Movie Making

I recently bought a new camera.

I bought it primarily for shooting video for Studio Scratches.

I used to shoot and develop black and white photos on a GCSE photography course at college. I loved it. I wanted to give up my A levels to pursue it full time. I didn’t. I took the ‘sensible’ choice and stuck out the A Levels. No regrets though, everything works out!

Back to the present. The camera opened up a whole new world. I saw things differently. I noticed angles and perspectives that are normally unnoticed by me.

I felt excited and alive.

I started to remember apertures and depth of field. I experienced beginners mind.

It was magic.

Here is the footage I shot:

Very Berry from Deliberate

 

Afro Tea

I got some Afro Tea “Cairo” blend for Christmas.

This blend of Rooibos, Mate, Honeybush and Chun-Mee Green Tea are blended to perfection to create a fresh aroma. Carob, apple pieces and nana mint add an additional fruity tone.

I recommend.

It comes in a cool tin like this:

Perfect for making in a pot and drinking out of a small teacup, when time permits.

A favourite little ritual of mine.

Cloudbow

 

Yesterday I took a Boxing Day walk. The air was fresh, but not too fresh.

I saw my first ever cloud bow. LIke a rainbow but made out of cloud.

Pure magic.

What have you seen for the first time recently?

Hope you are having a wonderful festive season.

The Spirit of Christmas

Meet William:

William was born the day before the royal wedding hence his name.

We met out in the countryside when we went to buy a sustainably local grown Nordman Fir Christmas tree.

The owner told us that he didn’t stand on birth, which in the wild means death, but he was nurtured with lambs milk powder and some honey and is now quite the confident chap bounding about and rubbing his head into my hand.

I’ve never seen a real reindeer before and although there was no snow, William really brought out the Christmas spirit in me.

No sign of Rudolph though!

Time to Fill Up

Sometimes, I have nothing to say, or at least I think this is so. I avoid the work (writing).

When this occurs, I know I need to fill up.

I do this with gentle walks, peace and quiet, and seeking out other like minded positive people, both in real life and through their writing, online and offline.

This morning I filled up with a 5 minute walk across a car park on my way to work.

It was ice cold, which I would normally not appreciate to say the least, but as the sun rose to light up the sky and as I was bundled up with a scarf and layers upon layers, I couldn’t be anything but content.

I took some deep breaths as the sun hit my face and I felt the ground beneath my feet.

The wind was so cold that my eyes watered, but it was just the fresh start to the day that I needed.

I find that taking time to stop throughout the day and reflect in a time gap I have, however small, resets my brain before I enter the demands of the next moment, whatever that might be.

How do you fill up in limited time frames?

I would love to hear your thoughts here.

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The Peace and Still of Night

The peace and still of the night is a wonderful thing to me.

I love early nights, especially in winter as the darkness closes in with the cold night air.

Early mornings I also love, but find easier when it is light early in summer and warm too.

Although I probably could be asleep earlier, I love staying up when the rest of the world is sleeping.

In the late hours, I feel able to touch the void and tap into the creative source that fuels everything.

A chance to write, think, dream, breathe and hear from the inside out.

Everything is so calm and quiet and a whole world opens up as I await in wonder.

Can you hear that? Exactly. Pure potential.

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Do you appreciate the still hours of night?

I would love to hear your thoughts here.

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Giving Thanks

Here in the UK, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I don’t want to get into the politics of Thanksgiving here.

I find the practice of giving thanks is one that enhances any day. Both for myself and others.

A sincere thanks could go further than I ever imagined. It could be the difference that day for someone in need of connection.

It has gone a long way for me when I have been on the receiving end of such thanks and had a longing to know that what I was doing made a difference.

Lately I have been practicing switching my mind to a small internal note of thanks for something whenever I feel myself getting off track or being negative.

My list of thanks today includes:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Creativity
  • Peace

I noticed that G+ is full of people sharing what they are thankful today.

Shall we add to the conversation?

I would love to hear what you are thankful for here.

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A Time To Snooze

I find there is something magical about sleeping when I am not traditionally ‘supposed’ to be.

Today I had a free day. There was much activity I could have engaged in.

Instead I chose to have a simple nap. I find there is power in this activity. I call it the healing power of sleep.

Everyone was out, the house was completely still. A soft white light from behind the grey clouds of the day mellowed the light in my room.

Fresh from the hair salon and feeling relaxed and chilled, I decided to head to the land of nod for 40 winks.

I shut the blinds.

Grabbed my pure wool blanket from Vaasa, Finland.

Snuggled down.

And

then

I

Snoozed… Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Pure bliss!

Do you ever indulge in an afternoon nap?
If not, could you make space for this once in a while?

I would love to hear your thoughts here.

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How I Overcome The Resistance

I overcame the resistance (last night).

This is how I did and often do:

Went full screen.

Switched everything else off – email, music, browser windows.

Sat in my familiar quiet place.

Started to write anything – one single word at a time, sentences and points.

It is only when I start doing the work that the ideas and flow begin to happen.

Thinking about writing and trying to get an idea before I write almost never works for me.

I have to put the work in to get the work out.

How do you overcome the resistance?

Would you be willing to share with me here?

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