6 things on my to-do list this holiday season

This blog is about creativity and all that wonderful junk, but I’ve honestly been too knackered these past few days to create much of anything. Even my gratitude lists are beginning to suck. Look, it’s the holidays, and everyone’s getting busy (trying to buy the best stuff), but as chaotic as it gets this time of year, there’s a lot of creative energy in the air. On the other side of things, the urge to consume is amplified to obscene proportions, too. So, how do we stay balanced and afloat during this crazy month of December?

Here’s my attempt: I spent the only morsel of creativity I had coursing through me this morning to make short list of things I want to consume before the holidays are over. Disclaimer: in the spirit of this blog, the following list is brazenly self-centred in nature. Oops.

someone took a bite
  1. Eat fruit & drink water like a maniac

    It’s winter. The heat is blasting, it’s freezing outside, and the sun hides on most days. Not only is my skin and hair hella dry, but my vitamins are lacking and my energy is low. Bottom line, I figure a surplus of fruit will do me good this season.
    It’s living food, after all: literally alive and in its “natural” form. The water you get from consuming raw fruits and veg is pure and quenching, and the fact is, water tastes really good when flavored with anything from cucumbers to raspberries. It’s all pretty compatible.

  2. Indulge in coffee, tea, and cocoa

    Not gonna lie, I love a hot beverage. Give them to me all day, every day, but if we’re being honest, all that dairy, sugar, and caffeine isn’t the best stuff for your girl. I’ve got plans to cut back on them in the New Year, but for this upcoming month, I’m going to let myself indulge. It’s the holidays, right? Yeah, it’s the holidays.

  3. Read a good ass book

    I found myself reading a lot this past summer, but over the fall, I turned far less pages. I’m setting a goal this month: I want to get into a really good book during my free time. I got one recently on a whim (I liked the cover) called The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church – maybe I’ll give it a try. I was also in the middle of a library book called The Hangman’s Daughter, and that was good, so I might finish it. Either way, I’m craving a novel.

  4. Find quality music to listen to

    I like to fill my mornings and evenings with music, so I’m always looking for good playlists, albums, and artists. Lately, I’ve been in the mood for sultry winter jazz and ambient natural music. My favorite evening playlist on Google is currently Scandinavian Stargazing, but in the mornings, there’s usually bossa nova coming out of my bluetooth speaker. The last indie pop artist I found that I’ve really liked is Toronto native MorMor, whose songs and videos are gorgeous to ingest. I’m hoping to discover more gems this December.

  5. Watch a captivating movie

    I’ve been wanting to sink into a good film and really like, watch it. It doesn’t even need to be an English movie, it could be in any language, but it needs to capture my attention for up to two hours, I guess. I gotta browse Netflix later and make a playlist of possibilities. I’m already stoked to snuggle up on a snowy day and watch a good ass movie.

  6. Finish a t.v. series

    So, this might make me look childish, but I recently started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and WOW. What an actually good show. Intense storylines, great characters and development, with an overall dope world. Good job, Nickelodeon, seriously. I’ve been slacking on it, but I’m trying to finish the last season this month. I genuinely can’t wait to see how the Fire Nation is brought down…lol.
perhaps?

That’s all for now – I’m about to make a huge cup of milky tea with honey, browse Netflix, and choose a book to keep by my bedside. ‘Tis the season!

xx
ree

P.S. Expect a bookshelf post in the near future;)

Back from the dead

Surprise! It’s been about three months since my last post, y’all. I don’t have a legitimate excuse for why I haven’t been writing, other than plain and pure laziness. There’s no use in trying to put it any different: I’ve been lazy, not just for the past few months but for the past two decades of my life, probably. I recently identified laziness as the source for many dysfunctional patterns of thinking. It’s a constant battle, but I’ve begun to conquer this pesky demon.

I once held a bit of spring in my hand

Here’s what I’ve realized: it’s a lot easier to throw your hands up in helpless defeat than admit the fact you could have put in a better effort.

When we forfeit our ability to act, we can easily blame everything and everyone else for our current misfortunes. The responsibility is taken off ourselves, and any feelings of guilt, shame, and frustration are held at bay. However, those things still lurk in our subconscious, because the wiser part of ourself knows better. We know that only we are responsible for how we feel and what we do. It’s a painful thing to realize, but I think it can also be extremely empowering. I’d like to share a few ideas around this that are quickly becoming second nature to me:

We can control much of our daily lives.
While it’s tempting to always focus on “the future” or “the past” with longing, regret, and anxiety, I’ve realized that it’s more logical to focus on creating a more desirable daily life. For example, I’ve recently given my mornings a makeover, dedicating at least 15 minutes for self-care and spirituality. This is within my control! Designing a more ideal daily life is a far less daunting task than trying to improve your life as a monolithic whole.

