What made you want to embark on a structured reflection series?
I wanted to embark on a structured reflection series as a way to mark my thirty-third year of life. I wanted a project that could be year-long, so it needed to provide structure and flexibility. Having guided reflection questions allows structure. Having themes allows room for flexibility. I also wanted a project that could blend different mediums, in this case writing and digital art.
What feels new, exciting, or inviting for you recently?
I feel that our condo is still new to me, as we've only lived here for four months. I sometimes feel like we should have changed more about it by now or that we should feel more settled. Then I remember we have, in many ways, barely moved in. So that helps me relax. I also look at photos of the first week we were living here and they show me just how much has changed.
I feel excited and motivated to make new art. Since I feel safe and at home in our new space, it helps me feel more creative. I recently made a painting for our dining room. I also have plans for other paintings. I get inspiration from the space itself as well as from friends and family.
I feel invited to make our condo our own. Our neighbourhood also feels very inviting to explore. Again, back to that feeling of safety. I also have a new sense of rootedness and belonging. I feel like this is "my neighbourhood", which is a new feeling for me.
What adventures await you in the coming weeks?
I am looking forward to exploring more local parks, especially ones I haven't visited yet. I also want to make homemade pasta again. And I want to continue making art for our home.