What ever happened to solitude? The pause, the space in-between? That moment of reflection and day dreaming. Time to reframe, refresh and renew. To be present in the moment and connect deeply with other people and ourselves?
It's so easy to gradually fill that space with busywork. Internet tasks like Facebook updates and blog statistics and suddenly find yourself out of time.
During my Easter break I reestablished some of the things I love to do to relax, and since then I've been guarding that space like a hawk.
- Reading books
- Writing actual letters and notecards
- Doing Yoga
- Creative me time (without any purpose)
- Going for walks
- Writing in my notebook
And this has put me in a different frame of mind. I'm thinking more about the bigger picture and structure. Simplifying and streamlining the smaller things both in my online and offline life.
This spring, you'll find more writings here at Marmalade Moon, about giving your digital life a spring cleaning, developing a slower pace, more focus and turning your bloated iPhone photo roll into a tidy, organised space.
There's something about the energy, both in the spring and in the autumn, that makes it feel like a good time for renewal?
A new Routine. A new blogging pattern is emerging so you know what to expect to find at Marmalade Moon, and when. This is the plan:
Marmalade Moon will be updated on Mondays. Some of the topics you'll be able to read about are:
Tutorials, apps, reviews, tools, accessories & techniques for creative iPhone photography and mobile art.
Making time and room for creativity.
It's all in the mind. Creative habits, myths, psychology, practice & process.
A peek into the creative process of my iPhone art and photography. Sometimes I'll give you the recipe for my secret sauce.
And sometimes on Thursdays
This will be when I post something more personal, perhaps a studio tour, a page from my creative journal and sketchbook, thoughts and reflections, a photo or an announcement (like this post).
Going with the fresh energy of spring. Allowing the process to unfold naturally, without pushing. I'm playing, learning new things, taking new approaches, thinking differently and being inspired by the sparkling light and the palette of spring. Bright blue, green, purple and pink. Like tiny Easter eggs wrapped in brightly coloured foil.
It's the season of sprouting. Tiny buds break through frozen ground. Slowly and gently sending out shoots and buds. And while nothing much is visible here on the web site (except a few paragraphs of latin for testing purposes), behind the scenes, a new Marmalade Moon is coming into life.
I'm standing in the middle of virtual removal boxes, tissue paper and bubble wrap. The freebies have just gone offline, and I'll have some work ahead of me wrapping them all up, packing them and shipping them to their new, loving home at the friendly Iconfactory.
It's time for some move-out/move-in cleaning. Time to bring purpose and life to vibrant, intuivive dreams and visions that were born in the darkness of winter. Spring is here, accompanied by fresh starts, visions and new directions.
In the meanwhile, you'll probably notice the mess here. I'll be giving Marmalade Moon a new structure. A new design. I'll look into revisiting Headway and the Live Web Site Make Over project. My sketchbook is bursting with sketches for illustrations and graphics for the new Marmalade Moon. I hope you enjoy the ride!
Do you feel a need for reflection at this time of year? In between the energising summer and the comforting winter holidays? Before the bustle of holiday preparations and the blank page of a new year?
I do. It's so easy to get caught up in the bustle of everyday chores, and lose sight of the big picture. This feels like a good time to assess what's been working and what hasn't. I'd like to let go of the baggage of the past and be ready for a new beginning. Ease myself into Christmas and find a focus for next year.
My theme for this autumn has been to reevaluate my expenses, energy and time. I seem to constantly be pruning and reinventing my digital life. Reducing stress, clutter, noise to support focus and creative space. This autumn I’ve reclaimed a surprising amount of time, focus and money by cutting back on online activities, subscriptions and participation in various online forums, challenges, blogs, e-courses, business books and so on, in favour of focusing more on being in the present, spending time with family and friends and exploring opportunities of the offline world. So far I’ve:
- Taken a course in “Discovering and Creating Patterns” at the National Gallery of my hometown.
- Applied for an artist’s grant to go to Paris for a month! (cross your fingers!)
- Set aside Friday afternoons in the studio for spontaneous, playful explorations in different media with a focus on letting go of expectations. It's been wonderful to create a space for my own creativity (aside from client work) and to treat that time with the same respect as I would if it was a course or a meeting with other people.
I thought about what I'd like to focus on during the end of the year, and jotted down my thoughts with pen and paper:
- A time to commit to your art and illuminate the skills and resources that nurture your talents. Build a stronger foundation.
- Inner wealth.
- Look at different ways of generating an income.
- Keep it simple. Sensuality. Slow life. The cozy comforts of home.
- Bloom where you're planted. Sink in where you are, a path to creativity.
What are your reflections for the end of winter? How has your autumn been? Do you like to refocus and reassess now and then?