Time and attention are precious commodities.
I’ve tried to be more mindful and aware of what I choose to give my time and attention to, because I’ve realized that, along with information and knowledge, these are some of the most valuable things in existence. There are too many useless and upsetting things that demand our most precious resources and it’s essential to take back the power and decide how and where you want to allocate them.

Gratitude is one of the best frequencies to emit.
I believe that when you choose to be grateful for something, magic happens. You can transmute bad experiences into lessons that make you a better person. You can acknowledge the goodness in your life and attract even better things. No matter what you believe about the universe and higher powers, there’s no harm in giving thanks. I have found that it feels really good to be grateful.

So, that’s about it for now. I may or may not be bursting with inspiration at the moment, thrilled at the idea of sharing everything with anyone who’ll listen, but I won’t make promises of consistency. Three months is a long time not to write – all I’ll say is I hope never to repeat such an absence. Stay tuned!!

xx
ree

The Great Outdoors: How we find ourselves in nature

[mid-week update, inspired by a lovely little walk I took this morning.]

Sometimes I take a minute to notice how much space and wilderness is around me for miles. I think of how many trees and flowers and bees and other millions of things are alive and working endlessly to survive. It’s easy to forget how small we are in the grand and ongoing production that is nature.

we all spiral

I have a good piece of advice: when life’s problems feel too big to conquer and the world feels like a crappy place, go out in nature and remember. I think it does a great favor to our mental health and wellness to ground ourselves in the great outdoors. Even if your schedule only allows you to get out there for 15 minutes a day, do it because it’s worth it.

Nature is where we find our true authentic and creative selves. It’s where we find love and inspiration. Allow yourself the discovery and cultivation of these wonderful things. You owe it to yourself and the world!


xx
ree

What I learned from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was in a 100-year-old house in the mountains between Germany and Czech Republic. It was the dead of winter, a nasty storm raged outside, and the electricty was out. I had nothing but my phone, which was thankfully on full battery. I used it to read a digital copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

This book is about the process of creation and inspiration and the stunning power of ideas. I was surprised when I realized that Gilbert had also written the world-famous memoir Eat Pray Love, which went to the big screen in 2010. Instantly, I trusted the wisdom shared in Big Magic and considered it genuine stuff that worked. To be honest, I’m still testing it out (and having a great time). Here are a few gems I plucked out of the pages that I continue to meditate on and think about as I work on my own writing:

  • Create for the sake of creation
    Life is an endless creative process and we are creative beings by nature. Rather than overthink about creation and take it too seriously, it’s better to create for its own sake. For example, I keep journals, not because anyone else will read them – in fact, I don’t even read them once I finish – but because writing simply for the sake of writing is in my creative nature.
  • Reframe mundane activities as creative
    Things like gardening, cooking, cleaning, exercising, and other everyday actions are ultimately creative and should be seen as such. They feed our creative needs and are therefore good for the soul! No matter what we do, we’re always creating.
  • Bring life to ideas
    Ideas are weird, mystical things that we don’t quite understand yet, although Gilbert makes the case that they are sort of entities that seek us out in order to bring them to life. Think about this the next time one comes knocking at your brain. Make the commitment to work with it: give it your energy and play with it. See what happens! It’s such an interesting way to view the creative process and I love how Gilbert describes it.

Big Magic was a great read that made those dark and stormy days I had this winter fly by. It’s one of those books I’ll keep referring back to throughout my writing career because it pushed me to look at my creativity in a different way. Even though I wasn’t a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love, I admire Gilbert’s brave approach to the writing process and I definitely aspire to be as raw and authentic as she is in her writing. It’s work in progress! Stay tuned.


xx
ree

pleased to meet you.

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My name is Ree and I like to write. I decided to start a blog to share my ideas about life and document my pursuit of its deeper meaning. Here are a few topics I’m passionate about:

Self-Love
Creativity
Authenticity

I’ve been playing with these ideas for a long time and at this point, I’m pretty sure they’re key principles to live by. My blog will dive deep into these topics and I sincerely hope can I help and connect with other people on their own self-discovery journeys.

As a side note, I’m an obsessive hoarder of useless knowledge which I like to share with whoever will listen, so stay tuned for essays on stuff nobody asked for or is interested in.

I also write prose & poetry. I’m currently working on about 163 fictional universes to weave stray plots and characters into. I swear, my first novel will be done within the next year.

Last and most importantly, I’m constantly inspired by people. There are some amazing folks walking this planet: folks who ooze creative energy and demand to be written about and made into art. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration from other people and I do the best I can to paint them with my words.

I believe we are all made of stories. I’m here to tell as many as I possibly can.

xx
ree