I spend a lot of time online – way more than I actually would like. Between writing, sharing, managing my facebook page, connecting with friends and family and many other little things I feel I am forever with a device of some sort.
As much as I would like to keep cutting back more and more I am grateful this week for all I do find online.
In this day and age of so much overpriced junk I love how I can always find inspiration, information, support, ideas, creativity all over the internet for free. 24 hours a day I can reach out and connect, be inspired or encouraged and I am so grateful to have that available to me.
Whether it is a website like “Brave Girls Club” that I feel lifted up by every day (their emails always seem to contain the exact message I need to hear) or pinterest so full of colour, ideas and vibrancy (just don’t get consumed by it). A comment is left on the blog at the perfect time for me with the message I need to hear. A new post appears in my reader and has me sighing or feeling understood or less alone.
I have recently been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and tapping into my creativity. I am trying to let go of the perfectionism and create more and think about it less, finding the beauty in mistakes. I am taking one paid online class and have plans for another soon, but in the meantime I have the world’s largest curated art gallery right at the end of my fingertips – the whole of the internet. Beautiful images shared freely, new techniques demonstrated on you tube, free classes and printables for my art journal, pin boards to follow and share, quotes to inspire me daily. So much out there for the taking and I don’t even have to open my wallet or get in my car. If I want to learn a new embroidery stitch at midnight someone is there to teach me. If I want to play with gesso someone has thought to record themselves for this visual learner.
No excuses of limitation of cost or time or access from me. The only thing holding me back is myself and that damn perfectionism – so afraid to mess things up. I listen to my daughter who gave me great advice recently when we were creating together. She is one wise 9 year old. She said “just do whatever feels right to you.” So even at home I am grateful for the words so freely given to inspire and push me farther than I think I can go.
What are you grateful for this week?
Find your simple,
Image credit: From the Brave Girls Club – they also have a daily email for young girls called “A little butterfly told me”. Sign up here for your own daily wisdom, truth and support or here for the butterfly version for young girls.
Linking up with Bron and Kidspot for 52 weeks of grateful.