Arty mess and inspiration over on thisrosylife.com. I’ve moved!

 

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Hello beautiful long lost friends!

After a 2 year hiatus I’ve started my blog again on wordpress.org, and would love it if you join me over there.

You’ll find arty inspiration and ideas about love, kindness and creativity.

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I won’t be using the wordpress.com platform anymore, which means my blog posts won’t show up in Reader.  So if you want to follow me you can subscribe on the thisrosylife.com blog sidebar here, or find me over on Instagram.  I’d love to follow you back, and I’ll be going through and subscribing to your blogs too, so hopefully we’ll find each other again somewhere in cyberspace!

Love and lollipops to you from Barcelona!  I hope life has been treating you well.

Jenny xx

 

 

Favourite things: Poppy!

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Hello beautiful people of the tinterwebs

I’m typing this with my nearly 4 week old Poppy by my side.  Sigh….new mama hormones are here, I’m so in love with our little baby girl.  And to think I wanted another boy!

I’ve no idea what week it is this week, and who cares?  It’s just a number, like one’s age, it doesn’t really mean anything, unless you’re like me and use it as an excuse to beat yourself up about all the things you thought you might or should have achieved by now and haven’t.

I’m reading The art of being unmistakable by Srinivas Rao, and there are some gems of wisdom in there, let me tell you!  This, for example :

What if AJ Leon’s wise words “this is not your practice life” became the filter for all your decisions?

I like the idea of having a filter for my decisions.  I’ve been wanting to dye my hair blue for a while now but have been too concerned about what people might think (too old, pretentious, why?)  Well if this is not my practice life I better get on with it and who cares what anyone may or may not think???? I imagine they have more pressing concerns anyway n’est-ce pas??!!

Here are some of my happy list things at the moment:

♥ Poppy! (Obviously!  She arrived safe and sound and we love her so much) ♥ New sofa in my studio (I’ll post photos soon) it makes it look soooo cosy!  Perfect for the coming winter months.♥ Steal like an artist book ♥ The art of being unmistakable book.♥ Large Amazon book order full of creative books that I thought I would treat myself to.♥ Somerset Studio magazines – soooo much artistic inspiration! ♥ One of my midwives recognising me in the hospital corridor a couple of weeks later and making a big fuss over me and Poppy, saying how gorgeous she was.♥ Elly’s homemade lasagnes cooked for me whilst I’m at home alone with Poppy.♥ What a thoughtful friend! ♥ Clare coming round and cooking me lunch. Another amazing friend! ♥ Feeling fit and healthy.♥ A million handmedowns for Poppy.♥ Central bookshop.  I went there the other day after a hiatus of a few months.  Yet more inspiration!  So many artsy design and craft books that I don’t actually feel guilty spending money on, because, well, it’s research innit?!! ♥ The Apprentice TV series.  I hesitated to include that but it’s my new thing to be unapologetically myself so I’m owning my guilty secrets!

I’ll leave you with a wee picture of Poppy:

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Wishing you lots of love and unabashed self acceptance!

Jenny xx

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet

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Why hello there!

Thanks for popping over.  What do you think of the slightly new-look blog?  I’m sprucing things up, slowly but surely.  So nice to make little changes here and there, breaths of fresh air!

I heard this quote by Gandhi the other day and was really struck by it.

So I made a collage!

It seems really empowering to me in the sense that you get to choose what you allow to enter your head. Your precious psyche.  You are actually able to choose if someone else’s rudeness, harsh words, negativity, patronising smile or ill wishes are going to ruin your day or not.  You decide if another person’s crap is going to take root in your mind, make itself comfortable, put its feet on your sofa and leave muddy tracks on your polished wooden floorboards.  The quotation reminds me to take nothing personally, to let pointless criticism go in one ear and out the other, and remember that however someone is acting it’s usually all about them, and has nothing to do with me.

So stop right there Mr toxic nastiness and Ms naysayer!  You’re going nooooo further!  I’m not going to perpetuate the bad feeling or let it gather momentum by reacting with equal impoliteness or whatever it is I’m on the receiving end of; I won’t compromise my integrity just because you’re having a bad day or hate your job or your life or more probably your self.

We have that power, and we are too important to give it away or put our sense of equilibrium or self-worth or self-anything into anyone else’s hands!

Yeah!

A happy what’s-left-of-Tuesday to you!

Love Jenny xx

PS.  Anyone else obsessed with The Bridge?

PPS.  I do love a good non-sequitur.

Hello, might I tell you that you’re beautiful?

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Feeling the love today my buttons!  I’m a firm believer in that which you pay attention to and focus on expands, so here’s to spreading the love and telling yourself you’re beautiful and loved!  You can say it or think it and not believe it (which always happens to me, why is it so bloody hard???  Like meditating!) but that doesn’t matter because you’re planting the seeds anyway, and the more you do something the more of a habit it becomes.  And even if you think its silly or you feel silly or self-conscious (even to yourself!) well so what, it’s a better way to spend your time than thinking negative thoughts about yourself and putting yourself down innit like?

It’s also true that every single thing you do today ( be it thoughts, actions, plans, reminiscing, deeds, whatever) you’re setting up your future with.  You are shaping and creating your future with whatever you do today, now, every second.

We have the power to be what we want to be!!!

Make sure the stuff you do today is in alignment with what you would like to be like tomorrow.  Easier said then done but we can try…

Today Im grateful:

♥ for Creativa, a lot of beautiful art, supplies and inspiration all under one roof.  ♥ for card games and red wine with Joe (especially as I won, ha ha!) for 4 day working weeks ♥ for Blogcast FM.  I’ve definitely said that before but really it’s soooo good!  Creative people’s stories about who they are and tips to become the person you want to be.  The stories are from creative entrepreneurs but it’s very spiritual and philosophical too, and Srinivas Rao‘s style of interviewing is intuitive and lovely!  ♥ for fun girls’ nights out with good friends ♥ for business advice from Lisa ♥ for knowing my limits (FINALLY! with alcohol!) and sticking to them ♥ for this lovely parenting website handinhandparenting ♥ for poinsettias and Christmas being round the corner. ♥  for catch ups with Connie. ♥ for surprises. ♥ for people making an effort. ♥ for Jamie and his smile and hugs for everyone, I LOVE THAT BOY and feel so privileged that he’s my son!

Wishing you a big bunch of flowers or a gorgeous smelling hyacinth in a pot, a friendly puppy giving you a hello bark, and a big radiant sun coming out of your heart!

Love Jenny xx