Monday, October 23, 2017

Monsters in my Mind ... #writebravely #WriteTribeProBlogger #MondayMusings

Monsters in my mind 
The ones that slow me down
The ones I cannot find
But always make me frown

Each time I say I can do this
They undoubtedly say I can't
Opportunities they block so I miss
And negative thoughts they plant

I need so much to vanquish this pest
The monster needs to go
It laughs and makes my life a jest
My thoughts move to and fro

I know that when the monster sleeps
My mind is clear and free
It's okay if it occasionally peeps
But only once in a thousand ninety three 

The mind is our greatest enemy, the monster that needs to be tamed. It is our biggest saboteour. It has this mean habit of throwing fears and doubts our way. It's a hard one to tame completely but when we have those interludes of freedom from the monster, life seems to feel and look better.


A shift in perspective makes the particles in your Universe dance to new possibilities.
~ Billy Fingers (from the book The Aferlife of Billy Fingers)


Have you tamed the monster in your mind?


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Birthday Cards ... #writebravely #WriteTribeProBlogger #FridayReflections

It was only a few years ago that I would receive so many cards on my birthday from family and friends around the world.

Now I get txt messages, whatsapp messages, facebook messges. I am grateful that I receive so many wishes, blessings, and greetings on my birthday. But I miss the cards. There is something about holding a card from someone who took the time and effort and sent or gave it with love.

So since last year I have started making birthday cards for family and friends. I get a lot of pleasure out of it and it keeps my creative juices flowing.

Here are cards I received this year on my birthday from my dearest loved ones. These are so special for me.




And here's a card I made for my daughter for hers. Still haven't completed one for my mother (tomorrow's task) and then I'll start on all the November birthdays. I love making cards. Even when I was little I was always making things - cards, little notebooks, art work.



To cultivate joy, pay attention to what you like
~ Billy Fingers (from the book The Aferlife of Billy Fingers)


What do you think? Has social media taken away that personal touch ? Share your thoughts.



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Monday, October 16, 2017

A new type of Meditation ... #writebravely #WriteTribeProBlogger #MondayMusings

I've always enjoyed doodling.  And now it has a fancy name Zentangling.  I bought myself a teach it yourself Zentangling book but somehow learning to Zentangle didn't gel very well. I think I am too impatient to learn the techniques.

But I love to doodle freehand. Some days ago I came across the Inktober challenge but I was too late to join.  I thought I would do the challenge anyway just for myself and Zentangling seemed to be most appropriate. Each day I Zentangle and as I do it, I find it quite meditative.

So now I've discovered a new type of meditation. No wonder it's called Zen-tangling.

Here is one of my Zentangles. Not the best and I could've done a whole lot better. But it will do for now.



A child isn't thinking about whether their painting is good enough.
They're just enjoying painting.
~ Billy Fingers (from the book The Aferlife of Billy Fingers)


Have you tried your hand at Zentangling?


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