking over my reading lately, though I’m trying to ration myself as not all of it is published yet. It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is about without giving it all away so all I will say is that it is beautiful, heartbreaking, philosophical and mind expanding. It’s about the nature of existence, knowledge and love.
4 · You Can Fly If You Want To
Lastly, this week I had one of my more fairytale-esque stories published by STORYLAND which you can read here. I have been somewhat buried in writing Riley and Fox stuff recently that my more grown up writing has slipped away, so when I got an acceptance email for this story that I submitted ages ago and completely forgot about it was a wonderful surprise. I hope you like the story, I’m really proud of it.
That’s it for this week. Hopefully I’ll do more of these. I feel better already just writing this out, reflecting, taking a moment out of the week to remember it all.