Monday, 19 February 2018

Enjoy the ride

There comes a time when you have to let go and just enjoy the ride.

It's our final week here in Adelaide. It will be a whirl of tying up loose ends and boxes. Lots of boxes.
We will quickly reach the point of 'if it hasn't been done yet, it's not going to be.'

For this introvert, Wed, Thurs, and Fri will be tiring with strangers in the house packing up all our stuff. Thankfully, a kind soul has lent us a beach house for the weekend, so we can relax before our flight on Monday. I'm looking forward to a final paddle in the sea.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Drawing all the threads together

As the days whizz by towards the end of the month, it finally feels as if all the threads are coming together. My list has been drastically reduced as things are ticked off and - dare I say it - it feels as if I may actually be on top of things.

This page is full of blots and splotches, but there's energy and a bit of order as the strings come together. Feels just like my life at the moment...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

On the threshold

For me this page feels like it's full of excitement, but there is also some mystery in there. It wasn't going the way I wanted for a while, but then it blossomed and I'm really happy with it now. I love the mix of colours and the feeling of movement.

I have to admit that it wasn't deliberate - I usually work intuitively, just going with what I feel like doing. This page is a good visual of where I'm at internally because there is excitement and there is mystery as we head back to the UK at the end of the month. My husband is a vicar and we have a new church to go and serve, so there's excitement. There is a house that comes with the post, but we haven't seen it, so there's the mystery.

We will still be in transition until May, when the shipping container with all our belongings arrives. There is excitement and mystery in that, too. Being without all your usual stuff makes you appreciate it when you get it back.

What would you find it difficult to live without for a couple of months?

Monday, 12 February 2018

Signs of spring

Only two weeks to go and it feels like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Items are gradually being ticked off the list and the end is in sight.

After pages and pages that all feel like they're all the same because my mind has been a bit distracted, I feel like I'm starting to get my groove back. That's one of the great things about art journalling: it helps you to work things through, even when it takes a while. If you keep going you can be sure you'll get through it eventually.

This page reminds me of spring - the season we're going into in the UK. It's a time for new growth after a time of winter waiting/resting. I'm looking forward to seeing daffodils coming through, to planting a vegetable garden, to growing and blossoming in a new place.

Friday, 9 February 2018

The days are rushing by

Why is it that January seemed to go on forever and now the days are rushing by? It's only a couple of weeks until all our stuff is packed into a shipping container and we don't see them for eight weeks.

I feel like I'm on a hill that's getting progressively steeper as I descend. I'm even dreaming about sliding down slopes and - impossibly - keeping my balance on the sheerest of cliffs. I guess I can take comfort from my nimble footwork: it will all be okay in the end.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Swirling thoughts

As our move gets closer, I find my thoughts swirling around. Items on lists are being crossed off, but have I missed something? Are there other places I need to give our new address to? Have I got hold of all the threads to tie off neatly?

I find my art journal pages consumed with all these thoughts. Sometimes I get bored that all my pages are about the same thing :) But then, an art journal is a place to pour out what's on your mind; a safe place.

I'm looking forward to completing this transition. This liminal space is becoming too familiar.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Ride the wave

My last post talked about when the waves pound you and you just have to wait for them to recede.

Sometimes, though, you're able to get on top of it and ride the wave, letting it take you to the shore.
This page is full of movement and pattern, chaos even, but the wave can carry me over it and deposit me where I need to be.

I just have to ride the wave.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Pounded by the waves

The waves may smack on to the seashore, but they always recede.

There are times in life when circumstances just seem to get on top of you. Sometimes you feel like you're lying on the sand while the waves keep smashing down on you like the highest of high tides.

You feel like you'll never be able to get up again.

Even when it's a spring tide and you feel like the waves are overwhelming and unremitting, hold on to the fact that the waters will recede, because they always do. No matter how many times they knock you over, eventually the waves will die down and the tide will drop.

You'll get the chance to catch your breath again.

Believe it.

Hang on in there.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Look to the light

When you feel like you're stuck in the brambles, raise your eyes to the light. 

Friday, 26 January 2018


My list is my battleground.

When I walked away from this page and then came back to it, I could see a battleground. At the moment I have a loooong list. Well, in reality it is two lists, one labelled 'Australia' and the other 'UK'. As I think of things I need to do at one end or other of the journey, I add it to the list.

The longer the list gets, the more stressed I try not to become.

The battleground is not only getting through the list without forgetting anything, but also in my head. When I see the amount of stuff that needs to be done, I can easily feel overwhelmed. As the days tick by and I wait for all the financials to fall into place, it is all too easy to start to worry.

But then I have to remember that this is what we're supposed to be doing. This also isn't the first time we've made such an epic journey and God brought us through it in an amazing way.

I lived through this battle once. I just have to trust, and I'll get through it again.