Summer may not be officially over, but it is over for us. This is a time all about transitions and we have moved on to the autumn school year mode in this house. Little sister lost her sister during the day but got her best friend back. They will be together four days a week in kind of an informal homeschool preschool swap. It is awesome! Right now they are reuniting after only seeing each other a handful of times over the summer and I am blogging.
Art and Health is my theme for this week. I need to spend more care nurturing myself, my art and My soul. The truth is that I have not been caring for myself well since Little Sister was born. Not sure if I ever actually fully came out of the depression that struck me down during that pregnancy. And when I get this scared and down feeling I don't confront problems but instead I neglect and ignore them and everything gets so much worse. When will I ever learn?
Caring for myself is continuing to process through The Artist's Way. Keep doing my morning pages. Come up with an artist date to take myself on this week. Maybe a bike ride to a secluded spot that will inspire me in new ways. Mostly I need to work on getting ready for open studios and not focus on making new art and instead finish what I already have started. But while the weather is still nice and crisp and I have time for myself I need to use at least part of it to spend outdoors alone.
Big Sister is off at school with her lunch packed with the Mr. Apple Cookie that her father promised her months ago. She was so excited to go and the transition back to autumn mode is going quite well. Summer could not have gone any better and we are primed for a really year. A great school year for Big Sister, preschool year for Little Sister and her friend, art year for me and Jon is simply happy when his girls are happy and thriving.