My Daily Drawing Habit – 100 days of Positive Self-Talk

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I have been drawing steadily for the past few days but haven’t felt much like writing. My daily writing habit has been my salvation and my joy this past few days.

In fact, since the news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter and the other families who lost their lives on Sunday, I’ve felt off kilter.

I’m on this journey of 100 days of positive self-talk through drawing and writing and it felt difficult to stay positive.

It’s been hard. I am always deeply saddened by the loss of young lives. As a parent I can’t imagine the depth of grief at the loss of a child.

And my life has moved on, I’ve kept drawing and thinking and reading and talking with my husband and friends. Trying not to feel guilty for not keeping up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month.

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Plus I had the flu. Monday I sat on the couch all day and didn’t do much except watch old Highlander tv reruns.

Blogging has felt challenging and too many words wanted to flow through but I didn’t know what to say.

I am using my drawing to nourish, heal, express grief and stay calm and centered. And remember that I am surrounded by love and support on all sides.

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That includes my daily illustrations for the 100 days of positive self-talk but also another favorite drawing activity which is drawing in books of poetry. I love illustrating poems in this way and connecting with the words deeply as I draw. I found myself longing for more poetry and knew I needed a way to spend more time in deep appreciation of poems again. Here is a lovely poem about relationships as they age.

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I’m grateful for my wonderful husband of 23 years and I see us reflected here in this poem.

What are your favorite practices for self-care when times are challenging?

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  1. vidya on January 29, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    oh that poem!! exactly how i feel for my dh as well… and for us, it is going to be 22 years this year…
    love your daily drawings… and they are so you

    • minette on January 30, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Here’s to life long loves Vidya!! Thank you!

  2. Lily Leung on January 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Love the poem and your drawings. I’ve got the cold bug so I know what you mean about motivation. Right now I find writing is easier than my sewing and art stuff. I never know what I’m going to do in either one of these things. I sit down and mutter or splash some paint around. Sometimes I sew around my paint marks. Hope we get well soon.

    • minette on January 31, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      Love combining all of these: writing, painting, stitching… hope your are feeling better!

  3. Thomas Hankins on January 30, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    It’s ok to have those setbacks. I had spent the full day writing my blog post and found out just as I finished about the accident. Right after that, I attended my friend’s fundraiser which was meant to be a positive night but we could barely ignore all the new updates about Kobe’s tragedy on the screen so I definitely get it. The following day, I hugged my work bromance so tight he could barely breathe and I just let him know how much his friendship meant to me. I also caught up with friends and family, a strong reminder for me to strive for staying in the present. It’s ok. It’s all gonna be ok. One day at a time.

    • minette on January 31, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you for this thoughtful response Thomas! Much appreciated.

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